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February 17, 2013 10:47:05 PM

Hi all, I am new to the community, and I was wondering if my build is okay. First, I would like to use this to play several games and edit videos a little - mainly, I want good graphics and performance. However, I'm only 13 years old. Budget is an issue, and I need the computer to stay under $500. The operating system isn't an issue. The monitor, keyboard, mice, speakers, etc. is not needed - I already have this. So, here's the build - will it hold up for me?:

CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GT 520 1GB Video Card ($45.38 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.52 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.24 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-S8R-20AK-GP 28.9 CFM 80mm Fan ($2.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($78.36 @ Mac Connection)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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February 17, 2013 10:53:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $509.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:53 EST-0500)


This will be about 2.5x as powerful as your build.
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February 17, 2013 10:55:36 PM

tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $509.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 19:53 EST-0500)


This will be about 2.5x as powerful as your build.


Are yoiu sure the Intel i3 will do the gaming job?
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February 17, 2013 10:57:58 PM

Yes its considerably more powerful than any APU series processor. I have an i3 and have no problem with any game. You could get an fx-6300 for about the same money but it won't be really any better. Plus with an i3 you can upgrade to an i5 later.
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February 17, 2013 11:18:28 PM

+1 to tiny voices. i3 is a great gamer.
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March 2, 2013 12:28:42 AM

Best answer selected by mrcowdude20.
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