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looking to build a low budget gaming build, i want to keep it blow $500

here is what i have so far:

psu: allied 350w
case: antec 300
os: windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

cpu cooler: gunmet orb

- external optical drive

monitor
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Don't use that power supply if you want your computer to last.

Even though this is the AMD forum, for a budget gaming build I suggest going with a cheap intel processor. Unless it's suuuuper-budget, where an A6 APU is a good idea. Basically, following these thoughts:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-a8-3870k.html

So here's what I recommend you buy:

($94) - g850 (sandy bridge dual-core) CPU & DVD-burner combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.846680
-$8 or $7 if you don't want the DVD-burner part of the combo

($160-$10 rebate) - Radeon 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
A powerful video card for a budget solution, should let you play any modern game at medium settings, most games at high or maximum settings. A tad cheaper than the Nvidia power-equivalent, the 560. If you want to drop $20-30 you can get a 460 or a 6770, if you want to pay $60 or so more, you can get a 560TI, but the 6870 is really the best price/performance for this budget range.

($55) - Asrock cheap H61 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241
Other boards are $5 cheaper, but the Asrock has 2 controllable fan headers rather than 1.

($38) - 2x4gb 1333mhz RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
You could save $18 by going for 2x2gb.

CPU Cooler - if your current cooler doesn't fit, you can just use the stock cooler.

($37 - $20 rebate) - Corsair cx430w v2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20cx430%20v2
MUUUUUUUCH better than your allied POS. A few rare units develop coil whine, but it won't fry your system.

($75) - Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1263
If you want more space, $23 more for the 1TB version.

Total: $429 after rebates & promo codes.
Edited by MisterFred - 3/28/12 at 10:12pm
    
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Edit: Nvm, I see its a combo with the DVD Burner.
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post #4 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

Don't use that power supply if you want your computer to last.
Even though this is the AMD forum, for a budget gaming build I suggest going with a cheap intel processor. Unless it's suuuuper-budget, where an A6 APU is a good idea. Basically, following these thoughts:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-a8-3870k.html
So here's what I recommend you buy:
($94) - CPU & DVD-burner combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.846680
-$8 or $7 if you don't want the DVD-burner part of the combo
($160-$10 rebate) - Radeon 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948
A powerful video card for a budget solution, should let you play any modern game at medium settings, most games at high or maximum settings. A tad cheaper than the Nvidia power-equivalent, the 560. If you want to drop $20-30 you can get a 460 or a 6770, if you want to pay $60 or so more, you can get a 560TI, but the 6870 is really the best price/performance for this budget range.
($55) - Asrock cheap H61 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241
Other boards are $5 cheaper, but the Asrock has 2 controllable fan headers rather than 1.
($38) - 2x4gb 1333mhz RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
You could save $18 by going for 2x2gb.
CPU Cooler - if your current cooler doesn't fit, you can just use the stock cooler.
($37 - $20 rebate) - Corsair cx430w v2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20cx430%20v2
MUUUUUUUCH better than your allied POS. A few rare units develop coil whine, but it won't fry your system.
($75) - Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1263
If you want more space, $23 more for the 1TB version.
Total: $429 after rebates & promo codes.
this guy pretty much nailed it on the head.
id go for a slightly better gpu though seeing as it is still 430 and $70 below your budget.
go for a 560ti/6950 or maybe a used 570/6970 on the marketplace here if the price is right.
post #5 of 37
try for a 465 or 470 they arent that much more expensive and overclocking 1 will put you up to par with a 570 or better yet get 2!
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post #7 of 37
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yeah i think going with intel would be better

it just sucks most of these prices & combo deals aren't available on the .ca site of newegg
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Foxxconn 6150BK8MC 256MB ATI RADEON X800 PCIE 2.5 GB DDR400 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
80 GB Western Digital Thermaltake GunMet Orb MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Acer S230HL 
PowerCase
Allied SL-8360BTX ATX 350w Antec 300 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ K8 Combo-Z 256MB ATI Radeon 9550 / X1050 Series 1 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80 GB Western Digital OPTORITE CD-RW MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3 Acer S230HL 23-Inch 
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Intel i5-4670K MSI Z87-G45 MSI GTX 760 TF 2GD5 8GB G.SKILL Trident X DDR3-2400 
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Microsoft Windows 10 Acer S230HL 23" 
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post #8 of 37
here is a little something to look at for you

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fusion-intel-core-i3_7.html#sect0

and NZXT has price matching
post #9 of 37
Ah, crap. Didn't pay attention to location. Sorry smile.gif.

Newegg.ca is generally not very good (particularly in shipping charges). You want to go with ncix.com, canada computers, direct canada, and other Canadian retailers. Here's the good news: you can price match them all with each other, so you can shop at a bunch of distributors but perhaps not have to split your order on 5 different sites.

Looks like canada computers has an MSI h61 @ $55 and a 560 @ $150, ncix has a g850 @$93, so you should be able to get nearly as cheap a build with roughly the same prices. You'll have to actually pay taxes, I suppose, but should still be able to get under $500.

I'm going to bed though... so happy component hunting smile.gif.

P.S. Double check here or the power supplies forum if you need to find out what power supplies aren't lying pieces of crap.

@truckerguy - he's playing games, not encoding video. You're off your rocker if you think an AMD apu is going to provide the same performance as an intel sandy bridge + $150 GPU.
Edited by MisterFred - 3/28/12 at 11:24pm
    
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post #10 of 37
Thread Starter 
thanks, i have a ncix store about 10 minutes away from my house and found out they do price matching in store so i will make a list of stuff and walk in there

@truckerguy, i'm not sure how AMD Fusion works...

so the amd cpu has integrated graphics and if i have an amd card, they can fuse together and make for better graphic performance? and isn't it just better to buy an intel cpu?
Edited by xzamples - 3/29/12 at 5:36am
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80 GB Western Digital Thermaltake GunMet Orb MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Acer S230HL 
PowerCase
Allied SL-8360BTX ATX 350w Antec 300 
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AMD Athlon 64 3000+ K8 Combo-Z 256MB ATI Radeon 9550 / X1050 Series 1 GB 
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Current Rig
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Old
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2014
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Foxxconn 6150BK8MC 256MB ATI RADEON X800 PCIE 2.5 GB DDR400 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
80 GB Western Digital Thermaltake GunMet Orb MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Acer S230HL 
PowerCase
Allied SL-8360BTX ATX 350w Antec 300 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ K8 Combo-Z 256MB ATI Radeon 9550 / X1050 Series 1 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80 GB Western Digital OPTORITE CD-RW MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3 Acer S230HL 23-Inch 
Power
Orion YH-480w 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4670K MSI Z87-G45 MSI GTX 760 TF 2GD5 8GB G.SKILL Trident X DDR3-2400 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Microsoft Windows 10 Acer S230HL 23" 
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Logitech G105 SeaSonic M12II 620w 80+ Bronze Antec 300 Razer Deathadder 2013 
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