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January 16, 2013 3:33:40 PM

So I'm planning to build my own pc. It's supposed to be a $450 build. (NO WINDOWS, MONITOR, KEYBOARD, MOUSE)

If there are any improvements or parts that could be cheaper for the same quality or features, please let me know.
I was planning to use a A8-3870 in crossfire with a Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR3.

These are the parts I am currently going to buy:

Processor - Amd A8-3870 Quad core 3.0GHz
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9
Optical Drive - SAMSUNG 24x8x16xDVD+RW SATA bulk Black
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR3
HDD - Western digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200 RPM
MoBo - MB Biostar TA75M
PSU - Corsair PSU/Builder Series CX 80+ Bronze 500W
Case - Gigabyte GZ-G2 plus Mid Tower Chassis

Let me know what you think of it and if it could be improved.
All the help will be appreciated.

January 16, 2013 3:47:47 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 B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Logisys CS2006BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $444.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 12:46 EST-0500)

Much better CPU/GPU, bigger HDD.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/399?vs=677 - CPU comparison (it's only 100MHz difference between 3850 and 3870)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=613 - GPU comparison
Yes, the PSU could be better but with such a low powered system it won't pose a problem.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2013 3:49:52 PM

get western digital black series hard drive as they are faster

edit: very nice build by Soda-88, it will give you better performance for your money spent
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January 16, 2013 3:53:00 PM

Soda-88 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 B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Logisys CS2006BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $444.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 12:46 EST-0500)

Much better CPU/GPU, bigger HDD.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/399?vs=677 - CPU comparison (it's only 100MHz difference between 3850 and 3870)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=613 - GPU comparison
Yes, the PSU could be better but with such a low powered system it won't pose a problem.



Thanks for your quick reply but there is one problem which I forgot to mention: I'm located in The Netherlands. So parts from the US is not an option. Sorry for not mentioning this.
January 16, 2013 4:05:41 PM

karsv12 said:
Thanks for your quick reply but there is one problem which I forgot to mention: I'm located in The Netherlands. So parts from the US is not an option. Sorry for not mentioning this.

Shame, prices in EU are 1:1 with $:€
January 16, 2013 4:13:19 PM

Soda-88 said:
Shame, prices in EU are 1:1 with $:€


Ok I'll check it out. But will the HD7770 give me a better performance than an AMD A8-3870k in crossfire with HD6670?

Edit: And should I get the Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC GHz Edition 1GB or the normal Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 12:32:10 AM

karsv12 said:
Ok I'll check it out. But will the HD7770 give me a better performance than an AMD A8-3870k in crossfire with HD6670?

Edit: And should I get the Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC GHz Edition 1GB or the normal Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB?


You cant crossfire the cpu graphics with a discrete card. a 7770 will be better and you should try get the oc version if it is not too much more.
January 17, 2013 12:49:20 PM

camohanna said:
You cant crossfire the cpu graphics with a discrete card. a 7770 will be better and you should try get the oc version if it is not too much more.


Ok I'll take it :D 
Thanks for all the help guys!!

I'm going to order the parts now!

Best Regards Karsv12
a b B Homebuilt system
January 17, 2013 5:19:50 PM

Good luck!
January 17, 2013 5:38:03 PM

camohanna said:
Good luck!


Thanks! I appreciate it!
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