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300-500 budget build?

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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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
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..
February 20, 2013 8:09:22 PM

it's not there anymore :( 
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
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.
February 23, 2013 5:01:34 AM

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

The i3 is better in gaming and overall.
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