Budget PC Build Guide ($500 - $1200 builds)

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  1. spirit

    spirit Moderator Staff Member

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    Hahaha yeah! I owned an i5 760 for a year before I upgraded to an i5 2500K but for a short time I had my i5 760 in an ASUS P7P55D-E which had a (third-party, admittedly) SATA 6GBps controller and USB 3.0 controller. I could have used the 760 for far longer I think before I would have needed to upgrade.
     
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  2. Intel_man

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    My sister's computer still rocks an i5 760. I might grab a decommissioned Xeon for like $80 and some more RAM for her though. Although she only uses the PC for web browsing stuff... so she doesn't really need a brand new rig or justify spending that much money on a new PC.
     
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  3. Rick@I_need_help

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    Shouldn't this be a "Sticky" ???
     
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  4. Darren

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    @Intel_man or anyone else that wants to work on this PM me. I'd be happy to assist in any way I can and help format it even. I think a guide like this would be worthwhile to keep on top of, especially since there's a lot of new stuff this year and a lot of people are here for build lists.
     
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  5. Intel_man

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    Well I just need people to post builds that would be good suggestions to new members. I don't mind keeping it updated, just no one has really put the time to doing so.

    I spent a couple of hours on and off organizing, creating builds, and formatting that initial post.
     
  6. C4C

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    I created one just like this last year I believe... Took quite a bit of time, and I didn't have any time to update it. Props to you :p

    I'll definitely help out because I love creating PCPartPicker lists.

    Kam tried it: http://www.computerforum.com/threads/low-mid-high-ultra-end-builds-guide.235420/#post-1976984
    Ninjabubbles3 tried it: http://www.computerforum.com/threads/gaming-builds-300-through-800.231876/
    and I can't find my thread on trying, but we all failed. Best of luck hehe :D
     
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  7. Rick@I_need_help

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    Good call on the RX 480. I'm still waiting on one to become avail. Hopefully early Aug.
     
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  8. Intel_man

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    I'll have to update this build list to include the GTX 1060 option sometime soon. Gotta balance out the competition and provide more options for everyone.
     
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  9. C4C

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    I'm not sure how you feel about OEM licenses, but I love saving people some money... I've used Kinguin.net for a few computer builds... Win 10 Pro is only $30 on there, sometimes less. Saves about $50 for you to add to other components!
     
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  10. AMD_man

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    May I suggest a few additions?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($110.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($58.97 @ Jet)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Dual Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill NIGHTHAWK 117 ATX Full Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $833.77 ($922.79 without MIR)

    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/AMD_man/saved/G6dD3C

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.93 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.89 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow UV400 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($40.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($36.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($16.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $438.63 ($476.66 without MIR)

    https://pcpartpicker.com/user/AMD_man/saved/DVVcf7

    I´ve noticed you are not fond of using AMD CPUs so you can just swap that for something more Intelish.
     
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  11. Darren

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    Lists look good for the most part.

    AMD CPU's are a foolish buy at this point except at maybe the very low end, if even that.
     
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  12. AMD_man

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    Yes that's why I included it only on the low budget build. I wanted to keep it under $500 and the Skylake I3s start at $100, while this one is $70.

    Also what did you mean by "for the most part"? What would you change?
     
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  13. spirit

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    Definitely! Interesting to see what the Vishera replacement will be like though - I thought they were coming out in October 2016?
     
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  14. AMD_man

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    Zen? January.
     
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  15. Laquer Head

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    Hasn't Zen been 'coming out' for months now!?!?
     
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  16. spirit

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    Years actually! Since at least 2012 or 2013! ;)
     
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  17. Laquer Head

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    Guess they are just putting the finishing touches on it and getting it perfect for the masses....:rolleyes:
     
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  18. spirit

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    Making sure the 8-core CPU just about matches the performance of a 5-year old i5 2500K at stock, yes...
     
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  19. Laquer Head

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  20. AMD_man

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    Funny thing is, Intel has been struggling with the same thing. Single thread performance from a brand new 6600k is not that different from the one of the 2500k.

    Also, speaking of multi-core performance, the FX-8350 destroys the 6600k. Granted, it´s double amount of cores, almost no software can use them all, but still...
     
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