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$350 Budget Gaming PC

finjet18

56 months ago

I dont need an OS or any extras just need the core things so I can play these games:

Team Fortress 2 Forest Fallout New Vegas Fallout 3 Minecraft Left 4 Dead 2

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7700K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $114.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $71.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.75 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case $27.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $344.70
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-22 23:23 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 6 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3240 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-GAMING 3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $43.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.00 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $99.90 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case $40.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $36.00 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $347.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-22 23:34 EDT-0400
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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU *Intel Celeron G1840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor $40.91 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $47.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $43.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.00 @ Amazon
Video Card HIS Radeon R9 270 2GB IceQ X² Video Card $131.98 @ Newegg
Case *Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $21.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $389.85
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $349.85
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-22 23:26 EDT-0400

The R9 270 decimates the GTX 750 Ti in every game and I went intel because those games can only use two cores at max iirc and intel has higher IPC than AMD.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a battle between eschaton's quad core desktop's r7 360 vs vagabond's thrift machine's r9 270!

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Not even a contest; my CPU will blow his out of the water, even in single-threaded applications, and my GPU will run right next to his quite competitively, while supporting newer technologies such as TrueAudio. His case is not properly ventilated, nor does it have good airflow simply by design; it's not a case intended for any kind of high performance. His GPU will likely overheat and throttle.

The two places I suppose he's got me is in RAM and storage; but for the older games the OP was specifying, 8gb RAM is not necessary, and neither is the storage. His HDD is SATA III while mine is SATA II, but in terms of real-world performance there's not much difference unless the drives in question are SSDs or at least SSHDs. The reason I prioritized the CPU and GPU over the RAM and HDD is because I believe that those two items are easier to upgrade down the road than the CPU and GPU.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $64.98 @ NCIX US
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $45.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Avexir Core Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $25.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R7 360 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $374.92
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $339.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-23 09:12 EDT-0400

A really budget build that will max out those games at 1080p. Just remember to get another 4gb of ram

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $46.89 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.00 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $99.90 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX Power Supply $32.42 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $326.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-23 11:14 EDT-0400

And this build list is without mail-in-rebates. This Pentium G3220 is still a well performing dual-core for the price and unlike the Celeron G1840 (which is also well performing dual-core for the even more cheaper price), the G3220 can be paired up with a GPU as high (in terms of performance before bottleneck) as an R9 270x or a similar Geforce GTX video card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $64.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $74.99 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $24.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $98.98 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $431.82
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $361.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-27 13:23 EDT-0400
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point
  • You can overclock the Pentium with that Z97 board. On the stock cooler, you'll want to keep it moderate.
  • A Radeon 260X with 2GB of VRAM is more than sufficient.
  • I figured an SSD was best for these games and for your current situation.
  • 4GB of RAM will suffice, and it's all I could afford in order to keep the other parts looking good.
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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't go store to store; you mail it in. That's the "mail" part of MIR, you know :P

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do everything correctly, you almost always get the rebate. I've sent in for dozens and only been rejected one or two times. One of those two times I got my money eventually anyway after I disputed the rejection with the manufacturer and took my dispute to the reseller, Newegg, who reimbursed me after accepting the blame for some bad advertising that had led to my claim being rejected.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3250 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $28.89 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card $110.80 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $37.88 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $411.02
Mail-in rebates -$65.00
Total $346.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-14 14:03 EDT-0400

If you want that 950, use that promo code and the mail-in rebate, and order today, because that ends today.

EDIT: lol saw when u posted, nvm.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-GAMING 3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $39.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $43.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $24.00 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Video Card $139.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.00 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $424.95
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $354.95
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-23 09:41 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • -2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master RR-HT2-28PK-R1 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $11.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $41.98 @ Newegg
Memory Pareema 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $24.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $21.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R7 360 2GB Video Card $109.99 @ Amazon
Case Enermax Thorex ATX Mid Tower Case $26.25 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Masscool FD12025B1H3/4 81.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.99 @ Directron
Case Fan Masscool FD12025B1H3/4 81.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.99 @ Directron
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $375.06
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $340.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-22 23:19 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Only 4GB of RAM...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, but look at the games he wants to play, lol.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I include case fans so that the case can be cooled. What about the rebate on the PSU?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

This particular model of PSU goes on sale with this rebate so often that I tend to think of its price as closer to $25 on average, lol...

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