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post #11 of 21
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Here bro I made this $600 budget list the other day so just pick out what you need:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-T612-20PK-R1 82.9 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $603.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 05:00 EDT-0400)
thumb.gif great job i wasnt sure what motherboard to use


just a side note, if you can go a little cheaper if you dont use the SSD, and just use the hard drives your friend owns. but an SSD is a great way to improve day to day use, and boot time.

You could take the drive out of the external enclosure and use it for the build!

just keeping your options open!
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post #12 of 21
or use the 750k instead of the 760k and overclock it and save a little there.
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post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by damric View Post

Here bro I made this $600 budget list the other day so just pick out what you need:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-T612-20PK-R1 82.9 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $603.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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They already listed a case (matx) so what would you suggest for a Matx motherboard?
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3iqMy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3iqMy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3iqMy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($157.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $385.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 08:38 EDT-0400)
post #15 of 21
Well, shoot, I like this, having basically everything I would want to have said here brought right over wink.gif Thanks Ultra-m-a-n!


Gaming hierarchy of performance in the low end is basically:

G3220 for $60-70
760K NPT for $80-90
i3-4130/FX-6300 NPT/760K+HSF for $110-130
FX-6300+HSF / i5-4440 for ~$150-180

"NPT" = not performance tuned on stock HSF. +HSF means adding aftermarket cooling and performance tuning the chip in this context.

There are budget performance tuning capable AM3+/FM2+ boards now for B85/H87 prices so the motherboard cost is mostly a wash in this class. The only area that Intel has a clear win is in that absolute basement area with the Pentium G3220 on the cheapest H81 board money can buy. My concern with going that cheap is that it wouldn't only offer about a 50-70% improvement over the old E6700, which is hardly justifiable.



Best budget microATX FM2+ board has got to be the Biostar A88M-6.2. It has some of the best UEFI overclocking functions I have seen on any FM2+ board at any price (it has the ability to configure CUSTOM P-states for finely tuned overclock with TURBO speeds, which is something that is sorely lacking on most boards). Version 6.2 has heat-sunk VRMs and Biostar is actually known for building some of the most durable low-phase-count VRM packages out there.

If you're building the machine with the 760K, this is the budget microATX board you want. Even if it's not going to be performance tuned I would still have this board over most any other in this price class. Just make sure wherever you buy it is shipping version 6.2.


If the machine is not going to be performance tuned, the i3-4130 is a the stronger chip for gaming. I would pair it with the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85S3+, which is another ~$60 board that offers the best bang for buck in it's class. (No other B85 boards built this well at this price point, most are H81 boards with 2+1-phase CPU power. This unit has a nice spread out 3+1 phase, a welcome improvement over most of the competition in the $50-60 range.)
Edited by mdocod - 3/29/14 at 11:47am
     
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post #16 of 21
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Alrighty then... well this is what I'm settling on:

CPU: AMD 760K Richland 3.8GHz
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Motherboard: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 FM2 AMD A85X
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RAM: ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB (2x4GB)
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GPU: XFX 1GB HD5850 Black Edition
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HDD: 2x 500GB Seagate Barracuda - Raid 0 (He needs a faster connection with a LOT more space. Figure this will be a worthy investment for him.)
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PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-450
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Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower

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2x500GB mechy drives in RAID is unlikely to be any faster than just using a modern single platter 1TB drive. It will be twice as likely to fail though.
     
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post #18 of 21
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2x500GB mechy drives in RAID is unlikely to be any faster than just using a modern single platter 1TB drive. It will be twice as likely to fail though.

My dad has been running Raid 0 on his Dell Studio machine for the past 6 years and his machine is still lightning fast. Granted, it's nowhere NEAR my SSD boot times, but as far as a mechanical drive pairing goes, it's pretty good still.
     
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That's all fine and wonderful, but there's no reason (other than novelty) to purposely use 2 slower drives in RAID, when a single faster, less expensive drive can achieve the same performance and space with better ETBF.
     
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post #20 of 21
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Okay then... minor update... budget is growing increasingly smaller as I go about finding parts...

So... since I've bought the PSU, and Case selected, thankfully so, my budget has plummetted due to unforseen car insurance requirements... (Had to re-up yo! 6 month payments FTW! biggrin.gif)


So...I know this is an AMD thread, but we're looking at best bang for buck now. This guy doesn't overclock -AT ALL- doesn't care to. Not afraid to do so, but has no need for it. He's been playing World of Tanks on lowest settings for about three years now and is fine with such on even more demanding games. (Since most games out there look pretty good on low-medium settings, this doesn't pose a problem for him.)

What's the best bang for buck CPU/Mobo/RAM combo? biggrin.gif I keep going back to the Phenom II x2 550 for whatever reason... but is it even worth trying to go backward at this point? That's not much faster than the E6700 he's got now...and unless overclocking comes into play here, it'll be just another side-grade for him. :/

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
Audio
Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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