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  • Which is the best build?

    Hi. This is my first time in passmark forums so please help me out. I am new to building gaming pc's so I would appreciate all the help you can offer.
    WHich of these builds do you think is the best? Can you offer something better in the $100-400/500 range?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zjTzpg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zjTzpg/by_merchant/


    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($110.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($51.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.80 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $423.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-14 17:46 EDT-0400

    or this one
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h6cG23
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h6cG23/by_merchant/


    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 ($37.99)
    Other: Gigabyte R9 270X ($145.99)
    Other: Sentey® Power Supply 625w Pc ($34.99)
    Other: Rosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 ($32.85)
    Other: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 ($53.99)
    Total: $505.78
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-14 17:47 EDT-0400

    this one
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qkrqNG
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qkrqNG/by_merchant/


    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($106.01 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.65 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.80 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($131.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $504.39
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-14 17:47 EDT-0400

    or this one
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7/by_merchant/


    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($106.01 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($145.99)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $550.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-14 17:48 EDT-0400

    or this
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FWkgZL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FWkgZL/by_merchant/


    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: HIS Radeon R7 260X 2GB iCooler Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $399.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-14 17:49 EDT-0400

    Sorry for the REALLY Long post but please help me out. It's eating away at my mind. Thanks guys, I really appreciate this!

  • #2
    I would rule out the 1st three as they only have 4GB of RAM. I'd rule out the last one based on the video card.

    So that only leaves the FX-6300 + Radeon R9 270X + 8GB RAM. Which also happens to be the most expensive build.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by David (PassMark) View Post
      I would rule out the 1st three as they only have 4GB of RAM. I'd rule out the last one based on the video card.

      So that only leaves the FX-6300 + Radeon R9 270X + 8GB RAM. Which also happens to be the most expensive build.
      What if I were to replace the 1st three's RAM with 8 gigs? If I did that then which build would be the best? If I added in an R9 270x to the last one would that change things regarding the best build? One more question if you don't mind. I read somewhere that if I had that PSU on the 1st build then it wouldn't last for long, and the motherboard would bottleneck the cpu. Do you have a different opinion?
      Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.

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      • #4
        All the CPUs in the builds above are pretty slow and you only have a single video card (but given the budget, that's what you would expect). So the motherboard won't be a bottleneck. PSU is also cheap, but if it comes with a good warranty and your budget doesn't allow anything better then maybe it doesn't matter.

        If you can get the FX-8320 with 8GB of, it would be an OK machine.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by David (PassMark) View Post
          All the CPUs in the builds above are pretty slow and you only have a single video card (but given the budget, that's what you would expect). So the motherboard won't be a bottleneck. PSU is also cheap, but if it comes with a good warranty and your budget doesn't allow anything better then maybe it doesn't matter.

          If you can get the FX-8320 with 8GB of, it would be an OK machine.
          Thx. So if I put an 8gb RAM in it then it would be the best build on the list right? Since the motherboard won't bottleneck the FX-8320, i can keep the motherboard. Just to quote, this is what the person said. "2 Big issues. 1st the psu is not good. It is only rated for 480w on the 12v rail which is very poor for a PSU sold as a 625w unit. While it may power that system it it may not do it for very long. 2nd that motherboard uses a 960g chipset with weak vrms , these do not work well with the 125w processors. The motherboard weak vrms will usually cause the cpu to throttle when under a load."
          Does this change anything? It seems there are 2 different opinions....
          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Gigabyte are one of the major motherboard manufacturers. I would be amazed if there was any issue with the FX-8320 with this motherboard at stock clock speeds.

            You generally only need to worry about the details of the voltage regulation circuit if you are doing some serious overclocking.

            For the PSU, I have never heard of Sentey. So don't know anything about them. I would take a quality 550W unit over a no name 600W unit if given the choice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by David (PassMark) View Post
              Gigabyte are one of the major motherboard manufacturers. I would be amazed if there was any issue with the FX-8320 with this motherboard at stock clock speeds.

              You generally only need to worry about the details of the voltage regulation circuit if you are doing some serious overclocking.

              For the PSU, I have never heard of Sentey. So don't know anything about them. I would take a quality 550W unit over a no name 600W unit if given the choice.
              Sorry for taking so long to respond. I want to say thanks for helping me out.

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