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Trying to figure out which build to get on a $500 budget right now

pandasa123

61 months ago

Hey guys, I have a ~$500 (can spend maybe $30 more) and I need to figure out what to buy for a Linux compile environment / Gaming rig. I put together 3 builds and would like your feedback on them:

FX-8320 build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pandasa123/saved/gkkzK8

FX-6300 build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pandasa123/saved/LFJTwP - this is to try and be budget conscious. I don't know if that 8230 is worth the extra money, so unless you guys can convince me otherwise, I'll probably go for this in terms of AMD

Intel i5 Phenom: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pandasa123/saved/QNLfrH - I don't have a video card in this build and don't know when I'll plan to get one.

Help?

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

A cheaper intel chip will whoop both the 6300 & 8320 in a lot of games - http://www.hardwarepal.com/best-cpu-gaming-9-processors-8-games-tested/

http://www.logicalincrements.com/ may give you some ideas for alternates too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I decided to make this Intel build by going for a cheap mobo and a cheaper case, but including a video card:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pandasa123/saved/XhPYcf

advice?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess it depends on how you're going to divide your time between compiling and gaming, the usual rule of thumb for a gaming focused build is you want a gpu that's more expensive than your cpu, but a better cpu is gonna help your compiling so...

I would check videos online and see if the 260x is running games at an fps you find acceptable and go from there.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/pandasa123/saved/NkcmP6

I raised my budget up to $550 and wanted some feedback for this one

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good to me

You can save a few bucks (+ free shipping) on the ram atm and there's a promo/mir on a gold rated PSU that makes it the same price but it'll save you money on your electricity bill, so that's nice :-D

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $188.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $49.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Team Zeus Yellow 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $58.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card $149.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Urban S1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $37.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $578.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 01:28 EST-0500

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