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Never Built, Need help for gaming PC

komiru
  • 53 months ago

So as I said I've never built before but I want to build me a gaming PC. It's obvious that building is the better choice over purchasing one from a retailer. I have a macbook but I want to keep that strictly for work/personal. The PC I build I want strictly for gaming. So here are some of the games I play or have played (I sometimes use my boyfriend's laptop):

Cities: Skylines, Civilization 5, Don't Starve, Terraria, Minecraft, Bastion, and Transistor

Budget: I'd prefer to keep it around $600 Location: USA (KS) Use: Gaming Operating System required: My plan is to get windows

(EDIT: I will need a keyboard and mouse but didn't consider what I said the budget was.If possible I'd still like to keep it around $600 but no more than $700 if possible.)

Thanks to all the help :)

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for sharing!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Another option is to shop for a used system. An ivyBridge (third gen) gaming system with a core i5 or core i7 and a good gaming card might be found on craigslist. Just make sure it passes some decent stress tests.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that is tough. 500-600 W/ all the peripherals is going to be a challenge for you.

This is what I came up with. A new Skylake Pentium CPU with a r9 380 4gb GPU.

I would try to find Windows for cheap. There are ways to get it and keep you under $600 with this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $59.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B150M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $60.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $42.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $169.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Versa H23 ATX Mid Tower Case $33.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $89.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $25.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $644.38
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $574.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-17 01:20 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry. I didn't think about that when I made the post (in terms of the monitor and keyboard). I made a change to assume that is separate from the budget.

If you don't mind me asking what changes would you make to the build if your keyboard and monitor were not in the equation? Thank you :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If you truly have a higher budget now of 600 without a monitor I would consider going for a i5-6500 CPU. Stick with the r9 380 4gb and you will have a great PC for years to come. Hopefully a i5 can work into your budget. When dx12 is released a i5 will be far more important.

If you need more help let me know and I will see what I can come up with later. A bit busy right now to work with builds.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

FRankly 500-600 WITH a monitor, OS AAnnd KBD is a bit like trying to buy a Budget-Ferrari..

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry. I didn't think about that when I made the post (in terms of the monitor and keyboard). I made a change to assume that is separate from the budget. So if the price is above due to the keyboard and monitor that is understandable. Thank you for pointing that out.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's my suggestion.

4 GB of RAM should be fine; you may add another 4 GB in the future.

This build only has 320 GB of storage. if you think you'll need more, feel free to get a 1 TB HDD instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $128.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $50.98 @ B&H
Memory Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $19.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Pipeline HD 320GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.89 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R7 370 2GB PCS+ Video Card $128.98 @ Newegg
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX Power Supply $32.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $89.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $6.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $589.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-17 04:47 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your help. I realized I probably shouldn't have included the monitor and keyboard as part of the original budget. But thank you :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's what I'd change to the part list if you exclude the monitor and keyboard from the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $128.69 @ B&H
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $45.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $172.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Directron
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $598.41
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-18 09:42 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is $25.09 over budget a little short on HD space and the PSU isn't the best but will get the job done. It is much easier to buy and install another HD when this one fills up then it is to buy a new video card or CPU and is the reason for them being on the budget side. The good in this build I would say out weighs the bad, an i5 processor and an R9 380 4GB. Also as a side note if you have an old computer you can most likely add the HD from that into this build for more storage as well. All the best with your build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $40.98 @ Newegg
Memory Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $28.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.90 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $27.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $38.47 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive LG GH24NSC0 DVD/CD Writer $13.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $625.09
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-17 13:09 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $132.28 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $38.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX Video Card $145.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $45.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $95.88 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $36.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $698.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-17 00:39 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You even try to get it under $600? Why so much on a mobo then throw in a wifi adapter? You also chose one of the most expensive 750 TI's available when they can be had for under $100.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your help. It's okay if it is over budget. I realized after looking at the comments it was a bit out there to say that the budget is $600 and saying I need a keyboard and a monitor. I edited the post so that way if it goes over with the keyboard and monitor that is fine.

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