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Is this a good $550 AMD budget build?

thomas7
  • 71 months ago

I'm working on building a cheap gaming computer for a friend. He hoped to get a price around $550, including the cost of the OS. This is what I've put together so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.49 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card $155.38 @ Newegg
Case Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $39.00 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $518.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 14:57 EDT-0400

I wasn't able to find the RAM I was looking at on PC Part Picker, but it is listed below: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Team 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($35.99)

Grand Total: $554.81

My friend wanted a hard drive with at least 1tb. I believed it was okay to go with 4gb of RAM, even though the standard is 8gb. I didn't see any other place worth reducing to get an extra 4gb of RAM. The motherboard may seem expensive for this budget, however it is in a combo with the optical drive. Together, those two items get a $13 discount. There were some cheaper motherboards available, however I was worried by their lower ratings. The Gigabyte board was the cheapest I could find with an acceptable rating. In most cases, such as the motherboard and the GPU, the primary reason for going with a more expensive part was for a better rating. I welcome suggestions for cheaper components, however I only like the highly rated (within reason) ones. For the CPU, I was trying to decide between the AMD 750k and the Intel G3220. I eventually decided to go with the 750k due to the fact that my friend has no intention of overclocking anything. That is also the reason for sticking with the stock cooler. I'm looking for a second opinion on this decision especially. My friend is only going to run games at a maximum of 1280x720 pixels, so the CPU doesn't have to be especially powerful. If you believe the G3220 (or a similar model) would be better suited, please recommend a reputable motherboard to go with it.

Thanks for you help! Please keep in mind the $550 budget. Mail-in Rebates are acceptable.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

yes looks like a great build however I would add at least 8gb of ram preferable 2x4 at around $80.. you could easily get a cheaper MB to offset the price..

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion. I certainly consider your advice. If my friend feels a little tight on RAM, I will install another 4gb stick.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

something like this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.49 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $57.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76.50 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card $155.38 @ Newegg
Case Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $577.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 15:14 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

or this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $79.49 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $57.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $76.50 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.00
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg
Case Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $561.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-04 15:20 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks pretty good. I'm only a tiny bit worried about the rating on the motherboard, but I think it'll be okay.

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