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Wannabe Geek


# 161927 23-Jan-2015 15:09
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I am looking to build my first pc so I want to keep it cheap and "simple".
I've been watching videos on "How to build a cheap gaming PC" but I look around and can't find the parts for it.
It would be much appreciated if someone could help.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1220839 23-Jan-2015 15:15
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have you tried price spy and pc parts picker.

I made an ultra budget build for $590 based on the 2014 black Friday budget build.

http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/leonard2o1/saved/PB3dnQ 

also to the community, feeback on this budget build?

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  # 1220851 23-Jan-2015 15:24
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Do we need to factor in a _monitor_, keyboard, mouse, speakers into this build ?

 

 

 

A.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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Ultimate Geek


  # 1220898 23-Jan-2015 16:26
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What are you trying to get out of this build? What games are you going to be playing and at what resolution or settings? $1500 is plenty to play pretty much all new games at high on 1080p





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  # 1220917 23-Jan-2015 16:54
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The key will be the graphics card - spec for what you need, not super super high quality. i5 is probably most practical. Bit of luck you'll get a 120GB SSD in there as well as a bigger disk.



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Wannabe Geek


  # 1220933 23-Jan-2015 17:21
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afe66: Do we need to factor in a _monitor_, keyboard, mouse, speakers into this build ? A.
Nah, I will get that seperately.




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Wannabe Geek


  # 1220934 23-Jan-2015 17:23
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HowickDota: What are you trying to get out of this build? What games are you going to be playing and at what resolution or settings? $1500 is plenty to play pretty much all new games at high on 1080p
Anything above Medium settings



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Wannabe Geek


  # 1220953 23-Jan-2015 17:26
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Dstarzero: have you tried price spy and pc parts picker.

I made an ultra budget build for $590 based on the 2014 black Friday budget build.

http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/leonard2o1/saved/PB3dnQ 

also to the community, feeback on this budget build?
I will try price spy..thank you

 
 
 
 




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Wannabe Geek


  # 1220960 23-Jan-2015 17:31
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So ive been looking around and have found some parts

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $199
DVDRW: ASUS DRW-24D3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA $45
CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX $209
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R927XOC-2GD Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card $329
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Sandy Bridge Optimized F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $129
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $149
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive OEM (2 Years RTB Warranty) $125
PSU: Corsair VS650 — 650 Watt High Value Power Supply $99

Total Price: $1503

Are these any good and will it work?


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  # 1220970 23-Jan-2015 17:45
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If you could fit another drive (an ssd) that would be a much nicer system.
Good choice on the amd CPU, they are price effective for gaming system.

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Master Geek


  # 1220984 23-Jan-2015 18:09
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you will regret not having an ssd

JWR

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1221008 23-Jan-2015 18:50
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csmith01: So ive been looking around and have found some parts

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $199
DVDRW: ASUS DRW-24D3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA $45
CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX $209
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R927XOC-2GD Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card $329
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Sandy Bridge Optimized F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $129
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $149
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive OEM (2 Years RTB Warranty) $125
PSU: Corsair VS650 — 650 Watt High Value Power Supply $99

Total Price: $1503

Are these any good and will it work?



Those are all good parts.

But, you are in the price range of a pretty good gaming gaming PC.


If you could stretch the budget a little (or cut down elsewhere), then you are quite close to a really good gaming PC.

  1- A Core i5 CPU will be better for games than any AMD CPU (not so much diff. elsewhere).. roughly $250 (basic core i5) -$320 ( i5-4690K overclocker top-end model)

  2- Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($222.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)

  3- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-960,4038.html  ... don't know what these will cost in NZ yet. But, the US price puts them in same range you are considering.

  4- Try to factor in a SSD for boot and loading games. In a lot of ways, the best performance option for any system.

You may be able to eliminate the DVD player. They aren't used so much anymore.

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  # 1221018 23-Jan-2015 19:15
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JWR:

  1- A Core i5 CPU will be better for games than any AMD CPU (not so much diff. elsewhere).. roughly $250 (basic core i5) -$320 ( i5-4690K overclocker top-end model)

  2- Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($222.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)

  3- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-960,4038.html  ... don't know what these will cost in NZ yet. But, the US price puts them in same range you are considering.

  4- Try to factor in a SSD for boot and loading games. In a lot of ways, the best performance option for any system.

You may be able to eliminate the DVD player. They aren't used so much anymore.


+1

All of the above - specially the i5 CPU and SSD




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Ultimate Geek


  # 1221118 23-Jan-2015 20:58
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http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/p/J8crLk
This is what I believe to be the best bang for buck at the $1500ish price point. Cheapest quad-core i5, will perform better in games than the AMD chip, cheaper H81 mobo you won't need z97 since you won't be overclocking a non K cpu anyway. An ssd was thrown in as well as choosing a cheaper case and a much more powerful GPU.







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Wannabe Geek


  # 1221122 23-Jan-2015 21:04
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ech3lon: If you could fit another drive (an ssd) that would be a much nicer system.
Good choice on the amd CPU, they are price effective for gaming system.
Any recommendations for a good SSD?


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Ultimate Geek


  # 1221124 23-Jan-2015 21:06
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Gtx 960 currently costs $370 here :(

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