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How is this build for a low budget gaming PC?

#1Unsugarized_FooPosted 7/9/2014 10:13:27 PM
Not looking for anything spectacular, just mid settings for atleast 2-3 years.

Also does the Black HDD offer performance to be worth the extra cash?
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#2JiazhenPosted 7/9/2014 10:38:46 PM
Pentium G3258 might be a better value than a i3, especially since you're going with z97. Consider getting only one 4gb stick of ram and add more when the price of ddr3 crashes.
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#3MrLostPosted 7/9/2014 10:57:17 PM(edited)

Those two RAM sticks come out to a little more than the 8GB kit I picked out.

I recommend spending less on more storage now, then getting an SSD for speed later. Prices on SSDs have been falling nicely for a while - the cheapest 120/128GB ones are around $60-70 right now - so things are looking good for what Black Friday could mean on that front.

I left the case alone since that's the most subjective item in the build, but a cheaper one could do the job and save you a few bucks, which you could keep in your pocket or use on a better GPU.

The 750 is very good for power/performance, but AMD has them flat-out beaten in price/performance at that price range right now. With the adjustments, I was able to bump you up to the far superior R7 265.

A z97 is unnecessary if you're not going to be overclocking. If it's something you plan on getting into in the future, then you might look into keeping that z97, but switching to a Pentium G3258:

Nice, easy overclocking even with stock cooling on that MoBo for the G3258, which trades blows with the Core i3 line at that frequency. And then you could get a nice unlocked i5 later on, just plop it right in and go.

This is just keeping a ~$600 budget, though. Is that about right, or is there room in the budget to move up?
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#4juscallmeehxPosted 7/9/2014 10:51:04 PM
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with me but I think AMD is the way to go when it comes to entry/low budget builds.

Here is my suggested build:

You can lower the price by dropping the graphics card to a regular GTX 750 like in your original configuration. I don't know what your wiggle room is so feel free to mix the configuration up but I recommend keeping the CPU and see if you can get at least a GTX 760 or R9 270. You can change the rest to accommodate your budget. With this build you have the ability to overlock to further extend the lifespan of the computer.
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#5ArkonBladePosted 7/10/2014 1:15:13 AM
I am with juscallmeehx on doing a AMD build if you want to put more money towards a better GPU to raise the settings on your games. though if your happy with low to med settings on newer games should do just fine with what you got. sticking with that MOBO will allow you to upgrade to a I5 in the future if you want with out having to change it out.

if you want to stick with what you got its not a bad budget build at all but you can do a AMD build if you do decide you would like to have some more beefier graphics. There is nothing wrong with AMD CPU's no matter what some on this board would like to say and of course they are not as good as Intels.

but for gaming they still do just fine.
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#6r0ge00Posted 7/10/2014 6:57:10 AM
juscallmeehx posted...
A lot of people are probably going to disagree with me but I think AMD is the way to go when it comes to entry/low budget builds.

Here is my suggested build:

With this build you have the ability to overlock to further extend the lifespan of the computer.

You can overclock the Pentium G3258 as well and pick up something better than a 750 for a GPU. Until the majority of games are running on 4-8 cores, AMD isn't the best choice most of the time. If you know for a fact all you're going to play is 1-2 games that run better on an FX-6300/8350 and you have a VERY strict budget, it might be a good option, but for now the G3258 is a superior choice that would allow you to move into an i5/i7 later down the line if you get more money. It also allows you to pick up a better GPU now. Just my $.02
#7iiFroZenHeAveNzPosted 7/10/2014 7:02:13 AM
I just feel like getting Windows like that is extremely pricey on the build. If you can try to ask any relatives who are in college to get you a free copy of Windows. My university offers Windows 7 Ultimate free to all its students. So maybe a university near you offers the same thing. Then I would try and get a better GPU or a bigger PSU. Preferably 650-750W for future upgrades.
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