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March 2, 2013 8:39:45 PM

So I am on a budget and I need to build a good but on the budget Gaming PC. And I'm not sure of my GPU+CPU combinations. I'm also in need of advice for the RAM and PSU's brands.

Option 1:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3ghz @ $115.03
GPU: Sapphire HD7770 1gb gddr5 @ $133.46
Motherboard: LGA1155 Asus P8H61-MX USB3 @ $63.66
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws X (Dual) 2x2gb ddr3 1600 @ $39.33
PSU: Corsair VS450 450w @ $41.54

Total : $393.02

Option 2:
CPU: AMD A6 5400K 3.6ghz @ $70.05
GPU: Sapphire HD7850 1gb gddr5 @ $200.57
Motherboard: fm2 Asus F2A55M LK2 Plus @ $63.41
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws X (Dual) 2x2gb ddr3 1600 @ $39.33
PSU: Corsair VS450 450w @ $41.54

Total: $414.9

I have a Case and HD already, and my budget for this is around $400. Im not from the US nor from the UK so most rates from newegg wont be applicable. Instead I took a pricelist from shop thats cheap and near my place and converted it to usd.

The 2 options differs only with the CPU and GPU combination. I'd like be able to play high settings but not ultra on most games. Also my budget for CPU and GPU will be tight, I know i3 is better but if I slash it down to A6, I'd be able to buy a HD7850, if I stick with an i3, then would be a HD7770 be enough?
Are there any other gpu/cpu you can suggest that is close to my build?
What are your thoughts about the RAM and PSU? Would you suggest other brands?

I need your thoughts and advice on this gaming PC that im about to build.

Thanks and Good day!

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March 2, 2013 8:51:12 PM

The second build makes no sense. You don't want a low end APU paired with a 7850.
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March 2, 2013 8:54:21 PM

I see, so is the first one ok already? or do you have any sugguestions for the 2nd build?
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March 2, 2013 8:55:53 PM

The second build just doesn't really work.

The first one is perfectly fine, but get a b75 motherboard. I might say to change the CPU to an fx 6300/ am3+ motherboard.
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March 2, 2013 9:04:53 PM

The store that I am looking at doesnt have fx 6300 though it has a FX 6100 black ed. Im abit new to this so can you let me know the difference between a b75 and the first one's motherboard?
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March 2, 2013 9:06:17 PM

If you could squeeze in FX6300 +HD7850 that'd be quite awesome.
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March 2, 2013 9:12:11 PM

FinneousPJ said:
If you could squeeze in FX6300 +HD7850 that'd be quite awesome.


I've just checked few stores price list from my country and it seems they do not have a fx 6300, they have an fx6100 black ed tho, but again, due to budget... I can't :( 
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March 2, 2013 9:14:00 PM

If at all possible I wouldn't downgrade from the 7850 for modern games though. So either i3 +7850 or downgrade the CPU to Pentium G or AMD Phenom II X4 or FX-4300
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March 2, 2013 9:36:34 PM

FinneousPJ said:
If at all possible I wouldn't downgrade from the 7850 for modern games though. So either i3 +7850 or downgrade the CPU to Pentium G or AMD Phenom II X4 or FX-4300


Again I just checked, but for the FX-4300, i couldn't see anything that is for sale from the stores here. I could see an FX 4100. Pentium G? I could only go for Pentium G645
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March 2, 2013 9:39:16 PM

What about AMD X4?
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March 2, 2013 9:41:37 PM

FinneousPJ said:
What about AMD X4?

kinda weird also, i've checked about 7 different store pricelists and none of them has it. :??: 
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March 2, 2013 9:57:40 PM

If i3 +7850 is not manageable then it is a tough choice between i3+7770 and G645+7850
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March 2, 2013 10:02:16 PM

FinneousPJ said:
If i3 +7850 is not manageable then it is a tough choice between i3+7770 and G645+7850

there is a G840 here as well, looking at it, do I need to change my RAM to a 1333mhz for this processor?
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March 3, 2013 2:05:22 AM

