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January 21, 2013 5:15:25 AM

I need help bringing the cost of this build down to about ~$700 without significantly changing it's preformance.

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $845.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 21, 2013 5:21:20 AM

Is this mainly for gaming?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbmd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $725.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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This has a better PSU and a better GPU.
January 21, 2013 5:25:27 AM

^ important question

-get fx6300
-delete dvd from the list (personally i use it only once a year)
-get cheap am3+ mobo
-or go with cheap intel cpu build all together


basically your budget is 550 without monitor
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January 21, 2013 5:27:56 AM

I'd start with the Case and Power Supply. You could probably get knock off $40-$50 between the two of them just by shopping around a little more.

Also, Tigerdirect has an HP 23" monitor on sale for $129 right now for Monday only. They also routinely will have sales on 21-22" monitors for $109.

After those savings my next step would be the motherboard then the CPU. Are you primarily using it for gaming? I think you'd be fine with an FX-6300 for $139. I know someone with a 4170 who doesn't get bottlenecked by his 7850 card. If you're using it for gaming, seriously, I know everyone wants the most power available, but it's more than enough to run everything at near top quality.
January 21, 2013 5:46:22 AM

tiny voices said:
Is this mainly for gaming?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbmd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $725.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 02:27 EST-0500)

This has a better PSU and a better GPU.


I like this build but I've seen people saying intel is better. Would this be better than the amd one?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $753.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 21, 2013 5:57:24 AM

exactly what i though :)  intel build

fix a bit on PSU. corsair 600 is on sale

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $702.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 21, 2013 6:01:42 AM

How does the intel build compare to the amd one? I see the amd has higher ghz and more cores, so I would assume that the amd is better but everyone says intel is better
January 21, 2013 6:09:25 AM

AMD's definition of cores is a little different than Intel's. Intel's draw less power and give off less heat.

I'd personally prefer a 8350 and even a 6000 series to most i3's, but there's some people that would disagree with me. But the i5s are the best bang for the buck overall if you want to run the highest detail on everything. i7's are overkill. But it depends on what you are using your computer for too.
January 21, 2013 6:18:49 AM

slightly above, i love AMD cpu as long as it is vishera :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $712.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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