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Building a 2015 AMD gaming PC for $650 or less

Posted by: Chips | Filed Under Build Guides, PC Corner | No comments 
2015
Jan 22

Alright folks, here is a guide on some decent hardware to buy that will not cost a fortune when building a computer that you can load up your Steam collection on. In this guide, I will be showing you different tiers of price ranges that you can build, and that have a dramatic effect on the performance that you play your games in FPS, color, and overall quality.

I’m currently a *cough* broke *cough* college student, and I understand the struggle of wanting to play a game with your friends, and don’t have the immediate funds. Computers can be expensive, but if you know what to get, where to get it, and how to put it together without destroying components, you will have no problem stomaching the bill from Newegg or Amazon. For the purposes of this section, I will be using grand total pricing from Newegg.com

Obviously computers can (and have been in the past and present) range anywhere from $20 at your local thrift store, into the millions of dollars. As far as gaming goes, you will be sorely disappointed in a build that will cost less than, say, $400. Yes, it is possible, but for the latest and greatest PC games, you have to match up with the rest of the self-titled “pc master-race” populous. Also, this guide does not include operating system keys or disks, and peripherals (Mouse, keyboard, monitor, sound system, etc…).

 

Under $500

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT AM3+

Price Range: $55-60

This is a decent motherboard. I used this on a recent build when I got to college and had no money, and Gigabyte has excellent customer service.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128565&cm_re=gigabyte_78lmt-_-13-128-565-_-Product

 

Processor: AMD FX 4350

Price Range: $129.00 MSRP ($99.99 on Newegg)

This processor may get a bad rap, but it has a decent amount of power. It is unlocked also, so if you want to put a decent cooling system on it, you can get pretty decent clock speeds.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=fx+4350&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

GPU: MSI AMD HD Radeon 7770 1GB

Price Range: $100-125

This GPU is not bad, especially for the price. Granted, it won’t get you all the Ultra settings, but it will be able to hold up well on decent games that are put on low settings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687&cm_re=msi_7770-_-14-127-687-_-Product

 

RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600

Price Range: $65-80

8GB RAM is a good thing to have, especially clocked at 1600 MHZ. If you end up clocking your CPU, that frequency is enough to not have to worry about bottlenecking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231488&cm_re=g_skill_x_8gb-_-20-231-488-_-Product

 

MISC:

HDD: Toshiba 1TB SATA 3 7200RPM, Price: $55-70

PSU: EVGA 500W 100-W1-500-KR

ATX Case: Corsair Carbide series SPEC-01

 

This build comes to a grand total of:

$473.93

 

Under $650

 

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ Motherboard

Price Range: $80-90

Now Asus makes fantastic products, and they never get the credit they deserve. I bought this same motherboard with an AMD FX 8350 (not a good idea) but held up very well, with not too high temperatures. I wouldn’t try to do too much overclocking on it with the 8-core AMD though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872&cm_re=ASUS_M5A97_AM3%2b_Motherboard-_-13-131-872-_-Product

 

Processor: AMD FX 8320 Vishera

Price Range: $150

These processors are underrated, and this one isn’t that bad. Obviously not quite on par with the far superior 8350, but still a great processor with 8 cores and 8 threads.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285&cm_re=AMD_FX_8320_Vishera-_-19-113-285-_-Product

 

GPU: MSI AMD R9 270

Price Range: $165-170

This is also a GPU that gets a bad rap, but it is actually very powerful, especially with the 8320. You won’t have too much trouble playing more intense games on this card, and it won’t let you down…. As long as your standards aren’t set too high.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127769&cm_re=MSI_AMD_R9_270-_-14-127-769-_-Product

 

RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600

Price Range: $65-80

I’d have to keep this fella on the list for a while, because Newegg has a price on this amount of power that really can’t be beat.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231488&cm_re=g_skill_x_8gb-_-20-231-488-_-Product

 

MISC:

HDD: Toshiba 1TB SATA 3 7200RPM, Price: $55-70

PSU: Corsair CX600 600W, Price: $70-80

ATX Case: Coolermaster HAF 912

 

This build comes to a grand total of:

$645.93

 

Ok, I know all those Intel and NVIDIA fan-boys out there are rolling their eyes, but don’t worry ladies and gents, I will write a build list specifically for you.

 

-chips


 



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