Need help with a $500 budget gaming pc build

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#1 Edited by TheGrinchh (110 posts) -

I want to transition over to PC. More of my friends play on there, and I just like the idea of using M/kb controls. I'd like to keep it at $500, without going over. I'm not trying to make a huge powerhouse PC here. I'd like to be able to play games at atleast high settings, but more importantly, have high frame rate, for games like BF4.

#2 Posted by Nibroc420 (13567 posts) -

I'm not trying to make a huge powerhouse PC here.

I'd like to be able to play games atleast high settings, but more importantly, have high frame rate.

Ehh

You dont want a powerful PC, but you want high settings at high frame rate?

#3 Posted by TheGrinchh (110 posts) -

@Nibroc420: Scratch the high settings part. All I really care for is smoothness.

#5 Edited by mastershake575 (8350 posts) -

AMD3 CPU's don't work on FM2 socket motherboards (FM series if the for APU's while AM3/AM3+ is for FX, Athlon, and phenom series).

Get rid of the third party CPU cooler (stock cooler is fine for now, these chips don't run super hot and overclocking isn't usually needed for budget builds) and use the money you saved to get either an A8 750K with the current motherboard or try to get an FX 4300/4100 with an AM3+ board if you can do so at a reasonable price

#7 Edited by farrell2k (5732 posts) -

I screwed up the links and don't feel liked editing all of them.

cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 $120

video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642 $159/$129 after rebate.

motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135318 $43.49$ /$28.29 after rebate

4gb ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1YV0SB0677 $43

HDD 250gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771 $55

power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822008 $22 or

EVGA 500W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438016 $40/29.99 after rebate

case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108447 $25

dvd drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136270 $22

kb/mouse $20 from wherever.

$ 510 - $30 rebate + 15 = $469

AMD FX 6300, 4GB ram, Radeon HD7850, 250GB HDD, 500W Power Supply.

#8 Posted by PredatorRules (7258 posts) -

cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 $120

video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642 $159/$129 after rebate.

motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130661 $48

4gb ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1YV0SB0677 $43

HDD 250gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771 $55

power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822008 $22

case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108447 $25

dvd drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136270 $22

kb/mouse $20 from wherever.

$ 514 - $30 rebate = $484

AMD FX 6300, 4GB ram, Radeon HD7850, 250GB HDD, 500W Power Supply.

You know you could add 5$ and get 1TB 64Mb cache HDD right? that's 4 times of space you've given.

I would never go with that PSU brand it may damage his whole system - so it's basically trash.

I don't think that CPU will fit the MOBO; That CPU is one of the best value right now on the market but it's too pricy for his budget.

#9 Edited by farrell2k (5732 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@farrell2k said:

cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 $120

video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642 $159/$129 after rebate.

motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130661 $48

4gb ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1YV0SB0677 $43

HDD 250gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771 $55

power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822008 $22

case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108447 $25

dvd drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136270 $22

kb/mouse $20 from wherever.

$ 514 - $30 rebate = $484

AMD FX 6300, 4GB ram, Radeon HD7850, 250GB HDD, 500W Power Supply.

You know you could add 5$ and get 1TB 64Mb cache HDD right? that's 4 times of space you've given.

I would never go with that PSU brand it may damage his whole system - so it's basically trash.

I don't think that CPU will fit the MOBO; That CPU is one of the best value right now on the market but it's too pricy for his budget.

Yeah, had the wrong MB. AM3+ added for even less money.

All PSUs are fuse protected. It is LITERALLY impossible for them to damage a system. This is a myth. Updated links with quality EVGA PS.

The build comes to $469. He has money to buy a bigger HDD, if he wants, or better yet maybe a copy of windows 7.

#10 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3679 posts) -

Okay for $520 you can have...

  • FX 4130
  • 8GB RAM
  • GTX 660
  • EVGA 500W PSU
  • 1TB HDD

Here's the link... LINK!

#11 Edited by mastershake575 (8350 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

And CPU do need OC it's pretty old.

On budget builds it usually doesn't make since to overclock since you have to pay a premium to get a K edition cpu (intel) and black edition cpu for AMD cpu's (paying premiums on budget builds almost never happens for obvious reasons)

Your build doesn't have a black edition (multipliers are locked) so no real point in getting a beefy CPU cooler (you'd be better off using that money for a higher clocked FX series CPU or a black edition CPU now which are usually overclock faster out of the box regardless and then get a CPU cooler later down the road).

#12 Edited by naz99 (1160 posts) -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353021 case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 1TB hdd

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130679 MSI Am3+ 970 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438016 500w Powesupply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313080 8GB DDR3 1600mhz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 FX6300 six core 3.5ghz CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127722 MSI 2GB 7870Ghz

any keyboard and mouse $20 or so

$560 -$30 Rebates = $530

Was going for straight performance and can be upgradeable cooling is not an issue at stock and it could easily run BF4 on high

You could save $30 by getting a AM3+ 760 motherboard

and another $30 by going down to 4GB which is still fine to run any game for now and you can always add more later

Of course this does not include the cost of windows.

#13 Posted by PredatorRules (7258 posts) -

Okay for $520 you can have...

  • FX 4130
  • 8GB RAM
  • GTX 660
  • EVGA 500W PSU
  • 1TB HDD

Here's the link... LINK!

I double this, excellent build.

#14 Posted by danxxx (673 posts) -

Damn those are some solid builds for that budget, pc gaming has come a long way in terms of pricing.

#15 Posted by Xtasy26 (4233 posts) -

@naz99 said:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353021 case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 1TB hdd

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130679 MSI Am3+ 970 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438016 500w Powesupply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313080 8GB DDR3 1600mhz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 FX6300 six core 3.5ghz CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127722 MSI 2GB 7870Ghz

any keyboard and mouse $20 or so

$560 -$30 Rebates = $530

Was going for straight performance and can be upgradeable cooling is not an issue at stock and it could easily run BF4 on high

You could save $30 by getting a AM3+ 760 motherboard

and another $30 by going down to 4GB which is still fine to run any game for now and you can always add more later

Of course this does not include the cost of windows.

If I were I would go with this build. If you go with the ones that other's stated I would highly recommend that you get a 7870 Ghz edition as your video card. Trust me, you will not regret it over the GTX 660 because 7870 is better than the 660. This is because when it comes to gaming the GPU is like the heart and soul of your PC, you want to get the most powerful GPU that money can afford. If you don't like the 7870, I would try the 660 Ti but it may cost you more.

#16 Edited by mastershake575 (8350 posts) -

@Xtasy26 said:

I would highly recommend that you get a 7870 Ghz edition as your video card. Trust me, you will not regret it over the GTX 660 because 7870 is better than the 660. This is because when it comes to gaming the GPU is like the heart and soul of your PC, you want to get the most powerful GPU that money can afford.

The guy who linked the GTX 660 linked a third party model so there's little difference between the two (7870ghz is a tad faster than a stock 660 but a third party 660 literally closes the entire gap). Techpowerup (which calculates overall gaming performance) actually has different third party models actually trading off which one is faster (for example 660 gaming is a few % faster overall while the asus model is a few % slower overall......ect).

Can't go wrong with either one since there within 2-3% of each other (which is great since the 7870ghz posted is out of stock)