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Budget gaming build for $550 (already have case)

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January 29, 2013 5:42:50 AM

I posted a thread last week asking for help on building a budget gaming build for 500. well since then I bought a case and upped the price range to 550. Mainly I want it to play games like skyrim, witcher 2, old republic, ps2 emu,( maybe some newer games?) and hopefully to stream movies (maybe 720p?). I am not going to overclock it and im going to be using 720p. I also do not need windows. Im not sure if I should go with amd or intel? any suggestions would be appreciated. If any of you return from the previous thread i still appreciated the feedback:D 


pref with no mail in rebates :D  i can only spend 550 :( 
January 29, 2013 5:58:26 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $545.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 02:57 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2013 11:38:36 AM

Are you going to need a operating system in this build?
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January 29, 2013 11:58:15 AM

tenaciousk said:
Are you going to need a operating system in this build?


nope no os, thats what i meant with no windows i should of specified tho
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January 29, 2013 12:21:19 PM

For a smaller budget like that i would go with somthing like this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $525.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 09:20 EST-0500)

Edit:

Although i will say the 660 is the better graphics card..
but the 7850 will play the games you want on 720p with max settings.
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January 29, 2013 12:47:31 PM

with the games i listed would it be that much of a difference performance wise with a fx-6300 vs an i3-3220
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January 29, 2013 12:50:57 PM

poseidun said:
with the games i listed would it be that much of a difference performance wise with a fx-6300 vs an i3-3220

The i3 is a bit better, but not by a lot.
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January 29, 2013 1:56:46 PM

so many choices.. im really not sure which way to go:\ amd and better gpu? or intel and crappier gpu?
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January 29, 2013 2:25:43 PM

I will try to throw some parts together, but want to know what case you got so I can spec a mobo and gpu that will fit inside.

You already have a retail copy of windows or an unused oem copy?

Edit: just reread your original post. You have a copy os windows ready to go. You should really consider overclocking in this budget range(amd phenom II x4 BE in particular for cpu and most 28nm gpu graphics cards) to get the best bang for your buck. I'm cheating a bit with a recent build on pcpartpicker. Hold on a second.
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January 29, 2013 2:33:54 PM

jtenorj said:
I will try to throw some parts together, but want to know what case you got so I can spec a mobo and gpu that will fit inside.

You already have a retail copy of windows or an unused oem copy?

Edit: just reread your original post. You have a copy os windows ready to go. You should really consider overclocking in this budget range(amd phenom II x4 BE in particular for cpu and most 28nm gpu graphics cards) to get the best bang for your buck. I'm cheating a bit with a recent build on pcpartpicker. Hold on a second.



retail copy and case = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 29, 2013 2:58:03 PM

MatildaPersson said:
Why would you choose an Antec over Corsair?

Similar reliabilty thought i would venture corsiar has better customer care if trouble happens. The antec is offfering a great deal of performance for way lower price than corsair right now
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January 29, 2013 3:07:42 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£130.96 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.46 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.98 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £365.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 17:06 GMT+0000)

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This computer has been brilliant for me and I get 60 FPS+ on all games. 1920 x 1080
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January 29, 2013 4:03:54 PM

I'm guessing the OP is in the US since they posted a link to their case on newegg(US site, not the Canadian one). UK links/prices probably don't apply.

poseidun, do you happen to live near a microcenter? Here is a build under budget that should work well(plus a few different cpu cooler/hdd options) :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $476.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 12:22 EST-0500)

This is 536.09 before you start moving down to 476.09 by factoring in rebates. The cooler master hyper 212+ should just barely fit in your case(from 1/4 inch to a few millimeters depending on the mobo). I'd suggest a hyper tx3 (same cost). It doesn't cool as well(3 copper heat pipes vs 4, 92mm fan vs 120mm, fewer/smaller fins with less overall surface area), but has better ram/case/mobo clearance, is easier to install, and you don't have to mess with a rebate. It's more than enough to push a 975BE oem to 4ghz+ while staying cool and quiet. Here it is at newegg for 19.99 and free shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also have some concerns about that seagate hdd. Overall, newegg user reviews aren't stellar. For 5 bucks more, you can get a WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM 1TB HDD(it has double the cache as well, if you care about that sort of thing). It is engineered for a balance of performance and power saving that translates to lower heat and noise as well. Better reviews on newegg(though fewer total reviews) and decent reviews on amazon and ncix as well, although the numbers for the seagate are good at ncix too. Newegg just has a bigger pool of reviews for these parts). Here are some links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088PUEPK/?tag=pcpapi-20

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&man...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

When you order $100 worth or more(and under 200 pounds by weight) at ncix, shipping is free. Newegg has a promo code for $15 off that WD right now.

I would have liked to have squeezed a $200 dollar hd7870 in the build, but at 11.69 inches it's too long(your case supports up to 11.5 inches). The hd7850 overclocks very well, though(unlike most gtx660 which suck at overclocking). hd7850 is a tad slower than gtx660 at reference clocks but notably faster when overclocked. Even a reference style cooler will keep it cool and quiet at high clocks, not to mention custom cooled cards. Hope this helps.
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January 29, 2013 9:07:00 PM

MatildaPersson said:
The i3 is a bit better, but not by a lot.


I would say the FX6300 is actually the better chip for gaming
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