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$530 Beginner Gaming PC - 1080p Gaming - April 2016

by digah2750

Description

Thinking about buying a prebuilt instead? Check out how this PC compares to a popular CyberPower Prebuilt.

Note: Don't follow this guide exactly for a PC. Instead, use this as a guideLINE! RAM, Motherboards, GPUs, Cases, and PSUs' prices all are very volatile. Finding similar parts for lower prices will help you save money and will make you happier with the end result.

So, for $500, what would you expect out of a gaming PC? Well, mostly the ability to play all games at 1080p good settings, with frame rates in the 50+ fps range.

Processor

For the processor, I have chosen out the i3-6100 from Intel. Intel's recent Skylake entry has excellent single-core performance for gaming, and supports DDR4. If you need extra physical cores, go with an i5 or a similarly priced option from AMD.

  • Some games will still be benefited from having more than two physical cores, namely AAA games such as GTA V. So, if you have the money, go for an i5. However, AMD's options at the i3's price point are worse than the i3, which means you should either buy an i3 or an i5.

  • Here's a comparison between the i3-6100 and the FX-6300.


Motherboard

The motherboard isn't anything special, but it is a very good unit from Gigabyte. While it may be cheap, it has all the features we need.

  • It lacks features that more expensive motherboards have, but for $50 it's perfect for gaming on a budget.

Note about RAM: All RAM clocked above 2133mhz will be automatically clocked back down to 2133mhz, which means buying faster RAM doesn't work for this mobo, and I think most if not all H110 mobos. I'm pretty sure most users can't bypass that, but it might happen in the future. Who knows?


Memory

This 2x4GB kit from G.Skill is a great DDR4 kit clocked at 2400 mhz. You can choose to go with a single 8gb stick if you want to upgrade to 16gb later, but honestly a gaming build of this caliber won't ever really need more than 8gb of RAM, so there's little point in upgrading. In case you don't already know, 2x4GB of RAM is basically faster than 1x8GB.

  • The RAM will have to run at 2133 mhz due to motherboard chipset limitations. That isn't an issue, though.

Storage

A basic 1TB hard drive. Enough space for all of your games. If you want ULTRA FAST BOOT TIMES, buy a 120GB SSD for your OS. The Adata SP550 and the PNY CS1311 are two excellent budget SSDs. Stay away from the SSD Now V300 series please!!!

  • This hard drive is perfectly fine for gaming. If you think that this drive will fail after a few months when a WD Blue woudn't, you're wrong. Both are perfectly fine options for 1TB hard drives, it just so happens that the Barracuda is cheaper.

  • Also note that if you are buying an SSD, make sure to install your OS onto it.


Graphics Card

For the graphics card, I went with the R9 380 4GB. I had to fight the urge and not return to one of my favorite graphics cards at the moment, the GTX 960, because while it usually runs cooler, and I love how I can seriously overclock it without even having to turn its fans on, the R9 380 has better raw performance, and performs better in a number of games. The extra 4GB of VRAM will cover future titles (and current titles that use a lot of VRAM, such as GTA V. Since this PC can play games like TF2 and LoL at 4K easily, it will also help cover a few other 4K needs.


Case

The case is pretty basic, fairly small, decent airflow, USB 3.0. If you want a really good looking case, spend the extra money for an NZXT S340.


Power Supply

This Seasonic 80+ Bronze unit is very popular and is very reliable. This PSU is a great choice for anyone building their first PC, or for an experienced builder. All in all, the power supply here was an easy choice.

I personally don't recommend the Corsair CX or EVGA B series because I've had bad experiences with them in the past. You need to stay away from brands like CoolMax, Logysis, Diablotek, Raidmax, and several other companies' PSUs. 9 times out of 10 their PSUs are absolutely horrible and you risk your computer and even your life when using them.


If you're willing to pay around $650

Since it isn't worth it to make a $650 build guide, I'll list potential upgrades here. Your first option would be to get an SSD and replace the R9 380 with an R9 380X. The other option would be to go with an i5-6500 or 6600 instead of the i3. You could also choose to put your money entirely in storage, and get an SSD and a larger capacity hybrid drive.


Optional Stuff

Blu-ray/Optical Drive - Get this if you really need it. Wifi adapter - Get this if you need it. Use ethernet whenever you can. Case fans - Get these if you really want better cooling.


