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DLCoates1

62 months ago

Currently looking to build my first PC come 2015. Yes I realize there will be new parts coming out, however that just means the prices of these will go down and that also means that it may make things easier for me, as I only play certain games, and I can always upgrade later on.

The 2 current builds I am contemplating on, are the tower only, as I can use my flat screen tv as my monitor. Both are also lacking any other hardware atm. They are just the towers themselves, no OS no nothing. (I can get Windows 8 for free College student)

Build 1:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $88.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $77.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $99.99 @ Newegg
Case Raidmax ATX-298WBP ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply $79.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $512.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-10 13:36 EST-0500

Build 2:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $88.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67.15 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card $114.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case $169.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Micro Center
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $660.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-10 13:37 EST-0500

EDIT 2 - Third Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $96.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $70.75 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.48 @ OutletPC
Storage Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ NCIX US
Case Enermax ECA3280A-BL ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ Directron
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $600.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-11 12:51 EST-0500

As you have probably noticed, both use the same processor, simply because I am fond of AMD for giving the player the most bang for their buck. They do however use different GPU's, PSU's, and cases. As well as different RAM. So, just curious, which one is better for a budget build gaming PC under $700. I'm personally guessing the build with the 750 TI, however this is my first time actually attempting to build some decent high powered budget gaming PC's. So, any help/suggestions are welcome.

Also just to clarify, I am a youtuber, so the other reason I am using the FX-6300 is because it's a powerhouse with rendering video.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

You are spending too much on the case for a low budget. That money would be better spent on a better video card and or CPU. Ram really doesnt matter as long as it has the same settings and frequency. The only time RAM matters is if you are installing a big air CPU cooler then you want low profile RAM.

I would do something like this build. It has a better motherboard, CPU and Video Card that your second build for about the same price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card $188.98 @ Newegg
Case Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $6.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $6.99 @ Directron
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $659.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-10 14:30 EST-0500

This one has a better case, if it is too much you can down grad to the FX 6300.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.98 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card $188.98 @ Newegg
Case Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $665.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-10 14:36 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Your second build will give you better performance since this GPU is somewhat better. If you are going to choose between the two, definitely choose the second one. Note that you are putting a micro-ATX motherboard in a full tower case which isn't going to be ideal.

If you want to go for maximum performance on a budget, consider something like this build below. RAM and SSD are cheaper without losing a significant amount of performance (keep in mind I'm going for absolute bang for buck here). I gave you a full ATX motherboard to give your parts more breathing room in the case.

I also gave you a slightly more powerful PSU. I say more power is always better in a PSU so consider at least 500 watts. I'm not saying that Rosewill is the best, I just added one from the filter. Make sure you get some opinions on the best quality ones out there, but generally 80+ gold indicates better quality components.

That case looks badass but I think you are over-spending a little. I picked out one that was cheaper while still looking similar. I know case is all down to personal preference though.

Finally, there's the GPU. At your price point the best cards you can get will probably be the R9 280 or GTX 760. Both will give you really solid performance in modern games.

So I'm not saying this build is the best possible, I'm just showing you that it's possible to get an R9 280 or GTX 760 in your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $88.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard *ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $67.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Zeus Yellow 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.94 @ OutletPC
Storage *Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.00 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White ATX Mid Tower Case $67.99 @ Directron
Power Supply *Rosewill 600W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $639.85
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-10 14:37 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, how about this one then? I played around with it a bit and came up with something decent in my opinion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $96.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $70.75 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $75.48 @ OutletPC
Storage Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ NCIX US
Case Enermax ECA3280A-BL ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ Directron
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $600.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-11 12:09 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally, that looks good, especially for that price. You might upgrade your GPU pick to stay current in modern games.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have much as modern games goes. Games I mostly play and record are Kerbal Space Program, DayZ (Standalone and mod), Minecraft, trying to do ETS2 and Battlefield 3, Flight Sim X, and War Thunder. As for games I have, I can't play some of my games because my current laptop doesn't have the hardware specs for it, so this is also so I can play games and not end up having to have wasted money in my inventory.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the one from DLCoates1. I'd maybe change it a smidge to get a 760.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $96.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $70.75 @ OutletPC
Memory *Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $63.98 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $50.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card *Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $169.50 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $37.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $619.01
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-11 12:45 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case for $99. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes614pbk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBhmn21ylkc

I spend a lot of time reading reviews from tons of sources, and it was suggested by people in the forum. I watched all the videos showing every component of this thing. I almost bought the Luxe version, but stuck with the Pro as I don't really need 1 extra fan and the LED stripe around the box for $50 more.

I purchased the Enthoo Pro myself recently and can't wait to set this all up.

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