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Need help. Considering building a PC

#1BoomerTheGreatPosted 6/6/2014 12:00:56 PM
I need help from experienced PC users with creating a gaming PC. I need to know how much I should expect to spend and how does the experience differ from consoles?

Any and all input would be appreciated. I need help with all parts and I need to know about Steam and such.

Also I want to make a good gaming PC, a little better than a PS4 but it doesnt have to be the best ever.

I would prefer not to go over 1000$..
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#2ShubPosted 6/6/2014 12:02:25 PM
A $1000 PC will not just be a little better than a PS4, it'll be a lot better.
What do you need to know about Steam?
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#3BoomerTheGreat(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2014 12:04:56 PM
Shub posted...
A $1000 PC will not just be a little better than a PS4, it'll be a lot better.
What do you need to know about Steam?


I know next to nothing about it. I hear alot of people talk about steam though that are PC gamers. Is it a website or something you buy games from?
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#4ShubPosted 6/6/2014 12:06:10 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_(software)
http://store.steampowered.com/
http://store.steampowered.com/about/
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#5LvthnPosted 6/6/2014 12:18:49 PM
So basically, we're starting from scratch with your entry into PC gaming? That's alright, everyone starts somewhere.

Price is the one thing everyone worries about; it's not nearly as bad as you may think, the "thing" is that the cost of a PC is pretty much exactly what you want it to be, so there's always the temptation to go just one better. Fortunately PCs are expandable and upgradable so even if you didn't get, say, an SSD today, you can get a few months from now with no real inconvenience. Parts also can carry over, especially things like your case, your HDDs, your memory (though with DDR4 on the horizon, maybe less so in the near future), peripherals, etc, saving you money in the future when you upgrade. $500 will get you a PC that will run at PS4 levels (which by PC standards, is not considered that great), $800-$1000 will get you an excellent PC that will stuff PS4, XBone, and WiiU into the same pipe and smoke them all for breakfast, nevermind that it will still do everything a PC does that a console doesn't.

Steam is just a game client/service and storefront. It does offer some nice features like free cloud, unlimited downloads, and free online, but of course it's most famous for its sales, easily among the best and most frequent in the entire industry. Steam alone is sometimes given as a justification for PC gaming because if you game a lot, you will save money and have many times the games as you would on console. All games bought on Steam are digital downloads, are lifetime purchases, and can be installed on any machine you own as many times as you like.

For picking parts, logicalincrements and pcpartspicker are great starting points, as is just general shopping on NewEgg or a similar website. NewEgg also has videos on youtube explaining how to build a gaming PC beginning to end, and videos for most PC components explaining how to pick the right part for you.
#6CELTEKKPosted 6/6/2014 12:24:36 PM
doing a little bit of research into your build and individual parts goes a long way. figure out what you want from your PC, then go from there.
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#7BoomerTheGreat(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2014 12:26:47 PM
Lvthn posted...
So basically, we're starting from scratch with your entry into PC gaming? That's alright, everyone starts somewhere.

Price is the one thing everyone worries about; it's not nearly as bad as you may think, the "thing" is that the cost of a PC is pretty much exactly what you want it to be, so there's always the temptation to go just one better. Fortunately PCs are expandable and upgradable so even if you didn't get, say, an SSD today, you can get a few months from now with no real inconvenience. Parts also can carry over, especially things like your case, your HDDs, your memory (though with DDR4 on the horizon, maybe less so in the near future), peripherals, etc, saving you money in the future when you upgrade. $500 will get you a PC that will run at PS4 levels (which by PC standards, is not considered that great), $800-$1000 will get you an excellent PC that will stuff PS4, XBone, and WiiU into the same pipe and smoke them all for breakfast, nevermind that it will still do everything a PC does that a console doesn't.

Steam is just a game client/service and storefront. It does offer some nice features like free cloud, unlimited downloads, and free online, but of course it's most famous for its sales, easily among the best and most frequent in the entire industry. Steam alone is sometimes given as a justification for PC gaming because if you game a lot, you will save money and have many times the games as you would on console. All games bought on Steam are digital downloads, are lifetime purchases, and can be installed on any machine you own as many times as you like.

For picking parts, logicalincrements and pcpartspicker are great starting points, as is just general shopping on NewEgg or a similar website. NewEgg also has videos on youtube explaining how to build a gaming PC beginning to end, and videos for most PC components explaining how to pick the right part for you.


Thanks this helps. Yeah Im starting from scratch. The price of PC gaming did scare me because Ive heard horror stories about 2000$ gaming rigs. Another question is if I want good performance with graphics and fps is it mainly GPU and CPU?
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#8ShubPosted 6/6/2014 12:28:08 PM
It's both CPU and GPU. With $1000 you shouldn't have too much trouble getting a setup with a Core i5 and a GTX 760, which is really all you need to play any game comfortably.
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#9SinisterSlayPosted 6/6/2014 12:32:03 PM
BoomerTheGreat posted...
Lvthn posted...
So basically, we're starting from scratch with your entry into PC gaming? That's alright, everyone starts somewhere.

Price is the one thing everyone worries about; it's not nearly as bad as you may think, the "thing" is that the cost of a PC is pretty much exactly what you want it to be, so there's always the temptation to go just one better. Fortunately PCs are expandable and upgradable so even if you didn't get, say, an SSD today, you can get a few months from now with no real inconvenience. Parts also can carry over, especially things like your case, your HDDs, your memory (though with DDR4 on the horizon, maybe less so in the near future), peripherals, etc, saving you money in the future when you upgrade. $500 will get you a PC that will run at PS4 levels (which by PC standards, is not considered that great), $800-$1000 will get you an excellent PC that will stuff PS4, XBone, and WiiU into the same pipe and smoke them all for breakfast, nevermind that it will still do everything a PC does that a console doesn't.

Steam is just a game client/service and storefront. It does offer some nice features like free cloud, unlimited downloads, and free online, but of course it's most famous for its sales, easily among the best and most frequent in the entire industry. Steam alone is sometimes given as a justification for PC gaming because if you game a lot, you will save money and have many times the games as you would on console. All games bought on Steam are digital downloads, are lifetime purchases, and can be installed on any machine you own as many times as you like.

For picking parts, logicalincrements and pcpartspicker are great starting points, as is just general shopping on NewEgg or a similar website. NewEgg also has videos on youtube explaining how to build a gaming PC beginning to end, and videos for most PC components explaining how to pick the right part for you.


Thanks this helps. Yeah Im starting from scratch. The price of PC gaming did scare me because Ive heard horror stories about 2000$ gaming rigs. Another question is if I want good performance with graphics and fps is it mainly GPU and CPU?


Yes mostly.

In addition, hard drive affects load times.
RAM can affect speed but only if you run out. If you have enough, it runs good, if you run out it runs very bad.
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#10NazcaiPosted 6/6/2014 12:33:02 PM
Do you need keyboard/mouse and monitor too?
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