Why I don't include peripherals and the OS

Most people have a mouse, keyboard, and a pair of ear buds. Those will suffice for gaming. Gaming grade peripherals don't always mean that much, but if I were to suggest stuff, get a G710+ keyboard and a Steelseries mouse. If you want headphones, buy a cheap pair from Sennheiser, and if you want a headset, buy one from Logitech or get that super sweet Kingston Cloud II. I don't include the OS because usually you will have some way to get Windows for free, or you won't even want to use Windows.


Example Benchmarks

Star Wars Battlefront (Ultra 1080p): 60-70 FPS

Fallout 4 (Ultra 1080p): 50-60 FPS

GTA V (Ultra 1080p): 50-60 FPS

There you go! Any suggestions? Any critiques? I would gladly appreciate some feedback guys! :)


Liked this guide? Check out my other ones!

Shoutouts to everyone who answers questions while I'm gone, you guys make me proud to be a part of this community ;)

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Comments Sorted by:

Arrngrim 3 points 33 months ago

This build plays Ark: Survival Evolved VERY well for the price. Tested without overclocking on max "quality" settings and it ran a decent fps, changed it to a balanced setting and the fps increased a little. So yeah, definitely a recommended build for the budget gamer, runs great! Thanks again!

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

Glad everything worked out for you ;)

WillLill 1 point 33 months ago

It is hard to take that ;) seriously with your profile picture

digah2750 submitter 4 points 33 months ago

Imagine a female squidward winking at you. Actually, don't.

crimsondoom 2 points 33 months ago

can this handle the division? if so.. what settings?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

I'll try to get back to this soon. The game is very new so I think I'm gonna wait a little before I either do tests or use other people's benchmarks in case the game becomes further optimized pretty soon.

Sizzor 2 points 27 months ago

This under $500 gaming build may help.

digah2750 submitter 2 points 27 months ago

I hope this comment isn't addressed to me, because my guide is over 6 months old.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

http://sheekyforums.com/thread/51997542/technology/what-s-the-acceptable-temps-for-an-i5-6600-skylake.html are these people misinformed or am I actually killing my CPU with it reachig 58 degrees Celsius?

526christian 2 points 33 months ago

Relevant

58 is perfectly fine.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

It's totally fine.

Dioragon 1 point 33 months ago

Hi there! I've been wanting to get a gaming desktop for quite some months now. I've planned multiple builds, switch sides between AMD, Intel and Nvidia but I could never get completly satisfied. But now I saw your build and it's quite recent and I really liked it so I've a couple questions, hope you can awnser them:

1- I would change the CPU to an i5-6500 like you sugested and the RAM to the NT series has will_rippey suggested. But should I also change the Hard Drive and the Power Supply? The estimated wattage is only arround 350 watts and I don't need 1TB storage, only 500GB, so if I downgraded those it would save me some money for a screen or is not worth it? The build with the alterations

2- As I said earlier, I'm trying to get a PC for quite some time already. In the beginning I was thinking about going for AMD CPU and GPU but then not so long ago I saw a lot of sites and people saying that AMD components kinda overheat, meaning less performance and lifespan. Is that true?

3- If I were to change the R9 380 to a GTX960 which version/model/whatever should I go for?

Hope you can reply soon.

PS: I might be able to get a free case making the Hard Drive and PSU downgrade more rentable to save for the screen.

digah2750 submitter 4 points 33 months ago

Ignore what rpenrod said for the most part. That drive is fine, and since 1TB is only a few bucks more than 500GB it's usually worth it even if you don't think you'll use that much. You should keep the power supply I have in this guide. Get an R9 380 over the 960 though, the 380 has no heat issues and outperforms the 960. The i5 is a fine pick.

Dioragon 1 point 33 months ago

So if AMD components don't really overheat should I go for an FX-6300 instead of I5-6500? From what I've seen they have similar performance and the FX-6300 is about half price.

Also, I still don't get why get a 500 W PSU on a -/+ 350 W build.

digah2750 submitter 3 points 33 months ago

The i5 is still much better. The reason you get extra wattage is to leave room for some upgrades later, and to make room for overclocking.

Dioragon 1 point 33 months ago

Ok then. Just one last question, how do I buy the full setup now?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

What do you mean?

