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First PC Build - Feedback Wanted

HammerGames

62 months ago

I am a complete newbie when it comes to building a PC, as I have never done it before. I have been doing some research and looking around at parts and prices and stuff, and have settled on two budget PC builds I customized that are similar but a little different. I have no set price range but the cheaper the better. I don't need to run every game at max or ultra settings, just good enough quality with solid frame rates, really medium quality and 30-40 FPS would be just fine. Here are the builds below. Please leave any feedback or advice! Thank you!

AMD A8 3.9 GHz 4-core, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/HammerGames/saved/XDY2FT AMD FX 3.5 GHz 6-core, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/HammerGames/saved/gVVLrH

The second FX build is the same thing as the first one, just a different processor and I changed incompatible parts.

The questions I had were: Do you need an Optical Drive and a CPU Cooler? Is the GeForce GT 730 good? How important is having a GPU and would not having one to save money and using integrated graphics be possible with the above parts?

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought this yesterday after a week of optimization: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kWst4D

Built for Med/High 1080p 50-60 FPS

This is an upgrade verion of the above basically for £200 more: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JkNxt6

Built for.. well more.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly the first one beats consols so...just go for the £500 one. I can downgrade it slightly. but it's pretty much the best bang for your buck as your gonna get at this price level.

Also do you have an old PC that you are upgrading from? because that can lower costs significantly.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help! I have a laptop (piece of junk when it comes to gaming, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Intel i3 2.5 GHz), so I'm guessing the only thing I might be able to salvage off of that is the RAM?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, on the first build you gave, I noticed you have a $50 CPU cooler. How important is that to performance? Will a $20 cooler work just as well? Same with the GPU. Will a $50-70 less GPU work?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh forgot your questions.

1)No. infact if you rely on steam, gog and origin pretty much all games media is now downloadable. no need for a OD. though you will need it to install an OS. you can download of a pen drive though. i suggest you look at google for that though. im told its not hard.

2) CPU cooler yes, but your cpu will come with a stock cpu cooler which is still pretty good, so you dont need to buy another one. it good to have a better one if you want to overclock, but stock cpu cooler is perfectly good.

3) http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-270-vs-GeForce-GT-730A

4) In a gaming pc the single most important thing is the graphics card. The R9 270X is currently ONE of THE best graphics cards currently on sale. I HIGHLY recomend you pick them up as a team.

5) An APU (CPU + GPU in one) can be ok, but over the last week i've only researched AMD FX CPUs, mainly because when you stand them right next to each other, while an APU is certainly cheaper.. it is NOWHERE near the gaming performance of a dedicated graphics card like the R9 270X or a dedicated CPU like the FX6300.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry was a few tiny grammer mistakes. make sure you re read that. i edited it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

In terms of reducing cost you can safely take away the cooler and the SSD. The 250GB hard drive still there is still more then anough for gaming. i only use 131GBs on my pc.

Then add in whatever OS you want and you should be good.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, that gives me a lot more on what to work with for building. Thanks again for the advice, and I'll look and see what I should change in my build to optimize it as much as possible.

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