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Smooth gameplay on medium settings for $250-ish?

themanwhowas
  • 52 months ago

I play not-that-demanding games, like Heroes of the Storm and Star Wars: the Old Republic, oldies from GOG.com and I don't really care about max settings. Medium and smooth is fine by me (like I like my beer).

I have been playing around with builds for a while and figured I might as well tap into the collective intelligence of the forums.

What do you ladies and gentleman think? How can I get the most bang for my buck for 250 USD? (Not including OS, monitor, peripherals, etc.) Could I possibly achieve 1080p smooth gameplay at medium settings?

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  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Wait, before anyone yells at me for proposing a Celeron and a discrete GPU in the same build, I just wanted to say that it's not going to bottleneck the 750 Ti that hard. It's about as fast as a Core 2 Quad Q8300 and I'm using one of those in one of my machines.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Celeron G1820 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $32.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $104.99 @ Amazon
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $27.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Amazon
Other SteamOS $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $309.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-01 13:42 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I should add that you can install WINE on SteamOS to run those GOG games.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the absolute cheapest i would go without it being not worth it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $70.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $104.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $343.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-01 12:40 EST-0500
  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I was afraid of that. I'll have to convince my wife to let me spend a little more money. Thanks for the input.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean.. you could do under 300$ but it really wouldn't be worth it. Good luck with the begging lol :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

gentleman

You called?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $66.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Biostar B85MG Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $41.98 @ Newegg
Memory Avexir Budget Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $14.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $27.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $47.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $246.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-01 12:32 EST-0500
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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say he could add a GPU later, and I thought Intel beat AMD at its own game of iGPUs. The CX 430 is the best 80+ bronze semi modular for the price currently and is the best of the CX series, I wouldn't normally recommend it, but for this IDK. 4gb of RAM is pretty minimal, but I wanted to stick to the budget.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I forgot about that guy, go with that one instead.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The CX430 is a great PSU. Nothing wrong with it at all.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Mr. Shark. Your post has been most enlightening. I had been weighing the G3258 against the A8-7600 and could not, for the life of me, determine which would be the better route. I suppose it is a question of upgradability.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The LGA1150 platform is very upgradeable.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a G3258 and it runs HotS at max settings with my gtx760.

The Pentium is by far the better choice.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

At this price point your best bet is Craigslist and r/HardwareSwap

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You wont be getting 1080p medium for 250$, you can't even get an apu build for that price, if you push it to 350$ it is closest you will be able to get to gaming without being useless.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input guys, it will prevent me from wasting a lot of time and energy.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Besides eBay, thrift stores, and the like, the other thing you can hope for is finding an entire computer on the street like I did, fixing it up, and then shoving a GPU into it. Good luck!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $70.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $32.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R5 230 1GB Core Edition Video Card $33.98 @ Newegg
Case Enermax Thorex ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $307.81
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $257.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-01 12:48 EST-0500

See the R5 230 manage a very very respectable 50-60 FPS on Battlefield3 @ 1080p, Of course on an i5-650, 4GB RAM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuE40EwqqVE

Also the i5-650 and X4 860K are about equal in performance..

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-650-vs-AMD-Athlon-II-X4-860K/m340vs3265

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