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

The i5 KILLS THE 6300. heck, even the i3 in this build is on par with it. You want power supply hwadroom. You don't need that big of a psu but you won't save much money by going for less power. The extra hwadroom let's me sleep at night

rpenrod22 -2 points 33 months ago
  1. Get a Western digital blue 1 TB drive, and I would personally get an evga 600b/500b 2.heat is not an issue with AMD components, go for an i3 6100 and an r9 380 at this price range
  2. Don't get a 960
MisterRaynbow 1 point 33 months ago

Okay so I want to build this PC and I'm looking for a better graphics card that is under $300. Any suggestions?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

The R9 380X

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Ugh I might have to order a cryorig h7. I dont like seeing 58 degrees Celsius out of my i5 6500

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Make sure it's compatible with your case.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

I have a haf 912 so it should be.what method do u use to apply thermal paste?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Size of a piece of rice and then put the cooler on top of it.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Is 58 degrees Celsius normal for a skylake cpu?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Idk, I don't use the stock cooler.

simonazar 1 point 33 months ago

Awesome build! I think you could have gone with a cheeper power supply and abetter case

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Well, I don't think you should spend too little on the power supply.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

This power supply hits a sweetspot in my opinion between quality and performance and price. It is among the best power supplies for less than $60, maybe even the best.

maxlacour 1 point 33 months ago

Did you test fps in CS GO at high settings?

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

You'll get over 150 FPS easily on max.

maxlacour 1 point 33 months ago

great!, so I would be able to run 144hz monitor without problems?

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

Yes.

Korbonzo 1 point 33 months ago

I was thinking about getting crucial ram which doesn't have a heat sync on it but every other piece of ram does. Does it matter???

IwannaPC 11 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Nope, it's just an aesthetic.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Is 60 degrees Celsius burning up my cpu? Also is the cryorig h7 thermal paste almost as good as artic silver?

526christian 1 point 33 months ago

Hasn't this already been discussed?

Let me tell you a quick story. For a couple years or so, I used this old used laptop that had crap cooling. Some old dual-core, 2 GB of RAM, junk GPU not much better than the "first graphics card" from Nvidia. Web browsers froze and crashed very often with high CPU utilization and RAM use. Anyway, its CPU (some old dual-core), I found, ran at 65-75 degrees celsius idle. Under load, over 90C. I often pushed it far beyond what it was able to handle. In those cases, it throttled, and I did that a lot. I didn't turn the thing off very often. So, the thing existed for probably at least 7 years, and under my use alone was on for probably about 1.75 years worth of time. At least 2 months worth under load.

So, that CPU ran at over 65C for very likely over 3 years. It still works. You aren't torturing it as I tortured that old laptop processor. Don't worry about it.

Also is the cryorig h7 thermal paste almost as good as artic silver?

The stock Cryorig paste is nothing top of the line but it's still decent. Not worth replacing.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

My first PC I owned was a laptop that had one of the fans broken. It had a ton of viruses from the admin user that I couldn't get rid of (was my parents and they still wanted to keep their account on it) and it would overheat when I was watching youtube videos. Fun.

maxlacour 1 point 33 months ago

The gigabyte ga-h110m-a seems to be unavailable in Europe atm. Is there a good alternative? ga-h110m-s2h?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

The ga-h110m-s2h is a good alternative.

maxlacour 1 point 33 months ago

Do you have any preference between alternative H110M boards ? I also considered MSI H110M PRO-D

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

H110M PRO-D comes with USB 3.1 if you want that.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Cryorig c7 vd h7? Just wondering since the h7 isn't in stock. How much worse would my temps be with the c7?

jimbohurt 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Im going to follow youre 650 version and get an SSD for windows to boot on and go with 380x. Thank you!

Also will you please help educate me if this Case would work? NZXT S340 White Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

The case is fully compatible with everything else.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Cryorig h7 vs c7 vs m9i for a non overclocked i5 6500?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

m9i

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Is the h7 worth it over the m9i? Will I see a huge temp gap?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

If you are that worried about your temps then go with an H7

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Sorry I'm kinda a temp chaser. What I meant is will my CPU stay under 50 degrees Celsius at load?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Probably.

magilicotti 1 point 33 months ago

Great list and everything is priced reasonably well! I do have a question for anyone reading. I currently use AMD 6100 3.3 mhz 6 core processor and I was wondering if the i3 skylake in this list is such a better option as to replace my AMD?

