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December 17, 2012 3:50:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week, Wednesday


Budget Range: 500-600 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing.


Are you buying a monitor: No,


Parts needed: GPU, CPU, PSU, Motherboard, HDD, RAM, Cooler (idk if I have to purchase one) Case, Optical Drive
Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer pcpartpicker.com because I can see the full rig and they show prices from different retailers.


Location: City, State/Region, Country - United States of America


Parts Preferences: by brand or type- I have no preference


Overclocking: Maybe in the future when I learn how to


SLI or Crossfire: Yes but it's not mandatory.

Your Monitor Resolution:1680x1050
Additional Comments Some guy had posted this build on youtube and Idk if this is okay or not. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sVlK
And as far as the OS go, it's not necessary that you include it in your recommendations, because I get a discount for being a student.

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December 17, 2012 5:42:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 14:41 EST-0500)
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December 17, 2012 9:48:14 PM

Not bad, do you have a microcenter near you? If so they usually have a deal if you buy a board and CPU, you get 40 bucks off the board.
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December 18, 2012 1:03:31 PM

You might check with them dude. I know right now, the one by me, you can get an AMD fx 6100 and a free board for like 100 bucks. If you are budgeting as much as above for the motherboard and CPU, the one near me is showing you can have the FX 8120 8 core from last year and an MSI board for 175. Granted the Bulldozer chip is not as fast as the newer piledriver chips, but it does have an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and I personally would go for that over an i3, but that's my personal preference. Just shop around, you might find good deals.

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December 18, 2012 9:50:29 PM

Just wondering what can I expect with a 600 dollar budget?
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December 19, 2012 1:57:18 AM

I was just shopping on Microcenter's site, this is for the store in my area. But a quick build without the OS I had the following.

-FX 8120 8 core CPU
-MSI 970a-g46 motherboard
-Thermaltake v3 Black Edition Case
-600 Watt Corsair CX600 Builder Series Power supply(46 amps on the 12v+ rail)
-8gb ddr3 1600 memory(Microcenter's brand)
-1TB Hitachi Hard drive
-Radeon 7850 2gb video card(Made by Diamond Multimedia)

This stuff without extra fans or an OS was 605 and change in the cart with tax, which you figure even if buying off newegg, you will still pay shipping.
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December 19, 2012 12:28:58 PM

I couldn't find the ram and hard drive do you have their links?
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December 19, 2012 1:41:51 PM

Okay it actually came out to 587, I have a question should I upgrade to the 7870?
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December 19, 2012 5:05:15 PM

It's totally up to you man, google around look for some reviews of 7850 vs 7870. I am getting the 7850 for Christmas, I got to pick it out and for me personally I liked the 7850 bc I didn't want to spend more too much and it is a good price, and gives me a massive upgrade from my gts 450. I think if you are playing 1920x1050 then the 7850 is ok, but if you have the extra go for the 7870. You might also consider bumping up from the 8120 to an fx 8320 or 8350. They are supposed to be better performers, the 8350 is in it he same territory as the i5 3570k, but will do better I tho I at multithreaded apps.
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December 19, 2012 5:25:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $568.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 14:24 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($222.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $629.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 14:30 EST-0500)

From Newegg@video card, 214 after rebate. This build will smoke the i3. The 560 will rape the 7850 but if you prefer them its all good, any 2gb, 2fan model will do. Food for thought, gl on your build.
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December 19, 2012 7:26:43 PM

I agree the 660 is stronger than 7850. I personally grabbed that because the price was right for performance offered. However I showed the op an 8 core FX processor from microcenter that would about still get him in budget, 8 core vs an i3 I'd personally go with the FX 8 core, as its a better chip in my opinion.
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December 19, 2012 7:29:08 PM

Also, if the op would go for a 660 I don't know that I'd feel comfortable running that cx430 power supply as I think those are only 32 amps on te 12v rail.
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December 19, 2012 7:34:41 PM

I was about to ask if that psu was enough.
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December 19, 2012 8:16:53 PM

I would go with the 600 at least, I mean the cx430 may very well run it, but I don't like to run things too close, plus if you overclock. I prefer on my personal builds to have a little more power than I need to be safe.
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December 19, 2012 8:22:05 PM

I saw above you prefer PC part picker. If you do decide to shop at microcenter, I'm pretty certain they match online pricing for same parts, they matched newegg pricing before for me.
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December 19, 2012 9:17:40 PM

I'm just doing my research on the rigs right now. the microcenter build isn't bad. Don't want anyone to think, I'm not considering their suggestions, I just don't want to chose the wrong rig.
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December 19, 2012 10:11:56 PM

which cpu is better the FX- 6300 or the FX 8120
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December 19, 2012 11:05:52 PM

Toss up, I'd go 8120 myself. Maybe check on an i5 also.
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December 20, 2012 12:39:46 PM

Do some checking I know if you do look at microcenter I think they do 40 off intel boards if you buy a chip. But I would recommend going to microcenter and picking one of the guys brains they r typically very knowledgeable. I am a tech and I have learned a few things from listening to them. Also if there are any incompatibilities with parts they carry or reliability they are probably going to be able to tell you those types of things.
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December 20, 2012 2:42:49 PM

Well it seems like I'm going to stretch my budget to 650.
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December 20, 2012 2:56:59 PM

Best answer selected by Timmothy_Duncan.
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December 20, 2012 2:58:58 PM

butremor said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 14:41 EST-0500)


Sorry dude don't know how I didn't see this rig, this is the one I'm going to go with thanks.
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