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Post Christmas under $300 gaming build.

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December 27, 2012 12:51:17 AM

Greetings to all! Just like many before my time, I'm looking to build my first pc. I figured now would be a good time with any after Christmas deals going on. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/368880-31-range-gaming is the thread I was looking at, but is almost 2 months old. I'm not expecting this build to work wonders, but at least do baby steps. At the very least be able to have Pandora playing smoothly while surfing the web, and not hear the music sound like a drunk transformer. No, I don't mean dubstep. On the gaming side, I'm more of an mmorpg guy for pc. If I can play the quite old Final Fantasy 11, I'd be set!

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Logisys 480W ATX12V Power Supply ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $304.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Over $4 but ehh. Anywho, I figured I could up the cpu compared to the thread posted since I already have a hard drive and all the basics. I'll be using my 20" 720p tv, so motherboard with hdmi was the way for me. As for OS I'm going to try ubuntu and see how that fairs until I move to Windows. On a side note... how would I add internal wifi and bluetooth to this build?

If I did post something incorrectly to how this forum works, I am quite sorry. Thank you all for any advice on how to make this build better and possibly cheaper.
December 27, 2012 1:08:16 AM

You've done everything right, except for the ram.

Because the graphics card on the A10 has to use the system RAM as VRAM, it scales HUGELY with fast ram.

Break your budget by another $10 any buy these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That little stuff looks like nothing, but it's an overclockers' secret - it goes like gangbusters, and is by far the best ram on the market. (Mine's sitting at 2GHz, with timings of 7-8-8-20-1T and 1.6v)
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December 27, 2012 1:49:43 AM

Here ya go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($18.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $308.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 22:46 EST-0500)

* CPU is one of the better ones for gaming on a budget! See Tom's review here.
* Mobo has all of the necessary options for quite some time.
* RAM is perfect for this build price range.
* Case is Mid-Tower, so you have room to grow and has USB 3.0 Front ports and 3 x 120mm cooling fans!!
* PSU is 80 Plus Bronze Certified!! The one you selected is junk!

It's up to you, but for the $ and upgrade-ability, this is a better build!
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December 27, 2012 9:58:05 PM

Thank you both! Is there anybody that can agree with either of the above options? I'm in no way disrespecting the choices given to me, just would appreciate another mind to decide between two options. Thank you.
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December 27, 2012 10:55:21 PM

the radeon wont fit the motherboard, will it?
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December 27, 2012 11:17:33 PM

Fallesty said:
the radeon wont fit the motherboard, will it?

Not sure what you mean by that statement. The GPU that I listed will work in any PCI-e slot.
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