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Suggestions for build w/o GPU for at or under $500 usd

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February 22, 2013 2:32:16 AM

Really going to spend $600, so $100 of that will be for the OS.

Already have a GPU purchased and in hand. Sapphire 7870 XT to be specific. And I am looking to not bottleneck it. So I would like a build to focus on that GPU. Also, I will doing video editing and streams on this system.

I just suck at picking the right parts for the right price. I'm kind of thinking of getting the FX-6300 for the CPU, for the extra cores, which I do indeed plan to put to work. Unless someone can convince me otherwise.

And how is this for a case?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

It's on sale currently, so a quick answer would be helpful on that specific case.

As for the whole build, I would greatly appreciate any and all advice. And also, $500 is my limit. This does not count GPU, monitor, keyboard, or mouse, since I already have those covered.
February 22, 2013 2:46:32 AM

I went for your Thermaltake case (simialr case with AMD lgog as well to consider] and the PSU can CFX the 7870XT
I don't have any specific info on that case but if you like it and its cheap go for :)  might want to read some reviews about it
Went with a 8320 which you can OC to at least 8350 perf and at stock is equal or better than FX6300 due to turbo

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.09 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $618.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 23:53 EST-0500)
February 22, 2013 2:48:11 AM

You're better off with an i5, and i'd get a better case than that in tiger direct, the xfx 550 is at 41$ after promo code and rebate, it's a seasonic oem psu.
Here's the list :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $584.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can get cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
HDD : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70854&promoid=1302
Ncix us offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, so with those two, you'll get it.
You can also get the i5-3350p, if you don't need the integrated graphics on the cpu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75435&promoid=1302
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February 22, 2013 3:02:44 AM

Here is an Intel version
Both mine my dj's 3470 can OC to 4ghz using the z75/z77 chipsets
I included a mb with 2 pcie3.0 slots
Only a 500GB hDD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $586.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 00:01 EST-0500)
February 22, 2013 4:45:42 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Looking into some comparisons between the CPU's suggested, I think I will stick with the 6300 based on comparison reviews I'm reading. Power per dollar is the reason why. The money saved could go toward a nice heat sink/fan for the CPU to help with overclocking.

Still open for suggestions though. But yeah, bit pricey on the cpu's you guys are suggesting.
February 22, 2013 4:57:27 AM

The i5-3470 is a better cpu, even with the FX-6300 overclocked, the i5-3470 is a better cpu even if you overclock the fx-6300 to a higher frequency, and it will have a lower power consumption, in the end the intel cpu pays off in terms of performance and in the power bills.
February 22, 2013 5:05:12 AM

^power bills is gonna take a long time depending on the power cost (did the calculation myself but where I live power is 6 cents :p ) but the i5 is faster
February 23, 2013 4:13:42 AM

Well, power bills are not an issue for me. I pay part of rent, but no utilities. :p 

So yeah, not an issue. However, looking into it some more, the 3470 is actually cheaper. Microcenter has it for $149.99, and they have one about 30-40 minutes from me. Worth the drive.
February 23, 2013 5:16:15 AM

That is some cheap motherboard, wished there was an Microcentre in Canada

Just don't expect too much of an OC out of the g41, maybe about 4.3ghz?
February 23, 2013 5:24:07 AM

djangoringo said:
Yes, if you can get it there, it's worth the price, and you can get cheaper motherboards there, worth mention, you can get the i5-3570k for 190$ and a z77 board(msi z77a-g41) for 35$, making it 225$, you can see it here : http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e055b2fc#/e055b2fc/...


Yeah, someone clued me in on this on another forum I'm asking at, just a few minutes ago :D 

Very very tempting. Probably going to win me over by the end of tomorrow. Though I may go with the Pro4 instead. A little bit more, but probably worth it.
February 23, 2013 9:10:29 AM

I would opt for the asus p8z77 v lk over the pro 4 though since those have even better power delivery sections than the pro4 (pro4 has similar power section to g41 but has a heatsink for the vrm's)
gigabyte z77 ds3h is a good board too but is missing some back panel IO stuff

Check out the OC recommendations at the far right of the list
February 23, 2013 3:29:53 PM

Msi z77a-g41 has 4+1 power phases the same as the asrock pro4, z75 pro 3, z77 pro3 , that's why i suggested that one, since with the i5-3470 and the z75 motherboard it's at the same price as the i5-3570k+msi z77, i'd get the i5+z77, though, a step up, is either getting the asus P8Z77-V LK or the Asrock z77 extreme 4 for 60$.
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