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A cheap build thats just as good as PS4?

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November 11, 2013 6:21:58 PM

I'm low on cash.

I want a gaming PC that's cheap but is just as good as the next gen consoles.

I was thinking something like this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Biostar A960D+ Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($65.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($22.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $599.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 21:21 EST-0500)



What do you guys think?

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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 6:24:17 PM

Not too bad, but the consoles are still a cheaper option. It will be pretty good but the PS4 won't need any upgrades, an this is coming from an avid PC gamer
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November 11, 2013 6:28:02 PM

Decent build, you might be able to play every game on High at 1080p. Maybe with some tweaking you might be able to play on Ultra (no anisotropic filtering or anti-allasing).
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November 11, 2013 6:31:01 PM

Going with a am3+ cpu on a micro Atx board is a bad idea. Micro Atx am3+ boards do not have good specs. Go with a fm2 like this build

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20RyG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20RyG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20RyG/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.91 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $574.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 21:29 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 6:34:39 PM

Trying to do a direct console comparison is pretty pointless, as you are comparing two totally different things. Even in the next generation where the PS4 and Xbox are essentially moving to very PC-esque hardware, they are going to be optimised really well, so a hardware comparison isn't really going to give you any real measure of performance.

Having said that, it's a decent entry level PC. I'd be tempted to go for the FX6300 over the FX4350 as the gap in price isn't much at all. I'd also go for 1600Mhz ram, as it's the same price.
The Corsair CX500M is $35 with rebate on newegg right now. Its probably a better value prospect.
I'd be tempted to spend a little more on the case too, but that's a personal thing.
EDIT, something like this, it's a little more but I like to think its money in the right places-

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $631.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 21:43 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 6:42:24 PM

patrick47018 said:
Not too bad, but the consoles are still a cheaper option. It will be pretty good but the PS4 won't need any upgrades, an this is coming from an avid PC gamer


I agree, if you spend $100 more you will see a significant improvement over a PS4. If not, the PS4 might be a good option for you.
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March 23, 2014 8:15:18 AM

I agree, but soon, won't the ps4 outdo that build?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2014 11:20:08 AM

GivenTuna said:
I agree, but soon, won't the ps4 outdo that build?


No, not for several years.
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