Edit: ghz not mhz

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

You don't need to replace it.

mujie 1 point 33 months ago

Aaaaaand half the parts aren't available in the UK...

AwesomeMan366 1 point 33 months ago

Can this play Dying Light at the same speed or atleast close to what you would find on, say, a PS4? Good graphics settings enabled.

BeastyBoyGames 1 point 32 months ago

Most likely performs as good as a ps4 , but its more likely to be better.

ZimmDubTrey 1 point 33 months ago

Hello, would this be able to stream games like LoL and H1Z1 on twitch? I'm looking switch computers and was wondering if this would do the trick?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Yes.

Halohoneydew 1 point 33 months ago

i would get a 8320 FX instead of a i3 for the same price why not have a 8 core ;D

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Because the i3's are much faster per-core. Think of it as an i3 having fewer faster cores, and an 8320 having more slower cores. Games prefer fewer faster cores than more slower cores, which is why I chose the i3. Going with an 8320 is just fine if that's what you prefer though.

leinaddc 1 point 33 months ago

Hey there! I'm currently new to PC Gaming and PC Building, but I'm looking for something decent that manages to run Dota 2 and League of Legends as a gift for my little brother. Will this be enough? I've been seen your other guides and i really like your 'console destroyer' build! But if this run the 2 games my brother wants to play I'll be more than glad to take this as a starting point!

rpenrod22 2 points 33 months ago

This will run both of those games at 150 plus fps

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Yep, this is overkill for those games.

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

This computer will easily play those games on top settings. This also plays a lot of AAA games well.

leinaddc 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks a lot! Any way to add a SSD somewhere? Besides the already existing 1TB?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

There is support for an SSD in this PC. A nice cheap one is the PNY CS1311.

leinaddc 1 point 33 months ago

Would you recommend replacing the i3 for an i5 and adding a 240gb PNY CS1311 SSD?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

If you have the money, yes.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Definitely.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Will the cryorig m9i be significantly better than the Intel stock cooler or do I need to go h7 for that?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

It'll be better. No need for an H7.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

ok, what about hitting the ram? my stock cooler basiclly touches the side of my ram. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/rpenrod22/saved/hYwRsY

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

RAM clearance is fine.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

thanks, ordering the m9i tonight

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Awesome.

zoodc 1 point 33 months ago

Hi, I've been looking into building a gaming pc but I don't know much about them. Would the parts you posted be able to run Dayz Standalone? That's the game I've been really wanting to play and if it works then that'll be perfect. Thanks :)

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Yes.

zoodc 1 point 33 months ago

Awesome, thanks for the quick reply :)

Roastology 1 point 33 months ago

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to make this guide. Since I am a complete novice when it comes to anything related to computers and I am broke, I was excited to see this. As soon as I stumbled across it, I began to formulate my plan to be able to buy everything I need. I just had a few questions that I didn't see asked in the other comments. 1. How well would you expect this build to run these games: Overwatch, TERA, World of Warcraft (with the Legion expansion coming out 8/30) 2. How well does the R9 380 compare to the GeForce GTX 660 ti? I ask this because I could get the 660 ti for only $100 but it is used (~2 years old)

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

All of those games should run 60+ FPS at 1080p (probably settings maxed out, but not sure since not all of them are out yet). The 660 Ti is about as good as the GTX 950 but slightly better, which means that it can play most of the games R9 380s can play on slightly lower settings. I would say go with the 660 Ti if you trust the seller.

Roastology 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks for the input. I will most likely go with the 660 Ti in the end since a close friend would sell it to me. If the R9 380s pops up with a lower price tag somewhere else, perhaps then I will settle with it.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago
  1. Overwatch should run at Medium/High settings, 1080p 60FPS. Unsure about TERA. WoW is an extremely easy game to run, so the highest settings at 1080p 60FPS.
  2. The R9 380 is better than the 660Ti. I'd say the 660Ti is better compared to a GTX 950/R9 270/R7 370.
Roastology 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks for the info. It is a relief to hear about WoW and Overwatch. During the open beta weekends for Overwatch, I was plagued with a game that looked grainy and distorted so I knew it was time to upgrade. What's your opinion on settling with the 660 Ti if it saves me a good chunk of money?

