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How much should be spent on a gaming pc build? (No particular budget)

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September 28, 2013 10:48:43 AM

From what I've read, most people say that the amount of money you should spend on a gaming PC all depends on your budget, but I don't really have one. I already have keyboard, mouse, and monitor. All I need is the actual PC itself and the operating system. Would $900 be a reasonable price to spend on a gaming PC (including windows)? I don't have the money yet so that's why I'm asking, so I have an idea of how much money to save up. Also, I'll be playing games like Minecraft (would like the PC to be able to play that at fairly high settings or decent settings when it has a lot of mods), Tomb Raider, Watch dogs, and a lot of other games but those are the higher end ones I can think of at the moment. I will also want to be able to record these games (with fraps), and edit them (I use Sony Vegas Pro 12, though I won't be doing anything that heavy). The most important thing for me though is for this PC to be reliable and future proof. It doesn't have to be super future proof but if I can upgrade it in a couple of years if I need to that would be great, I'm also completely new to building a PC. I am familiar with PC components, but I have never built a PC before. So once again, is $900 enough for what I want, or should I save up more? Thanks so much in advance :) !
a c 281 4 Gaming
September 28, 2013 10:54:42 AM

i would say 650 to unlimited
dont get me wrong, you will get very decent parts for US$650
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September 28, 2013 11:00:44 AM

AMD Radeon said:
i would say 650 to unlimited
dont get me wrong, you will get very decent parts for US$650


Ok so what type of PC woud I be able to get for $750 then if $650 will provide something good. Would paying for a system that's $750 still serve me well, let's say... 2 years down the road? I also much prefer Intel and Nvidia, I have good experience with both, so would I be able to get parts from those companies (from my understanding they're a bit more pricey than AMD) for $750?
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a c 281 4 Gaming
September 28, 2013 11:21:12 AM

i hope it suits your need

otherwise, you can change anything into your liking

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $758.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 14:11 EDT-0400)
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September 28, 2013 11:37:57 AM

AMD Radeon said:
i hope it suits your need

otherwise, you can change anything into your liking

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $758.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 14:11 EDT-0400)


Alright, thanks so much for your help! I will probably save up and spend a little bit more after all, but at least now I have a very good idea of what money will buy and how much to save up. Once again, thanks very much for your time!
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March 30, 2014 4:16:38 AM

AMD Radeon said:
i hope it suits your need

otherwise, you can change anything into your liking

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $758.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 14:11 EDT-0400)


is the fx 6300 gonna bottleneck the gtx 760 or fx 8320 be okay????
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