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February 19, 2013 11:02:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: early March

Budget Range: 300 to 500 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing internet, music

Are you buying a monitor: If enough money is left

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, not sure about Win8 or Win7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or amazon

Location: North Carolina

Parts Preferences: for CPU's, I've been looking at the AMD FX-6100 and 6300, because of the budget. If there is a CPU that I can get for better price, then please recommend. I like 4 or more cores, due to future gaming.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: a window would be nice on the case, I don't need it but it'd be nice. Also, a case with good cable management. Number one thing is a quiet PC

Why Are You Upgrading: because my current pc is terrible

More about : 300 500 budget build

February 19, 2013 11:17:13 PM

That is a really hard budget to swing with a OS, and a fx-6300, since you need a OS included in the budget. Would you may want to consider a apu build, since really even at your high end price range, its more or less a 400 dollars hardware budget.
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February 19, 2013 11:20:39 PM

I can probably get the OS as a gift or something.. lol. Forget the OS
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February 19, 2013 11:22:22 PM

Here is a regular AMD build that almost fits your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.79 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.21 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $510.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 20:21 EST-0500)
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February 19, 2013 11:27:16 PM

APu build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($85.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Compuvest)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
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: $458.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 20:27 EST-0500)
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February 19, 2013 11:30:51 PM

If you want with a micro motherboard on the apu build you could squeeze in a 6670 graphics card to Crossfire with the APU graphics.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
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: $494.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 20:29 EST-0500)
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February 20, 2013 1:32:00 AM

I'd go for Firespert's build. Extreme value for money and im sure you could stretch the extra cash
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February 20, 2013 1:42:07 AM

It's a bad idea getting that psu in the combo for a 7870, that psu is junk, a 585W psu with just 15A on the +12v rail, it means it only has 180W, the cpu and the gpu at load will surpass that, it probably will shutdown or since it's a really cheap psu, take the other parts with it.
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February 20, 2013 1:46:47 AM

So if I get one of those DIY computers, I can just keep upgrading over time? And it comes with an i3, which is dual core, will that be good for gaming? I'll be playing Minecraft, BF3, Crysis 3..
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February 20, 2013 8:09:22 PM

it's not there anymore :( 
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February 20, 2013 8:42:02 PM
February 21, 2013 1:49:38 AM

will the i3 dual core perform better than a fx 6100? i mean it's not that much difference in the money
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February 21, 2013 1:58:15 AM

Overall the i3 is better, both are at the same price, but you need a better motherboard for the fx-6100, those low end am3+ got low power phases and low quality mosfets, which will be more expensive than the b75 board.
The i3 is a good choice for budget gaming.
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February 23, 2013 5:01:34 AM

i3 or x4 955 BE? probably a noob question
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February 23, 2013 5:03:16 AM

The i3 is better in gaming and overall.
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