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January 31, 2013 12:45:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month

Budget Range: $0 - 275 (after rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, Skype, using MS Office

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No, already have a copy of Windows 7

Overclocking: Maybe (I can if necessary)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I already have a SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB sitting around so I will be using that as the video card to save money unless there is a major reason not. I also have a Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 sitting around as well, but I wasn't intending to use it. I can however.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This is for a friend. Their PC is old as dirt. They do love gaming, but most games they play their video turns into a slideshow.
a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 1:47:31 PM

$3 over budget :<

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $278.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 10:46 EST-0500)
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January 31, 2013 1:51:31 PM

^n1 Fin, That 4850 is gonna struggle @ 1200p. It should run most games on low though.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:04:39 PM

$20 over budget, well done for getting so close Fin.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($16.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $297.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 04:34 EST-0500)

An alternative to utilise the 4850

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $274.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 11:54 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:13:26 PM

I would choose the Antec VP-450 over the Corsair V2 Builder. The latter was made by CWT using some inferior Samxon capacitors from a line known to experience early failure.
I'm also skeptical of low-end MSI boards. They may have weak VRMs that pop under load. The Google Docs spreadsheet I reference from home is blocked at work; perhaps someone else who knows about this can link it?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:19:00 PM

I believe your thinking of the older cxV2 that's now discontinued, it had 28A on the 12V, was 80 certified and used the bad capacitors, the newer one is 32A and 80+ bronze certified and is of a better quality.

I know what you mean about the low end board but when you have a budget of $275 there's little more you can do than low end.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:23:08 PM

maximum budget? and country of origin
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January 31, 2013 2:45:02 PM

FinneousPJ said:
$3 over budget :<

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $278.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 10:46 EST-0500)


Pretty sure that's a 125w CPU and a 95w socket. (No go)
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January 31, 2013 2:46:53 PM

mikerockett said:
$20 over budget, well done for getting so close Fin.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($16.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $297.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 04:34 EST-0500)


he already has a 4850 lying around. no need for a APU. Also horrible build.

OP I'll build you one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Signature 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.32 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $271.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 11:55 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:48:30 PM

Z1NONLY said:
Pretty sure that's a 125w CPU and a 95w socket. (No go)


It's a 95w CPU, it's listed on the boards compatible CPU's also.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 2:59:39 PM

lchrisk said:
he already has a 4850 lying around. no need for a APU. Also horrible build.

OP I'll build you one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Signature 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.32 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $271.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 11:55 EST-0500)


Not sure how you justify saying my builds horrible then go and only put in 1 stick of Ram so your not even utilising the dual channel interface :/ 
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January 31, 2013 3:01:24 PM

mikerockett said:
Not sure how you justify saying my builds horrible then go and only put in 1 stick of Ram so your not even utilising the dual channel interface :/ 

You do realize dual channel won't do anything for him in gaming? Do your research before you post.

You have an APU, when he has a 4870.
You put a CX430 in there.
You also have a bad HDD.
Your build is outdated.

Yes, your build is horrible.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 3:07:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFj1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFj1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AFj1/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($87.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64-GT 25.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($12.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($12.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 160GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($41.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $296.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 12:09 EST-0500)

303$
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 3:21:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($75.34 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $300.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 12:25 EST-0500)

best i can do with that budget. I build it with upgrading in mind. you can run with a new FX series CPU in that board. So down the road they can upgrade. the PSU is robust enough to take a better vid card down the road too.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 3:34:18 PM

Ya, not going to be pretty trying to drive a 1200p monitor regardless of the builds shown. The older games will probably be OK. Something like BF3 multiplayer will just be hellish even with the 4850 (are the of the APUs more powerful than that?) on low across the board.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 3:37:42 PM

well limited budget what u think, the one i built and the above is decent.
like they say u get what u pay for

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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 4:04:23 PM

lchrisk said:
You do realize dual channel won't do anything for him in gaming? Do your research before you post.

You have an APU, when he has a 4870.
You put a CX430 in there.
You also have a bad HDD.
Your build is outdated.

Yes, your build is horrible.


Dont really want to start an argument in this guys thread so ill just leave my thoughts on your comments and leave it at that.

