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Looking to build a PC for around $400-$500 while upgrading GPU later on

#1VJR191Posted 2/23/2014 3:16:34 PM
Hello everyone!

First and foremost, I will be using this TV as my monitor for my new tower.

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-M260VA-26-Inch-Class-RazorLED/dp/B003LL17HK

Since the TV isn't a great monitor to use now a days, I figured I could get a low end GPU or integrated graphics card until I decide to upgrade the monitor. But then again, I'm not too experienced with this stuff so suggestions would be great.

For my new built, I'm looking to spend $400-$500 on the tower excluding OS, kb/m, monitor. Would it be wise to get a good CPU while getting a low end GPU? Or should I get a decent CPU to save some money? I'm a poor college student so money is somewhat of an issue lol. This PC will be used for gaming (I understand that it won't max out games), college work, media center.

I started reviewing stuff of logical increments but I decided it would be wise to ask you experts.

Thanks for the help.
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#2dennis941012Posted 2/23/2014 3:29:37 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YNHd
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#3VJR191(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 3:41:38 PM
Will I be able to freely install a GPU onto that build whenever I decide to upgrade? Also 250 GB HDD is pretty small. I'd get a bigger one.
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#4dennis941012Posted 2/23/2014 4:22:40 PM
VJR191 posted...
Will I be able to freely install a GPU onto that build whenever I decide to upgrade? Also 250 GB HDD is pretty small. I'd get a bigger one.


yes you will
anyone else? :L
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#5VJR191(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 9:07:26 PM
Any other suggestions?
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#6PhilOnDezPosted 2/23/2014 9:25:47 PM
Dennis's build is pretty good. Personally I'd spend a bit extra on the CPU and HDD to get a 4570 and either a Seagate Barracuda (not ES or anything, just the plain 7200rpm barracuda) or WD Caviar Blue, and go with a cheaper PSU in the same wattage range, 500-550w. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and XFX are the brands I tend to choose from, nothing wrong with the PSU he chose but it's just a really pricey one for a budget build.
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#7VJR191(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 11:43:55 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
Dennis's build is pretty good. Personally I'd spend a bit extra on the CPU and HDD to get a 4570 and either a Seagate Barracuda (not ES or anything, just the plain 7200rpm barracuda) or WD Caviar Blue, and go with a cheaper PSU in the same wattage range, 500-550w. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and XFX are the brands I tend to choose from, nothing wrong with the PSU he chose but it's just a really pricey one for a budget build.


I'd probably go with the build with your suggestions. Another question, how will this rig handle games in terms of graphics settings, FPS, resolution. Games like BF4, Civilization, Team Fortress 2.

Also, 8 GB of RAM isn't really needed right? 4/6 should be fan since I won't be doing anything too extensive beside the gaming.
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#8PsythikPosted 2/24/2014 12:19:56 AM
I wouldn't go with less than 8GB DDR3 1600 nowadays. It's cheap enough that you don't need to skimp. It's the sweet spot for a gaming PC.
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#9VJR191(Topic Creator)Posted 2/24/2014 12:52:43 AM
Another question, when getting a wireless network adapter, is there a big difference between a USB one or a PCI one?
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#10mikewu1Posted 2/24/2014 1:10:43 AM
You are using integrated graphics with that build. So low-med for most games until you get a discrete card.