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mercstealth
  • 52 months ago

Hello Guys, So the budget on this PC is as cheap as possible to get a working PC that can play wow on lowest settings. I am looking to do this build for a friend who had his laptop finally die after nearly 6 years. Myself and a couple of friends are trying to help get some funds for a cheap PC build. We are located in Wisconsin, USA. I am effectively looking for a PC that can get him through 6 months or so before maybe adding a graphics card or an SSD. I also like the idea of a motherboard with 4 Ram slots so he could upgrade if needed, or well 16gb of ram in 2 slots right off the bat. Needs to be a full PC that can still run games but at this point pushing settings is not important, mainly just need something that works. You will need to include the price of an operating system. We have already a mouse, keyboard, headset and monitor.

With everything being said, this is what I was thinking would be a good idea to recommend: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $216.95 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z170-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $42.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ NZXT
Power Supply Fractal Design Integra M 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $578.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-23 23:21 EST-0500

It pretty cheap plus the new intel integrated graphics are pretty good compared to the APU from AMD. I would look used if the used market was better locally but there is not much there so sadly we have to buy new in most cases and can't do a scrap yard wars type thing. Any help or advice would be great, thank you very much for reading.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi mercstealth,

With a near $600 budget, this build doesn't have to compromise on visual quality out of the gate.

The following build will run WoW at ultra settings at 1080P with excellent performance, and is capable of running any game made to date very well at medium or better visual quality settings, (lots of slightly older games or less visually intensive games, like steam games and/or indy games, will run at ultra).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS2111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card $144.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Fractal Design Edison M 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $94.53 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $591.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 14:24 EST-0500

The i3-6100 is an amazing CPU for gaming. Performance in most games is as good or better than the i5-2500/i5-3470/i5-4440. In WoW specifically, it will actually be better than lower clocked and/or older i5's.

We can start the build with a single dual ranked DIMM intead of a pair of single ranked DIMM's, keeping an upgrade path to 16GB open while not having to buy a more expensive motherboard with 4 DIMM slots. The dual ranked 8GB DIMM will support rank interleave, while the 2 X 4GB single ranked DIMM's will support channel interleave. Each type of interleave has advantages and disadvantages depending on workload. Channel interleave is generally considered to be slightly superior, but the point here is that starting this off with 1 X 8GB is not as much of a compromise on memory access and bandwidth performance as you might think compared with 2 X 4 GB.

For "WoW-centric" builds, the best possible performance will come from CPU's with strong cores, combined with Nvidia's DirectX 11 implementation. There are directX 11 optimizations supported only by Nvidia hardware and driver/API that reduce the concentration of compute overhead. Some games are effected more heavily by this than others. WoW, for whatever reason, is heavily effected by this, and will run with up to 40% higher frame-rate on an nvidia GPU than an AMD GPU in compute bound conditions. FYI, WoW is always compute bound on raids and in congested towns.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

First listed: Intel Option, < $455. Upgradeable later into GTX970 territory (dependent on the specific brand & model before power connector concerns).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ NCIX US
Case Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $452.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 15:23 EST-0500

Second Option AMD, Also upgradeable later into GTX970 territory (dependent on the specific brand & model before power connector concerns). < $430

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $124.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $47.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $427.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 15:15 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6320 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor $171.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z170-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $38.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R7 370 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $124.99 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $63.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $569.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-23 23:57 EST-0500

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Please do not link or suggest that site here. Those keys are grey market and we do not support them.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

ok didnt know sorry

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really trust those 3rd party sites, sounds like just a bunch of hacked codes.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You wanted cheap as possible? Here is cheap as possible. It's like $300 and some change without Windows. I know it only has two RAM slots, but that doesn't mean you still can't upgrade the RAM later. Sell the old RAM, or keep it for another build. But here ya go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7650K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $93.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $49.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $46.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.88 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $411.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 14:06 EST-0500

Something that is $500 before Windows, you can do the same with the RAM as the other build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $98.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $49.98 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.79 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $148.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $519.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 14:08 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok here is a build I think you will like and your friend will appreciate as its just ripe to upgrade. The build you originally posted is better for sure however its also more money so I wanted to provide a more affordable alternative for you to consider. However I will say what you originally posted is really great the only thing I would change is a more powerful power supply if its in the budget so that it will not limit future video card choices.

The CPU choice is an Intel Pentium G4500 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor, Reason for this choice is the HD 530 integrated graphics ( same as the Skylake i3,i5,i7 ) will allow you to run what you mention and its a skylake CPU so running the latest 1151 socket type. So when the time comes they can swap this one out and put an i5,i7 whatever they like.

The Motherboard is a Z series and is able to use BCLK overclocking, if you were to buy a quality after market CPU cooler and download a Bios from here for example: http://overclocking.guide/intel-skylake-non-k-overclocking-bios-list/ you could over clock the G4500 or other Skylake non K CPU. Benchmark video on BCLK, pretty amazing results: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrfTcXQlsbs

For the Ram I used a single stick of 8GB ram so that eventually if all 4 slots were populated it could have 32 gigs.

HD, 1 TB, pretty standard and right now the deal on the one I choose is amazing, not sure how long supplies on that guy will last.

For the case I went for one that's on the lower end but offers a lot of options is built by a good manufacturer and has a nice side window to show off the build.

The Power supply will look like total over kill as this build is only using 142 watts, however this allows for future modifications and even if some how this rig ended up with Two R9 390's in crossfire ( This MoBO allows crossfire ) it will handle it.

A basic CD/DVD write/Reader

Windows 10 Home 64 bit.

Anyway have a look and all the best with your build, its really awesome what you guys are doing for your friend! :D

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4500 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $88.87 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply XFX Core Edition 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $72.00 @ Newegg
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 $457.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-24 15:12 EST-0500

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