Dual channel isn't going to be making massive improvements but there is benefit to it. I bet your rig is running dual channel right?
Yes i had an apu, didn't notice that.
There's nothing wrong with the new cx430's, people need to stop getting hung up on the old, discontinued v2 models.
Since when has the Seagate barracuda been a bad HDD, I've used loads over the years and never had issues, have some running currently and there fine.
Well its a $275 budget, you're not gonna get top budget stuff here.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 4:05:31 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Ya, not going to be pretty trying to drive a 1200p monitor regardless of the builds shown. The older games will probably be OK. Something like BF3 multiplayer will just be hellish even with the 4850 (are the of the APUs more powerful than that?) on low across the board.


no... the APUs are good up to 720p, which in the grand scheme of things for onchip or even onboard GPUs is freaking amazing. But compared to a discrete GPU it is pretty underwhelming.
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January 31, 2013 5:04:28 PM

I appreciate all the input folks! I'm going to churn through the responses after work and try to settle on a best answer. You're going to have a cow, but the "real" budget is $250. He's my good friend though, so I figured I could chip in a little fluff money lol.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 5:11:49 PM

but at 250 u barely can get a pc with integrated gpu. 308 is too much?
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January 31, 2013 5:40:45 PM

Well, everything over 250 is on me, so I'm definitely trying to keep it as low as humanly possible. 308 is probably pushing it. If I can hunt down someone locally who's chucking out a PC case, that would shave off some more money because I wouldn't need a case, but no luck so far.
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January 31, 2013 5:44:41 PM

mikerockett said:
Dont really want to start an argument in this guys thread so ill just leave my thoughts on your comments and leave it at that.

Dual channel isn't going to be making massive improvements but there is benefit to it. I bet your rig is running dual channel right?
Yes i had an apu, didn't notice that.
There's nothing wrong with the new cx430's, people need to stop getting hung up on the old, discontinued v2 models.
Since when has the Seagate barracuda been a bad HDD, I've used loads over the years and never had issues, have some running currently and there fine.
Well its a $275 budget, you're not gonna get top budget stuff here.


Well its a $275 budget, you're not gonna get top budget stuff here.[/quotemsg]
I don't argue with others who do not have a knowledge up to par as mine. You didn't notice you had an APU on there? Well you do realize this is the guys's money at stake. He could take your advice and get a piece of crap. You wouldn't care though, as you probably just post to increase your points. Although if you truly want to help someone, I strongly suggest you go research and proof read your post more.

Btw, the CX430 is a horrible PSU. You obviously know nothing. And Seagate isn't the best brand you want to go with. My WD was a few dollars cheaper, had much more space, and is more reliable. Please stop suggesting bad builds, as you will make people waste m
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January 31, 2013 5:44:51 PM

mikerockett said:
Dont really want to start an argument in this guys thread so ill just leave my thoughts on your comments and leave it at that.

Dual channel isn't going to be making massive improvements but there is benefit to it. I bet your rig is running dual channel right?
Yes i had an apu, didn't notice that.
There's nothing wrong with the new cx430's, people need to stop getting hung up on the old, discontinued v2 models.
Since when has the Seagate barracuda been a bad HDD, I've used loads over the years and never had issues, have some running currently and there fine.
Well its a $275 budget, you're not gonna get top budget stuff here.


I don't argue with others who do not have a knowledge up to par as mine. You didn't notice you had an APU on there? Well you do realize this is the guys's money at stake. He could take your advice and get a piece of crap. You wouldn't care though, as you probably just post to increase your points. Although if you truly want to help someone, I strongly suggest you go research and proof read your post more.

Btw, the CX430 is a horrible PSU. You obviously know little. And Seagate isn't the best brand you want to go with. My WD was a few dollars cheaper, had much more space, and is more reliable. Please stop suggesting bad builds, as you will make people waste money.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 6:12:43 PM

lchrisk said:
I don't argue with others who do not have a knowledge up to par as mine. You didn't notice you had an APU on there? Well you do realize this is the guys's money at stake. He could take your advice and get a piece of crap. You wouldn't care though, as you probably just post to increase your points. Although if you truly want to help someone, I strongly suggest you go research and proof read your post more.

Btw, the CX430 is a horrible PSU. You obviously know little. And Seagate isn't the best brand you want to go with. My WD was a few dollars cheaper, had much more space, and is more reliable. Please stop suggesting bad builds, as you will make people waste money.


Up your own arse much?

I meant i didn't spot he had a gpu to use, my mistake, i admit, because i can admit mistakes, because I'm not in love with myself like you clearly are.

Once again, there's nothing wrong with the barracuda, they have no higher a failure rate than a WD. Also, you seem to be basing your information on the old discontinued cx430v2's that used the bad samxon capacitors.

I'm not saying my builds are perfect but there's nothing wrong with what i suggested. If you care to discuss more with some civility and come down off your pedestal I'm more than willing. If you're only interested in growing your e peen then ill leave you to it.

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January 31, 2013 6:36:12 PM

alright guys settledown, not here to fight over useless stuff, also the corsair cx430 v2 new build is quite good, and heres the proof so close it,

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-CX430-V2...

speaks for itself.

also to user asking about 250$ build, i really dont see u getting anything worth it for 250 sorry, maybe if u buy used. but id recommand against it, maybe save a 50$ extra and get something like i recommanded.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 6:46:34 PM

Thanks for that link iceclock. I have to agree with you, 250 is really pushing the boundaries. If you could save and reach 350 that would be a better place to go from.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 6:47:44 PM

ya. i agree with you on the cx430 v2 quite good. new revision of course
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 6:52:34 PM

$250 is possible you just have to give up on the quad core

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $253.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 15:52 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 31, 2013 7:11:47 PM

final price 280$ tho.