Thrillingkill 1 point 33 months ago

Building a my pc, got it all put together and booted it up, fans came on, and then it begins to infinite reboot. Turns on for 9 seconds and then shuts down and turns back on. No signal, unplugged the GPU and then tried on-board graphics. nothing. Switched hard drives. nothing. Made sure everything is plugged in and the same thing happened. switches cables around, and forgot to plug cpu in and it turned on and didnt shut down, still no video. Came to believe the CPU is dead. Any ideas? Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Thrillingkill/saved/#view... Anything else that could be wrong?If so please reply A.S.A.P. Thank you!

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Idk if the CPU being dead will even cause an infinite reboot. Are you getting a BIOS screen/message, or is the monitor totally blank? I don't know much about this issue, PM a user by the name of vagabond139. He probably knows more.

Thrillingkill 1 point 33 months ago

Link to his profile?

Thrillingkill 1 point 33 months ago

thanks

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Push or pull for my CPU fan? I have a cryorig m9i

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Depends on your case/fan configuration. You should probably decide on that yourself.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

I have a haf 912 and one intake on the front and an exhaust on the rear.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

I would set that exaust fan to intake, have the Cryorig pull the air through from that, and then exaust it out the front.

rpenrod22 1 point 33 months ago

Good idea, my only concern is 1. That's not what cooler master recommends and 2. Heat rises and your setup would make my exhaust lower than my intake

St33z 1 point 33 months ago

Are there any videos of how to put it together on YouTube?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

https://youtu.be/VIF43-0mDk4

https://youtu.be/0bUghCx9iso

https://youtu.be/k1Q8ksRI1Eo

https://youtu.be/n2dJvqU2_x4

There are many, many more. You can search 'How to build a PC' for others.

digah2750 submitter 2 points 33 months ago

Newegg's guide is my favorite

St33z 1 point 33 months ago

The manual for the mid tower says I was given only 3 standoffs. I can't get the motherboard to lay flat with just 3.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

You only got 3 standoffs?

St33z 1 point 33 months ago

Yes. The manual also says I only need 3 standoffs.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Did the case already come with some installed? That's freaking weird. What case did you get?

Thrillingkill 1 point 33 months ago

Do you know any decent optical drives that would be compatible for store pickup?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

All optical drives are going to do the same task with pretty much no difference between them. Just get the cheapest one.

Thrillingkill 1 point 33 months ago

thanks,thought I had to worry about cords and wires matching.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Only if the optical drives were manufactured 10+ years ago will you have to worry about it

Benhetrick 1 point 33 months ago

I have gone through two of the above listed motherboard with poor results. Any other suggestions currently?

I originally had windows up and running then over night no signal from video. This includes integrated video and Gpu.

I have even unbuilt and did another out of the box build with the same results. Fans all spinning. Won't even let me get to bios screen? Any other suggestions?

Thank you guys! I've been following this guide for a while and you are all incredibly helpful!!

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Did you try hooking up to a different monitor?

Benhetrick 1 point 33 months ago

I tried my HDTV? Tried a DVI to DVI and DVI to HDMI also on the monitor?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

A different display.

dark487 1 point 33 months ago

what mother board would be a good besides from gigabyte? I ask this because the last two motherboards have both been DOA from newegg and amazon. I been waiting 3 freaking weeks to put this computer together but just need a good motherboard -.-

byspiff 1 point 33 months ago

will this be a good build for a beginner? I never built a PC nor have knowledge of PC parts, but I want one over my xbox. You said I can run GTA at 1080p 60fps (which is better than xbox 1080p 30fps), and that's fine with me. will I need more parts or is this list good to start and go with.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

All the necessary parts are included.

