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July 18, 2013 2:26:12 PM

under $600 budget/casual gaming

I'm working on building a low end machine that would be able to marginally play games along the lines of skyrim and some SWTOR. It doesn't have to have spectacular frames, just enough for it to be playable.
This is being built for my sister and she wants to keep the budget to under $600.
I put this system together on PC Partpicker and wanted to run it by others to see what it should be like, and if anyone would make any changes.
Not looking to OC anything either, just make it compatible for a casual gamer.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1i5lM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1i5lM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1i5lM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ECS B85H3-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC Vigilance MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $547.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 17:24 EDT-0400)
July 18, 2013 2:38:20 PM

get a core i3 or an amd fx 4100 with a radeon 7790 or 650 ti boost becuase the i 5s are overkill for casual games
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July 18, 2013 9:21:43 PM

Eric Zaba said:
get a core i3 or an amd fx 4100 with a radeon 7790 or 650 ti boost becuase the i 5s are overkill for casual games


I did discuss it with her. I know that she would really like to be able to play SWTOR and have it be playable (40+frames on at least med detail). CPU's are the part where I tend to lose a bit of focus. I always lean towards a faster CPU, just in case.
Would an i3 be capable of running games without a massive loss in playability?

Here's what it could look like with i3 added:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ie2I
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ie2I/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ie2I/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($46.82 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC Vigilance MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $533.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-19 00:27 EDT-0400)
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July 19, 2013 10:16:24 AM

Judging by how the game looks i think the i3 or the amd fx 4300 would work just fine.
the i3 and the 4300 are almost the same in performance just choose which you find to work colder and quieter
it looks great after the revision

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July 19, 2013 10:24:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $586.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-19 13:24 EDT-0400)
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