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$600 gaming PC. Can this be better without much extra cost?

berznarf

63 months ago

Hi

I'm a total noob to building; I've always purchased pre-built, and I'd like to get a little more bang for my buck. I've read a guide or two and used the compatibility tab of the site here to put together this rig. I chose the i3 as it fits my budget, and I think it allows for easier upgradability in the future than an AMD chip. My main concern is the mobo, as I basically chose it by compatibility, rating, and number of reviews (and budget, of course).

I'm mainly looking to enhance my Skyrim experience, at the moment. Other than that, I basically use my PC for basic web browsing and some video streaming. I'm currently playing Skyrim on an i3-2130 with onboard graphics and 8GB RAM, so this will obviously be an improvement, but if you can get me better performance for this price, I'd appreciate it.

I'm also considering swapping out Windows 7 for 8.1. I would definitely like to hear your thoughts on that, although I've already read a little discussion on the matter. I would definitely be adding the classic shell to Windows 8, if I go that route.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hrb7yc

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $89.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $81.97 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.77 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $597.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-23 18:13 EST-0500

Thanks so much for any help!

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That'll run Skyrim pretty well, if you want to do even better, I'd go for an R9 280, which should give you a smooth 60 fps and room for mods. You also might consider going for a Z97 mobo, as it will be more updated, for a only a little more.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

grab an AMD 6300 its a champ for 15$ more

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

A Pentium G3258 is cheaper and can easily be faster if you overclock it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Yup.

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