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Gaming PC, Elder Scrolls + Fallout main focus.

DritzD27
  • 55 months ago

Budget: $1000-$1250 USD approx. (Could go up with good reason.)

Location: USA West Coast

Use: Gaming, light misc use.

Peripherals required: Monitor(s?), Mouse (pref standard style), Keyboard, Speakers

Operating System required: Windows 8

Form Factor: Various

Color theme: Steel Gray (if possible). (If not) anything muted in color.

Used: Pref new but not adverse to used especially with pieces with no moving parts.

Hey there, everyone. Thanks in advance for any help or comments.

I have some experience with assembling my own computers and such in the past but I have not kept up on parts specs for several years and could use some comprehensive opinions.

I plan to use this comp entirely for gaming and a dash of internet browsing in between. That's basically it. The games I intend to play (and mod where applicable) are:

Any Elder Scrolls from Morrowind and up. Want to be able to play VI when available and mod.

Any Fallout from 3 and up. Want to be able to play 4 and mod it once the community gets going.

League of Legends. I don't need perfect performance because I'm not an aspiring pro. Just want it to run reliably without performance spikes.

Various light games including Minecraft and Terraria. <Not the focus, just detail.

The budget is where I would prefer to keep this but if I'll gain some strong advantage by going up that justifies the deviation I'm all ears.

I would prefer to have this rig running well for a least a few years as I'm not exactly wealthy.

Thanks in advance (again) for any help and let me know if you need any more details.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $99.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $53.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.66 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $319.99 @ Directron
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.80 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.20 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $86.40 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $149.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $27.00 @ SuperBiiz
Speakers Logitech Z506 155W 5.1ch Speakers $59.95 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1264.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-30 22:20 EDT-0400

Something like this?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus Strix isn't good, it runs very hot, up into the high 80's.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The Strix is best left to NVidia cards.

Otherwise I think it looks good aside from not having an i7, which is recommended spec for Fallout 4. Also seems odd to not have an SSD at this budget

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The recommended specs and the ones that actually needed are very different most of the time.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing as it can be reached in budget without sacrificing performance (see my suggestion), I think it'd be unreasonable to settle for less.

It is true about the specs, though. My CPU falls below both the recommended and minimum requirements (but only barely) for The Witcher 3, but I can still max it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what I thought before but somebody told me that the card is the best out of all the 390s which I was kindve skeptical of but.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Generally that all seems fine to me and I don't think I can come up with any notable changes with my current amount of hardware savvy. I am curious what your opinion of 8v16 GB of RAM is if the budget can accommodate it. I've seen mixed opinions on other threads.

EDIT: Thanks for the input!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Doesn't matter. 8 gigs is fine for what you are doing. Unless you're editing or doing work 8 is fine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks for that clarification!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

In order to run Fallout 4 well, you'll need to stretch toward the top of the budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $314.99 @ Directron
Motherboard MSI H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $88.20 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $43.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $87.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.50 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card $318.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case $80.10 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $72.90 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor AOC E2425SWD 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $119.99 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $27.00 @ SuperBiiz
Speakers Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers $10.80 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1205.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-30 22:23 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much this. Although I'd rather see gold+ and fully modular on the PSU. You can get the EVGA G2 650W for like $10 more.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually meant to go back through and more carefully select a PSU. I usually choose the B2 750w as a placeholder until I get the rest of the budget nailed down. I'd definitely agree with changing the PSU to the EVGA G2 or GS 650w. Whichever one of those two is cheaper.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured I would have to go upwards for the budget. Apart from your other comment about changes, is there any parts you would pin for an upgrade if the theoretical true budget cap were closer to USD $1500? Also, I've seen mixed commentary about 8v16 GB of RAM elsewhere and wondered if there was a specific reason you went with what you did?

EDIT: Thanks for the input!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $186.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste $5.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $50.40 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.00 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.50 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $163.98 @ Newegg
Case Inwin GRone (Gray) ATX Full Tower Case $109.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $71.10 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive $12.33 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $85.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor AOC G2460PF 144Hz 24.0" Monitor $269.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $24.99 @ Micro Center
Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA3001WB 14W 2.1ch Speakers $18.99 @ Directron
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1235.11
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1200.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-30 22:49 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

All seems quite reasonable. Were there any aspects you think would be the first choice for an upgrade if the budget went up at all? Thanks for the input!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

2 choices...

upgrade the CPU to a Core-i5 6600K, and motherboard to a Z170 chipset,

or the GPU to a GTX 980 or R9 Fury

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't even need to spend that much to run those games, unless your doing something more than 1080p which is stupid js.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

As I want this build to last for a few years I would prefer to pay a bit more and have a system that isn't gonna kick the bucket in a couple of years. That's my reasoning.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes sense. Just get a 970 and a good i5 and your set. Just throw in the rest of the parts.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised the recommend specs are for an i7. I wonder how well optimised the game is for that? Either way I cannot see a decent i5 being a problem here given what the min specs are.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Based on the requirements and my own build philosophy this is what I have come up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $232.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $49.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.00 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.50 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $289.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.80 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $86.40 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor LG 29UM67 60Hz 29.0" Monitor $299.99 @ Micro Center
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $40.50 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1263.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-31 13:33 EDT-0400

From my point of view it is the best value way to create the performance required without sacrificing the quality of any one component. The only one I have little experience with is the motherboard but given this is not an overclocking chip it should be fine.

I set it out with the intention of speccing a 27" freesync monitor but fell short by about $100. If you do have more from an experience point of view that that really rounds out a system like this nicely making it feel more than it is, even when it is solid already! The monitor I picked is more niche but still freesync and still awesome.

The CPU as you have been out of the loop is essentially a locked haswell i7 4770 with no integrated gpu.

Everything else is simply there as a performance / quality /price balance.

Feel free to ignore but from an experience point of view this is the best build I can see in the thread. It is NOT the highest performing and I am not claiming it to be. Fellaway looks to have that honour. That said, quite frankly however much better skylake is, and it is, by the time a haswell i7 cant do something, skylake wont be far behind!

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