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~300 Home Office PC and for budget gaming

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January 19, 2013 8:25:03 PM

Hello. I am building another computer to replace my HP Pavilion m8530f that is now crashing 24/7. I tried formatting and reinstalling windows with new drivers but the crashes continued, so it's got to be hardware failure. So I don't know what I can use from my old PC, but most likely it's my HDD or Ram. So I'll play it safe and buy new ones.

But what about my PSU? I bought it to replace the one that came with my old pc:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This new PC is for basic office use, and for gaming on low settings.


Here's what I got so far:
CPU: AMD A10-5800K $117
Mobo: ?
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin $24.99
PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W (using the one from my HP if that is possible?)
Case: ?
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD7500AZEX 750GB 7200 RPM $70
ODD: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology (using the one from my HP if that is possible?)

I'm still deciding if I want to do a micro atx mid tower, mini tower or a regular atx mid tower. I am certain I won't be adding anything more to the drive, so it doesn't need to be that big. And this build shouldn't be generating a lot of heat, so can I get away with using a micro atx?
January 19, 2013 8:37:56 PM

personally i would play safe all together. your old psu might be the culprit messing up your stuffs. hdd/ram can be re-used
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January 19, 2013 8:50:14 PM

AMD Radeon said:
personally i would play safe all together. your old psu might be the culprit messing up your stuffs. hdd/ram can be re-used


Is there anyway to find out the culprit? Besides checking the hard drive for errors and running a mem test with the ram? Can I do anything to check the psu?

Ideally I'd like to save as much money as I can by recycling old parts without it impeding performance.

On a side note, do I need 4 or 8 gigs of ram for my build? I read somewhere that I need faster ram for better performance with the apu, but I dont know if more would increase performance as well.
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January 19, 2013 11:27:31 PM

Just and update.
So HD Tune Pro is showing a warning for the Spin Retry Count (100 current 100 worst 97 threshold 35 data), so it's safe to say it's my hard drive failing that's causing this.

I don't mind not reusing the HDD and Ram, but is there a way to test if your PSU is healthy? Because afaik a psu doesn't affect system performance, so it's a waste to buy a new one if I already have one! 600W isn't too much for this build right?

Thanks for the help guys!
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January 19, 2013 11:31:57 PM

300$ seems low. can u bump up ur budget a bit?

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January 19, 2013 11:46:23 PM

Most I can go is $350. That should afford something right? As long as I get a good (hoping for one that is great and cheap!) motherboard and a decent budget case I'll be happy :) 
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January 19, 2013 11:47:03 PM

so what parts dont u need?

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January 20, 2013 12:01:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 610 1GB Video Card ($23.57 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: V7 KC0A1-4N6P Keyboard Wired Standard Keyboard ($6.85 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gear Head OM900P Wired Optical Mouse ($2.99 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $371.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 21:01 EST-0500)

If you can use your old power supply, mouse, keyboard, and case than this setup will be a little bit over $300 and will run most games very smooth. Depending on the games for example league of legends, will run at almost 60 fps constantly on highest settings, but that is not a very graphic intensive game. Games like skyrim and so on should give about 30-60(in other words definitely playable) fps if the settings are set to low. You can also take out the video card which will bring the price to under $300 because the integrated graphics are good enough to handle some light gaming. Ex: My laptop has intel pentium with integrated graphics and it runs League of Legends at 60fps on high settings and I know it's not a graphics heavy game but as mentioned the computers is mainly for office use with light gaming.
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January 20, 2013 12:23:56 AM

here

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yuR9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yuR9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yuR9/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $331.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 21:23 EST-0500)

Base Total: $326.60
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $331.59

faster than that g860 and has one of the best integrated graphic cpu videocards on the market.

:) 

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January 20, 2013 12:28:25 AM

I agree with iceclock and his build its great as well, its just more a question of price vs performance. The build I proposed will save you about 10-15% in money, whereas his build will give you additional performance. So its just a question really of how much you are into gaming as both systems will do basic tasks and the same speed but with the more expensive AMD processor you will get better gaming performance.
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January 20, 2013 12:38:18 AM

yes well hes looking for best performance for money.

ur builds not bad but falls short about in a few parts.

but still decent nether the less :) 

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January 20, 2013 12:58:02 AM

I assumed that due to the low budget and the fact that basic office use comes before gaming that gaming and performance wasn't his biggest priority but of course its always a benefit :) 
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January 20, 2013 1:02:53 AM

well i did the best he could get for his budget :) 

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January 20, 2013 1:05:41 AM

true that hahaha
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January 20, 2013 1:09:09 AM

yup..

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January 20, 2013 11:52:38 AM

I'd opt for the amd as it's cheaper and falls right on his budget,
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January 20, 2013 11:56:24 AM

wait... did you guys really include an OS in the budget. he totally shouldn't pirate that. that's 100% wrong.
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January 20, 2013 12:03:19 PM

Couldja give me a couple minutes to put something together?
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January 20, 2013 3:25:11 PM

sorry but the amd build has better gpu, and over speed.

not bad build.

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January 20, 2013 3:55:26 PM

Not to worry, I'll be reusing my keyboard/mouse/monitor with this pc, and I had an extra copy of Windows 7.. Ontop of that, I may be reusing my psu but I dont know how to check if that is failing too. Its a 600w psu so it saves me buying another one, but it is 3 or 4 years old. If the A10 is a little better gpu wise I'd like to get that. I want to have an integrated gpu, and I heard this is one of the best. Besides that, I'm not too busy. thanks guys!
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January 20, 2013 4:06:01 PM

yes.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($117.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $266.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 13:05 EST-0500)

Base Total: $273.93
Combo Discounts: -$12.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $266.92

stays within ur 300$ budget :D 

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January 20, 2013 5:18:13 PM

Combo sold out :(  hope they get it in stock soon!

Thanks :D 
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January 20, 2013 5:24:06 PM

combo?

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January 20, 2013 5:49:24 PM

Yes the amd processor and motherboard combo you listed.
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January 20, 2013 6:41:39 PM

Quote:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBeN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($117.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $266.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 14:52 EST-0500)

Base Total: $273.93
Combo Discounts: -$12.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $266.92


Since that motherboard is sold out, is this a good alternative?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 20, 2013 6:43:17 PM

here fixed it:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $330.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 15:43 EST-0500)

Base Total: $325.93
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $330.92

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January 20, 2013 8:46:01 PM

Would you recommend the Asus motherboard or the AsRock one if it comes back in stock? Thanks :) 
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January 20, 2013 9:59:25 PM

either one will do :) 

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January 21, 2013 3:57:44 PM

iceclock said:
here fixed it:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yD04/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $330.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 15:43 EST-0500)

Base Total: $325.93
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $330.92


The only thing i would change from this build is to get these for memory,
and a cheaper case would easily make up for the cost.
EX: 2 X http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-memory-md4096sd31333
and for case
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-case-tc128
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January 21, 2013 4:05:00 PM

meh i like the build i made.

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January 21, 2013 4:18:57 PM

Im just wondering why spend $50 on a case where one for half the price will do the same. And the extra ram will help performance wise, maybe just a little, but beneficial nonetheless especially considering how cheap it is.
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January 21, 2013 4:57:21 PM

because u want a quality case for an htpc, and the hd is fine.

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