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February 7, 2013 9:34:12 PM

This is my budget gaming PC i'm going to build to play games like Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, and Battlefield 3 at low-medium settings.

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: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($25.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX430 430 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $440.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 18:07 EST-0500)

CPU and Motherboard are in a bundle from microcenter.

Since I have an old copy of Windows XP sitting around, i'll install that and then upgrade to Windows 8. Also, i'll be using an HP 21 inch 1600x900 monitor.

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February 7, 2013 9:44:52 PM

Thats an amazing price

The power supply is a weak point . Use only 80+ bronze or better rated units
http://www.microcenter.com/product/399979/Builder_Serie...
Much cheaper at newegg , usually
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard too could be a problem . Despite the name it actually uses an older 770 chipset .
Ideally find a board for just a few $ more that uses a 970 series chiipset. Probably
http://www.microcenter.com/product/382894/970_Extreme3_...
from the microcenter choices
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February 7, 2013 9:56:11 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Thats an amazing price

The power supply is a weak point . Use only 80+ bronze or better rated units

The motherboard too could be a problem . Despite the name it actually uses an older 770 chipset .
Ideally find a board for just a few $ more that uses a 970 series chiipset


Hmm, ok.

How about the Corsair CX Series CX500M 500 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply for $50 @ Microcenter? It's 80+ Bronze Certified.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?...
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February 7, 2013 10:00:52 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Thats an amazing price

The power supply is a weak point . Use only 80+ bronze or better rated units
http://www.microcenter.com/product/399979/Builder_Serie...
Much cheaper at newegg , usually
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard too could be a problem . Despite the name it actually uses an older 770 chipset .
Ideally find a board for just a few $ more that uses a 970 series chiipset. Probably
http://www.microcenter.com/product/382894/970_Extreme3_...
from the microcenter choices


Ok, just saw the motherboard suggestion. That motherboard you linked doesn't come with a CPU bundle, so I don't think that would fit in with my budget.

I was looking at the MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard, but there are no in stock at the store I go to. :/ 

Do you really think the current mobo could be a problem?
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February 7, 2013 10:51:06 PM

MTSe7en said:
This is my budget gaming PC i'm going to build to play games like Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, and Battlefield 3 at low-medium settings.

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: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($25.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($121.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $447.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 18:07 EST-0500)

CPU and Motherboard are in a bundle from microcenter.

Since I have an old copy of Windows XP sitting around, i'll install that and then upgrade to Windows 8. Also, i'll be using an HP 21 inch 1600x900 monitor.



Whats your max budget?



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $487.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 19:52 EST-0500)


For just $40 more... Better processor, ram, hard drive, and gpu for those games.
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February 7, 2013 11:12:42 PM

maxalge said:
Whats your max budget?



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $487.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 19:52 EST-0500)


For just $40 more... Better processor, ram, hard drive, and gpu for those games.


Hmm, that's very intriguing! Let me do some more looking around and i'll get back to you.. And my budget is anywhere between $450-$480.
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February 7, 2013 11:29:17 PM

maxalge said:
Whats your max budget?



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $487.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 19:52 EST-0500)


For just $40 more... Better processor, ram, hard drive, and gpu for those games.


Ok, well, I tried to make something out of that build but it doesn't fit in my budget if I buy from newegg/Microcenter..

The total of mine was about $552 including shipping and tax.
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February 9, 2013 2:06:23 PM

Any other suggestions?
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February 11, 2013 11:45:15 PM

Alright, looks like i'm locked in to buy the parts this weekend.
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February 12, 2013 12:36:09 AM

Best answer selected by MTSe7en.
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