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nVidia $600 gaming build challenge

I saw a YouTube video where someone is competing in a $600 gaming build contest. as far as I know, the only rule are 1. be under 600 bucks and 2. use a gtx 950.

here is what I would submit.. thoughts? what would you build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b3jpcf

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get a G3258

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LOL if it was $600 AUD you would just be able to get the GPU, cpu and ram

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Such value

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($112.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($49.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card  ($153.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $622.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:06 EDT-0400

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For $600 you can easily get a 960 (or a 380) + an i5. 

 

 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($42.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card  ($183.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $586.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:06 EDT-0400

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Like @djdwosk97 said, for this budget you really could get a better gpu than a 950, but since the contest requires it...

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($175.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($45.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card  ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($35.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $557.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:07 EDT-0400

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Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($67.98 @ Newegg) 

Memory: Mushkin ECO2 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($35.99 @ Newegg) 


Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card  ($144.99 @ Newegg) 



Total: $594.93

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:13 EDT-0400

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Such value

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.89 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.88 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card ($153.00 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $622.72

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:06 EDT-0400

really nice build, but you'd have to find a way to trim $23.
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For $600 you can easily get a 960 (or a 380) + an i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.98 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($183.98 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $586.90

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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contest requires 950
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For $600 you can easily get a 960 (or a 380) + an i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($191.98 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($42.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($183.98 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $586.90

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-04 21:06 EDT-0400

nice. thank you.
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dont get a amd, and where is your psu

psu comes with case.. I know I know, but it is not an everyday build.. it's an "they bench mark a bunch of things and then judge.

Nvidia would probably prefer not using an amd cpu also. lol

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psu comes with case.. I know I know, but it is not an everyday build.. it's an "they bench mark a bunch of things and then judge.

Nvidia would probably prefer not using an amd cpu also. lol

Thats not how it works

4690K // 212 EVO // Z97-PRO // Kingston 8GB // GTX 770 // MX100 128GB // Toshiba 1TB // Air 540 // HX650

Razer Blade 14 // iPhone 8 (64GB) // Canon 5D Mark II

Logitech G502 RGB // Corsair K65 RGB (MX Red)

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here you go, with an i7 (xeon)

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($242.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card  ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case  ($31.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Green 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($39.99 @ Directron)
Total: $599.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-05 20:08 EDT-0400

The site has changed....

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here you go, with an i7 (xeon)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($242.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($51.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($46.99 @ Amazon)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.50 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Antec Green 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Directron)

Total: $599.43

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-05 20:08 EDT-0400

not sure it gets better than that. very nice.
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