Build the Best Budget Gaming PC - February 2013

Here's a build featuring the AMD 955 and the Radeon 7850 that should play most games at 1080p or 720p.
The Specs:
  • 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
Total: $539.90
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posted 2 years 1 month ago

Something tells me this was recorded a while ago...

posted 2 years 1 month ago

it's not bad but i think for the price you can get a bit more 

posted 2 years 1 month ago

the prices were about what he says sometime around the 1st so yeah 3 weeks ago. He has been edditing this stuff  solo so its taking longer to put out videos.  

posted 2 years 1 month ago

You are not becoming too community at all Logan. Keep it going strong man!

posted 2 years 1 month ago

Hey Logan, ever thought of Livestreaming while chatting on Skype? I'd love to do something like that, and I'm sure others would love to hang out too.Keep it going, man! 

posted 2 years 1 month ago

In my country, converted to $ it's over $ 800, 807 to be exact even without VAT it's 650 dollars :-(


posted 2 years 1 month ago

I thought the XFX cards weren't good for overclocking because the voltage is locked, is this not correct?

posted 2 years 1 month ago

Please, don´t overclock Phenom II X4 with this motherboard, its VRM can´t handle it.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

I love Mushkin, amazing ram, they can take a beating.  I rly like the Phenom II but i think for the price, you can get a FX-4100 for like $80 on some sites. 

posted 2 years 1 month ago

PII X4 955 offers slightly better value. Gaming performance is similar, 955/965 is a little bit better in synthetic benchmarks and encoding.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

What does "too community" even mean?

posted 2 years 1 month ago

Some people are probably thinking he's trying to create some sort of utopia on the internet. I don't see that as a bad thing unless it becomes too utopian; like, to the point where it's religious.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

You can't overvolt this card with any software except for the sapphire trixxx software!! It's a bit weird... as I can't unlock the voltage in MSI Afterburner

posted 2 years 1 month ago

You could get a better mobo and cpu for this price. The 965 is only 85$ or so.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

You should get the AMD phenom 2 x6 1055t. It is like $80 and competes with the fx 6300 if you oc it.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

Really Logan? A 2+1+1 phased board for a powerhungry Phenom x4? 

posted 2 years 1 week ago

Yeah, I wouldn't suggest running any of the Phenom II series on anything less than a 4+1, and even then it is pushing it a bit. If you must do so, just don't even dream of tweaking voltages more than 2-5%. You'll brick something if you do.

posted 2 years 1 month ago

Lack of an SSD makes me sad. A 750gb HDD instead would make way for a 64GB SSD perhaps which would make this build pretty awesome.

posted 2 years 4 weeks ago
posted 2 years 2 weeks ago

What do you guys think of this for a £737.21 $493.86 AMD Build. 

Mobo : MSI 970A-G46 £64.15

CPU : AMD FX 6100 Black Edition (Orochi Core) 3.3 GHz £89.53

RAM : 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Blue (1866) £60.67

Storage : 120GB AData S511 - SSD £114.14

GPU : MSI GTX 560ti OC Twin Frozr II £154.27

PSU : 600W Silverstone Strider £55.92

Oprical Drive : LiteOn IHAS124-04 £13.91

Case : Fractal Desing Core 3000 £47.98

OS : Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit £107.64.

posted 2 years 1 week ago

Looks nice, but don't expect to overclock if it requires tweaking voltages to get it stable, as the motherboard doesn't have nearly enough power phases for that. Otherwise, everything looks good.

posted 2 years 2 weeks ago

I have 2x XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card in my machine at home :), purchased the 2nd card a few days ago... still waiting for the crossfire cable (which was shipped seperately) to arrive though :(

been putting off playing crysis 3 until I can play with things cranked up at 1080p

posted 2 years 1 week ago

On average, how much would it cost to run this on a month to month basis?

posted 2 years 1 week ago

Cheaper than leaving three or four 75 watt incandescent lightbulbs running for the same time. PCs aren't actually THAT inefficient, although they seem like they should be. But at an idle, it draws a fairly low amount of power, and most people only use their pc's for between 4 and 10 hours a day, and let it idle the rest of the time.

posted 2 years 1 week ago


Seems like a bit of a downgrade in graphics, but this will still play many games at 1080 on medium settings or 720 on higher settings, aka, it's more powerful than my GTX 650. Plus the motherboard supports crossfire and so do the cards and the power supply. So it is possible to add another one later on for not a huge amount more. If you wanted to spend $600 initially, then you could get a MSI Radeon 7850 twin Frozr for like $189 with a $20 mail-in. Also, don't worry about it being a locked processor, the motherboard doesn't really support overclocking by raising the multiplier anyway, since that almost invariably requires overvolting it. Instad, tweak the bus timings and rely on your extremely fast RAM not to require you to tweak its multiplier (which isn't locked.) Yeah, the motherboard has really nice features once you get past the idea that it only has a 4+1 power phase. Although those are "Military Class" which basically makes them have tighter tolerances in the first place.

posted 2 years 2 days ago

Can i use GTX 660 with this build?

posted 1 year 10 months ago

A good processor is our basis why we make things good in our hands. - YOR Health

posted 1 year 7 months ago

Guyz how about this ? its cheaper :Dhttp://pcpartpicker.com/user/leoricpal/saved/2deN


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