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After talking to a few people and the posts here, this is what Im thinking of building.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z39cvK

The motherboard will allow me to go to the i5 or i7 and up to 32gb of ddr 3100, a little further down the road, but the 3258 should be easily oc'd to 4.4+ ghz on an air system alone and the ram should oc to 2666 easily (I have a coolermaster HAF 931 on a push pull system) Any one see any major issues? Remember, 500$ hard budget.

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I think you'll need to pass. Besides, don't buy pre-built.

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well that one is a really good one. but you need to check for parts to see what you can get for the same. be known that it is still second hand even if just bought

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Buy a Commodore 64! In the years '60 send mens on the moon.. was a nice computer

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I got one, havent touched it in 20 years ;)
(not lying)

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old time.. old school

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I have one, along with a functioning cassette drive for it.

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then... you already have a best computer in the world.. no need new one :P

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I would never buy a 2nd hand pc, not even from someone I know.
But 500$ for a motherboard, ram, videocard and pcu doesnt get you the really cool stuff either
Take the risk or save more money and buy something cool yourself.

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My last rig, I bought used for 100$ and had to put in a new video card and cpu fan. Lasted me 2 years. I understand the risks involved, I just in looking at pcpartpicker cant seem to build anything comparable for the money.

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If you do end up buying that used PC, I'd suggest replacing the power supply with the one you have, assuming it's any good at all. CyberpowerPC often ships trash garbage PSUs.

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I think the PSU i have, coolermaster 550w has issues, I think its what kept causing all the failures in my old rig.

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so actually you need a CPU, GPU and MB - of course you can build a good PC with your old stuff adding new parts =
Intel Core i5-4460 = $190
MSI Z97 PC Mate = $100
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB = $150
and some RAM = 8 gig about $50-60
AND it's ~$500

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I like this so far, but I need to tack on at least 8GB ram, and perhaps a PSU, I know I said I could reuse my PSU, but I have concerns that it was what kept causing the failures on my old rig. Either that or bad SATA controller. Any SATA devices eventually died on me.

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SATA failure may be caused by a problemed MB, I expierenced it - this need to be checked. SO + RAM it's $50-60

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it definitely couldve been the motherboard, some of the traces got messed up on the back of the board, and i fixed them with a fiberglass eraser and circuit pen.

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Mainboard needlessly expensive almost any with USB 3.0 from a known brand will do, GPU weak ... why not a R9 270x which is ~ 165$ http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_750_Ti/25.html

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Here's a build that might be suited for your needs and it's within the $500 budget.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8BdzRB

If you want you can add an AMD-FX 6300 and Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO if you can also put in about an extra $60 or so.

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I dont need the case, or hdd. and maybe not the psu. want best bang for buck. but hardware illiterate, been too long since I built a rig.

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amd fx 6300 is not good for gaming, i use it believe me

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For $500? That PC is an absolute STEAL.

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It's a decent spec PC but AMD is not as good as Intel CPU's (it's decent though). I have a problem with the RAM and HD specs not being available. RAM speed can matter. No USB 3 is a limitation these days.

Not really sure what to suggest.

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R9 270x 2GB - 150$
FX-8320 - 120$
16GB DDR3 RAM - 60$
2TB HDD - 50$
Mainb. no native USB 3.0 - 15$
Case+DVD - 30$
random600W PSU 30$

^ thats what i'd deem the used parts worth to be (roughly) ...
(don't know about used parts nor cheapest seller/prices in your region)

guessing you could built the same pc yourself with:

550$ (buying new parts) or
430$ by reusing your case/psu/hdd * (if those are still good ... a psu with min. 550w will do)

you could also check here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=745567

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After talking to a few people and the posts here, this is what Im thinking of building.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Z39cvK

The motherboard will allow me to go to the i5 or i7 and up to 32gb of ddr 3100, a little further down the road, but the 3258 should be easily oc'd to 4.4+ ghz on an air system alone and the ram should oc to 2666 easily (I have a coolermaster HAF 931 on a push pull system) Any one see any major issues? Remember, 500$ hard budget.

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No real point OCing the ram unless you're into benchmarks. System build looks good, but I'd suggest upping the GPU with any funds you have left. Good call on an SSD.

If you have access to a MicroCenter you can probably stack a good discount on a G3258 + motherboard combo.

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at a budget of 500, unless i lose the ssd i really cant go any further with video. the extra cost on a 280 doesnt seem to justify the performance gain, and that cpu/mobo (ocd to 4.2ghz) and a straight non overclocked 270(not x) was getting 45 fps on crysis at 1920x1200. So it should do me ok until the i5 price comes down a good chunk, then i'll do cpu and a better video.

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Do you have any input on the best use of the ssd? Im getting mixed signals on whether its best to use it as the boot drive + 1 or 2 primary games, or as a cache drive for the sata hdd. (Boot time and loading screens dont mean too much to me, Im looking for best overrall performance)

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Caching is okay, but it doesn't work on everything and it requires software. I'm very familiar with SSDs and given you can afford the 120GB model I don't think you need to mess with caching. I don't care for software-based caching anyway, when you throw OCing into the mix it's just begging for major problems to happen to your data/cache disk.

You will likely have to store media and stuff on the HDD (you can make symlinks for your mydocs folders), but 120GB is plenty for Windows, programs, and a couple games. It's easy to create a second Steam library folder on the HDD and have steam use both drives for game installs.

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The motherboard has some sort of bios setup for using ssd as a cache drive, does that make any difference?

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Depends if it's handled at the hardware level or if you are still required to install Windows drivers to make it function. But even if it was hardware-only, you still have the risk of data loss if the cache can't be synced with the HDD. You should absolutely not install a cache drive until after you are 100% done OCing and have a rock stable system, sudden system locks and reboots can cause a data de-sync.

Personally I'd still say screw the cache drive, I'd rather enjoy the full benefits of an SSD and live with managing which games get dumped onto the HDD than use a cache system. Less things to go wrong anyway.

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sounds good to me then. primary it is then.

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Looks like a good combination.

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What's yer current CPU/GPU, out of curiosity?

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well the old motherboard is dead, but it was a core2quad 6600 if i remember right, and a gtx460

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for everything, mouse, tower, keyboard, is a pretty good deal, but you still can ask for 50 $ in less to get a better deal

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he wanted 650, i had talked him down to 5, but in the end I decided to reuse my case/psu/hdd and periphs and build new

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AMD systems will heat like hell... However, I would pick it up for 300-350 tops

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You're going to do well with that mobo!

LG 1150... Why was I so foolish? Why I tossed you aside? Now I'm stuck with this AM3+ ;__;

LG 1150! Is that truly you? I'm not sure if we should be together quite yet... Let us wait for Direc XII to grow in power and then we can be together forever.

What is it LG 1150? You want to become something else? Well my life partner needs dearly a trustworthy ally who is capable to do great things. Will you accept?

Look LG 1150! I brought a new armor and weapon! Do you like them? Well yes... The AM3+ is still stronger than you but I can't help you more for now. Just wait a month and I shall help you and we will be together. What? I'm sorry... I know that you wanted a greensword but I had this redsword lying around and it's capable enough.

Soon we shall be together... Just you wait...

Ignore True story btw.

You can't go wrong with socket 1150!

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