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Get cheap/used 1155 board, get dual core Pentium and cheap 1333 ram(anniversary CPU don't play well with 1600).


Cheap 400w PSU and you should be able to fit the build into $300.


Look up part number G3258. It's brand new and fits between i3 and i5. The only way they win is a free CPU and main board combo deal from slick Willy's 5finger deathpunch house of discounts. thumb.gif


~Ceadder smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

400W would even be overkill.

Very likely. But it would leave enough head room for OC'ing and GPU upgrade.

I am pretty impressed by the numbers that CPU mag got when they compared to i7-4440 which only scorched the G3258 in 2 tests. Aggregate Multimedia Performance and 3DMark physics.

Seriously. Go to CPUmagazine.com and check it out. Then build that sleeper an leave yer friends in the dust. cool.gif

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You will never come up with the fastest PC for this until you nail down all the benchmarks to be used.
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LOL is nothing to worry about, any videocard past R7 260X will have the same fps regardless.
Look at the 260X and GTX780 have the same fps: http://www.techspot.com/review/785-free-to-play-games-benchmarks/page4.html

Focus on winning the BF4 benchmark!

Get a used Phenom II / FX4300 / Pentium G3258 + HD7950 boost.
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Looked up the g3258 @ newegg and they show it for a reasonable $70+shipping. It will smoke everything in its price range from the AMD brand. And upon further investigation you could get the g3260 for the same price.

MSI h81m-e34 is $55+shipping

GSkill ripjaw x 8gb(2x4gb) $56

Corsair cx430 is $35

HDD cinemastar 320gb is ~$20/ SSD mushkin 60gb is ~$35

There you are everything you need to smoke your bros except for a case an if you cant find one to your liking that fits into what's leftover I dunnae what ta tell ya. thumb.gif

I wouldn't sweat the benchmarks cuz it is Intel and they own most every bench.

Total cost before shipping is $251. You an get a cheap case to put it all together to fit your agreed upon budget quite easily. I spent $35 for the higher speed SSD over the cheaper HDD. But you can go either way. Or go for both. cool.gif

Can't wait to see what you do. wheee.gif

~Ceadder smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif
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LOL is nothing to worry about, any videocard past R7 260X will have the same fps regardless.
Look at the 260X and GTX780 have the same fps: http://www.techspot.com/review/785-free-to-play-games-benchmarks/page4.html

Focus on winning the BF4 benchmark!

Get a used Phenom II / FX4300 / Pentium G3258 + HD7950 boost.

This guy nailed it. Grab a phenom X4 or unlock an x2 and overclock it, used 7950/7970 from ebay can be had for under $100 these days, 8 gb DDR3 1600, easily can be done for 300
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Benchmarks have not yet been decided...
The games are League and Battlefield 4.

Okay, what res/settings will the build be judged upon?
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As long as you don't have something in there that wants a lot of threads (the Passmark benchmark suite is a no-go) or a new game that insists on a quad-core, the G3258 is the way to go. It's only 2c/2t, but it easily goes to 4.5 GHz and beyond, and at those speeds, it's a single-thread monster.

If this were a real-world, across-the-board comparison, that 860K build would be the best choice, but for a benchmark showdown involving gaming, the G3258 is going win most tests easily.

This is the best I can come up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 320GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($19.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 2GB Video Card ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $296.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-18 19:27 EDT-0400
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post #18 of 41
CPU mag says that g3258 is nothing but a duoCore chip. No ht whatsoever. You can overclock the bejeezus out of it and play some serious games on it. Not GTA V at max, but it would serve you well in a like for like build. If you are competing CPU only versus GPU setup, you're gonna lose. But if you're gonna run against a system with board graphics, it should stand out above a chip in its own price point.

Wish I was on my desktop ATM, but check out the latest issue of CPU magazine online and you can get a better idea than I can post in less than 1k characters.

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Thanks for all the input guys! The others that were wanting to compete in the competition are a little short of money until the first of next month, so it is postponed until then.... Hopefully I can do some more research, and also have some other help before then as well!
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7950 is definitely the way to go.
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