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Advice on a budget build please?

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#1 will mac

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:59 AM

Hi, I know this is probably asked numerous times a day, but was hoping for some advice and feedback on my very first build?


First off, I'm looking to mainly play games on it, but I'm not that fussed about high level performance. The kind of games I'm likely to play are Elder Scrolls Online, Civ, FM2014, Skyrim and similar. Maybe even trying to run 2-3 Everquest games at once as I used to 2 box back in the day, and the 15th Anniversary has made me very nostalgic :)


Secondly, I'm looking to go as cheap as possible for a basic set up to do what I'd need. Getting upgrades when needed, such as better graphics card or even processor, maybe at Christmas for graphics card and next September (2015) for processor. So I'm looking for a motherboard that will last awhile.


This is what I've been looking at:


AMD Athlon II X4 750K CPU - (Black) (Quad Core, 3.40GHz, 4MB, 100W, Socket FM2, AMD PowerNow! Technology)


Asus M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard (AMD 970/SB950, 4x DDR3, S-ATA 600, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0, USB 3.0, USB BIOS Flashback, Windows 8 Ready, Socket AM3+)


HyperX Blu Series 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM Gaming Memory Kit (2 x 4 GB) - XMP Ready


Sapphire Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card


WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue


Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Unit


Cooler Master K-Series K280 Case for ATX PC


How feasible would this be? Any places it's better to just spend a bit more on now? 


Thanks in advance.


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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:51 PM

The power supply is the one item I would take up a notch, Amazon is good but a little more shopping may help.  The build looks good and should do fairly well doing what you wish.  Give Part picker and Ebay a shot to get costs down.






P.S. if you can shave off enough to get 120G SSD or larger to use for the system that is a great boost in performance.

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#3 will mac

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:41 PM

Thank you. Will look into it.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:59 PM

Agree with Dopple: always better (double especially if you are planning to upgrade later) to have more power than you think is the maximum amount needed to run your proposed build. Can't go wrong with more power. 

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:28 AM

i would opt for the amd radeon hd7790 or the new Nvidia 750ti for a few GBP more.. the mentioned r7 250 has the gddr3 which is twice as slow as the gddr5 on the 7790 or 750ti. the r7 250 has the gddr5 flavor also and can be crossfired with the amd apu series cpus (a-8, a-10 etc) also for future adaptability in another rig if you want to stay with that component line-up.. .

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