I am considering trying to build a PC for the first time. The machine would be used mostly for gaming, but also for light normal home computing tasks. I mainly play SC2: Heart of the Swarm, but it would be nice if the computer could play other new games too. I need a monitor and OS. I live on the East Coast of the US. I don't care about overclocking and don't want a fancy liquid cooling system.
I would appreciate it if someone could suggest a budget build that maximizes price/performance while incorporating the following components:
Well right off the bat we can put aside $100 for Win7 Home, ~$150 for a 22" 1080p monitor, and $150 for an AMD HD 7790. So that's $400 gone, with $400 left for:
- RAM = ~$60 (2x 4GB Dual Channel kit)
- CD/DVD drive = $20
- PSU = $45 (450W)
- Case = $60 (HAF 912)
- Case fans = ~$15 (For 2-3x 120mm)
So that leaves $200 for a motherboard, CPU, and HDD. The budget constraint you have is pretty tight given that you need to purchase a monitor as well.
EDIT: Posted this before I saw tiny voices' post. I think a build like the one he suggested is as good as you're going to get with shipping included. It's quite a restrictive budget due to the monitor and expensive shipping.
Alternatively, I would have you check out the System Builder Marathon articles here on Tomshardware. They put together the best rig they can with tight budget constraints. Check out this article from Q1 2013 about a $600 Gaming PC: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pc-gaming-overclock...
This might be something you want to look into, because $600 is about what you have to work with after you factor in shipping and the monitor.
Thanks a million, tiny voices! Do you think this build is a good buy, or would it be much better from a price/performance perspective to wait and save a little more to get a $1,000 PC?
This is a great system which will play all modern games at high to max settings. It has room to upgrade in the future. If you can throw about $50 more bucks at it now to keep the GPU the same but get an i5 + h77 motherboard I would do that.