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January 29, 2013 11:10:57 PM

My current budget gaming build. Looking to play games like Planetside 2, and Battlefield 3 on low-med settings, and if I can get to high that'd be nice.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $410.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 20:03 EST-0500)


CPU and MOBO come in a package deal from microcenter.. that's why it is so cheap. Click the mobo name for a link to the deals.

Also, any suggestions on how I could save a little money from downgrading some parts would be nice.



Depending on if I have enough money at the end of this, I might have to drop down to a FX 6100, or a Phenom II X4 965 BE with a cheap mobo.
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January 29, 2013 11:20:09 PM

Thats a great chip it can hit 5ghz with the right cooling it's a sound build all up "i'd be happy with that build".
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January 29, 2013 11:23:53 PM

megahurtz said:
Thats a great chip it can hit 5ghz with the right cooling it's a sound build all up "i'd be happy with that build".


Yeah, and i'm lucky to have a microcenter around me so I could get a nice cpu + mobo bundle for cheap.
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January 29, 2013 11:47:02 PM

Yeah well i live in a rural town in australia it's only got about 70,000 people but still a small city with steep price's on part's but if you love something enough price is not going to stop you from building the next big build.
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January 30, 2013 7:49:37 PM

megahurtz said:
Yeah well i live in a rural town in australia it's only got about 70,000 people but still a small city with steep price's on part's but if you love something enough price is not going to stop you from building the next big build.


Yep. :) 
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January 31, 2013 11:49:55 PM

Also, would 4GB of RAM be enough for now? Of course I can always get more later..
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January 31, 2013 11:52:13 PM

Yes 4gb is fine. Modern games don't ever use more than 4gb anyway.
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February 1, 2013 10:12:53 AM

MTSe7en said:
Also, would 4GB of RAM be enough for now? Of course I can always get more later..



4gb is enough but with the price of ram these day's 8gb kit is easily had and worth while getting but if your budget can't stretch 4 is suffice.
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February 1, 2013 12:06:29 PM

megahurtz said:
4gb is enough but with the price of ram these day's 8gb kit is easily had and worth while getting but if your budget can't stretch 4 is suffice.


Alright. Also, another question. On the microcenter AMD CPU/Mobo bundles, I could save some money on there. Here are the bundles.


1) AMD FX-6300 + BIostar A960G Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Motherboard = $120

2) AMD FX-6300 + Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Motherboard = $120

3) AMD FX-6300 + M5A78L-M LX PLUS Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Motherboard = $125

4) AMD FX-6300 + Asrock 970DE3/U3S3 770 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard = $140
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February 1, 2013 4:51:17 PM

The ASRock bundle is the best
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February 3, 2013 12:59:49 PM

tiny voices said:
The ASRock bundle is the best


Ok, and they also have bundles for the i3-3225.

1) i3-3225 + MSI B75MA-E33 LGA 1155 B75 mATX Intel Motherboard = $120

2) i3-3225 + Biostar H77MU3 LGA 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard = $130

3) i3-3225 + MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard = $140

Do you think the i3-3225 would give me better performance in CPU intensive games like Planetside 2 and BF3 multiplayer? I know Planetside 2 was based off of intel and never really optimized for AMD, and that's what got me interested in the i3.

Edit: Just saw in your signature that you have the i3-3225 with the MSI Z77a-G41 1155 motherboard. ;) 
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February 3, 2013 8:50:54 PM

No, the fx 6300 will be slightly better in those games.
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