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    Thinking about getting this rig [$500 budget] need feedback

    So I was thinking about getting the following.


    1

    Motherboard: Biostar H61MHV Intel H61 Motherboard - MicroATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel H61, DDR3 1600 MHz, Core i7, SATA II (3Gb/s), Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, PCIe 3.0

    Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 BX80623I32120 Processor - Dual Core, 3MB L3 Smart Cache, 512KB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), 65W, Fan, Retail

    Case: Raygo MT MicroATX Computer Case

    Power supply: Corsair CX Series CP-9020058-NA 430W Power Supply

    Case fans: 2 of these Masscool FDV12025L1L34 Case Fan - 120mm, Long Life Bearing, Red Blade, 1500 RPM, 3 Pin and 4 Pin Connectors

    Ram: 8GB

    Hard drive: Samsung M8 320GB HDD

    Graphics Card: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 Video Card

    All that comes out to about $497


    OR

    2


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard

    Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card

    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

    OR

    3

    CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

    RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 Mhz

    GPU:XFX Radeon HD 7870

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3

    HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 500 GB

    Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

    DVD Drive- Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

    PSU-Corsair CX 500

    OR

    4

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220

    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45

    Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 650 Ti

    Ram: 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz

    Hard Drive: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue

    Power Supply: 430W Corsair CX430

    Case: NZXT Source 220
    Which one should I choose or you guys have better rigs for lower prices that do better?




    CHOOSE 1,2,3, OR 4.
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    I'd go with 4 but to be honest, 500$ is way too little to build a computer. Because 500 is like barely a good processor. You should get at least a quadcore and that's about 300-400$. Don't worry too much about the case of the comp tho because that's just cosmetics, if you have a low budget, get the best running ability rather than any eye candy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttermilk Biscuits View Post
    I'd go with 4 but to be honest, 500$ is way too little to build a computer. Because 500 is like barely a good processor. You should get at least a quadcore and that's about 300-400$. Don't worry too much about the case of the comp tho because that's just cosmetics, if you have a low budget, get the best running ability rather than any eye candy.
    I'm not going for anything to extreme just something that can run a game smoothly like bf3 on whatever setting needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post


    I'm not going for anything to extreme just something that can run a game smoothly like bf3 on whatever setting needed.
    The Phenom will do that, and has very stable OC'ing numbers. Save money with the Phenom and get a decent GPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lehsyrus View Post

    The Phenom will do that, and has very stable OC'ing numbers. Save money with the Phenom and get a decent GPU.
    Thoughts?

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    Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL40GB-DX 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 65


    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45

    Total is 408 without tax I think. any area that I can improve that's worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post


    I'm not going for anything to extreme just something that can run a game smoothly like bf3 on whatever setting needed.
    I know but 500$ will get your bf3 running on pretty low settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post


    Thoughts?

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - 75


    RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 Mhz - 62


    Asus Radeon HD 7770 HD7770- 130


    GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 - 65


    Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL40GB-DX 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 65


    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45

    Total is 408 without tax I think. any area that I can improve that's worth it?
    Find a deal on a Western Digital 1TB HDD for storage, that SSD will fill up quickly. With that setup you can build on it for quite some time and make it fairly beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post


    I'm not going for anything to extreme just something that can run a game smoothly like bf3 on whatever setting needed.
    None of those will run battlefield 3 smoothly.
    Unless you want to play on low-medium on 30-40 fps.
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    I'd go with build 3, and you don't need a good-looking case (unless you want one) in fact if you're really tight on money you don't need a case at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ickytc View Post
    I'd go with build 3, and you don't need a good-looking case (unless you want one) in fact if you're really tight on money you don't need a case at all.
    agree with the case thing, just get a fish tank and fill it with mineral oil. no Case, cheap cooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post


    Thoughts?

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - 75


    RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 Mhz - 62


    Asus Radeon HD 7770 HD7770- 130


    GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 - 65


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    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 45

    Total is 408 without tax I think. any area that I can improve that's worth it?
    get a better CPU or GPU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lehsyrus View Post


    Find a deal on a Western Digital 1TB HDD for storage, that SSD will fill up quickly. With that setup you can build on it for quite some time and make it fairly beast.
    Found some other stuff to keep the pc cool and different processor. Better?

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    -$10.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $59.99


    BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 Ver. 6.1 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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    -$20.00 Instant
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    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
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    -$14.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $45.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    $65.99


    AMD Athlon II X2 270 Regor 3.4GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX270OCGMBOX
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    $54.99


    COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm 4 Blue LED Case Fan 2 in 1 pack
    $11.99


    ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99
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    AMD Gift FARCRY3 Blood Dragon & FARCRY 3
    -$59.99 Saving
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    Subtotal: $448.93
    Tax: $33.67
    Shipping: $7.63

    Grand Total: $490.23

    And it just so happens I found a 80 gig hdd in my spare, and it also turns our that one of the hdd's are missing and I remember pulling it out to look how much it had on it and from what I remember it had 320 gigs on it so I will just be using that. Everything comes so perfectly together.


    ---------- Post added at 03:50 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:14 PM ----------

    Edit: Changed my graphics from 2 gig to 1 gig so my grand total now is $447.96 Any places where I can make a tweek and boost it up a bit?
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    A dual core CPU? Really? That'll be kind of slow, just saying.
    I have some suggestions, if you want to see them.

    Case: NZXT Source 210 $34.99
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 $94.99
    HDD: Western Digital Blue 500gb $59.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB $66.99
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    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX430 $39.99 + $4.99 Shipping
    Video Card: MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition $124.99

    Should come out to $496.92.
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    Alright so I got the AMD Phenmon II 965, it's a AM3 and I need a motherboard that is compatible with it, is this compatible? BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 Ver. 6.1 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Newegg.com

    If not then can you guys find me one that is and it's around the same price please? @Lehsyrus @Buttermilk Biscuits @Liteaku Seriously don't want to end up with a motherboard that isn't even compatible with the processor.
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    i would just save more money and get an even better build?
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