BestConfigs Poll - Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC

Which Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC do you like best?

  • Derp's "Majestic Creature" Build

    Votes: 17 16.8%
  • Derbixrace's Budget-but-Extreme AMD Gaming Build

    Votes: 28 27.7%
  • Lunyone's "Lower Budget" Gaming Build

    Votes: 56 55.4%

  • Total voters


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It's time to vote on your favorite build for this category!

Please see below for a list of the choices available.

Derp's "Majestic Creature" Build
Cpu: AMD Phenom II x4 955 $115
Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme 3 $90
Ram: GSkill Cheapo 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1333 $39
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750Gb $50
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus $70
Gpu: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 1Gb $270/$540
Psu: Silverstone Strider Essential 600w $70
Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 $23

Total Price: $998

Derbixrace's Budget-but-Extreme AMD Gaming Build

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $113.99
Motherboard: ASRock 890GX EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $126.99
RAM: ADATA Plus Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $38.99
Graphics Card: 2x XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $459.98
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $89.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 $18.99
Optional CPU cooler for overclockers: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $33.28

Total Price: $997.19

Lunyone's "Lower Budget" Gaming Build!

1. Processor: $80 shipped!! Best bang for the buck AMD CPU for gaming!
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

2. Motherboard: $55 shipped! Lots of options on this small mobo!!
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

3. RAM: $40 shipped! Good RAM at stock voltage (1.5v) and a good price!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

4. Graphics Card: $118 shipped - $20 MIR = $98!! Comes w/Dirt3 ($40-50 value) and only requires 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector!
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

5 & 6. Hard Drive/PSU combo: $95 shipped - $10 MIR = $85!! Good solid PSU and decent HD for the $!
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply & Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Hard Drive

7. Case: $50 shipped! Comes with 3 Fans and lots of room. Tom's Recommended Buy 2010!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

8. DVD Burner: $19 shipped!!
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total Price: $427!!!


Feb 7, 2010
If you ask me, the obvious choice here is the only 'budget' build listed - from Lunyone. If you ask me, both of those $1000 systems seem to be lacking something for as much money is being put into them... it's like there was a lot of extra unnecessary filler thrown in to make it up to the $1000 limit.



They weren't in any decent supply and were definately not as budget friendly for my build in particular. For the $1k builds it would've been quite easy to put an AM3+ mobo into that budget. There wouldn't be any guarantee that it would run the Bulldozer CPU's (even though a select few should).

As far as the 720BE being in stock, I didn't even look at OEM CPU's, since I usually buy retail CPU's since you get an okay CPU HSF with the CPU for next to nothing and you also get a 3 yr. warranty to boot. OEM CPU's only usually get 90 days warranty and I wouldn't want to have to replace a CPU in a clients/friends build if it went out, outside of the 90 day warranty (sorta defeats having a budget build if you have to replace $60-100 CPU parts).


I think the best is to have these requirements for these builds:

* Have 1 week to build and post.

* 1-2 weeks for the top 3 to be selected and 1-2 weeks to vote on.

* No Mail in rebates equated into build cost.

* No combo deals, unless said vendor will support price combo (for future purchases, sorta like a "TomsHardware" promo code or something like that).

* Stick to strict budget requirements, no builds exceeding budgets.

* Shipping figured into build price (use a standard zip code, so all will entered will have the same shipping costs).

* Should have $500, $750, $1k, $1,500 budget builds. Most people don't spend over $1,500 on builds (except a small percentage). With these builds closer in price, one can possibly see how much $250 more would buy them. This will let the average Joe make a more informed decision, IMHO.

* After the builds have been voted in, than test them out and see how well they do.

* See if a vendor (like NewEgg) will sponsor these builds and offer them up on their own website as "Toms Hardware Readers Build" or something like that. Than they can bundle these builds up and maybe even give a discount to them. Maybe honor the price for 30-60 days or something like that. Than this could be a re-occurring option with updates every quarter or so, so the builds will be up to date each quarter.

* Maybe an additional 20-30% off for winner of each build at an online vendor would be a nice reward or maybe even a Gift Card from a given vendor. This would probably make the amount of builds entered increase??

That about sums up my expectations for these kind of build-offs.


Dec 20, 2009
Those sound like pretty well thought out ideas that I (as a complete stranger and a low budget computer user) completely agree with. What boggles my mind is that there seem to be a large amount of users on this website that consider 1000$ a "low budget". To me, as a university student working currently for minimum wage, that's a bit hard to stomach. A tiered system could easily remedy this problem, and I'm sure there would be just as many different builds for each tier, because lets admit it, its fun trying to put together the ultimate computer for a certain price range.

(Just my two cents)



Feb 27, 2011
How can $1k dollars be a budget PC. It doesn't make sense! You could make a monster tower for that a budget build should be in the $400 to $500 dollar mark. You could make an i5-2500k combo with 1k


Aug 26, 2011
i dont think the 2 video cards are needed for gaming unless you have 3 monitors or use a huge tv take one of those out and add an ssd or not and thats not a bad budget gaming rig


Mar 10, 2011

Depends what games you play/what cards you have.


Sep 16, 2011
hey there just wanna ask one thing what is the better build in this two I'm on a tight budget so here it is
athlon II x3 440 with a powercolor 6790
core i3 530 with a 6770
oh and i already have 4 gigs of g skill so what should I pick ?


Well the 6790 will give you better gaming performance. The CPU's are pretty close, depending on which benchmark you go by. So it's really what you want to do. The AMD based mobo's tend to have more options on the mobo's for the $ than Intel based ones.