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Advice on Gaming PC - $400-500 budget

perloff
  • 62 months ago

Hi there, I'm looking to build my first PC. I'd be using it primarily for gaming.

I play a lot of indie games, so I probably do not need a powerhouse machine. However, I'd like something that I could throw a modern AAA game at - like the new Dragon Age, or Shadow of Mordor - and have it run ok at high-ish settings. I'd also like to be able to run open-world stuff like DayZ, Rust, etc.

I would like to be able to upgrade this build over time, as my budget allows. I don't plan on overclocking.

What I don't need: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS What I do need: Wireless Adapter, everything else Where I am: US

Thanks so much!!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

MIght Wanna Put A Better PSU On There If You Can Though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! But that's a little out of my price range. Am I asking for something impossible? Do you have a recommendation for a nice build under $500?

  • 62 months ago
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If you're okay with upgrading the motherboard as well as the cpu as time goes on then this should suffice.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $94.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $102.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case $43.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $549.61
Mail-in rebates -$65.00
Total $484.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-26 23:58 EST-0500

If however you want a more streamlined upgrading process (with a little less starting power) then this should do it!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $106.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $102.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case $43.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $569.79
Mail-in rebates -$73.00
Total $496.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-27 00:02 EST-0500

edit I forgot to add a network adapter but you can pick them up for like 10$

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, this is a competent choice as you can throw a I7 on that board eventually.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Any other recommendations? Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to brag but I believe my builds are the best you're gonna get just because it's hard to beat them for the price.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

OK cool, thanks again.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

$600 Build feel free to just look at it and see if you want to replace one of yours with one of these. You'd have to make some cuts to get this down to $500 but it's not bad. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Sparkz856/saved/#view=jXxV3C

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thank you!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a build I just completed using rhe A10-7850k APU. I Think it will be right up your ally. I play mainly MMORPGs and MOBAs and so far its run everything I've thrown at it so far on highest settings and great frame rates. It would leave you several upgrade paths. You could add a r7 250 later and crossfire it with the apu. You could disable the on board graphics and add a r9 290x. You could swap the cpu for one of the kaveri based CPUs later when they are released. The budget leaves you room to add windows OS if you dont have access to a copy like I did. It also leaves a little wiggle room to tweak it to your tastes. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/HJHNnQ

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Todd!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is a build I've been keeping up with for a long time, i think you might enjoy it, also the mobo/cpu has to be bought at microcenter for that price, otherwise you could still pay for it and spend less than 500.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mpRT3C

  • 62 months ago
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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's way over budget.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That is way over budget.

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