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Hello! Check Please? Help! Low budget first time gaming rig build!

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March 18, 2013 4:44:50 PM

Hello there!

I am pretty new to building my computer but I think I have pretty much figured it out but I want some of the old hands to help me out and just check my handy work and that I haven't forgot something or made a serious mistake before I purchase. I am building this pc primarily to have a gaming pc on a budget. I am happy with mid range graphics on demanding games. I think it will do the job but if someone feels like I have made a big problem please show me the errors of my ways. Also, already own a 650 watt power supply and I am getting windows 7 again. Also, no optical drive needed. Any and all suggestions are welcome! And thank you ahead of time! I'm sitting around the total of $500 dollars for a finished product.

Thanks,
David (The Greenhorn)



G452-8442 ::GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+ FX ATX Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2000MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready(0.45 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

TSD-500ST ::Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 500GB, SATA-6G, 7200, 16MB(0.15 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

K24-9599 ::Kingston Hyper X Beast KHX16C9T3K2/8X 8GB Memory Module Kit - 1600MHz, 2 x 4GB, DDR3, CL9, DIMM, XMP(0.5 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

E145-0650 ::EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot(1.6 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

A79-6100 ::AMD FD6100WMGUSBX FX-6100 Processor - Six Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 6MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket AM3+, 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(1.25 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

R12-42404 ::Raygo T2 Mid Tower Computer Case - ATX/MicroATX, 4x 5.25" Bays, 6x 3.5" Bays, 2x Fan Ports, 2x USB 2.0, 7x PCI Slots, 2x Audio Ports, Tool-Less(10.85 lbs)

a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 6:45:04 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 09:44 EDT-0400)

This will be much better. What brand is the PSU you have?
This build has a better CPU/motherboard/case and a much better GPU.
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March 19, 2013 7:07:29 AM

I'm sorry! I actually have a 500 watt psu and I have a diablotek PSDA500 and this build looks awesome but the $500 dollar budget has to include my os, so I guess I should say a $410 dollar budget with a little flex, like $20. Anywhere that could flex but still be respectable?
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 7:16:00 AM

Well, Diablotek is an awful PSU company. I wouldn't recommend using that PSU in anything. It likely makes no more than 400w and has no protection circuit. Its junk. I'm sorry. You want a unit from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

This is about $40 over budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $539.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 10:15 EDT-0400)
March 19, 2013 7:19:21 AM

Cool! Thank you sooo much! I have never seen that website either. That is pretty sweet. How capable do you think this build will be to run newer games? Just out of curiosity.
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 7:20:58 AM

At, 1080p, it will game at medium settings.
March 19, 2013 7:26:19 AM

Koooo. Thank you! And sorry but how do I give you credit for the answer?
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 7:29:40 AM

Select me as the 'Best Answer'. Thanks! I'm always glad to be able to help.
March 19, 2013 7:34:35 AM

Ok, I'm ignorant and I've been looking for this best answer button and I must be missing it. *holds head in shame*
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 7:37:45 AM

Its the 'Pick as the Solution' button.
March 19, 2013 10:17:35 AM

I was playing around with that website you posted from and I just wanted to ask what you thought about this build. I'm trying to learn as well about building and I really want more cores or is that just a waste of money?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $507.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 15:09 EDT-0400)

or this one...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.16 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $456.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 14:56 EDT-0400)
a c 302 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 10:59:59 PM

The i3 is superior to the 965BE. More cores does not mean faster or better. I would buy a new PSU. The Diablotek is crap and will likely fail and take your components with it. I recommend the i3 build I posted.
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