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Building a budget gaming PC - need opinions please.
Submitted 14 months ago by Keaton901

Hey everyone I'm looking to build a new gaming pc in the new few weeks and I'm trying to save as much money as I can. I'm looking for a computer which can play games such as the Total War series and other similar strategy games but to be honest, I could happily live with playing on low or medium graphics settings.

This is the build I've been working on:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1beiT

Thank you for taking the time to read and I appreciate any feedback or advice on what to do.

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ryanN [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Get a cheaper motherboard. Here's a z77 board for cheaper:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77ds3h

Also, you could go with the H77 chipset for even cheaper and it will still suit your needs. The z77 chipset is mainly use by overclockers.

Also, why 4 sticks of 2gb instead of 2 sticks of 4gb? Not a big deal, but I think the 2x4gb would be a couple bucks cheaper.

Other than that it's a pretty good budget build. Just keep in mind though, strategy games are typically very reliant on your cpu especially the ones that have a lot of units in the game at once. So if you are putting anymore money into this the first thing I would do is bump up to an i5.

 
 
Keaton901 [Submitter] 1 point 14 months ago

Cheers for the feedback, If I change to an i5 will the rest of the build need much of a change though?

 
 
ryanN [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Nope, not at all it will work with everything else you picked, except if you pick a new haswell chip. You can tell if its haswell if the model starts with 4 (4xxx). Those would require a different mobo.

Considering your budget I would reccomend the 3350P: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53350p The 'P' means it lacks integrated graphics but since you are getting a dedicated gpu it doesn't matter.

If an i5 is outside your budget don't worry about it too much just stick with the i3. But if you can afford a little more this is the upgrade I would make.

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Keaton901 [Submitter] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks so much for the help. So overall, would you say this a better rounded build?

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1bg42

And again, thanks for your quick replies. I've actually just learned quite a lot about hardware from your help :)

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ryanN [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Ya that looks better. It will definitely run all the total war games with ease.

You may want to upgrade the graphics card in a few years but other than that it will probably last you a good while.

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Hey, I've got this build i put together just now, Imo it's better than your current choices, i downgraded the Cpu to a 3220 but i upgraded the Gpu to a 7850, you'll be getting 50+ fps on battlefield 3 at 1080p Max settings with 4xMSAA. plus it's cheaper considering that the Gpu on your build isn't even listed. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1bhgF

-Tyler

 
 
Keaton901 [Submitter] 1 point 14 months ago

The only thing is I'm not really interested in playing first person shooters like battle field. So will the benefits the rig has on games like battlefield carry over to the total war games, or is the rig more suited to one kind of game than the other.

Btw sorry if that sounds stupid I'm not sure how intensive each of the games is on the respective pieces of hardware :/

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

You should be able to almost completely max out the settings on total war 2 rome.

-Tyler

 
 
Keaton901 [Submitter] 1 point 14 months ago

One last thing, do you think I will need to upgrade it within the next two years, or will it last me that long with the i3 CPU?

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

You're probably going to have to upgrade in the future, i don't think a duel core cpu will last 2 years, if you want to future proof the pc a bit more get a 3570k.

-Tyler

 
 
ryanN [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I suggested he get an i5 just because strategy games like Total War, Civilization, Starcraft 2, etc. are very reliant on CPU performance. I agree that he could build something with an i3 and get a better GPU for general gaming, but I just wanted to stress the importance of having a good cpu for strategy games.

Not to knock on your build or anything, from what've I seen you post on these forums you're helpful and very good at coming up with builds for others. And yes your right if the OP could open up his budget just a bit more, the 3570K would be his best option.

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

ya, i totally understand, but i wanted to keep it within the budget.

-Tyler

 
 
Keaton901 [Submitter] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks a lot for the help. They actually released the system specs for rome 2 today and I think this build meets the criteria listed:

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/06/28/total-war-rome-2-system-requirements-released-alongside-big-picture-full-of-elephants/

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

You can easily reach those minimum requirements, but im pretty sure you want high quality settings.

-Tyler

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