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Hello, my girlfriend gave me a challenge to build her a gaming PC. She said that she has $500 to spend on it including tax. The tax rate is about 8% where I live online for websites like NewEgg, NCIX, and Amazon. I have put together a simple rig right here. The $500 does not include the OS. Is there any way to improve/make it it cheaper?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ri37
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Yes, there are a few ways to improve:

First don't get a Coolmax. Ugh. Yuck. Do not want. No. bad. No bueno.

For your budget range, an Antec Earthwatts 430 makes sense. It'll run most medium-end CPU and single GPU combos.

The RAM is fine, but get a Thuban before you get a Bulldozer chip. I'd go with an FX 6300 if you can afford that, or find a used 1090T or 1100T or perhaps a 965BE. It'll push most single GPU's just fine.

The cooler is great.

The GPU isn't going to be able to do much. For a hundred bucks, try and find a GTX 470 or something like that. Will offer TONS more power than the 7750. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535?vs=519 The 470 flattens, rolls up, and tosses aside a 7750.
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post #3 of 21
Er... lots of ways to improve it. First of all, no go on AMD for budget gaming. Budget video encoding or 3d content creation sure, but not gaming. Second, I absolutely agree on the power supply. Raidmax = bad.

Here's a build. Lucky for you I like to make builds while watching SC2 streams. I used us.ncix.com since they have free shipping and it worked out well on a few (almost all) parts compared to newegg. Part picker is often out of date so I don't use them as a rule.

CPU - Intel i3-3220 ($110) An Ivy Bridge is going to be a far better gaming processor than Bulldozer, even though you can't overclock it. Super bonus points: cheaper too.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75429&vpn=BX80637I33220&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1306

Mobo - MSI B75M Cheapo ($44) This + the lack of a heatsink is actually why the i3 system is significantly cheaper than the one you were planning on.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74886&vpn=B75MA%2DE33&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1306

Video Card - EVGA 560 ($170) This is the big show piece of the build. It's significantly more powerful than what you were considering.

RAM - AMD 2x4gb 1600mhz ($30) I went with the 8gb for $15 more.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77461&vpn=AE38G1609U2K%2DU&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1368

Case - Bit Fenix Merc Alpha ($40) It's a case. It's not crap, though it won't wow you. I have one, so I can vouch for that.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63256&vpn=BFC%2DMRC%2D100%2DKKX1%2DRP&manufacture=BitFenix&promoid=1395

PSU - XFX 450w ($53) Much, much higher quality.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63238&vpn=P1450SX2B9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1257

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ($54) Cheapo, but only 500gb at a time when 1TB is relatively cheap again.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1306

DVD Burner ($17)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1306

Total Cost: $530 at checkout, but $40 in rebates.
Actually, here I fail. I forgot about taxes. !! Well crap.
$530 + taxes = $572,
$530 after rebates... over budget!


To cut the cost further, drop the video card to a 7770 (midway between the 7750 you were looking at and the 560 above)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011
and cut the CPU from an i3-3220 to a Pentium 2120
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75436&vpn=BX80637G2120&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1306

That would bring you down to: $467 at checkout
roughly $505 after taxes.
But then you get $25 in rebates... eventually.

Hope that helps!

P.S. And as coachmark suggested, you can go for a used video card if you want. The marketplace here should probably have some 460s, maybe even a 560 at $100 or less.
    
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PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.53 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $514.47
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $469.47

thats wat i would prefer for a 500$ budget but no overclock for now you could upgrade the CPU to 2500k or 3570k later
or if AMD i would say a APU build like
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.71 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)

Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)

Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $500.25
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$15.00
Total: $475.25

or a non-APU build then
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.38 @ Amazon)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($162.55 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $519.31
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $496.87

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post #5 of 21
You guys are all going over budget here... :/

What is this PC to be used for specifically? What games and other tasks?
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You guys are all going over budget here... :/
What is this PC to be used for specifically? What games and other tasks?

15$ over budget is understandable pal cme on wat would you perfer xD_1771 ??? APU intel or normal 955 build ??
post #7 of 21
Honestly a 955 BE with a dedicated graphics card cant be touched by any APU build
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post #8 of 21

Tarun you haven't even considered the 8% tax. You are far over budget.

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PCPartPicker part list

PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.38 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($162.55 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Base Total: $519.31
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $7.56
Total: $496.87
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I would go with this build and maybe skimp some on the PSU. That could get you under the budget.

EDIT: Might be able to skimp 15 bucks on the hdd by downsizing too.
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