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Wanting to build a <$450 gaming computer

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February 24, 2013 8:17:12 PM

Hello,
I am wanting to build a gaming computer that will be <$500 and I will be getting the money from selling a lot of xbox 360 games and perhaps a modded controller and a XBOX 360 S with a 250 GB HDD. I would like for the tower to be larger than what is going to be needed because i want room to add more stuff into it. Power supply range is $85-$110
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February 24, 2013 8:37:07 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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February 24, 2013 9:53:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $454.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 18:53 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2013 10:17:31 PM

NoHear95 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKWN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $454.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 18:53 EST-0500)


-the aftermarket cooler probably wont do a much better job than the stock heatsink
-board might not handle the wattage, but then again it could. my warning would be it could require a bios update
-single channel memory is slow
-the builder series are pretty low quality
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February 24, 2013 10:29:21 PM

TheBigTroll said:
-the aftermarket cooler probably wont do a much better job than the stock heatsink
-board might not handle the wattage, but then again it could. my warning would be it could require a bios update
-single channel memory is slow
-the builder series are pretty low quality

I included the aftermarket cooler because of noise, as the stock one is very loud.
I couldnt find any good dual channel memory to fit his budget, and for me, dual channel for 4 gb is quite pointless as it only takes space on motherboard.
I ve built computer with the same cpu and motherboard and they are working fine
Builder series low quality? Am sorry, but i am not even replying. It might be low, but it will definitely work flawlessly on that build lol.
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February 24, 2013 10:41:47 PM

-its a 80mm fan. those things run just as fast and just as loud as the stock amd heatsink. not to mention the hyper 101 is only rated for 95w
-of course. saving space is a big deal compared to a nice 5% performance loss
-not low quality? now explain the numerous failures from people reviewing on newegg. there are a couple of members here that had their cx series fail on them
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 24, 2013 11:21:56 PM

Nope, the stock amd fans can hit up to 5400 rpm at 42 dbs, while the aftermarket one doesnt go over 22
Find me a better ram option for that price then we can talk
If it is low quality can you please explain why it is recommended by so man pc techs? Like ducan, logan, linus? And judging the whole serie by some faulty units is a bad idea.
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February 24, 2013 11:39:52 PM

-at least it cools well enough for overclocking and is actually rated at 125+w
-i cannot find anything cheaper, but at least i take out a bottleneck out of my system
-you know its recommended only because its cheap or because it happens to be there and isnt total crap. example is linus talking about a h40 cooler. in the ncix vesta machines, he states that they are pretty good, but then later on in his live streams, he calls them a total joke. for other people who recommend them, its because they are really cheap and it can do its job. there are better options out there for your money (antec basiq and the xfx core 450) that are made by a much better company (seasonic rather than CWT). i wouldnt say the are total crap, just sub par
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February 25, 2013 12:18:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNbO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNbO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNbO/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $498.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 21:17 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2013 12:45:05 AM

TheBigTroll said:
-its a 80mm fan. those things run just as fast and just as loud as the stock amd heatsink. not to mention the hyper 101 is only rated for 95w
-of course. saving space is a big deal compared to a nice 5% performance loss
-not low quality? now explain the numerous failures from people reviewing on newegg. there are a couple of members here that had their cx series fail on them
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It looks like newegg is lumping reviews for the cx430 v2 in with the reviews for v2.3 based on the date of the reviews. They had some quality control issues with v2, but it seems that they have improved quite a bit with v2.3
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