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February 19, 2013 7:06:03 AM

Just built my first PC and now my friend wants one haha need to keep it under $600 USD with OS.
Here we go...

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Couple weeks

Budget Range: $600 USD Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Wndows 7 HP 64bit $100? anybody found cheaper

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter is best since we have one local, then Newegg and ect...

Location: Colorado

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


What I have already picked out to match my build...

CPU: AMD FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core $120 @ MC

MOBO: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard $25 @ MC with CPU bundle

MEM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 $40 @ MC

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February 19, 2013 7:37:01 AM

Your selected parts plus this should be good

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.28 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $436.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 04:36 EST-0500)
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February 19, 2013 9:48:53 AM

i3-3220 will do better with gaming than the 6300

otherwise, not much more you can do with this budget. possibly get HIS 7870 gpu (newegg 210$ after 10$ rebate)
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February 20, 2013 12:20:40 AM

Is the 400w PSU enough? What if he decides to over clock?

and we're getting the AMD for the extra cores
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February 20, 2013 12:23:42 AM

gussrtk said:
i3-3220 will do better with gaming than the 6300

otherwise, not much more you can do with this budget. possibly get HIS 7870 gpu (newegg 210$ after 10$ rebate)


The 6300 IS better than the i3 for gaming, except games not properly made for 6 cores.
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February 20, 2013 6:07:33 AM


@Thehiddenlotus, that PSU should be enough to handle it, can't see it drawing more than 300w. A 450w unit like from XFX wouldn't hurt though.
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February 20, 2013 7:19:40 AM

+1 to FX-6300.

More and more games are now utilizing more than 2 cores.
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February 21, 2013 1:04:17 AM

mikerockett said:
@Thehiddenlotus, that PSU should be enough to handle it, can't see it drawing more than 300w. A 450w unit like from XFX wouldn't hurt though.


Would I be able to get the 450w and stay in budget, if so could you link it for me? The rest of the build looks great just gotta see what he thinks of the case although he doesn't have much choice with the budget being so tight. :) 
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February 21, 2013 6:46:31 AM

The XFX unit is $12 dollars more so depends if you could squeeze that amount.
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February 21, 2013 9:31:42 PM

Best answer selected by thehiddenlotus.
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