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post #11 of 23
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could i get some help setting up a micro-atx gaming rig, with the best possible components for under $600? and this $600 budget is for:
- case
- power supply
- motherboard
- cpu
- memory
- video card
- hard drive
- cd drive

i already have a monitor.

it's been a long time since my last build (4-5 years) so i pretty much don't have a clue as to what's good nowadays.

hence my less-than-mediocre APU rig i built on newegg
Edited by mchlmacdonald - 8/19/11 at 4:16pm
post #12 of 23
I don't think the build I just listed could be bested to be honest.

unless you go for used parts, then that's a whole other story.
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how big of a performance increase should i be expecting going from a core 2 duo to an i3 dual core?
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what I'd change from above

Memory (these are 1.65v, made for 1156 chipsets, not 1155 chipsets which use 1.5v ram) (best to use the ram I linked earlier)

Video Card (sink $15 more and get a 6870, much better performance)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102948

Hard drive (these are blues, bit slow) (get this, stonking hot deal, only today, black caviar for $49.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...4-_-08192011_3
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post #17 of 23
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thanks alot for the help adjas.

hopefully this rig you helped me with will perform really well on Star Wars:The Old Republic, Diablo 3, and Counter-Strike:Global Offensive when these games come out.
post #18 of 23
high speed ram is EXTREMELY important if you are going to be gaming on the APU.

EDIT

fantastic review here by El_Gappo on that subject

http://www.benchtec.co.uk/forums/thr...75-UD4H-Review
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post
could i get some help setting up a micro-atx gaming rig, with the best possible components for under $600? and this $600 budget is for:
- case
- power supply
- motherboard
- cpu
- memory
- video card
- hard drive
- cd drive

i already have a monitor.

it's been a long time since my last build (4-5 years) so i pretty much don't have a clue as to what's good nowadays.

hence my less-than-mediocre APU rig i built on newegg
This may not help you but if you are able to actually go to a micro center location you can basically get a free respectable mobo for an amd cpu of your choice.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html

I did the 840 x4 and did the mobo upgrade for a total of $119. Luckly I have family in ohio that was able to pick it up and ship it to me.

You do not need the cream of the crop cpu to run your video games. Just enough to not bottle neck your gpu and even that's hard to do with the cpu's available today.

Edit: Your budget build will be dated by the time these games come out. D:
Edited by DigitrevX - 8/21/11 at 12:09am
post #20 of 23
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i'm gonna end up going with the APU anyways.
it's not top of the line but it is great for what it does.
and it will play everything i play maxed out when the a8-3850 is paired with a hd6670 in dual-graphics mode.

and FM1 will be compatible with the new trinity apu's coming out. trinity is supposed to bring 800 cores to their new integrated graphics, have bulldozer-based architecture, and they will probably up the compatibility with discrete cards to higher than a 6670. maybe even do "triple graphics" so we can crossfire 2 lower end cards and have the integrated graphics work as well.

and i've seen them overclock pretty well, so if i ever really do want that performance boost, i can achieve it to some extent.
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