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Working on a gaming build on a budget - Criticism and opinions desired

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 
Edit -

Build complete, I'd like to thank everyone in this thread, and will post what the final build ended up being.



Build -
Mobo - Gigabyte 970A-UD3
RAM - Kingston HyperX 1600@1.5v 2x4gb
HDD - WD Caviar Blue 500gb Sata 6gb/s @ 7200rpm
CPU - FX4170 @ 4.2ghz
GPU - XFX HD 7700 1 GB @ 1ghz
PSU - Rosewill Green 630w
Case - Raidmax AEOLUS
Edited by zeiddiez - 9/19/12 at 9:05pm
post #2 of 62
i would not suggest that power supply. what is your total budget? i could do a build if you gave a budget
post #3 of 62
Thread Starter 
Because I'm buying it piece by piece there is no real budget, though i'd like to keep it as close to 600 as possible. The real limiter is stopping myself from going overboard on something she'll not be playing that demanding of games with.

Edit - also, I already bought an ATX/MATX case, so would prefer an ATX/MATX board.
post #4 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by zeiddiez View Post

Because I'm buying it piece by piece there is no real budget, though i'd like to keep it as close to 600 as possible. The real limiter is stopping myself from going overboard on something she'll not be playing that demanding of games with.
Edit - also, I already bought an ATX/MATX case, so would prefer an ATX/MATX board.
okay i'll work this out. i will edit my post later.

Edit: List

CPU $110
AMD Phenom ii 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Motherboard $110
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

GPU $150
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

Memory $45
SAMSUNG 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

Hard Drive $70
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Power Supply $70
Rosewill Hive Series 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131

This should get you started, i dont know if you need peripherals, but those are personal preference anyway, but you have some room for them.

Total ~$535
Edited by thepoopscooper - 9/11/12 at 4:57pm
post #5 of 62
Didn't include case. The GPU may be overkill but for the price it's hard to pass up. The only thing I didn't include is a after market CPU cooler if you want to overclock.

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $636.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 19:56 EDT-0400)
post #6 of 62
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

okay i'll work this out. i will edit my post later.
Edit: List
CPU $110
AMD Phenom ii 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
Motherboard $110
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
GPU $150
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
Memory $45
SAMSUNG 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
Hard Drive $70
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
Power Supply $70
Rosewill Hive Series 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131
This should get you started, i dont know if you need peripherals, but those are personal preference anyway, but you have some room for them.
Total ~$535

Would the 965 be better than the FX-4170 (4.2ghz)? It's a 9$ difference. Also, I feel I can downgrade the card a bit, at least for the time being, seeing as MY build is on a cheaper card than that tongue.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by rjm0827 View Post

Didn't include case. The GPU may be overkill but for the price it's hard to pass up. The only thing I didn't include is a after market CPU cooler if you want to overclock.
CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $636.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-11 19:56 EDT-0400)

Everything looks pretty good, but that card is way overkill for her. At that rate I might buy one of those for myself and give her mine.
Edited by zeiddiez - 9/11/12 at 5:08pm
post #7 of 62
I just did a budget pc build for gaming. And since you said your going to piece it together why not pop for the Black Edition one. You already posted 1 item that was $139. The AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX might be right up your alley. It's $20 more plus its easily overclockable.

motherboard: I'd say the ASRock 970 EXTREME3 or even the GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+.

The PSU I'd also not suggest that one. They tend to lack. I got a sivlerstone 850watt for about $100 but this ensures I know it will last more then a few months.

Graphic card: Today actually I got ahold of a MSI 460GTX for $75 off ebay. And atm there is one up for 60 bid. Its over clockable and is very quiet. I get beast mode on BF3 with it. The ones you linked at basically really low end cards. They will be OKAY at best but will put a strain on if you try to push a newer game.

SSD: a 68gb drive is good. Its fine for running windows and a few key programs off it. I'd suggest grabbing a 1tb HDD for storage and other progams. Like the new Guild Wars 2 is 20gigs. It's better to have them on the HDD while the SSD runs the OS.

Case: SWEEEEET looking. I didn't need all the bling so I went with a Coolermaster 922 XM case with 4 200mm fans to keep it cool.

CPU COOLER!!!: Most important part. A stock one is loud very loud. I saved extra for my budget build and actually bought a Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14. This thing is BEAST. I tried and tried, I can't get my pc over 45c even in the summer. There are others that are similar. The Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Dual Fan Universal CPU Cooler Or even if your into the watercooling enclosed type the Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler would do great.


Lastly: A budget build doesn't need to be junk parts cause you just wanna go cheap. That extra 20 or 30 dollars on that one piece can be the best thing you ever did. And it will let the pc last that much longer till you have to upgrade. Hopefully this stuff helps.
Edited by CyberDemonz101 - 9/11/12 at 5:14pm
post #8 of 62
The 965 BE is better in gaming benchmarks, the 4170 is newer. Kind of a toss up. I'd probably go with his suggestion of 965 BE.
post #9 of 62

Consider the ASRock 970 Extreme3 (or ask Newegg to SPECIFICALLY hand you a rev 1.3/1.4 970A-D3) as it has VRM cooling for the same price. The 965 costs just $90 shipped at NCIX US.


Edited by xd_1771 - 9/11/12 at 5:15pm
post #10 of 62
OHH almost forgot the AMD quad core 965 Black Edition is also a sweet deal. This thing is awesome. And the price to boot. If you want a GREAT quad core from AMD the 965 is the way to go. To bad you cant find the 1100T anymore. That chip is such a sweet piece.
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