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PC under 800$ for graphics.

tufisi

62 months ago

I am looking to build a PC for heavy tasks in graphics/game development.

Conditions are: 16GB is the minimum, 32GB is more comfortable. Nvidia Geforce preferred but not necessary (150-400$ range). Processor: Quad core or more (most of what I am doing on the CPU is well parallelized) SSD is a plus.

  • Budget: ~800$
  • Location: US
  • Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Rendering, Compilation, Programming.
  • Application: Unreal Engine (compilation of the engine source code + development), GPGPU, Maya, Eclipse, Photoshop, GoPro 4K processing, etc...
  • Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Nope.
  • Operating System required: (Windows or Mac) + (Freebsd or Linux)

So here is an example of what I am looking for:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $81.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage *PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $80.98 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $44.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $68.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $736.88
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-14 12:14 EST-0500

An other example: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tufisi/saved/wkHJ7P

Any change suggested or do you have any other list similar to the one here?

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with an AMD based sytem for a budget PC, like this one I built: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ZanyLlama/saved/Qh9ypg

Get RAM in the same kit, so it is guarenteed to run in dual channel mode (faster)

If you can squeeze out an extra $10, get RAM with a CAS latency of 9 or lower. Lower CAS = faster RAM.

Add in an HDD. The Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB is onyl $50, and you might want some mass storage. Then, put your OS and most commonly used applications on the SSD.

The graphics card is not great, again, go with AMD here. I would recommend an R9 270 or 270X if you can afford it.

Nice case, PSU looks good too.

Overall, this build is pretty nice, but you might find you get a better performance out of the build I suggested. If you aren't planning on doing any video rendering, then switch out the 8-core processor for the best quad-core AMD processor you can afford.

Happy building!

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