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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 )

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

-AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5GHz
-16GB Ram
-2TB HDD
- 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. All my buddy is looking for, is the most bang for his buck.

What parts do you guys recommend?
post #2 of 16
a really weak graphics card and some "unknown" PSU is really not any sort of deal:

here are some suggestions for around the same price:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($157.49 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Base Total: $714.63
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Combo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $648.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 21:55 EDT-0400)

those are far from perfect, sorta ran out of funds when looking at a case.
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Not a bad concept, but perhaps a more balanced rig could be attained by dropping the CPU to an FX-63x0 and using that money to go from a Radeon 7750 to a GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB ($118 AR $25 @ Newegg)...

Also for an additional $10 over the Seagate 500GB drive, OP's buddy would be better served with the WD Blue 1TB model WD10EZEX ($70 @ Newegg).
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

Not a bad concept, but perhaps a more balanced rig could be attained by dropping the CPU to an FX-63x0 and using that money to go from a Radeon 7750 to a GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB ($118 AR $25 @ Newegg)...

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that and, prebuilt is it custom or oem? if its oem you cant downgrade windows 8 without voiding system warranty. custom built you can install whatever you want (including your windows 7 copy)
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Gah, it always sucks when you do a budget build and you exceed the budget my 10 dollars, GAH! On the plus side, newegg has TONS of promotions today, most of which run out tomorrow or the next day, so that kinda sucks.


Case($25 with promo code EMCXRWX33) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129186
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129186

Optical($15 with promo code EMCXRWX23) - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

HDD($65 with promo code EMCYTZT3434) - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

Motherboard($80 with promo code EMCXRWX35) - ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872

PSU($49 with promo code EMCXRWX25) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

RAM($58) - Team 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313355

CPU($157.50 with promo code APU2TEN509) - AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285

GPU($115) - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

Total price - $565.42 not including rebates. Everything has free shipping and handling.

*edit* Might aswell include OS

OS($90) - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
http://www.outletpc.com/c5740.html?utm_source=c5740&utm_medium=shopping%2Bengine&utm_campaign=pcpartpicker&utm_content=Microsoft%2B-%2BSoftware%20%2F%20OS%20%3E%20Microsoft%20Windows%207

Total price with OS - $655

*edit2* changed the motherboard to save 5 dollars, and I "think" it is better quality.

Original was
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

*edit3, I LOVE EDITS*
If 5 dollars break the bank, then you could also even swap the motherboard and the RAM for this combo. Brings it just a bit under budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

*edit4*
If the hard drive deal expires before you manage to order it, then you can use this one instead. Only 3 dollars more expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236380
Edited by Alanim - 5/14/13 at 12:53am
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^ I would suggest you stay away from the M5A97 LE and look at minimum to a 6+2 phase VRM motherboard with proper VRM cooling to power an 8-core.

I would also say.... save cash, go 6-core. Don't see much point in an 8-core here.

post #8 of 16
I'm currently building on the same budget. Go for AMD's Trinity (A8-5600K or A10-5800K), it's a MUCH better bang for the buck. That thing OCes way past 4Ghz, and you can add a dedicated or HybridCF GPU and it would still cost you less wink.gif
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Will you be overclocking PC? and do you have all other items, keyboard mouse monitor etc.....
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Here,

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XG01

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($85.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $635.12

There you go!

Or same build but smaller processor so you can either get a CPU cooler or whatever else you want.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XFZ9

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($91.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($85.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $609.11
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