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January 31, 2013 10:15:08 PM

mikerockett said:
Up your own arse much?

I meant i didn't spot he had a gpu to use, my mistake, i admit, because i can admit mistakes, because I'm not in love with myself like you clearly are.

Once again, there's nothing wrong with the barracuda, they have no higher a failure rate than a WD. Also, you seem to be basing your information on the old discontinued cx430v2's that used the bad samxon capacitors.

I'm not saying my builds are perfect but there's nothing wrong with what i suggested. If you care to discuss more with some civility and come down off your pedestal I'm more than willing. If you're only interested in growing your e peen then ill leave you to it.


How so? I just told you to do your research and proof read, as you should be doing, which you clearly did not when you posted on this thread.

>OP has 4870
>gets APU

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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 12:38:35 AM

both of u shut the hell up, seriously lets stick to helping the op, we are not here to start a flame war, and no way to talk to each other.

respect each other is part of the terms of service of toms and u can have ur account suspended if not followed.

stick to what u know best and thats pcs not flaming.

cheers :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 3:38:39 AM

iceclock said:
final price 280$ tho.

He said after rebates ;) 
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February 1, 2013 7:40:05 AM

FinneousPJ said:
$250 is possible you just have to give up on the quad core

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $253.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 15:52 EST-0500)


+1 for this build, similar to the build i suggested but with better choice of RAM.

Unless the budget can be increased i don't think we can really make any improvement.
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February 1, 2013 9:00:54 AM

why get a new cpu when he already has an e5200. it can still game i think so not getting a new cpu will save a lot of money.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 9:10:11 AM

Because that's what the OP wanted. Even the Pentium G860 is up to 50% faster than a E5200.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 9:15:43 AM

Not to mention having to get an old socket 775 board and DDR2 ram.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 11:14:59 AM

CPU: AMD Sempron 145 2.8GHz Single-Core Processor ($38.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 1GB (1 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($8.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 160GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($41.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Xion XON-180 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 380W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.62 @ Compuvest)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $254.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 08:14 EST-0500)

Try this, better GPU :p .....
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 11:52:10 AM

Bad joke :p 
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February 1, 2013 12:03:38 PM

AMD A8-5600k
4gb ddr 1600
ASUS A55 mobo
corsair cx430
seagate 500gb hdd
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 1:09:28 PM

at this point fineous builds is best i guess. for the within budget.

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February 1, 2013 1:25:11 PM

Hey all! You've given some really great input. Thanks so much! Here's a combination of some of your builds plus some new stuff, mainly due to some great sales that just started today (thank you Super Bowl Sunday). Thoughts?

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg) need small RAM due to case
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Radeon 4850 512 MB (free)
Case: COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: None

Total: $238.94 !!!!
(that total is after shipping. see this link for promo codes http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/Feb-0-2013/gamewee...)

* Alternative Case: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower ($37.99 @ Newegg) This case is an alt only because it--accordingly to reviews--has more internal room and doesn't need specifically-sized RAM.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 1:28:32 PM

well its a start, at least hes gonna be able to game and is within ur budget :) 

cheers.

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February 1, 2013 1:32:40 PM

Actually I do have a question about the build I posted. Since the PC isn't needed for another couple weeks (aka, I have some time to play with) which of those components are "BUY NOW, THAT COMPONENT WILL NOT GET CHEAPER" and which are "meh, you might as well hold out for a bit and see if that component has a cheaper deal in a week or two" ?

Thanks!
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February 1, 2013 1:41:52 PM

count_rugen said:
Actually I do have a question about the build I posted. Since the PC isn't needed for another couple weeks (aka, I have some time to play with) which of those components are "BUY NOW, THAT COMPONENT WILL NOT GET CHEAPER" and which are "meh, you might as well hold out for a bit and see if that component has a cheaper deal in a week or two" ?

Thanks!


these are all old parts. really at this price, its bottom of the barrel. none are likely to go down.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 2:06:22 PM

yes we know that, but hes got a very small budget, id go with fins recommandation tbh.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2013 2:21:53 PM

here's my $250 suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $259.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 11:21 EST-0500)

use the 4850 with it.
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February 1, 2013 3:05:39 PM

Looking at benchmarks the 4850 appears to be slightly faster than the A10-5800k.
As for buy now, the CX430 is $20 after rebate today. The base price doesn't change much but the rebate comes and goes, so I would get that now.
I've seen the Source 210 for under 30 after rebate, and there are a lot of low end cases you can substitute that will work even if they are not ideal.
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February 1, 2013 4:00:30 PM

not bad suggestions guys

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