So your suggesting I'd go with the first and replace my CPU with an A10-5800K? is 7850 vs 7770 really not that far?
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March 3, 2013 3:02:18 AM

No, do not get an APU. Its pointless if you aren't utilizing the integrated GPU. Its not that good of a CPU alone. Get the i3. It will also give you a much better upgrade path.
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March 3, 2013 3:12:33 AM

I agree with tiny; if you're buying a graphics card don't go APU. Also, can you get the phenom II, or athlon II x4 chips near you? A phenom II might leave you with enough for the 7850, and you can upgrade to piledriver/steamroller whenever, as the newer chips will be compatible with your motherboard.
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March 3, 2013 3:20:03 AM

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Spend some more 'n' more money nd' get an FX-8350


Pointless. Then you have less money for a GPU. Get an i3.
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March 3, 2013 3:23:12 AM

tiny voices said:
Pointless. Then you have less money for a GPU. Get an i3.


Or as I said, a cheap AM3+? Do you think that's viable for the OP, tiny?
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March 3, 2013 3:25:29 AM

Not an athalon. too old and slow.

A phenom 2 x4 965BE can easily hold its own against an i3. Its a good option as well. It can usually be had cheaper than an i3.
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March 3, 2013 3:47:02 AM

Hazzacanary said:
I agree with tiny; if you're buying a graphics card don't go APU. Also, can you get the phenom II, or athlon II x4 chips near you? A phenom II might leave you with enough for the 7850, and you can upgrade to piledriver/steamroller whenever, as the newer chips will be compatible with your motherboard.


After reading a few reviews I also agree with tiny; Closest I can get is Athlon II x3 3.2ghz. Phenom or an athlon x4 isn't.

@tiny, indeed I will get an i3. most of the answers here prefers and i3. If I'll push a 7850, I'd probably have to wait a month for it.

quick question regarding the RAM PSU and Motherboard.

Gigabyte B75M D3V/Asrock B75M DGS for motherboard?
is the G.skill ram good as a brand?
is the PSU at 450w enough to run this build?
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March 3, 2013 3:51:42 AM

Any RAM will be fine. Make sure they have low profile heatsinks.
Both are good motherboards.
Get a corsair cx500 PSU.
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March 3, 2013 4:09:11 AM

tiny voices said:
Any RAM will be fine. Make sure they have low profile heatsinks.
Both are good motherboards.
Get a corsair cx500 PSU.



Ill see about that, its gonna be a $500 PC if I'd add that on. I only have 2 HDs @ 7200rpm. 3 fans for the casing. Is the cx500 PSU a "must" because the 450w one wouldn't be able to, or its just setting a safe margin for me?

sorry for the stupid questions. am pretty new with these stuff :( 
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March 3, 2013 4:10:50 AM

The corsair 450w should be ok. You do not need all those case fans.
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March 3, 2013 4:17:33 AM

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Go with intel core i7 3970x


What? He isn't going to buy a $400 CPU. Don't troll please.
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March 3, 2013 4:17:48 AM

tiny voices said:
The corsair 450w should be ok. You do not need all those case fans.


All right then,
my final pc build would be:
i3 3220
hd7770(if can't wait) hd7850(after a month) :na: 
Asrock B75M DGS
Corsair vs450
G.Skill RipJaws X (Dual) 2x2gb ddr3 1600 lowend heatsink ones.

couln't thank you enough, tho im still pretty overbudget with the CPU, it made it clear that I really should get an i3.
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March 3, 2013 4:18:39 AM

px11 said:
All right then,
my final pc build would be:
i3 3220
hd7770(if can't wait) hd7850(after a month) :na: 
Asrock B75M DGS
Corsair vs450
G.Skill RipJaws X (Dual) 2x2gb ddr3 1600 lowend heatsink ones.

couln't thank you enough, tho im still pretty overbudget with the CPU, it made it clear that I really should get an i3.


Looks awesome to me!

Good luck with everything.

Always glad to be able to help.
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March 3, 2013 4:34:31 AM

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March 3, 2013 9:57:43 PM

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