Budget Light Gaming/General Use Build

I appreciate any suggestion and comments on this budget system build. It pretty much maxes the budget, so any changes for a component that costs more will have to be matched buy a cheaper one elsewhere. This is the my first from scratch build and I hope to overclock it.

Will be used to play Second Life running concurrently with Daz Studio (no video rendering, just character movement animation), Open Office, Newsbin Pro and general use stuff. There will be some occasional video encoding, but I'll live with whatever the encoding performance is, it isn't the point of the build.

Sorry for not putting together a PartPicker list, but the Mobo and Memory weren't on their list so I didn't really see the point of doing one.

Budget : $530

CPU AMD FX8320

Mobo BIOSTAR TA970 I know it is not 990 based but AMD Motherboards - VRM info database shows it as being able to be overclocked

Ram Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB kit (4GBx2) Budget memory but PureOverclock shows it as overclockable.

PSU COOLER MASTER Elite 460

Case Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus with 3 additional Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fans with a fan configuration of front, bottom intake and back, top exhaust.

GPU ECS EGT640A-2GR3-YBF(v1.0)

Optical SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X


HDD's, Keybord, Mouse, Monitor from old computer.

Edit:
OS Win 7 Pro 64 bit gotten from another source and not part of the budget.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($108.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $524.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 18:41 EDT-0400)

    This will be better
  2. Sorry, I'm getting Win 7 pro from another source and it isn't part of the $530 budget. I didn't make that clear, my mistake.
  3. Then you can Get an i5-3470 with the OS money .. great , isn't it ?
  4. If you want to overclock with such a small budget, AMD is your best bet.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($174.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $517.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-15 00:08 EDT-0400)

    Overclockable with a nice gpu. If you feel that you don't need the 650ti boost, you can grab a 650ti and grab a nicer looking case.
  5. Thank you yasserBasha and realchaos for your recommendations. I managed to add $60 to the budget and I'm now considering this setup:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($170.22 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: ECS GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($92.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.78 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $588.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 10:43 EDT-0400)

    I know the GPU is not the best, but I think the GT640 will be alright for what I do now in Second Life (and certainly will be a huge improvement over what I was using), and I can save up to get a better card in the future. I decided to use a 500W PSU to allow some room for degradation of the power output over time. And I went with the Asus M5A97 R2.0 since it has heatsinks on the VRM's. Anything I'm missing or could do better with?
  6. NEVER EVER EVER sacrifice GPU for the sake of budget, get this build for the same money and much powerful performance :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cooler Master Force 500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-K 74.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $576.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 11:18 EDT-0400)

    I don't think that you need 3 case fans, but if you want them get them.

    No compromises, my friend :)
  7. Point Taken :) One last thing, Second Life uses OpenGL, not DirectX, and a lot of people claim Nvidia's OpenGL drivers are much better than AMD's, but OpenGL is not benchmarked much in GPU comparisons. So how about substituting a EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card for a similiar price?
  8. Even better ... benchmarks shows that 650 ti-B beats the 7850, well-done my friend :)

    But that's that ... don't change anything else, DEAL ? :D
  9. Deal! Will place the order tonight. Thanks so much for all your help!
  10. More than happy to ..
    Best Luck :D
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