Need help with build

Hello again everyone,

I have a few builds I have made that I am curious what everyone thinks. Happy wife, happy life. With that said my wife doesn't think I should spend over 500 bucks. We all know this if you read my previous joke post I pulled on her. So I attempted to build a budget PC. This is when I realized that I have expensive taste and can't get no where near 500 bucks even with cutting corners. On these builds if there is a part missing it is because i am playing Frankenstein with other PC parts I have laying around. Trying to do this to save money. I will be gaming, maybe not hardcore gaming but gaming nonetheless. I will be playing around with Maya, Photoshop, Zbrush, and Mudbox. I want to eventually record game play and post to YouTube. I guess I would be using Premier pro for the rendering? and I will using a Capture device either elgato or Averimedia HD.

The first build here is something I would really buy. If she lets me buy it that is.I could see investing $1300 american

This is my i7 Variant -- 1212.77

Now for these last builds I tried balling on a budget but cannot seem to get close to $500 dollars.I tried using FX processors, an i5, and a x4. I don't see using those dual core Pentiums. I think if you put a Dual core in your system, you are just shooting yourself in the foot. It won't be long and we will need more than 4 cores.

FX8350 -- 1012.77

FX6300 -- 885.27

X4 860k -- 804.90

I5-4460(non K) -- 919.61


I really don't see spending money on a FX processor, because it is a dead socket. FM2+ may have a processor or two left in it. I don't know for a fact or not. Socket 1150 may have one more product release (Broadwell) before it is considered DOA. I would like to have something I could upgrade later down the road. This is one reason I am steering towards the 2011v3 board. Even if the socket dies out I can just buy a new board and processor. If I spend money on a ddr3 board, in the next few years I will have to buy board processor and memory. =) I have burnt myself the last few times I "Upgraded." I ended up spending money on a dead socket and couldn't catch back up.

I would consider a FX processor but they are showing their age. In benchmarks of new games they are losing their fps.

To sum things up. I will most likely be buying a i5 or the 2011v3 board. Anyone have any ideas how to lower the price of the i5 build? i know I have 16gigs of ram. The reason for this is kinda future proofing a bit, but will i need 16gigs in lets say 2 years?




I think I figured out what I am going to get.

At this budget, I would not go X99.  It's just too much of a premium.  The CPU you've chosen is only 4 cores, and only has a little bit more L3 cache than some LGA1150 Xeons.  I know that you don't want a "dead" socket, but if you've got such a small budget, I'd try to reach for a 5820k & a better GPU before building.

Also, Xeons are not meant to be overclock - they've got a locked multiplier.  No need for a huge all-in-one.

You've also picked a really shitty power supply lol.

MSI's X99 SLI is known to have some QC issues, but they may have sorted that out by now.

Holy crap dude! You picked out an X99 and went with an R7 260x? You complain about FX FPS and you have a 260x? And Athlon x4 860K wouldn't bottleneck that card. You can run up to a 285 on a 860K with out issues except on CPU bound games. Save the cash bro and go with a Quad FM2+ especially since AMD is coming out with the new chips soon and they look promising. The CPU can easily bump to 4.5 GHz.

Here is a build that is a little more but you get a 4GB frame buffer, can keep the 2400MHz RAM, get an SSD and a 500GB HDD, and a better PSU.

PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:


  • CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.98 @ Newegg) 
  • Motherboard: Asus CROSSBLADE RANGER ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($152.99 @ Amazon) 
  • Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($79.74 @ Amazon) 
  • Storage: Corsair Force LS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.99 @ Newegg) 
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.48 @ Amazon) 
  • Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 4GB Dual-X Video Card ($171.98 @ Newegg) 
  • Case: Thermaltake Versa H25 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
  • Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg) 

Total: $662.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-06 18:28 EST-0500

My PSU knowledge is limited I thought if they had a gold cert or better they were pretty decent. I would like to know of a good brand to buy. A good power supply I could have running all the time. Someone told me that my cooler master 500w was crappy too but it has run strong for 3 years no problems out of it. Only time I turn my computer off is when I clean it or move. Youtube benchmarker's are always using Corsair but i heard FSP group is very good. I am all for recommendations.

As for the Xeon. I thought it would have been just as good as the 5820k in gaming. Since most games do not use over 4 cores now. But after looking at a benchmark from

It shows the i7 has a better performance in single core match. I guess this is the fact that the i7 has SSE4.2 and 15MB cache. that is the only thing I can think of that would be different. I would understand that the i7 would stomp it in multi threaded applications, but be pretty much the same on Single threaded applications. I guess thats what I get for not doing some real research and just going off of clock speeds.

The 270x is pretty week but I figured I could talk the wife into letting me upgrade in a few months to the 390x when it is released. then throw the 270x into a media pc.

Honestly I am trying to sweet talk my ol lady into letting me spend a grand this year but if she doesn't I will probably end up going the non clocked 1150 or the fm2+.

I really like your fm2 build. I would probably drop the 500gb and case to add a bigger video card. I would just use my old case 212+ and HDDs.

I think I mixed up your first post and second post builds for some reason - my bad.

The E5 line of Xeons and some other lines are more intended for workstation and servers.  Also, having two more cores on the i7-5820k would really help in video rendering and stuff like that.

I've put together a build that I like better than Linux's FM2+ and your X99.

Without mail in rebates, PcPartPicker shows $719 or so.

The E3-1231 v3 and 1241 v3 Xeons are essentially locked i7s with no integrated graphics.  These game very well, and render quite well too - especially for the money.  I've got personal experience with the E3-1231 V3, and it's great.  Plenty of other people on the forum have, too.

8GB of RAM.  If you can stretch, 16GB would probably not be a bad idea for video editing.  1600 is also a bit on the low side, but higher clocked kits were a bit pricy.

SSD + HDD storage.  This is probably plenty for now.

R9 280.  I'm not sure why Linux chose his 4GB 270X, since the GPU core really isn't strong enough to take full advantage of all 4GBs of frame buffer.  The R9 280 is a stronger GPU - a lot stronger than the 260X you initially had.

Case is a cheap case from a reputable brand.  Change as needed.

Budget power supply.  It still performs well and is built well for the money.  Here's a read if you want:

Just a little update I finally bit the bullet and order my parts this is the build I ended up with. The wife wouldn't let me go over 500 but i did anyways over 60bucks but I needed a new PSU and seen a really good deal. Tell me what you think

Looks like a solid build, the only thing I would have put more towards was the GFX card but then again 2gb card should do fine.

Yeah I agree with you on that. I figured this would give me a little upgrading room. Planning on getting another 8 gigs of memory and by that time the new 300 cards will be out so the 280s and 290s should go on sale. That and a case. I need a new case but I figured I could hold off not that. I want a case that looks like the R4 or R5 but I couldn't afford any more. Going to save up a few more months and finish out the build.