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Advice for Mid Range Gaming PC first build

carsm
  • 71 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3240 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor $69.00 @ Mwave Australia
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $59.00 @ CPL Online
Memory Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $99.00 @ Mwave Australia
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.00 @ CPL Online
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card $89.00 @ CPL Online
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $56.00 @ CPL Online
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $89.00 @ CPL Online
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $22.00 @ Mwave Australia
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $109.00 @ Mwave Australia
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $649.00

Just wanting to run lower end games like CS / tf2 smoothly. Want it to last me a fair while so I think I've gone for good quality parts. Extending the budget isn't a big problem, but I don't need it to exceed my needs, e.g. I don't really need greater than 500gb HDD (because who needs that many X rated videos anyway). Any advice appreciated. Prices are AUD (Australian; which is why they're probably more expensive than what you expect).

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, all your parts are high quality, and looks pretty good. I would still recommend getting a 1tb drive for like $10 more, even if you dont need the storage now as you might need more capacity in the future if you want this to last a fair while. I wouldn't recommend the r7 250 as getting something for only slightly more, such as the r7 260x would let you run everything about 50% better for only a fraction of the cost (less than 10% of the total cost for the system) as games are mostly GPU intensive. This will probably let you play CS/TF on the next source engine (when it eventually comes out) without an upgrade.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the r7 260X has 2GB of GDDR5 memory, which will make it more "futureproof" in the future with larger games, much like the 1tb drive will help in the future if not now.

EDIT: futureproof in the future xD

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

noted, ta

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