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Micro atx on a budget


#1

I am looking at building a micro atx gaming rig for under 450. I am going to be replacing my almost 10 year old laptop with it. It will be running windows 7 pro 64 bit and I am trying to get the most bang for my buck. The 450 will be for the case and hardware within not including the os, hard drive (have a wd black 320 gb) or the power supply (have a 750). It has to be micro atx form factor because i will be taking it with me to lan party’s via my street bike.

Thanks much.


#2

Hmmm Hang on this is tough

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zwL3vV

Get some parts used. A 60 Gig SSD should be good for your root then storing everything on the HDD will suffice. Otherwise I can really only recommend getting a phenom build, which are still pretty great.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/pMjdzM

I’m not saying look for that board, but that chipset and that chip go great together and any phenom X4 above a 955 black is good enough. If you somehow manage to find that board specifically I’ll be jealous.


#3

personally i’d opt for one of the new hyperthreaded pentiums over fx… they’re like $60 and it’s essentially an i3 they just call it a pentium.


#4

The older AMD chips are still getting optimized, thats why I recommend them.


#5

And i like to reccomend modern intel chips because it’s much cheaper to upgrade by just dropping in a new cpu as apposed to trying to upgrade from fx which would take a new motherboard, new memory, and the cpu.


#6

I’m also weird, you know this.


#7

Thanks for the suggestion gives me somethings to play with.


#8

Question is: What are you going to play?

Because at that price, i’d get the AMD A12-9800 APU with an A320 AM4+ Board. That way you can upgrade down the line to a decent GPU and maybe the big R3/small R5, because AM4 will probably be around for a very long time. The Board is decent, as well as the APU. I haven’t found one in the U.S. though…they are only sold as Bundles, there are some in the EU for ~ 280 Euros including 8 GB Ram, but i’m not sure if they are shipped to the US.

Or you get this: https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-510-p127c-Desktop-Refurbished/dp/B01N4GCOLL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490354903

Same story, you’ll be able to upgrade to bigger CPU and a decent GPU down the line. Also, it’s cheaper, since at that price point, the mass production of these systems is considerably cheaper than building it yourself. Also, it’s a standard µATX Board and you even have an m.2 slot for SSDs. Funny thing is: Apparently this uses a standard SFX PSU, so you can even upgrade that down the line.

Personally i think, a self build system can’t beat a prebuild one at those prices. Unless you get on ebay and get some used stuff.


#9

Fallout 4, civ… pick one…, mass effect Andromeda, doom, starbound and the the like


#10

The issue lies in that isnt a micro atx form factor, that is a must. Thanks for the info though it gives me more to go on.