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$500 +/- Gaming Build

ABDomega
  • 52 months ago

Hi, I'd like to build my first PC. The $500 price point is inclusive of operating system but does not include monitor, mouse and keyboard. My goal is to build a gaming PC that can max out graphics on newish RTS type games (e.g. Starcraft 2, XCOM, XCOM2, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes 2, etc.). I don't need to play any FPS, but I would like 1080p and I would prefer some longevity (last 4-5 years and still be able to run newish RTS games) and/or be upgrade-able in the future. If that's asking too much, I'm willing to exceed the price barrier if necessary.

I'm not preferable to any specific brands but I have read good things about Intel Core i3-6100 . Should I do W7 or W10? I love W7 but I'm afraid MS will stop updating the damn thing they did with XP on my prior T60 Laptop (RIP).

Here are the caveats.

  1. I'm particular to using websites like Slickdeals and CamelCamelCamel and the like to find good deals at the right time so I am aware that there may be good and better times to buy a specific part. In that vein, I'm fine with a specific part and alternatives to it if possible.

  2. The tower will need to be able to accommodate an optical drive (I still like to throw in an old game on disc so it will be easier to have one).

  3. I'd like an SSD boot drive and HDD for storage. I have this setup on my laptop and I love how fast W7 boots up. Is this necessary/recommended?

  4. I will also need room for a wifi card unless the prevailing recommendation is to get an adapter. I'm not partial to either, really. I will use a hardwired LAN as necessary. I don't do much if any multiplayer play, I just need an internet connection.

I'd also like tips on monitors. I'm in the market for a 24"-27". I'm always scoping deals but haven't decided between IPS or TN. I love the color of the IPS and if I'm not doing many/any FPS, would I need <5MS?

Thanks!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The best I can do for now. Might look and see what I can fix later for better price with similar performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $99.99 @ Micro Center
Memory G.Skill NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R7 370 2GB Video Card $133.99 @ NCIX US
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $47.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.78 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $650.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-30 13:10 EST-0500

Sorry it's $650. It's hard to get a good system for just $500 with OS.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

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