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Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by erick-p11, May 11, 2015

  1. Apr 10, 2011
    Hi pf,so i need your help in choosing a pc,
    ok so this one im buying it from newegg
    Number 1.-
    Cpu - Intel Pentium G3220 3.0
    Motherboard -ASRock H97M
    GPU - GT 730 OR GTX 750 ti
    RAM - G.Skill (2x4GB)
    PSU - SeaSonic M12II
    Case - DIYPC Cuboid

    the cost of this build with the 730 is $400, with the GTX 750 is $470

    now my brother is selling me his computer
    Number 2.-
    CPU - AMD APU A-10
    Motherboard - MSI ???(idk)
    GPU- R9 270
    RAM - (2x2GB) or (1x4GB) i dont remember
    PSU - ?????
    Case - Cooler Master N200

    and he is selling me this at $300,

    Thanks for your opinions and thoughts of this.(and im sorry if i make any mistakes writing)
  2. Apr 13, 2012
    I would say both seem like sound computers. Buying your brothers gives him some extra cash and its at 300 so you could still if you wanted to upgrade a thing or two use the extra 170 you were gunna spend at newegg to upgrade something(s) Plus I like that case :grin:
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    I'm busy, @Brett get on da mic
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    I wouldn't buy your brother's PC, I'd go with the fresh build instead.

    Although, I'd HIGHLY recommend switching to a quad-core or higher AMD CPU instead, it will keep things cheap while also getting above that bottlenecking threshold that you'll hit with that Intel CPU. When you're going for a cheaper build, you always want to steer towards AMD.

    For example, I'd go with this:
    CPU - AMD FX6300 $99.99
    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-78LMT MicroATX AM3+ $44.99 w/ MIR
    RAM - Team (2x4GB) DDR3 @1600 $51.99
    GPU - Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 3GB $150.99 w/ MIR
    PSU - EVGA 500 B 80+ Bronze (500W) $34.99 w/ MIR
    Case - Tt V3 Black Edition $22.99 w/ MIR
    Total - $405.84

    Boot SSD w/ room for a handful of games/programs - Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 120GB (240GB) $54.99 ($86.99)
    HDD if more space is needed - Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2TB) [3TB] - $51.99 ($76.99) [$99.99]

    Right away, the FX6300 will definitely outperform the 2core Pentium you chose. Same for the GTX 750 Ti, AMD's R9 series will definitely be a much better deal.

    These aren't written in stone obviously since prices and promos change constantly. There's always a similar, if not better, offers out there for some of these parts if they aren't the discounted price at a later point. It's all just about looking out for the good deals. Like a $20 MIR on a $50 PSU, or a R9 280 GPU that's normally $190 for $150. Even the case was a steal for it normally being $40-$50. Also, at about the same price point, the GTX 750 Ti vs. the R9 280, and the GTX 760 vs. the R9 280.

    Part Explanations:
    Brett, May 12, 2015 Last edited by Brett, May 12, 2015