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krazypunk1018 1 point 33 months ago

Hey I was thinking of upgrading my current build which is really old and I was thinking of getting this cpu, motherboard and memory that's in your build. I want to ask though you think getting a i5-6500 is worth it for longevity over the i3, I don't want to get an i3 and then a little bit later have to upgrade again lol? I want this build to last me a while and I feel like spending a little more on an i5 is a good choice, also think 8GB of ram will also last me a while. Thoughts?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

The i5 will last longer than the i3, so you could definitely get it if you want to spend less money over time. 8GB of RAM will be enough for a while (unless you're doing more intense tasks than gaming).

rpenrod22 1 point 32 months ago

Whelp any ideas? Installed a m9i on my CPU now when I hit the power button, PC starts for 7 seconds shutd off for 5 then starts up for 7 again. It keeps doing this. Nothing comes on the screen

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

Can you get into the BIOS?

rpenrod22 1 point 32 months ago

No, nothing shows up on screen

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

No idea. I don't have the mental energy to look into this at the moment, so contact someone else if you haven't already.

rpenrod22 1 point 32 months ago

No one I know even knows much about PCs

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

i meant online

Thrillingkill 1 point 32 months ago

Good news and Bad news,Good news:I built the computer!!!Bad news:I have an audio issue with my headphones,they only work on skype and they don't work on anything else.I might have plugged in cables incorrectly or something like that however I have tried unplugging them and plugging them in different spots.I am currently using Realtek HD Audio Manager for my headphones.My headphones are a pair of G430 Logitechs.My current build is this with windows 10; https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Thrillingkill/saved/ .Thanks for helping regardless of what happens.

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

If you don't have the headphones set as default (they should appear as a USB device), then they won't play the audio. Make sure you've got the volume up on the program you want to listen to in the volume mixer.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

Make sure they're set as the default device and make sure your motherboard's audio drivers are all up to date.

S-man491 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

How is the H21 as compared to the H22?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

They're basically the same case

kaasmaker 1 point 32 months ago

Hey digah2750 is this build any good? build

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

Looks good but I would change the PSU to something like a more reliable seasonic or antec unit, or an XFX non-XT unit.

kaasmaker 1 point 32 months ago

Okay thanks

S-man491 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Is there a cheaper video card with similar quality?

S-man491 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

And why isn't there less than 120GB available on an SSD??

digah2750 submitter 1 point 32 months ago

It's not worth the price if it's less than 120GB

S-man491 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I just felt i didn't really need it to be 120GB,but anyway,Thanks for the help :D

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S-man491 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

That's what i was thinking about doing on it,just store the system essentials like the OS on the SSD,while I would use the hard drive for othe things like games and stuff.

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GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yo Digah,GWard here.

I wanna build something similar,except I wanna use the i5 4460,and I'm gonna live on the iGPU for a couple of months 'till I save up for a graphics card,probably a 390 or similar.I've seen comparisons of the two (i3 61'' and the i5 446') and they were pretty tight.The dealbreaker for me was the fact that the 446' has 4 cores,which is amazing,and 1150 boards are plentyful and cheap here in Croatia.

Thoughts?

Cheers,love! +1

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

Adata, pny, corsair, crucial, or sandisk for a 240gb ssd?

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rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago
rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

Bumperoni please

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

None of them.

Get this one

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

What do you guys think about visiontek? I wanna get this gpu for my big bro to get him into PC gaming http://m.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Visiontek-AMD-Radeon-R9-380-2GB-GDDR5-Graphic-Card-900808-/252423728526?nav=SEARCH

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rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

I mean the temps would be fine in a r9 380 right? Or should I buy a gigabyte card that's 10 dollars more?

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rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah I have a 380x so im not used to micro stuttering but he just wants a better than console experience. Looks like I can get him a 4gb r9 380 and i5 6500 build for 500 bucks. EBay is my friend

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rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DU8ZZ0O/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8 if I connected two 120mm fans into this, would they spin at the same speed as if j just had 1 fan connected

digah2750 submitter 1 point 31 months ago

Yes

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00MYA3A4C/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1466104394&sr=8-1&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=molex+to+3+pin&dpPl=1&dpID=41664JisjlL&ref=plSrch I think this one seems better. Would this one be able to power 4 fans all at full speed? Also it only has 2 pins. Isn't the last one to control speed? That wouldn't matter since I want then to always run at full speed

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rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

Do the case fans and CPU fans automatically adjust speed on my PC? I have default haf 912 fans. I have a cryorig m9i and this mobo

techdood_34 1 point 31 months ago

if i take out the HHD and upgrde the cpu what cpu should i get i was thinking the i5 4460 or the amd fx 8350.. Which would be better or should i upgrade the gpu?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 31 months ago

If you take out the HDD you won't have any storage so

oPapiChulo 1 point 31 months ago

Can this pc run rust?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 31 months ago

