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February 1, 2013 12:09:57 AM

I plan to build my first custom computer soon, but I have a very low budget. I have at most 550$ to spend on this (would like to stay near 450$).
I have been looking at custom computers for the past month and would like some input.

my current build is a DELL (dimension e520)
with radeon 2600 xt something
LGA775 core 2 duo 4300 @ 1.8GHz (yeah 1.8)
320~watt psu i think?
2 x dual monitors (1680x1050)
2 x 500GB seagate barracuda 7200rpm
(able to play simple games on low graphics like garry's mod + halflife + portal 2 + l4d)


my *current* plan


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AKa9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AKa9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AKa9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
wouldn't like to purchase a dual core/not a huge fan of AMD
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
don't need usb 3.0 but would like it in the future
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
again don't need >4GB currently, current pc has 4GB and i never use more than 3GB
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
nice cheap-end case, but durable
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
nice vheap-end
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
don't like win8
Other: seagate barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
Other: old cd drive
Total: $555.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 20:54 EST-0500)

(note I have win7 in there, which is a necessity that most people leave out)(also i might have a win7 lying around)

I plan to upgrade cooler/GPU/mem later.
might also wait awhile to buy since its the season of new releases (ATI8xxx,Nvidia7xx,intel 4th gen on the 1155?)

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February 1, 2013 12:40:07 AM

Don´t need a K edition because the h77 chipset doesn´t support overclocking so save some bucks there.

You may wait and get more $ for a better mobo if you´re planning in Oc and see if there´s a cpu better than that i5 for gaming but remember that what makes a pc a gamer one is in fact a good gpu and you got there a very nice cpu with a minimun gpu for gaming if you´re sticking to that budget an i3 with a hd 7850 would be more of a gaming machine than that.
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February 1, 2013 12:49:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALc3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALc3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ALc3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: seagate barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
Other: old cd drive
Total: $563.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 21:48 EST-0500)

should do the trick got u a overclockable mobo :) 

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February 1, 2013 1:04:59 AM

hmmm... didnt think about the motherboard limiting OCing...
I think ill just get either a normal i5-3570 or a lower end i5 and try to ramp up the gpu to a 7850 then. thx
Ill probably use the crucial mem instead of G.skill

the hardest part about this is I have a very low budget and would like to save wherever I can..
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February 1, 2013 1:10:19 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: seagate barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
Other: old cd drive
Total: $559.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 22:10 EST-0500)

would do the trick.

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February 1, 2013 1:33:34 AM

I was originally looking at a dual core LGA1155 cpu. But I thought that if im going to purchase a whole new computer I might as well get a quad, that way It will last longer.. But if I do get a quad then the Gpu wont be that good..

(i would get a nvidia gpu if they were more price efficient)
If I get a 7770, I could still play all the current games on the market correct?
I don't care about graphics normally just fps, I play in windowed mode because i like to watch videos at the same time and ... well.. most games fullscreen mode screws up with dual screen '~'.

And im ok with playing games on LQ but I would prefer if the GPU i get CAN play games on medium quality, that way I can use it for games that havent came out yet
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February 1, 2013 1:34:36 AM

oh yeah... i feel like i need to say that Im also very picky lol
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February 1, 2013 1:57:49 AM

Bestestnoob said:
I was originally looking at a dual core LGA1155 cpu. But I thought that if im going to purchase a whole new computer I might as well get a quad, that way It will last longer.. But if I do get a quad then the Gpu wont be that good..

(i would get a nvidia gpu if they were more price efficient)
If I get a 7770, I could still play all the current games on the market correct?
I don't care about graphics normally just fps, I play in windowed mode because i like to watch videos at the same time and ... well.. most games fullscreen mode screws up with dual screen '~'.

And im ok with playing games on LQ but I would prefer if the GPU i get CAN play games on medium quality, that way I can use it for games that havent came out yet


If it´s just for gaming the last build of iceclock would be great but if you need more cpu power you can game in that hd 7770 at 1080p maximun, some games at medium.
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February 1, 2013 2:25:44 AM

yeah like i said. i3 works great, and paired with that gpu gonna pwn a quadcore+7770. so its either less gpu power and more cpu power or good dualcore+bettergpu.

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February 1, 2013 2:34:10 AM

after looking into the i3-3220 Ill agree with you on that.
It seems like it will work well enough for gaming.
I think I will get iceclocks idea, but with 8GB mem and wait abit to buy the 7850, ill use my 2600 for the next few months
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February 1, 2013 3:05:54 AM

sounds good heres what u want than.

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: seagate barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
Other: old cd drive
Total: $395.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 00:05 EST-0500)

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