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Hello OCN smile.gif I'm currently looking to build my little brother a budget AMD build, and I'm not trying to exceed 500$. The purpose of the computer will be gaming, but nothing too heavy, he primarily plays WoW, Heroes of Newerth, and will probably be looking to play Dota 2. Peripherials will not be needed (Monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.) nor will an OS purchase. I'm located in the US also, so Newegg/Tigerdirect etc. would be the preferred places of purchase. Any help would be great!
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Just a quick question, do you need the system ASAP or prefer waiting for Piledriver which is about a month away?

And what about the case and HDD?
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Originally Posted by PunkX 1 View Post

Just a quick question, do you need the system ASAP or prefer waiting for Piledriver which is about a month away?
And what about the case and HDD?

I'd rather order it asap, case and HDD are going to be included in the build, as for the case nothing too flashy, looking to spend about $50,.
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Well I'm going to go ahead and assume you're here in this forum because you wanted good price/performance, and not because you have emotional attachment to AMD. So let me suggest to you an Intel system, because for gaming they are better when it comes to price/performance.

Core Components: $217
i3-3220 - $120 after promo code, surprisingly about the same at microcenter after taxes (the i3 is going to be slightly better for gaming than even overclocked AMD processors of the same price or more)
Asrock B75 mATX mobo - $62 (and more importantly, this is less than you would spend on a decent AMD motherboard)
2x4gb 1333mhz RAM - $35 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Video Card: Gigabyte 7770 - $137 - $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125435

Supporting Components: $159
Bit Fenix Outlaw Case - $36 this is a good budget case, no reason to spend $50
Neo Eco 450c PSU - $40 similarly, this is a good quality PSU, no reason to look to spend more
Hitachi 1TB HDD - $70
DVD-burner - $13 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Total (including shipping) = $513, $493 after mail-in-rebate.
You could also save $20 by getting a Pentium g2120 instead of an i3-3220:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777
They're really, really similar CPUs, but the i3 is a tad faster & has hyperthreading (which is somewhat useful for a few select tasks, though generally not gaming).

Edit: The below build is pretty good for a newegg-only AMD build. You can see my build is $15 cheaper, includes a DVD-burner where the below build does not, and also includes a better power supply (the antec is less likely than the CX v2 series to develop coil whine). This is an excellent example of how Intel is (unfortunately) superior in terms of price/performance for gaming even at the lower budgets.

Yet either the pentium or i3 I recommend will be better for gaming than the fx-6100... even when the 6100 is overclocked! Plus, quieter. Now, if you were also planning on doing 3D content creation with your computer, an overclocked fx-6100 might be better... but not for gaming.
Edited by MisterFred - 9/19/12 at 12:39pm
    
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CPU - AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W - 120$ shipped

MOBO - ASRock 970 EXTREME3 - 90$ shipped

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB - 30$ shipped

HDD - Hitachi GST Deskstar 1TB - 70$ shipped

GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - 117$ after rebate+shipping

CASE - NZXT Source 210 Elite White - 56$ shipped

PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 - 25$ after rebate

Total - 508$ shipped

Didn't go too over budget biggrin.gif
Edited by PunkX 1 - 9/19/12 at 11:54am
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Originally Posted by PunkX 1 View Post

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CPU - AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W - 120$ shipped
MOBO - ASRock 970 EXTREME3 - 90$ shipped
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB - 30$ shipped
HDD - Hitachi GST Deskstar 1TB - 70$ shipped
GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - 117$ after rebate+shipping
CASE - NZXT Source 210 Elite White - 56$ shipped
PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 - 25$ after rebate
Total - 508$ shipped
Didn't go too over budget biggrin.gif

If you live near a Microcenter you could get that CPU and a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 for $159.98 which would take another $50 off the above. http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
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HD7850 can fit in this budget smile.gif ....

CPU/Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1068477

MOBO/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1060223

HD/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1067662

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617

$499 shipped, add about $20 for an optical drive and that's pretty close to $500.

The G850 is actually a superb gaming CPU at it's new price point of just $70. Coupled to an HD7850, this will play any modern game just fine.

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beat this i know its in the AMD section but is i guess the bang for buck
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.81 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ECS H61H2-M12 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $507.75
Mail-in Rebates: $-50.00
Total: $457.75

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