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I was pondering what the best bang for the buck gaming build was back in November...this is the result. To keep the budget, it was between the FX-6300 or a Core i3. As far as performance goes, it was decent but not impressive by any means. The person who bought it ultimately felt the same way and upgraded to a HD 7950 a week later.

This coming November I'm going to do another build with the same goal in mind, keeping the budget to $700 to see how much the price/performance ratio has increased.

What do you guys think will be attainable in this price range when the time comes?

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I love budget builds, they are almost like a treasure hunt. Nice build!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

In that light it looks good, but what about the inside, and with the lights on?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna take a look and see of I have any other pictures later. Like I said the computer is already sold so I probably wont be able to get anything better.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

You will probably be able to get all of that and but instead of the 7850 a 7950. Prices are really going down on some of those cards.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built something extremely similar for about the same money. I have a 2gb 7850 and a bit better psu, but went for the non usb 3.0 version of that motherboard. Also got hurt by higher ram prices, and didn't get as fancy a case.

With an extra $100 to play with, I'd say put nearly all of it in the gpu.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The pricing of videocards has gone quite a bit since this build. At the time 1GB variances were averaging at 219 + tax, and 2GBs for 249 + tax. I do agree though, if another $100 was added to the budget @ the time it surely would have gone to the gpu.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The $100 figure comes from the difference between what you spent on this build and the $700 you plan to spend on the next one. I'm just saying I would change very little and use the extra cash on the video card.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh the build was $598 + tax, so $671. The total up top doesn't calculate the tax. Sorry for that confusion.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes, tax. I ended up buying a lot more from Newegg than I planned to because they don't charge tax to nearly as many states as Amazon. Even with Amazon's free shipping, I came out ahead by buying from Newegg.

And for the benefit of the NSA agent listening in, OF COURSE I plan to eventually pay the use tax to my state of residence by filing the appropriate form! ;-)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

LMAO! And I'll make sure ;)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I think the zalman case look sexy.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

lol 2018

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

I would save up that money, and get a computer that'll last you for more than a few months

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

This was an experiment really, it's hard to build some "future proof" in this price range.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

A few months? Are you joking? This computer is great and could last you years- sure it might not max out all the games out there, but its better than a lot of computers, it would work great for years to come.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Hello! Still have the Thermaltake tr2 PSU? I was wondering, how has it worked untl now? thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

This computer was sold shortly after it was built some time ago, but I haven't heard anything from the guy I sold it to. I have used the TR2 power supplies in 3 or 4 budget conscience builds and have not yet seen one die. I still maintain two of the computers sold with these power supplies and they are still running strong after 1.5 years.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You look like a very experienced and wise person (heheh) thanks a lot!! I'll build a low budget machine for my aunt, using a thermaltake versa 2 case and one of this TR2 PSU's, combined with an Intel Core i3 3220 and an ASUS mobo. Hope it last for many years, as my aunty would use it in her Cybercafé. Thanks again for your time.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Just be sure to find the TR2 power supplies on sale, if you pay the full price of $50 or $60 for the 600 watt model, you might as well have gotten a Corsair or Seasonic/XFX 500watt 80 plus rated power supply.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't pay for it. Was part of a bundle.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Then your good to go.

  • 76 months ago
  • -3 points

Beat this build at this price: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/EKo

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

You listed $0 for RAM, you don't have a spacious hard drive nor an optic drive. It's not the same kind of build. Where did you get that i5 at that price btw? Used?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you need a spacious HDD onboard ? I have 4 external HDDS. My MBP has 120 GB SSD and I never had problems with that. I also dont need an onboard optical drive as I barely use it. MBA proved this concept. Most of the ultrabooks dont have it either..there must be a reason huh.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

You can get brand new i5 3570k for 160..All you need to do is google.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid rig over all, but as blade said there is a few gaps in pricing. Gaming performance over all would be nearly the same, the 2GB of vram on the 7850 only nets about 5% performance difference.

Not to mention that if the price of your computer was $615 plus tax, this rig would still be cheaper technically (after tax)

In the case of my build, everything was found from retailers with no crazy classifieds deals. It gives a more accurate representation of what is actually attainable for the average Joe.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks..Its 615 with taxes and shipping. Yup I agreed with 1gb vs 2gb. I got a good deal and just pulled the trigger.