My Budget Gaming PC

Hello everyone,

I am currently trying to build a gaming rig on a tight budget. I am an unemployed student that currently has enough money for a $700 PC (I have $1000 but with taxes and shipping where I live in Canada that would go up to $1000).

Here is what i have come up with so far...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 Ghz Quad Core $99.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

GPU: MSI GTX 650 1 gb/OC $113.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127701

Mobo: Foxconn A9DA $89.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186199

PSU: COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-600 600W $49.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159125

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB $59.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R $109.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 500gb $69.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $99.99 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Total $713.91
Grand Total (Taxes and Shipping) $947.48

What is your advice on this rig, will it work well?

Also what games could I run well on this set up?
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  1. If i had that price range, i would go with something like this. If you wanted to save a little money, you could drop the gpu down to a 7850, but with the setup i provided you should be able to max out any game.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64 Pro 36.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $748.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 08:00 EST-0500)
  2. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=681

    These are the benchmark results between the GTX 650 and the Hd 7870
  3. tenaciousk said:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=681

    These are the benchmark results between the GTX 650 and the Hd 7870


    is there another mobo you would recommend? That one costs $150 in Canada :/
  4. TheN00bBuilder said:
    Here is a nice custom build that will run most games on ultra; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BdEM You beat me to it!


    Good suggestions but i wouldn't go with this build, spending extra money on the 8 core processor is wasted money. The FX-6300 is a excellent gaming cpu.

    Ther motherboard you have chosen, just dosn't really make sense to me.

    You have chosen a 5400 rpm Hard drive with 8 mb of cache...
    The one i have chosen is 7200 rpm with 64 Mb cache, much faster.

    You have chosen the 7770, which is a ok card but not great. For his budget he can easily Fit in a better card. Which is why i went with the just as good cheaper fx-6300, that extra money goes into the gpu budget.
  5. Sorry didn't realize you were from Canada here is a revised copy with cheaper motherboard, and the 7850 gpu.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64 Pro 36.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $711.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 09:44 EST-0500)
  6. tenaciousk said:
    Sorry didn't realize you were from Canada here is a revised copy with cheaper motherboard, and the 7850 gpu.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64 Pro 36.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $711.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 09:44 EST-0500)


    Everything you just listed but swapping the 7850 for a 7770 makes the total with shipping and taxes $960, which is right at my budget.

    Thats still good enough to max out most games right?
  7. ohh definitely, you will be in pretty good shape with this rig, then in the future if it start getting a little behind, just buy another graphics card and crossfire.
  8. yeah that is what i was thinking, this summer while working i should make around $3000-4000, i'll upgrade it then :)
  9. This PC here is a LOT better than the ones mentioned above.
    It's cheaper too.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.93 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($50.71 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $654.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 10:21 EST-0500)
  10. Kamen_BG said:
    This PC here is a LOT better than the ones mentioned above.
    It's cheaper too.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.93 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($50.71 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $654.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 10:21 EST-0500)


    are you sure about the dual-core processor? i didn't think they were much good for gaming?
  11. I would choose the fx-6300 over the i3 any day. Games are stating to come out that utilize more then 2 cores. The i3 is 2 core hyper threaded, but games don't use hyper threading. also they are about neck and neck in the bench, but where the fx-6300 succeeds its succeeds by alot here are the bench marks.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=699
  12. Not to mention it has 6 real cores.
  13. tenaciousk said:
    Not to mention it has 6 real cores.


    what about this processor? its $20 cheaper and i have seen alot of reviews saying that vishera processors are hard to get to work with some mobo's
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