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February 12, 2013 5:43:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: the closer the better

Budget Range: 500-650 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: School/Gaming (Guild Wars 2)/ first person shooters/ multi-tasking

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, microcenter, frys

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Houston, TX (USA)

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080P

Additional Comments: Would like integrated wifi on mobo, quiet, energy efficient

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Build for my brother his computer broke

Parts i picked out so far. Would like an SSD but dont know if i can fit it in the budget. Thanks in advance!

HDD/PS Combo:145$
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Rosewill Tachyon Series Tachyon-550 Continuous 550W @ 50 Degrees C ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


CPU:150$
Core i5 3470 3.2GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/400664/Core_i5_3470_...

Mobo: 110$
GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: 50$
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: 150$
EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 54$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD: 16$
LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAND TOTAL: $670~

More about : budget build 500 650

February 12, 2013 5:54:20 AM

That HDD combo is actually not that great of a deal
The z77 will allow a turbo up to 4.0ghz (peuso OC but if you don't want it then get an H77
I think an wifi adapter for $5-10 will do better than the onboard wifi
The pricing should be $640 before MIR's + $10 wifi = 650, getting the mITX board cuts out too many options IMO
Grab an SSD down the road when you ahve mroe cash rather than skimping out on parts that contribute more to gaming, SSD's are not integral to fps while GPU+MB+RAM+CPU are and PSU to stability
The Seagate/WD blue drives this gen are plenty fast already, using them myself

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.66 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $598.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 02:53 EST-0500)


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February 12, 2013 5:58:49 AM

Always GPU > CPU when gaming comes into play.


i5 with a 650ti? give me a break.
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February 12, 2013 6:02:04 AM

thanks stickmansam
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February 12, 2013 6:06:30 AM

cutebeans said:
Always GPU > CPU when gaming comes into play.


i5 with a 650ti? give me a break.

Sorry I didnt clarify. He will be gaming lightly. I just think he would need a better CPU for multitasking with a whole bunch of programs open at once.
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February 12, 2013 6:19:31 AM

If he wants an more GPU heavy build (i5 with an 650ti is not that unbalanced depending on the specific games)
Cut out the z77 for a h77 due to i3 not having turbo
Put in a 7850 2gb OC
i3 3220
Similar price before and after MIR

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $594.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 03:17 EST-0500)
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February 12, 2013 10:54:22 PM

stickmansam said:
That HDD combo is actually not that great of a deal
The z77 will allow a turbo up to 4.0ghz (peuso OC but if you don't want it then get an H77
I think an wifi adapter for $5-10 will do better than the onboard wifi
The pricing should be $640 before MIR's + $10 wifi = 650, getting the mITX board cuts out too many options IMO
Grab an SSD down the road when you ahve mroe cash rather than skimping out on parts that contribute more to gaming, SSD's are not integral to fps while GPU+MB+RAM+CPU are and PSU to stability
The Seagate/WD blue drives this gen are plenty fast already, using them myself

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.66 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $598.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 02:53 EST-0500)


I plan on using this build right here, but i dont think he needs 1TB hard drive. What 500gb would you recommend?
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February 12, 2013 11:17:23 PM

^ well the 500Gb is 33% cheaper for only 50% less capacity so a worse buy, you could put the $20 to a stronger GPU

Prices have changed a bit since then, youn can add $10 for 2GB version of 7850 os stick with the original 650ti

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $627.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 20:16 EST-0500)
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February 12, 2013 11:44:43 PM

So i made some tweaks to the build. This is what i came up with.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DaOn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DaOn/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DaOn/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $622.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 20:44 EST-0500)
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February 12, 2013 11:58:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $492.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 20:57 EST-0500)

Microcenter build. You get a free mobo if you buy a 6 Core FX-6300.
The build will only cost you $500.

Godly value. 6 cores for better multitasking.
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February 13, 2013 12:01:16 AM

^get that but with a 7850 2GB and you can get the 1tb drive too, more gb/$
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February 13, 2013 12:03:49 AM

The guy is only a light gamer though. 1gb will be enough :) .

The i5 really is a waste of money if he's not a super gamer.

You are also thinking too much about MultiTasking. I had a core2duo and it had no problems multi-tasking. 50 tabs open. Gaming on 2gb of DDR2 ram. :) 
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February 13, 2013 12:29:12 AM

i rather stick with intel.
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February 13, 2013 12:52:52 AM

^ The FX6300 is a better option than the i3 while it is not as powerful as the i5
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February 13, 2013 1:13:46 AM

you know what im going to pull the trigger on the amd build. thanks cutebeans!
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February 13, 2013 1:17:36 AM

Yey! :) 

$150 saved for more useful stuff.
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February 13, 2013 1:19:27 AM

This is what I have now.

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $507.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 22:21 EST-0500)
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February 13, 2013 1:23:26 AM

Thanks, i really appreciate all the help.
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February 13, 2013 1:24:10 AM

Best answer selected by inwood07.
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February 13, 2013 1:26:49 AM

Hi, the 430w will be fine. 620w is just overkill. The most you should go with is a 500w but seriously 430w is fine.

You don't need a case anymore right? :) 
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February 13, 2013 1:29:31 AM

The power supply is actually only 40$. So i thought it was a good buy.
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February 13, 2013 1:33:46 AM

Ooh nice.
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