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post #11 of 42
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Alright, I'll go with one of the Intels, I have never installed an Intel processor before and I am worried about the Intel's pads instead of AMD's pin connectors, do the pads break easily? The idea of dropping it in scares me a bit.
post #12 of 42
In your price range don't even bother with intel just grab an fx 4300 if you can squeeze it in. Also swap out the 650 ti for a 7770.

EDIT: To be honest actually for your price range just go with trinity and if you feel you need to later on just add in a 6670 for dual graphics.
Edited by Cheeseinat0r - 11/12/12 at 4:20pm
     
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post #13 of 42
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The gtx 650 ti consistently beats the 7770 in benchmarks, and the FX is considerably more money for not much of an improvement.
post #14 of 42
Here's a pretty good build that should perform just as well/out perform the current build just a tid bit. with the benefit of a system that doesn't require a dedicated video card to run, which can be pretty handy at times.

CASE - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 40$ Free S&H.

HDD - Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 65$, or the WD, whichever they both have good warranties.

Video Card - EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 140$

PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W 60$, but wouldn't going with a 450W rosewill gold power supply save those 10 dollars in just a few months?

RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 35$ with promo code 2BLKNVMW7, ends in like 4 hours, so might have to change this around(but still a good deal)

MB+CPU combo - AMD A8-5600K Trinity 3.6GHz+ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) 155$

Total is 495-500$ depending on your harddrive+Whatever your windows 7 will cost you.

Also, I highly suggest getting the shoprunner trial if the shipping proves to be too much, and MAKE SURE to have the account auto-renewel off so that they do not charge you after the trial.
Edited by Alanim - 11/12/12 at 5:36pm
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post #15 of 42
Surely you can set aside $70 more for ALOT more performance?

To put it into perspective I also had a $500 budget in mind when I first started out but I realized I could get much more performance for my money if I saved a little longer and thus I ended up with the specs in my signiture. tongue.gif

I'd save a little more if I were you. smile.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $660.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 20:54 EST-0500)

If you really must stay within a $600 budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $565.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 21:02 EST-0500)

Notes:
You can get a copy of Windows 8 off Microsoft directly for $40.

I went with Intel because it offers a better upgrade path than what you'll get with the other builds since when you've got $200 saved up you can upgrade to an i5-3570K which is the best processor out there for gaming bar none.

Besides Intel processors perform better in single threaded applications much better than AMD ones do, and not to mention they're more power efficient. There really isn't a reason for you to get an i3 + H77 motherboard at your budget.

I went with a 7770 because it only produces like 3-5 less frams than a GTX 650 Ti and costs quite a bit less, you can easily overclock past the 650 Ti and even better.

Have fun with your build! thumb.gif
Edited by StayFrosty - 11/12/12 at 6:09pm
post #16 of 42
I'd agree with the above post save more if you can but if you want you could get the athlon as a placeholder and upgrade at a time you deem fit, especially because the AM3+ socket is sticking around for a while. The issue with intel is that you can only upgrade to another ivy bridge CPU because intel is changing the socket next year.
     
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post #17 of 42
for 550$ i would suggest something like this
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Base Total: $545.52
Mail-in Rebates: -$15.00
Total: $530.52
Hope you like it smile.gif
post #18 of 42
Some very good recommendations going on around here. For the $$ though, I have to agree with the Intel route. I have built both and quite honestly, if it was for me, I would go Intel (Ignore my sig rig, this was built a long time ago).

Here is my recommendation:

CPU: i3 2120 $110 shipped
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 $53 shipped
Memory: Patriot G2 Series Division 2 8GB 2X4GB $15 after $15mir
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 $20 shipped after $20 mir and w/ promo code EMCJJND22, ends 11/12
Case: ENERMAX Staray $41 shipped
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $53 shipped
GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB $170 after $20 mir (comes with Far Cry 3)
OS: Win7 64 $92 shipped


Total price shipped = $554 after $55 in rebates.
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viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
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anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
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post #19 of 42

Heads up the Antec Neo ECO 520C is on sale right now and a great PSU deal

OP, what games... what tasks? How much gaming (lots or little?) Multitasking expectations?

post #20 of 42
Thread Starter 
I mostly play BF3, Borderlands, Arma 2, and a lot of source games. As for tasks, limited video editing, and multitasking would be playing games with things like skype or antivirus programs running.
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