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Ultra-budget Gaming PC (<$400 including OS)

pcnoob13
  • 72 months ago

Let me preface this post by thanking you for taking the time to offer any help you can -

I'm a console gamer looking to delve into PC gaming with an emphasis on World of Warcraft (while maintaining playable FPS during raids and PvP on ultra settings) and medium to high settings on more graphic intensive games.

Given I'm poor and this will be a machine used only for a few games and casual pc use I am hoping to keep this build under $400 including OS.

Is this a possible feat? Thanks for any help.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It is not a possible feat. You will not be able to get ultra 30 plus fps on WOW

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, look at the links I gave you to give you an idea.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

False: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qCEDAJpidk

This dude is pulling 20fps running the game in Linux with WINE, using a Geforce 610, which is just about one of the crappiest cards you can own, all while while recording the game. WoW is not an intense game.

I would bet any money you could Ultra 1080p 60fps+ under WINE with a 7870 Ghz edition holding down the fort, the game can use opengl so you shouldn't see nearly as many problems with an AMD card as you otherwise would.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet just using a 750Ti GPU you could get ultra settings 1980p 60fps pretty easily. Let alone doing a crossfire between a R7 250x, R7 260, R7 260x, and a R7 360 and yeah.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Also Intel is releasing a brand new dual core the Pentium G3258 3.2GHz its about $80 and I believe from what Ive seen floating around you will be able to OC that.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What you need is... patience. I had to put off my PC build because, due to some unforeseen circumstances I am suddenly short of money. So your best option is to be patient and see if you can't try to increase that budget.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's about the lowest possible build that would still be logical:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Triple-Core Processor $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $35.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $33.70 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card $84.99 @ Micro Center
Case Aerocool Strike-X One ATX Mid Tower Case $33.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $427.63

But like others have said, getting good fps with such a low budget would be very difficult. Bumping your budget to $500 would be better but getting it to $600 would be ideal for a budget build.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It gets easier if you are willing to learn to run things on Linux (WoW is purported to run flawlessly on Linux under WINE):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $84.74 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-S1 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $36.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $65.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $33.70 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Antec VSK-4000 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan $2.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $399.37
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

For WoW, Intel really is you best option even if its only a dual core.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor $56.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $35.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card $89.99 @ Newegg
Case Sentey GS-6000R ATX Mid Tower Case $20.49 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $416.35

about $15 over but these are all new parts. Cost savings include getting a GPU used/open box form ebay etc or dropping the HDD down to a 500 or 320GB (if you know you don't use that much). Note that no optical drive is included (about $15) but for the sake of installing Os you can use the USB method or if possible borrow an optical drive from and old/existing PC.

WoW should play alright but the 260X is still a low-end card so I'm not sure on how well it will play 'more graphically demanding games' at 1080p on high but medium at 1080p/60fps, or high on lower 720p resolutions seem feasible.

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