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January 12, 2013 9:56:34 PM

I need help with my first time building a computer. I don't have a monitor, keyboard or any of that stuff (using a laptop). My budget is about ~$650 but I can go a little bit over if it'll preform significantly better. I was planning to go with either an AMD phenom II x4 965 black edition or AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz for the processor but I'm not quite sure. Any suggestions?

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January 12, 2013 10:09:21 PM

For $650 I wouldn't touch either CPU - go with an AMD FX-6300 or an i3-3220. Pair that with a Radeon HD 7850.
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January 12, 2013 10:16:26 PM

g-unit1111 said:
For $650 I wouldn't touch either CPU - go with an AMD FX-6300 or an i3-3220. Pair that with a Radeon HD 7850.


I'll probably go with the AMD FX-6300, but what motherboard goes well with it? Can anyone give me a recommendation for a full build?
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January 12, 2013 10:54:08 PM

bbooiigg said:
I'll probably go with the AMD FX-6300, but what motherboard goes well with it? Can anyone give me a recommendation for a full build?


Full build with monitor, OS, and everything else will be really tricky with $650. Here's a good starting point:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $614.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 19:54 EST-0500)
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January 12, 2013 11:40:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Full build with monitor, OS, and everything else will be really tricky with $650. Here's a good starting point:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $614.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 19:54 EST-0500)

How much would a monitor, keyboard and all the other things cost? Since I'm building this computer from nothing, I need every other small part.
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January 13, 2013 5:56:39 AM

bbooiigg said:
How much would a monitor, keyboard and all the other things cost? Since I'm building this computer from nothing, I need every other small part.


You can get a cheap keyboard and mouse combo like the Logitech MK320 for $30 and then a decent 20" monitor for $100 - $120. OS will cost about $80 for Windows 8 and $87 for Windows 7 Home Premium.
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