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Working on $600 max build for a friend

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  • 52 months ago

Budget: $600 Use: Light gaming (TF2, HL2, etc.) and schoolwork Location: 'Merica He needs an OS, but has a mouse, monitor and keyboard.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Here's one that may work well for this person.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $98.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler $18.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $51.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Mushkin ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC Video Card $194.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $599.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-27 18:50 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Here ya go man.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $98.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $49.95 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $39.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Superclocked Video Card $184.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cougar Solution 2 ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $618.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-27 22:18 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you need a monitor?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

He has that as well, sorry I should have put that above

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No biggie and one last question does size matter. ATX Matx or Mini ITX?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No, his desk is huge and he doesnt care lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $129.58 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $36.91 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard $82.37 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $50.17 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card $69.41 @ OutletPC
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $50.77 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.58 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $94.80 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $673.68
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $628.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-27 17:26 EST-0500

Should be all the power he needs and then some.

This is built to my states sales tax of 7% adjust accordingly.

I chose a higher bandwidth Ram since APU's DO benefit directly from faster Ram. Also this will work in a mode called "dual graphics" which the GPU and the APU will work together.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Amd makes specific ram for that which will give even more performance

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The biggest issue for performance on these APU's is making sure we have functional channel and rank interleave at ~2133MT/s. 2400MT's is hard to get stable on these and is often not any better than 2133MT/s unless we're comparing single ranked DIMM's (2 steps back for 1 step forward).

the F3-2400C10D-8GZH kit included in the build above, has been reported by users to come both single and dual ranked. Crap shoot.

AMD's own "branded" memory has also proven to be a crap shoot, with some 4GB DIMM's configured single, some dual ranked.

Finding dual ranked 4GB DIMM's is often difficult. My advise, choose a crucial ballistix kit and overclock it, (they are all dual ranked, and these seem to get along really well with AMD memory controllers. I've overclocked ballistix sport (1600-9-9-9@1.5V) to 2133-10-12-12(1.7V) on Kaveri no problem.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

"Dual graphics" mode is a scam/waste. There is no scenario where buying into this technology will provide more render throughput or performance for the money than we could get from an 860K combined with a more powerful discrete GPU. There are still frame-pacing issues with this, not all games support it, when Kavari's iGPU is being used, the CPU throttles to 3.0GHZ, so performance suffers even more, throw on top of that AMD's DX9-11 optimization issues for compute overhead AND the additional compute overhead that comes from dual graphics mode (crossfire overhead), and this is a recipe for really awful performance and visual quality plagued with stuttering issues, frame-pacing issues, lag, etc.

This is only a good build for software developers who are interested in tackling the problems that plague this build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I went this route as an option. I agree an Athlon or even an older i3 would be a much better choice. I happen to have an A6 laptop which runs games like World of tanks and world of warships albeit not very well. I normally post 2 builds but i didnt have the time, i had to go work.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.99 @ Directron
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $56.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $32.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon R7 370 2GB Video Card $135.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Fractal Design Edison M 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $90.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $600.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-27 17:57 EST-0500

Overclockable Cpu, Quad-Core. Monitor, OS. Nice Case and Power Supply, 8 gigs of RAM. More than decent Graphics Card, And the PC is all red when put together for a good color scheme

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Guess the builder can knock about $91.00 off that build. A monitor was mentioned in what was already had.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

oh sh!t he edited it, sorry

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the bad thing about not having an edit time stamp that is visible to all. We all can get caught by it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i3-6100 + GTX950 builds. GO.


Price includes shipping on everything.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $143.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Fractal Design Edison M 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $94.16 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $599.08
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-27 22:08 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4500 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $95.09 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $97.98 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $45.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $122.07 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Urban R31 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.88 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $65.58 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $94.80 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $705.37
Mail-in rebates -$90.00
Total $615.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-28 03:08 EST-0500

My second build that i didn't have time to put together.

The Pentium will be the bottleneck in the future. The good news is its on the skylake socket so upgrading is possible, and although the Mobo isn't the best its still a Z170a which will allow a small to moderate overclock on overclockable CPU's.

The GPU sits between the gtx 950 and 960 and at $122 is the steal of the day.

The PSU is a tier 1 psu and should give you almost no issues.

Do your friend a favor: Pick him up an SSD down the road.

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