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July 24, 2013 12:07:00 PM

I've been looking to purchase a Gaming Desktop, I really haven't decided a budget yet but I was looking to find a Gaming Desktop setup for the cheapest price possible but good enough to run any game smoothly with decent settings. Any and all responses on this would be great :) 
July 24, 2013 12:24:42 PM

current answer in heirachy charts suggest amd phenom 965 and amd 6670 ddr3, im running a tri core and still getting away with it. but you pays your money you takes your chance
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July 24, 2013 12:25:56 PM

are you looking to purchase, or build? if you're looking at OEM "gaming" pc's they're all garbage until you get to the premium lines of Alienware and boutique PC's, HP and all the others will slap a $50 GPU in a tower and call it a gaming PC. If you've never built a PC, and you're willing to, you're in for a treat, it's a fun process.

I built a budget gaming PC that will play just about anything current at Ultra (barring Crysis 3), your CPU and GPU are the real factors that will dictate your frame rates and overall gaming experience. I went with an AMD FX-6300 and a Radeon HD 7870. You could get both of these right now for under $300, the rest of the components are just about how much you want to penny pinch (though make sure to have a high quality PSU).
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July 24, 2013 12:26:49 PM

there are a lot of places to save money on a pc build an old throw away pc will yeild a psu hd and optical drive, os, leaving more money for mo bo graphics and cpu,
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July 24, 2013 12:31:35 PM

Ok i see your looking for cheap here are some good ideas.

* Grab a used 6870 of eBay for around £80 (that's how much i got mine for)
*FX 6300
*Corsair CX 600W
*Zalman Z9
*Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P AMD 760G / SB710 Motherboard
*4GB RAM

Note that everything here is like mid end, and the psu is comulsory dont get any cheap and nasty one along with the case!
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July 24, 2013 12:34:02 PM

Do u need a OS, monitor etc?
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July 24, 2013 12:37:48 PM

Here is my thought:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1kdCi
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1kdCi/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1kdCi/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.34 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $369.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 15:34 EDT-0400)

It should be a very cheap medium gaming rig. Can run older games in medium/high settings in decent fps and new gen games in medium/low settings with acceptable fps
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July 24, 2013 7:04:53 PM

Jaxem said:
are you looking to purchase, or build? if you're looking at OEM "gaming" pc's they're all garbage until you get to the premium lines of Alienware and boutique PC's, HP and all the others will slap a $50 GPU in a tower and call it a gaming PC. If you've never built a PC, and you're willing to, you're in for a treat, it's a fun process.

I built a budget gaming PC that will play just about anything current at Ultra (barring Crysis 3), your CPU and GPU are the real factors that will dictate your frame rates and overall gaming experience. I went with an AMD FX-6300 and a Radeon HD 7870. You could get both of these right now for under $300, the rest of the components are just about how much you want to penny pinch (though make sure to have a high quality PSU).







Could you please give me a list of all the components of your builld??
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July 24, 2013 7:21:10 PM

I just help Jaxem do his job: if u wanna put some budget u could get a decent FX-6300 rig ith a $500+ price. U could consider HD 7870 if ur budget allows.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1klT6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1klT6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1klT6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 22:18 EDT-0400)

Forget about my Athlon II cheap, crappy build configuration.
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July 24, 2013 8:52:36 PM

Look this is kinda an opinion question more than any thing its kinda hard to come up with some thing with out a budgte and more info. Things we need to know include do you have any parts you can reuse. Do you have a monitor, mouse and keyboard? do you need to purchase a copy of windows? What resolution are you looking to play at. Any way here is what i would suggest for a budget gaming pc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Total: $589.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 23:13 EDT-0400)

This build goes past what i would consider minimally acceptable performance. I allocated more cash in the name of a better price to performance ratio and an over all nicer machine. Maxime506's first build is in line with what i would consider bare minimum when comparing our builds keep in mind mine includes a copy of windows which adds $90 once thats taken into account the price difference is only $130. I'm going to break down what that extra 130$ gets you item by item.

The Athlon II X4 645 suggested by maxime is almost 3 years old an extra 5 bucks nets you the Athlon II X4 750K which is much newer has twice the L2 cache, higher clock rate and is multiplier unlocked to allow for overclocking.

The cheapest FM2 boards are about $50 and an extra 25$ gets you usb 3.0, 4 memory slots vs 2 for the cheap boards, e-sata, and better on board audio.

$25 buys you and extra 4gb of memory and gets you a dual channel kit doubling data transfer rates. 4gb is ok but 8gb is much more future proof and i find i make use of it on my mahcine. If you don't want the extra ram at least go for a dual channel 4gb kit its only 5 bucks more.

An extra $10 doubles the hard drive capacity bringing it up to 1TB.

The 7850 is where most of the performance increase comes from an extra $35 gets you a 40% to 50% increase in gpu performance the 7850 1gb provides exceptional value for your money.

$10 buys you a case i feel is better looking and has better cooling.

Same power supply the corsair builder 430W is semi modular, has enough power to run every thing here and won't catch fire.

As far as optical drives go just get what ever is cheap.

As far as the OS goes a gaming pc needs windows and both 7 and 8 go for about 90 dollars i'm suggesting windows 8 it boots faster and will support direct X 11.2.

If your budget is really tight i would take just the Athlon II 750k, the 7850 and a dual channel 4gb kit from this its only 50 bucks over maxime's build. That $50 buys a lot of performance and would give you a good 1080p gaming experience.
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July 25, 2013 5:01:04 AM

Hello, biohazard!

Glad to have looked into another budget view and I could learn more about the solution.

First of all, yes, I admit the first build is crap 'cause the guy doesn't give a budget and the "cheapest" word drove me to a very budget solution. Except llano A8-3850/3870K, the athlon 645 is the cheapest quad-core CPU I could found.

But, your rig w/ athlon 750K is only $40 cheaper if I added an OS in the FX-6300 build, it seems to be a little more than I could imagine, I thought your solution should be at least $100 cheaper than my FX-6300 one. Could u find out some way to cut down the 750K price? 'cause 750K compares with FX-6300, it loses 2 cores, lower freq, and no 8MB L3 cache.

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