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hen555 June 23, 2012 04:02 PM

Make Me A Build <$500 !?
 
I don't think i7 is needed. Intel only too (Edit: I now accept AMD aswell) since we already have an i7 and i5 in the house but we don't have any 3rd gen ones.

I don't need too much graphics power but I want something that will last and is fast.
Infact, I might not even need a seperate GPU, the PC will mostly be used for you tube and ocasional gaming like League Of Legends, Starcraft, and San Andres


For the 500 dollars, exclude pricing for Hardrive, PSU, Optical Drives, mouse keyboard because I have those already.

Also note, I have DDR2 Ram (2 sticks 512mb each) so its up to you if you want to include those and get more DDR2 ram or just jump up to DDR3 with the new architectures.

Thanks!

Pabz0r545 June 23, 2012 04:24 PM

So let me get this right. You need a case, cpu, motherboard and ram and possibly a gpu? DO you need a monitor?

Case: Antec 100 - $50
Antec One Mid-Tower Gaming ATX Case Black 3X5.25 5X3.5 2X2.5 Front USB3.0 Top Rear 120MM Fans No PSU - Antec - ONE

CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 - $135
Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB - Intel - BX80623I32100

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 V LX - $125
ASUS P8Z68-V LX Z68 LGA1155 ATX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio Video CrossFire Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V LX

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 - $145
XFX Radeon HD 6850 Fansink 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card - XFX - HD685XZCFC

Ram: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit - $49
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Total : $504

hen555 June 23, 2012 05:22 PM

No monitor needed, thanks for the post :)

hen555 June 23, 2012 05:35 PM

Also just to add I change my mind, I also accept AMD builds :)

geokilla June 23, 2012 06:08 PM

You're better off buying a OEM PC imo. Much better bang for buck than custom build.

Having said that, I'd put my focuses around the AMD APUs.

great_big_abyss June 23, 2012 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geokilla (Post 637050)
You're better off buying a OEM PC imo. Much better bang for buck than custom build.

Disagree with that!

Try an AMD IGP build:

AMD A8-3870K -- $115
ASUS F1A75 - $93.00
Kingston HyperX 2x4GB -- $49
Bitfenix Shinobi ATX Case -- $70
Antec Green 430W PS -- $50

Total: $377. Capable of playing the games that you mentioned.

BrutalGreen June 23, 2012 10:18 PM

trust me you don't want anything from AMD right now...you just can't get better bang for your money unless you are trying to make a SFF media center ONLY!

that said, here are the build I would suggest:

Build #1 power house on the cheap (gaming)
Corsair XMS3 Dominator 1333 @ 32$ (I have 2 sets of these in my own rig and 2 more sets bought by friends and they ALL clock no problem to 1600 C9 1.5v)

ASRock H61M-HVS @ 55$ you won't need anything more than this for a SB based build that you won't OC (not recommended at this price)

Intel Core i3 2120 @ 110$ very very cheap CPU that is going to do much better at the only CPU intensive game you mentioned (SC2) than the best AMD CPUs (you won't need any more than this for gaming on a budget as most games are only optimized for 2 threads anyways)

Radeon HD 7950 @ 340$ you are going to have more graphics horse power than most people around. very price efficient!

Generic Cheapo Case @ 39$ absolutly no reason why you should spend more than this on such a budget build

Total: 510$

Build 2 elegant cheap build (for web browsing and light gaming)
Corsair XMS3 Dominator 1333 @ 32$ (I have 2 sets of these in my own rig and 2 more sets bought by friends and they ALL clock no problem to 1600 C9 1.5v)

ASRock H61M-HVS @ 55$ you won't need anything more than this for a SB based build that you won't OC (not recommended at this price)

Intel Core i3 2120 @ 110$ very very cheap CPU that is going to do much better at the only CPU intensive game you mentioned (SC2) than the best AMD CPUs (you won't need any more than this for gaming on a budget as most games are only optimized for 2 threads anyways)

Lian Li PC-A04B @89$ very beautiful aluminium case!

Enermax ETS-T40-TB @29$ very very good and silent heatsink for quiet and cool browsing/gaming!

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce @ 140$-10MIR decent but not overkill and rather silent (I think, can't tell you first hand)...should do the job for the task you described.

Total: 445$ (after the 10$ MIR)

Feel free to mix and match between the 2 builds if you want more cooling/silence on the gaming rig or would want to use a more powerful gpu on the 2nd build...although that might make you go over budget.

Free shipping!

P.S. the fact that you would even consider using DDR2 ram makes me doubt the quality of your PSU so you might wana take a look in THIS or THIS for either build respectively!

hossdaddy June 24, 2012 07:23 AM

I would suggest a nice AMD build here. Check this, the case and gpu are changeable of course depending on your preferrences. The cpu can be overcloacked like crazy if you want to use it for more intense operations later as well (mine is @ 4.5ghz)

AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+ $114.99

ASUS M5A97 AMD970/SB950 ATX AM3+ $93.99


G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 $28.02


Thermaltake Commander Black ATX Mid Tower $55.47 - $10 mir


Antec Neo Eco 450C Power Supply $39.99

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 $73.00 - $15 mir

Total: $405 - $25 mir

Masteroderus June 24, 2012 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hen555 (Post 637030)
I might not even need a seperate GPU, the PC will mostly be used for you tube and ocasional gaming like League Of Legends, Starcraft, and San Andres

Best candidate for an AMD APU. The build that great_big_abyss posted is great. Here is mine

AMD A8-3870K APU w/ Asus F1A75-V EVO Motherboard at Memory Express 199.99 for mobo+cpu+gpu

Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 Power Supply at Memory Express 49.99 for corsair brand PSU

Bitfenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Gamer Case, Black at Memory Express 39.99 for a bitfenix case

GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-10666 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB) at Memory Express 47.99 for 1333mhz 8 gig ripjaws

Total: $337.96

This leaves you with enough money for a 60 gig SSD for a boot drive/gaming drive! :biggrin:

EDIT: This build also allows for a new copy of windows if you don't feel like running Ubuntu :)

hossdaddy June 24, 2012 10:55 AM

he surfing the net and playing basic games why would you pick an 8 gig ram kit?


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