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February 3, 2013 4:29:15 PM

Hello, does this sound like a good build for the cheapest possible, easily upgradable (mostly gpu wise) very tight budget gaming rig?

Budget- $800



PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60


Case- Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60


HDD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hard Drives-_-N82E16822148697&gclid=CJSGgJm__7QCFQWe4AodWxMAAQ

$80


RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Memory-_-N82E16820233144&gclid=CLf4kqe-_7QCFQ-f4AodQyIA_g

$50


CPU- AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-113-...

$140


GPU- EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Graphics Cards-_-N82E16814130827&gclid=CJ60uIDfmrUCFQ-f4AodD1kA_g

$110


MotherBoard- GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$70


Monitor- ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Backlit LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$200

$150


Mouse- Azio Levetron GM2000 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$40



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February 3, 2013 7:00:12 PM

good build
February 3, 2013 7:21:15 PM

butremor said:
good build


In which aspects? Can I improve on anything or reduce any prices?
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February 3, 2013 8:36:35 PM

jaytechgaming said:
Hello, does this sound like a good build for the cheapest possible, easily upgradable (mostly gpu wise) very tight budget gaming rig?
Budget- $800
PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60
Case- Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60
HDD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hard Drives-_-N82E16822148697&gclid=CJSGgJm__7QCFQWe4AodWxMAAQ
$80
RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Memory-_-N82E16820233144&gclid=CLf4kqe-_7QCFQ-f4AodQyIA_g
$50
CPU- AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-113-...
$140
GPU- EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Graphics Cards-_-N82E16814130827&gclid=CJ60uIDfmrUCFQ-f4AodD1kA_g
$110
MotherBoard- GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70
Monitor- ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Backlit LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$200
$150
Mouse- Azio Levetron GM2000 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40



The PSU is overkill for this build. Something such as an XFX Proseries 450W would be the most that I'd get and an Antec VP-450 (much cheaper) would still be a good option anyway.

The case is also somewhat expensive for this build. A case that is a whole half as expensive as the graphics is often not a good start for a decent gaming system.

That graphics card is a low mid-ranged card. With your budget, taking some money from the case and PSU allotments and placing it in the graphics to get something better would be a better way of going about this computer.

The board is fine so long as you're not looking to make any overclocking records with it and the rest of the build also has no issues AFAIK. The FX-6300 is a very good CPU and I don't know of any issues with that monitor and mouse. Something like butremor's linked build is a good improvement in graphics, although I'm not sure if I'd have gone from a 1TB to a 500GB hard drive for it and I tend to avoid Corsair Builder Series PSUs.
February 3, 2013 8:43:36 PM

The case is the weak component IMO
Its cheaply made with poor plastic and thin metal .
A couple of years back Tomshardware gave the Challenger an award ...for being cheap . So Rosewill ai... it got an award ... lets put the price up LOL !

Antec One Gamer
HAF 912
Corsair 200R

all better , all cheaper
February 4, 2013 7:45:03 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The case is the weak component IMO
Its cheaply made with poor plastic and thin metal .
A couple of years back Tomshardware gave the Challenger an award ...for being cheap . So Rosewill ai... it got an award ... lets put the price up LOL !

Antec One Gamer
HAF 912
Corsair 200R

all better , all cheaper


The challenger and the Challenger-U3 are not the same case. Rosewill has some very high end cases in additon to their low end cases. The Challenger-U3 is not a high end case, but it's decent- just not worth the money in a build where that money is better put to performance-relevant components.
February 4, 2013 7:46:44 PM

jaytechgaming said:
I made the changes, how do you guys like em'?
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/#combo_deal_list


You gave the wrong link. For Pcpartpicker, you have to give the link in the left-center of the top of the page. It'll have something like pcpartpicker.com/ a few numbers and letters. It says Permalink right next to it.
February 4, 2013 9:34:03 PM

blazorthon said:
You gave the wrong link. For Pcpartpicker, you have to give the link in the left-center of the top of the page. It'll have something like pcpartpicker.com/ a few numbers and letters. It says Permalink right next to it.


Opps, here is the permalink http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bu5r
February 4, 2013 9:45:21 PM

blazorthon said:
The challenger and the Challenger-U3 are not the same case. Rosewill has some very high end cases in additon to their low end cases. The Challenger-U3 is not a high end case, but it's decent- just not worth the money in a build where that money is better put to performance-relevant components.



Its the same case , with the usb ports updated to USB3 and$10 added to the price

February 5, 2013 2:35:03 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Its the same case , with the usb ports updated to USB3 and$10 added to the price


Looking back on it, yes, it is the same case. My bad there.
February 5, 2013 9:14:01 AM

Thanks, do you guys know of any 150 graphics cards that work nearly just as good as the one i delected. I still would like to keep it lower to 800 total.
February 5, 2013 8:04:49 PM

For a small change over $150 you can get a radeon 7850 1 gig

and it would be worth making compromises IMO
February 5, 2013 10:35:13 PM

Outlander_04 said:
For a small change over $150 you can get a radeon 7850 1 gig

and it would be worth making compromises IMO


Or i might just stick with the 2 gig card and pirate the copy of windows, which is prob what I am going to do
February 5, 2013 10:41:30 PM

Please don't pirate it. If you want it for free, then just get an eval copy strait from MS. Pirating is illegal, but eval copies are not.
February 6, 2013 4:18:06 PM

blazorthon said:
Please don't pirate it. If you want it for free, then just get an eval copy strait from MS. Pirating is illegal, but eval copies are not.


Can you link me? :pt1cable: 
February 6, 2013 6:04:46 PM

http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=118183&...

MS seems to have replaced their Windows 7 download links with Windows 8 links, so I went for a Softpedia link instead (still legitimate). There is no key nor crack provided, so they'll probably start up nagging occasionally about not being genuine, but it's still not pirating. You can activate it with a key if you buy one later. This link is for Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1.
February 11, 2013 6:46:09 PM

Can you give me a link to the windows 8 free OS downloads from MS. I cannot seem to find them xD
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