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Is this budget build going to be good for gaming?

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March 26, 2013 6:42:58 PM

I am referring to the very first build on the site (the cheapest). I am a high school student who recently started working part-time at McDonalds. The first thing that I want to save up and buy for myself is a computer. Well, more specifically, the parts I need to build a gaming computer. As you may imagine, I am on a tight budget and am really struggling to pull together money to get my PC together. So obviously I have to build cheap. The build on the site above seems the best way to go, but I am looking for opinions. I would like my PC to be able to run any game smoothly on mid settings. I don't know anything about system specs so I am at a loss. Does the build above appear as it it will do the trick? Thanks in advance!
March 26, 2013 7:21:08 PM

Shockeray said:
No, it will probably be able to play almost any game on low settings, and lower GPU intensive games on medium. But $500 is cheap for a build...
To make it better, replace the Video Card with this one...
it will run games better and is cheaper.

How much of an improvement would that card be? I would love to make the build cheaper anyway. Will it fit into this build? Are there any other similar improvements you can make?

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March 26, 2013 7:54:09 PM

that one is pretty good, except it's MoBo is way OP. I'll work on something.
March 26, 2013 8:14:01 PM

For that last one, it seems like I could get a way cheaper motherboard and a little bit of a cheaper CPU without integrated graphics and then pick up a decent graphics card, but I don't know. I really have no idea what is good or what fits with what... :/  thanks for any help you can provide!

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March 26, 2013 8:22:51 PM

It doesn't have mouse, keyboard, or monitor, but I'm assuming you were going to get those in addition to the $500.
March 26, 2013 8:29:17 PM

Thank you! That is fantastic. I actually have a pretty good monitor already and a basic keyboard and mouse, so it looks like all I have to add to that is the operating system. How well will this run? Some games I would like to be able to play are Guild Wars 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Diablo 3, League of Legends, Dota 2, SMITE, and Tribes: Ascend. I would like to be able to run whatever is out though. Thanks again.