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~$650 for gaming computer

daveturner
  • 54 months ago

Hey all,

I'm looking to build my own computer for the first time, hoping to buy up some good cyber Monday deals and I could use some help getting a starting list together so I can shop for deals on Monday..

TLDR version: I live in the US not near a Microcenter, need an OS (Windows), and will be using this for gaming and general home use.

Right now I'm playing less demanding games on an old laptop like Diablo 3, LoL, etc but once I get the new one built I'd like to be able to play most modern titles, the first of which I'll be picking up will probably be Fallout 4.

I've done quite a bit of reading and lurking on these forums and have made a few of my own part lists I might share after some suggestions here but I'm still confused on a few things. First, I've kinda been focusing on the combo of an i5 6500 and r9 380 since it seems like a decent value that will last me a long time - is this a good choice? too expensive for this budget? I have no idea on motherboard but heard if I go with the new skylake route like that I should get DDR4 ram which will limit my motherboard choices? Also, I have no idea how to pick out a good power supply.

I'm willing to spend a bit extra for quality parts, like a good case (I really like the fractal design define r4, for example), power supply, motherboard etc. and I'll hopefully be finding good deals on Monday so you could stretch a bit over 650 if needed. I'm trying to find a sweet spot on components that will last me for a long time with a good upgrade path while not paying a lot for relatively minor performance boosts, rather than trying to follow a super strict budget.

I also need a monitor and keyboard which are not part of this budget, but feel free to make suggestions there. Combo I'd like to keep those two parts around $150-175.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. The i5-6500 and R9 380 is a good value, if you can get it for under 400-450$. Get a R9 380 with 4GB of VRAM, PLEASE. THE 2GB ONES ARE BAD.
  2. There are plenty of DDR4 and 170 series chipset motherboards. You can get 8GB of DDR4, which is enough for almost all games, for under 55$, 16GB for under 90$. (I can't really understand that question)
  3. For power supply, Skylake is pretty Efficient, but the AMD GPU might consume a lot more power, 500 watts is around barely enough, over it is good. For efficiency ratings, Titanium > Platinum > Gold > Silver > Bronze > 80+. If you want to save 1-10$ on you electric costs, go for the higher efficiency ratings. For modularity, A fully modular power supply means that you can take out all the cables. A semi modular one means that you can take out most of the cables, which can make building/cable management easier.

My recommendation: i5-6500 R9 380/GTX 960 Motherboard: If you're using the unoverclockable Skylake CPU, just get the cheapest H170 motherboard if you don't care about features. Quality Motherboard Suggestion: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-h170pro RAM: Cheapest one you can find with enough capacity Power Supply: My suggestions above, anything around 0 - 55$ is good. Case: Any case that can fit you're motherboard(Make sure it supports ATX if you're getting an ATX motherboard.)(Anything that looks nice) Monitor: I just got the http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-22mc57hqp for 99$, dropped 10$ in when I refreshed the page. It's 1080p, IPS, 60Hz. Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK is a great mechanical keyboard.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.49 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $109.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $25.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $92.99 @ Adorama
Monitor LG 24MC57HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Thermaltake Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $811.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-27 23:24 EST-0500

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $104.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.49 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $92.99 @ Adorama
Monitor LG 24MC57HQ-P 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Thermaltake Commander Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Laser Mouse $29.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $960.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-27 23:26 EST-0500

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