Yes

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP. I'm joining a team for CSGO tomorrow and I need a good mic. My desk is really small so I need to put the mic behind my keyboard. The mic needs to be shorter than my monitor stand. My keyboard is really loud and I need a mic that doesn't pic up background noise.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 31 months ago

Get a modmic and put it on your headset

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

Good idea, what I don't understand is that my headset mic doesn't work on PC. I use it on my phone every day. If I plug my headphones into my mic port and talk it doesn't register noise, if I also the sides of the earcups it does lol

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

That's because it only has a single 3.5mm jack for both the headset and mic, but the PC can only take them seperately. IIRC you can get a splitter so you can use it, I just don't have a link to one.

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

But if I plugged into the mix on my PC, shouldn't it work?

Unhandybirch656 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Pssst: go for the rx 480

digah2750 submitter 1 point 31 months ago

Still not out yet bud

rpenrod22 1 point 31 months ago

What do you guys think about monitor overclocking? I overclocked my monitor to 72 hz but I'm scared to leave it there cuz I don't want to fry it. Is it safe to do?

Thrillingkill 1 point 30 months ago

Boys I need help again......

Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor VERSUS Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

I am running the i3-6100 and I am thinking of switching to the i5-6500.The reasoning is because my videos do not turn out as well as I would like on my youtube channel,or else they start to freeze when at decent graphics.Could it be my graphics card?

My channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7aUzlaGxfl1p0u8Cb0MDog

My list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/

Noah13 1 point 30 months ago

Love this budget priced build!

GoldenBrown77 1 point 29 months ago

Will this play No Man's Sky?

digah2750 submitter 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah. I think the guide is somewhat outdated at this point though.

Lazlo50 1 point 23 months ago

I dunno if this is still active..but i built this computer about a year ago..now i kinda wanna upgrade... i am really clueless about computer parts...i need to upgrade the processor will the Motherboard take a Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K or will i have to get a new motherboard? also same with the video card..i dont wanna upgrade and then come to find out i can't use the parts

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

You can't use a 3770K in this board, as the board is socket LGA1151 and the 3770K is on LGA1155.

What video card are you looking at?

Lazlo50 1 point 23 months ago

so ill be able to use Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor ?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yes, you can use a 7700K. However, you wouldn't be able to overclock it, and you'll need to buy a cooler. You'll also have to update the BIOS.

The GPU will work perfectly fine in this build.

Xanxus 1 point 22 months ago

would a 400 wat power supply handle this

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Depending on the model, yes. However, this guide is very old and out of date.

death_lord69 1 point 21 months ago

can this run overwatch??

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Yes. However, this guide is really old and many new parts have come out since then.

death_lord69 1 point 21 months ago

but how good?

IwannaPC 11 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Very well. Over 100FPS at 1080p Ultra with the i3/380.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ahq7GSfoY

You can get better performance out of this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $59.48 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $62.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $49.88 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.33 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB PULSE Video Card $228.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $525.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-26 18:02 EDT-0400

You can change the card to a variant of the GTX 1060 or a different RX 580 if you want.

death_lord69 1 point 21 months ago

thanks

rpenrod22 -1 points 33 months ago

Yay, you got rid of that dreaded MSI armor 2x cooler

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

:I

AM62543 -1 points 33 months ago

why dual core, you can get an fx-6300 with an atx motherboard that supports crossfire/sli and have more room to upgrade later. :)

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Did you not read the processor section of the guide or something?

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digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Last time I checked the G.Skill NT 2x4 kit cost more. It may have dropped tho.

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digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Upvoted so people can see your suggestion ;)

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wildkillerfox 1 point 33 months ago

Also, keep an eye on newegg's price for the ram in the build. I snagged it for 30 with free shipping in the past week but it's obviously jumped back up :P

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vagabond139 5 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

That is all going to vary model to model. You really need to stop using generalizations.

digah2750 submitter 1 point 33 months ago

Nope. I got a 380 because they are better, and they only run a few degrees hotter. Plus, due to a higher memory bus the 380 better utilizes 4GB of VRAM.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i3-6100 3.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Seagate - Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
XFX - Radeon R9 380 4 GB Double Dissipation Video Card 47W - 190W
Total: 62W - 266W