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Could I get a decent dekstop for under $500?

#1Viking_MudcrapPosted 5/4/2014 1:16:31 PM
I have a very old desktop that won't even play the most basic games.

I already have spekers, mouse, keyboard and screen, so that's good. My friend also gets free Windows 8 from his engineering program, so that is covered as well.

I basically want a new computer that will allow me to play a few games. Mostly games like Dark Souls, GTA or Fallout with mods. It doesn't need to be able to play all the newest games, but it would be nice to play some of them.

I don't know much when it comes to computer parts, so I don't even know were to start and what parts I need. What I do know is that I would love for it to be dual screen, this way I could connect it to my tv and computer screen.
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#2DarkAssAssIn051Posted 5/4/2014 1:36:14 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DwLf
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#3Viking_Mudcrap(Topic Creator)Posted 5/4/2014 1:41:11 PM
DarkAssAssIn051 posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DwLf


Thanks, that looks amazingly to my budget.

Are those parts good?
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#4PhilOnDezPosted 5/4/2014 1:44:35 PM(edited)
By GTA do you mean GTA or GTAIV? Because GTAIV is one of the most demanding games around. I'm sure you could get it playable for $500 but it certainly wouldn't be anywhere near max.

Just a basic build, you can tweak it to suit your needs:
$120: 6300/i3 (I recommend the i3 for the games you listed)
$60: decent compatible mobo
$30: 4 gigs of ram
$60: 1TB HDD
$40-50: nice low-med watt PSU (450+)
$150-180: gtx 660
$???: case, however much you want to spend really.

That's about $470, leaves a bit of room to add more ram or a disc drive if you want it. If you could swing another $60 or so ($30 over budget if you can get a good deal on a 660) that could net you an i5 which would pretty solidly beat out those other two processors. For the games you mentioned an i5 wouldn't have much over an i3 though, provided you meant GTA1 and not 4.
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#5Viking_Mudcrap(Topic Creator)Posted 5/4/2014 1:51:24 PM
I was hoping for GTA4 since I've seen some very good mods.
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#6PhilOnDezPosted 5/4/2014 1:57:49 PM
I would highly recommend shooting for an i5 then. The other build posted is alright, though I really don't recommend any parts on the FM2+ socket. The Athlons are alright budget processors but they really fall behind intel's offerings, even the i3s. You can't just look at where it says "3.8ghz quad core" and expect it to perform like an i5, they really aren't even close. The gpu was pretty good, especially for the price, and while I wouldn't recommend that PSU personally it wasn't bad.

I'd post you a more specific parts list but I'm on my phone and pcpartpicker doesn't get along with it.
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#7HamJabroniPosted 5/4/2014 2:25:03 PM(edited)
Viking_Mudcrap posted...
DarkAssAssIn051 posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DwLf


Thanks, that looks amazingly to my budget.

Are those parts good?

you can also try this. but honestly, you're not going to be doing a lot of gaming on a $500 budget. personally, i'd wait til you have $800 or more to spend
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DTFy
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#8Tyranius2Posted 5/4/2014 3:39:37 PM
you can also try this. but honestly, you're not going to be doing a lot of gaming on a $500 budget


What? My super dated 4850 + Phenom II build still plays games just fine and game is all I do with my free time.
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#9Viking_Mudcrap(Topic Creator)Posted 5/4/2014 3:41:15 PM
Thanks for the help guys.

I could afford maybe more than $500, but honestly I don't think it would be such a good idea.
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#10PsythikPosted 5/4/2014 4:01:50 PM
DarkAssAssIn051 posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DwLf

HamJabroni posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DTFy


Both these builds suck. I'll do you better:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3DXQh

It's a little over budget but it's much better for futureproofing. I gave you a better CPU and a higher wattage PSU to give you some breathing room should you decide to upgrade the graphics card later on. I also swapped out the graphics card for one that performs about the same but is $10 cheaper.

This build will easily run Fallout and Dark Souls maxed out. Not so much GTA IV but even my $1100 sig rig has trouble maxing that game. It'll definitely be playable on this PC as far as console standards are concerned, though.

You'll also be able to play the latest games on this setup. Not maxed-out, mind you, but definitely better than PS4/XBone quality. And with a $200 graphics card upgrade 2 years down the road, you'll still be able to play the latest games.

Of course, if you couldn't care less about new games, go with HamJabroni's build, but I highly recommend you spend the extra $50-some for a slightly faster and more upgradable system.

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