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Have good price/performance gaming build costs gone up in recent years?

#1eagles5769Posted 9/28/2013 12:02:50 PM
I built my PC listed in my sig around late 2008 for around $600. I'm looking to upgrade and now most good price/performance gaming pcs are $850-$1000 (not including OS, keyboard, speakers, monitor). I remember paying $130 for my 4870 GPU and $160 for E8400. Has this just been inflation over the last 5 years or am I not finding better deals?
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E8400 - Gigabyte UD3P - 4GB RAM - 4870 512mb 1080p - 600W PSU - Centurion 5 Case - 750GB HDD
#2ctrl_alt_de1337Posted 9/28/2013 12:12:29 PM(edited)
eagles5769 posted...
I built my PC listed in my sig around late 2008 for around $600. I'm looking to upgrade and now most good price/performance gaming pcs are $850-$1000 (not including OS, keyboard, speakers, monitor). I remember paying $130 for my 4870 GPU and $160 for E8400. Has this just been inflation over the last 5 years or am I not finding better deals?


Buy an AM3+ board and grab a Phenom II X4 9XX Black Edition. It still offers great performance, and it's dirt cheap compared to the marginally "better" bulldozer/piledriver chips at gaming.


What kind of budget are you looking at?
#3eagles5769(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2013 12:44:49 PM
Around $800 for CPU, GPU, PSU, RAM, SSD, HDD, and Optical Drive. I have everything else. Might consider CPU cooler to make it quieter and cooler, but haven't decided.
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XBL/PSN/Steam: eagles5769
E8400 - Gigabyte UD3P - 4GB RAM - 4870 512mb 1080p - 600W PSU - Centurion 5 Case - 750GB HDD
#4ctrl_alt_de1337Posted 9/29/2013 10:44:59 AM
eagles5769 posted...
Around $800 for CPU, GPU, PSU, RAM, SSD, HDD, and Optical Drive. I have everything else. Might consider CPU cooler to make it quieter and cooler, but haven't decided.


Do you have any problems with buying a used processor? I can throw you together a part list if you'd like within that budget, I just need a few questions answered:

1. Monitor resolution

2. GPU brand preference? AMD/NVIDIA
#5eagles5769(Topic Creator)Posted 9/29/2013 11:22:17 AM
1920x1080 and nvidia. currently have amd and hear nvidia is better optimized for games overall.
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E8400 - Gigabyte UD3P - 4GB RAM - 4870 512mb 1080p - 600W PSU - Centurion 5 Case - 750GB HDD
#6BowsaaPosted 9/29/2013 11:48:38 AM
Don't get a Phenom, they're already far behind the curve, especially if you're looking to spend around $600.

You can probably get an FX-8350, 8 gigs of ram, and a 7870 GHz for ~$600, maybe a little more.
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#7gsf4lyfePosted 9/29/2013 11:50:42 AM
Bowsaa posted...
Don't get a Phenom, they're already far behind the curve, especially if you're looking to spend around $600.

You can probably get an FX-8350, 8 gigs of ram, and a 7870 GHz for ~$600, maybe a little more.


I would swap the 8350 out for a 6300 and the 7870 for a 7950 or 760
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#8BowsaaPosted 9/29/2013 11:52:49 AM
I personally figure that frontloading on the CPU would make a little more sense- it's cheaper to replace a GPU down the line, and a 7870 will do fine with games for another few years. Also, a 6300 would likely hold back a 7950 somewhat.

6300+7870 for $500 is also damn nice, though.
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#9ctrl_alt_de1337Posted 9/29/2013 12:11:32 PM
Bowsaa posted...
Don't get a Phenom, they're already far behind the curve, especially if you're looking to spend around $600.

You can probably get an FX-8350, 8 gigs of ram, and a 7870 GHz for ~$600, maybe a little more.


Eh, I picked my 965 BE up for $60 months ago from a member on HardOCP, which is hands down the best price:performance ratio I've ever gotten on any single piece of hardware.

Not to sound snide, but you're recommending an 8 core Vishera with a 7870 GHZ.. why? Either you don't care about how much money you spend, or you're just suggesting what you've currently got in your rig.



TL;DR

If someone tells you a Phenom II X4 9XX is "behind the curve" for 1080p single GPU gaming, ignore any suggestions they give -- They're clueless.
#10Sergei_DukanovPosted 9/29/2013 12:25:14 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1443581

somewhat good reference point.
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