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So my buddy wants me to build him a PC. He's planning on gaming on it, but not anything hardcore. Possibly BF3, but not maxed out or anything. He also does a lot of business with his PC, so he wants to take that into consideration too. (Which any gaming PC will do mostly fine in Dreamweaver and Photoshop tongue.gif)

I saw a local Electronic's store has a PC (Pre-Built)for $650

-AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5GHz
-16GB Ram
- HD 6670
-Comes with Windows 8, but I have Windows 7 I can give to him

It's only got a 350Watt power supply and doesn't say what HDD it has and Ram it's using.

I figured I could build one for the same price with better parts. I know this is in the Intel Forum, but I don't care if it's Intel or AMD, my buddy just wants the most bang for his buck.

What parts do you guys recommend?
post #2 of 4
I would head over to the AMD sections, they can cover $650 much better than here...
post #3 of 4
Got a microcenter around?

FX-8320/Fx-8350 trail behind Intel i5s at stock in BF3 and all single-thread apps. (http://www.overclockers.ru/lab/53063_3/Vybor_optimalnogo_processora_stoimostju_170-350_dlya_igrovogo_PK.html#25)

Unless you're rendering or using multi-threaded apps Intel would do better.

$650 is a tight budget but doable.

with Gamer Storm CPU cooler as substitute for price of Thermalright True Spirit 120M (http://www.nansgaminggear.com.au/true-spirit-120m/)

As rough estimate http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X71i
Above is without a decent GPU or CPU cooler , if you have microcenter you can bump up to a $170ish GTX 650 Ti Boost or HD7850

check this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1390637/msi-gtx-650ti-boost-1gb-114-99
Edited by AlphaC - 5/13/13 at 7:38pm
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post #4 of 4
I would not get a 6670, at least a 7870 and only 8 gigs of ram since 16 isn't really needed in this price range

Cooler Master Elite 431
+10 off with promo EMCXRWS94 unitl 5-20 so $40 for a coolermaster thumb.gif

Intel i5-3570K
+ $10 off w/ promo code EMCXRWS65, ends 5/20

WD Blue 1 TB EZEX (I have this and its a fast drive)

Asus 7870 GHZ edition
$219.99 after $20.00 rebate card

Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 watt psu
+ $20 off w/ promo code EMCXRWS96, ends 5/20
$74.99 after $40.00

G.Skill Sniper 8 gig (2x4) 1600 mhz ddr3

$719 + $60 MIR for a total of $659 (I get free shipping due to my shoprunner account, but I think its like $4 without one)

SO $9 more and you get a i5 3570K ulocked quad core ivybridge + a 7870 (overclocked is faster than a 660 TI) + 8 gig 1600 mhz g.skill (my favorite ram)

+ 3 FREE games
OCN's gameserver mod testing a 7870 vs 660 ti

For $690 you can get a 7950 if you remove the 7870 and the psu and get these:

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $309


I would DEFINATELY spend $40 to get a 7950 which when overclocked will beat a gtx 670
Edited by CravinR1 - 5/15/13 at 1:57am
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