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I've got a friend with an ancient Gateway computer in desperate need of an upgrade.
Since it is just an upgrade/rebuild and not a full build I do not need a case, HDD, or power supply.
Budget $350, what can you masterminds come up with? Also just finished testing my own build that you guys helped me make up, thanks a lot! I'll post pictures shortly.

Friend loves to game, although this is his wife's computer who is just getting into gaming.

Need:
Motherboard: (Case only supports Micro ATX)
Processor:
RAM:
Graphics Card: (Currently a GT 520)

Already owned:
500Gb Hard Drive
650w Power Supply
Case
CD Drive
Audio Card
post #2 of 15


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X6JG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X6JG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X6JG/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $370.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 22:00 EDT-0400)

Brb with alternate build that lacks ssd but uses discreet gpu.

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i could not find one acceptable micro atx board in the am3+ socket (to my standards) so i stayed with fm2 but dropped down to the A8.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X74Y
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X74Y/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X74Y/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($101.70 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $343.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 22:20 EDT-0400)


So basically with build#1 you get better integrated graphics and an ssd. Build #2 keeps your old slow hdd but you get prettier framerates with a dedicated gpu.

That asrock mobo is arguably the best micro atx mobo on the market and will allow a descent cpu overclock.

Don't worry much about apu instead of fx. The lack of L3 cache won't matter because the fx's L3 cache is so slow it is actually a hinderance. Steamroller will be coming to fm2 sooner than am3+ anyway.





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This is going to be a fairly quick upgrade to make games immediately playable. An SSD would be nice but will most likely be added later, after he has moved.
Graphics cards, ram, and processors I know a bit about, but motherboards im still learning. I've never bothered with a micro atx before and have no idea what is considered good there, I suppose about the same as a standard atx?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by noobiest View Post

This is going to be a fairly quick upgrade to make games immediately playable. An SSD would be nice but will most likely be added later, after he has moved.
Graphics cards, ram, and processors I know a bit about, but motherboards im still learning. I've never bothered with a micro atx before and have no idea what is considered good there, I suppose about the same as a standard atx?



Yes and no.

Most people buying micro atx don't care about overclocking durability, they just want sata3, usb3, and very basic onboard audio/ graphics to run granny's facebook games. Consequently, there just aren't many stout enthusiast boards in this category.

Assuming you are going to overclock for your money's worth, it will pay to get a quality board with some descent power handling ability. I see 5GHz!

Hence, i recommend the extreme4m, as it is a full-feature micro atx board on steroids , and as a bonus, asrock always includes free unlimited ramdisk software (might be of interest since no ssd).

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What games does he play? Because I'm PRETTY SURE I can fit a 4300/6300 with a 7770 into $350. *edit* if you want me to try that is.

but currently.

RAM($70) - Team Xtreem LV 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313323

Motherboard+APU combo($185) - AMD A10-5800K + GIGABYTE GA-F2A85XM-D3H FM2 AMD A85X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1320107

Total price - $262.30 with shipping.

*edit2* I'm also not sure if any gigabyte FM2 motherboard can use 2400mhz memory to its fullest, but hell, it was CHEAP(the RAM).
Edited by Alanim - 5/13/13 at 8:22pm
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Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

What games does he play? Because I'm PRETTY SURE I can fit a 4300/6300 with a 7770 into $350. *edit* if you want me to try that is.

but currently.

RAM($70) - Team Xtreem LV 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313323

Motherboard+APU combo($185) - AMD A10-5800K + GIGABYTE GA-F2A85XM-D3H FM2 AMD A85X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1320107

Total price - $262.30 with shipping.
I see a lot of people hating on the 7770 but I had 2 sapphire GHZ edition 7770's and I have to say I loved them I eventually sold one to my brother and sold the other in a rig I just sold on ebay, a single card will run most games on high/med settigs @ ~45+ FPS
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I see a lot of people hating on the 7770

I never hate, I'm a pure price/performance guy.

Gotta ball on a budget.

Motherboard($75) - ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157364

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

CPU($140) - AMD FX-6350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

GPU($95) - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

total price - $367(It's $347 if you get a 4300), NOT including shipping(trial shoprunner to save money, just remember to turn off auto-renew.)

Going to see if I can lower the price further.
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*edit* this phantom double clicking is getting really annoying, sorry for the double post.
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Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

I never hate, I'm a pure price/performance guy.

Gotta ball on a budget.

Motherboard($75) - ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157364

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

CPU($140) - AMD FX-6350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

GPU($95) - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

total price - $367(It's $347 if you get a 4300), NOT including shipping(trial shoprunner to save money, just remember to turn off auto-renew.)

Going to see if I can lower the price further.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alanim View Post

I never hate, I'm a pure price/performance guy.

Gotta ball on a budget.

Motherboard($75) - ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157364

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

CPU($140) - AMD FX-6350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

GPU($95) - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969

total price - $367(It's $347 if you get a 4300), NOT including shipping(trial shoprunner to save money, just remember to turn off auto-renew.)

Going to see if I can lower the price further.

he wants micro-atx, otherwise nice build:)
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