Megs_hat

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Thanks to you guys I got me a great rig, and I'm loving it my buddy who is a console player, started to argue about PC vs console gaming and he said If I can find him a rig under 500 dollars he would jump to PC, and this is just to prove to him that PC gaming isn't expensive. So I came up with this list similar to the build I was looking at http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qJiW. I just wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions on possible changes I can make, or if you can come up with a rig that's below 500, that will give a better performance than the linked rig?
 

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Athena Power CA-GSB01DA (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $528.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 13:34 EST-0500)
it is over budget but if he can spend the extra 30$ it will be alot better and i put a 1tb hdd because its really a waste of 60$ to only get 320bg :/
and if he cant spare the 30$ then drop it down to a 7770
 

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That looks decent but I wouldn't touch that case or power supply with a 10 foot pole. Cooler Master has a horrible tendency for "liar labels" and false advertising for PSU output and advertised wattage. And cheap cases are just that - cheap. Manufacturers cut corners with shoddy workmanship, sharp metal, and cheap plastic throughout, and these will fall apart after six months (or as I call it "Raidmax Syndrome").

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $501.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 13:50 EST-0500)
 

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ya g-unit has a point i didint look at the psu also i dont do anything with cases cause people usely look at those themselves and see what they like
also id still recomend geting the 7850 for a little more if u can spare the money
 

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^ Pretty nice for the price.
 
Just as a thought... within this sort of price range, dropping to 4GB of RAM and leaving out the optical drive are both valid options to eke out the money for a better video card.

I'd do that with g-unit's build, and get a 7850... though either one would trash the console's graphics anyways.
 

monstersti

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $531.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 14:13 EST-0500)
same as before just changed the psu and the case to something alot better xD
also this is only 30$ more for the 7850 and the 1tb hdd and u can always take out the optical drive anyways xD
 

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You could but I really wouldn't recommend it. Skimping or compromising to get parts that aren't suited to the build isn't what I believe in. $500 is way too tight to get a 7850 without sacrificing somewhere - I built a good starter rig with a lot of room for upgrading in the future. That's the only way to truly future proof a rig is to leave all your options open.
 

Megs_hat

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Thanks for the great replies, like g-unit said, my buddy can just upgrade if he isn't happy with the 7770's performance. The PSU was the cheapest I could find, and I can change the case as far as memory goes idk, how much do we really need for gaming?
 

g-unit1111

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You don't need more than 8GB currently.
 

Megs_hat

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Okay, also which cpu is better the FX-6100 or the Phenom II X4 965? They both are the cheapest cpu's I could find.
 

g-unit1111

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Bulldozer isn't worth purchasing. The Piledriver CPUs (FX-63XX and FX-83XX) are worth purchasing but they're a bit more. On that budget stick with the 965.
 

samuelspark

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The PSU is trash. Get an Antec VP450.
 

samuelspark

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Yes. But I might spend a bit more for a decent quality case. You wouldn't believe the difference it makes when building as well as airflow.
 

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Still cheaping out on the case. Also, if you ever plan to overclock, don't use the high profile Corsair RAM as it interferes with so many aftermarket coolers.