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I need a budget PC for just a few older games.

Yalderas
  • 20 months ago

Hello and thank you. I have been without a gaming pc for well over a year now due to finances. It's been hard, but I've been patient. I just feel I'm missing out on limited time to play certain games online before the community might diffuse or change. So instead of waiting for a decent all around rig, I'm going to see if I can't get the price low enough for a budget one just so I can play some older games I miss the most.

Budget: As low as low can be for the games listed below, anything more than $500 or $550 probably can't be done & considerably lower would be fantastic.

Location: USA, Georgia

Use: World of Warcraft, SWTOR, ARMA 3 (mostly for the star wars mod). That's all I "need" to play.

Peripherals: I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and possibly speakers, I would just need an operating system

OS required: I honestly don't know, I guess the latest one? unless I can use a cheaper one to play the games listed above.

  • Please keep in mind that while I need to run these games, I would like to be able to run them on something above low settings. I realize that may be impossible given my budget. However I would like just a good base PC that can run them, and I'll have the capability to upgrade a part here or there down the road to be able to run the games smoother. Any expansion on why the parts you listed would be good would be greatly appreciated, as I don't yet have much PC building knowledge. I not only appreciate the recommendations, I depend on them. Cheers

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  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Budget: As low as low can be for the games listed below, anything more than $500 or $550 probably can't be done & considerably lower would be fantastic.

This is going to be as cheap as you can go with windows included in a build that is "worth" building for your intended use from new parts.

I highly recommend trying to do this with an i3-8100.... While you could save money buying an older refurb and upgrading it, or buying used cpu/mobo/ram from a previous gen (haswell?)... the savings are not likely to be worth the performance compromise. You're going to want the i3-8100 for the games you have listed as it will really run them quite well despite their performance optimization issues.

Best way to save money on this build would be to pick out a used GPU. You'd be well served by a GTX 960. I suspect you could find one for ~$80 used.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.90 @ B&H
Motherboard ASRock - H310M-G/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston - A400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $129.89 @ OutletPC
Case Thermaltake - Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $35.85 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.90 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit $103.95 @ Trusted Tech Team
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $599.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-28 02:42 EDT-0400
  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering ARMA3 is fairly heavy, I'd suggest this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.90 @ B&H
Motherboard Gigabyte - H310M A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $55.09 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $60.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - BX500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $47.79 @ Adorama
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $129.89 @ OutletPC
Case DIYPC - DIY-F2-W MicroATX Mini Tower Case $36.97 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.90 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $593.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-27 22:50 EDT-0400

However, if you want to improve performance (especially with graphics), you're better off buying a refurbished desktop, installing a new HDD, SSD and PSU, and sticking a good GPU in it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $56.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage *Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 580 8GB DUAL Video Card $239.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $52.99 @ Amazon
Other Refurbished Dell Desktop (i5-2500, 8GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 10 Home 64 Bit) $201.00
I'd strongly suggest watching this video before getting everything, if you go down this route
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $595.86
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-27 23:49 EDT-0400
  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with the refurbished part as it does give you better performance for the price but the problem is theres almost no upgrade paths

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you never know what might be sittin’ on eBay, r/hardwareswap, Craigslist or wherever you get second hand bits from (he might be able to find a newer motherboard or a discounted fairly new platform)

Or the OP could have saved up by then (and move the GPU, HDD and SSD and maybe the PSU) and gotten some newer bits.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very true.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $98.79 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $71.98 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot - Viper 4 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $78.98 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston - A400 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $35.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $52.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $94.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $558.39
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $518.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-28 02:01 EDT-0400

So I went with a Ryzen APU. This little processor has been a really popular with budget builds. Once overclocked and with the faster ram it should run all the games on your list with a mixed bag of settings. One point of worry is WoW raids and some section of Arma3 having some slowdowns.

This build has great upgradability, the first item I recommend is a dedicated GPU. I just purchased a rx 480 off of ebay for $100. Keep an eye out and you can get yourself some great cards. The rx 480 in my other build maxes out on 1080p games I play.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Dated PSU
  • SSD is too small

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