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Want to Build a Powerful, Cheap, Gaming PC


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#1 Iscariot

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

Good Afternoon Forum.

After 5 years I want to replace my computer with a new, Powerful Gaming PC. The only problem is I have a low budget to work with so I'm looking to keep it under $800. I would appreciate any suggestions for parts for my rig. Below is a list of parts I'm currently looking at and will update with suggestions until I have a workable rig. Thank you for your time.

Motherboard (Intel): Processor (Intel): Memory:

Case: Power Supply:

DVD RW drive:

HDD:

Video Card:

CPU Cooler:

Thermal Compound:

OS (64 Bit):

Monitor:

Keyboard: Mouse:
  • Already Owned ~$0
Total: $496.96

Edited by Iscariot, 21 April 2012 - 10:15 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

With what you've already put down, you may exceed your budget depending on the GPU you want. For a good GPU, such as a Radeon 7800 series card, you will probably spend about $200 to $300 and Windows will be $100. This would prove a difficult budget even on an AMD build. You will need anywhere from $100 to $200 more if you're wanting a powerful gaming PC. I priced out an AMD build with a Radeon 7850, FX-6100, and Asus 970-based board at $897 before the peripherals.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

I would up your budget to around $1200 which will allow you to have a decent monitor.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


#4 Iscariot

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:13 PM

Not too worried about the monitor since I have a TV with HDMI and S-Video Ports that can act as my monitor.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:55 PM

What kind of TV? Personally, I would never use a TV for a monitor even though most TN panels are repurposed TV's. I prefer my gaming in 1920 x 1200, I just like the extra space. Those monitors are dedicated PC monitors as no television uses that resolution natively. Regardless of buying a monitor, it is still a low budget for what you're wanting.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:17 AM

Also modern gpu don't have S-Video port anymore, most have DVI or Displayport.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#7 Iscariot

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:35 PM

Just noticed that the case isn't compatible with the Motherboard, so looking at this one atm.
APEVIA X-TROOPER Junior Series X-TRPJR-BK Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Side Window $39.99


Also, picked out more parts:
Power Supply
FSP Group FSP400-60GHS(85)-R 400W Micro ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Compatible Power Supply $54.99

CD/DVD Drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $17.99

HDD
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99

Memory
GeIL Evo Two 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GET316GB1333C9DC (2x 8GB) $104.99

Edited by Iscariot, 23 April 2012 - 05:06 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:16 PM

Out of curiousity, why are building a performance PC with a micro-ATX motherboard? Also, for perfomance gaming, a 400W PSU would not be able to cut it with most GPU's geared towards gamers. The Antec Three Hundred does allow for m-ATX and standard ATX. Unless you are crunching tons of data, you only really 8GB of RAM. Even so, I doubt you're going to make your $800 budget, how much are you willing to go over?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

What's your recommendation for a Motherboard.
~$950 tops

Edited by Iscariot, 23 April 2012 - 05:53 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

A standard ATX motherboard is usually best for gamers and enthusiasts as the components are more spread out, keeping the heat down.

I would get something a bit different given your budget:

Case: Antec Three Hundred - A little different from what you chose originally. $54

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - A basic motherboard. Solid for most people, unless you want to use Crossfire or SLI. $64

CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz - Not quite as powerful as what you wanted originally, but I don't really see how you can get a $300 CPU, a fairly high-end GPU, along with the rest of the PC, and make a $950 budget. Remember, games are more skewed towards using the GPU. If you have the money, I would also get the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283, which is more efficient and quieter than the stock cooler. $189

GPU: HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB - A good mid-range card that can handle most games on high very well. $239

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - This should be more than enough for most graphics cards. $89

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - This is a single stick of DDR3 memory, you only really need 8GB unless you render or crunch numbers. $69

HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB - A standard drive. $79

ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - A simple drive. $18

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You need this. $99

Grand Total: $937 (Before shipping and rebates)

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:47 AM

Thanks for the build. Question, isn't Intel superior to AMD?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:59 AM

Thanks for the build. Question, isn't Intel superior to AMD?


Yes!!!!
Do this instead

CPU: i5 2500K http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 $180

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792 $180

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030 $60

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231489 $115

or You can step up to this Ram here for $15 more @ $130
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231568 It has tighter timings and better latency

Your OS will always find a way to use as much RAM as possible, so starting off with 16 Gb is actually a good decision. I have 12gb installed, and my system is using 7.52GB as I type this. I have Firefox, Chrome(lotsa tabs open on both)as well as Battlefield Play 4 free open.

Edited by diggi, 24 April 2012 - 01:43 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:07 AM

Intel and AMD are similar until you reach a certain point. Fanboys love to debate this, same thing with AMD and Nvidia. What is the actual FPS difference between the RAM I chose and the RAM diggi chose? Windows 7 will prefetch and utilize RAM differently than Windows XP.

Not all games can stress all the cores of a quad. That said, your frame rate is also locked at around 60 FPS or so unless you want screen tearing.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:52 AM

^^ 12GB / 16 GB of RAM is just excessive for a gaming PC. The money is better spent on a faster graphics card.

You only need so much memory when you're working with plenty of virtual servers, doing hardcore video editing, HD photo rendering and other intense stuff.

This might be of interest to those curious to know if 12gb is an overkill. You have the right set of audience at Gamespot.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 24 April 2012 - 07:52 AM.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:26 AM

A standard ATX motherboard is usually best for gamers and enthusiasts as the components are more spread out, keeping the heat down.

I would get something a bit different given your budget:

Case: Antec Three Hundred - A little different from what you chose originally. $54

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - A basic motherboard. Solid for most people, unless you want to use Crossfire or SLI. $64

CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz - Not quite as powerful as what you wanted originally, but I don't really see how you can get a $300 CPU, a fairly high-end GPU, along with the rest of the PC, and make a $950 budget. Remember, games are more skewed towards using the GPU. If you have the money, I would also get the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283, which is more efficient and quieter than the stock cooler. $189

GPU: HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB - A good mid-range card that can handle most games on high very well. $239

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 - This should be more than enough for most graphics cards. $89

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - This is a single stick of DDR3 memory, you only really need 8GB unless you render or crunch numbers. $69

HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB - A standard drive. $79

ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - A simple drive. $18

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You need this. $99

Grand Total: $937 (Before shipping and rebates)


Would a ram cooler, and/or hdd cooler be helpful in this build?




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