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VERY low budget Gaming PC (Is it worth it?)

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January 5, 2014 9:32:25 PM

Alright, I've tried and tried to build a "budget" gaming PC myself on pcpartpicker.com, but I can't get down to my budget. My budget is around $350 (yeah, it sucks) and i'm beginning to question is it even worth trying to build something for gaming with such a small budget. however, I'd like to ask someone if they could try to build me a gaming pc that's capable of not having to run every single game on the lowest settings. The reason i think it's hard to build one so cheap is because i'm trying to get parts that won't be outdated so quickly (which is virtually impossible it seems with this budget) and also, the OS needs to be included, and a keyboard + mouse would be very, very nice. If you have any ideas, go for it. Thanks!

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January 5, 2014 9:34:18 PM

Nope. This has been asked a few times this past week or so. Minimum youll want for a gaming pc is 600$. 800$ is recommended.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2014 9:38:59 PM

look into refurbished / ebay if you're willing
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January 5, 2014 9:39:29 PM

MDXX is right cant do it at that price.
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January 5, 2014 9:41:00 PM

With that budget I'd honestly get a PS4.
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January 5, 2014 9:41:43 PM

At $350 you're looking at an APU build.
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January 5, 2014 9:42:26 PM

You can assemble a decent list for $500 without the OS and peripherals, but what you're asking for is essentially a $250 PC that'll run 1080p games at medium which cannot be done unless you shop around for older parts
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January 5, 2014 9:46:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $344.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 00:46 EST-0500)
there you go. about as cheap a gaming build as you'll find.

of course i wouldn't consider this a "great" gaming build by any stretch of the imagination... but it should game... and it should be able to game in 1080p.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2014 9:46:27 PM

every time you add an operating system you need to add another $100 to the build. an apu is the only way to go. last one I built I got a 120g ssd/mb/5800k/4gigs ram for $240. you need a case/a power supply/dvd/and opsys. that's another $200.
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January 5, 2014 9:49:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsjz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsjz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsjz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($33.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Logisys CS368BB ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $353.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 00:47 EST-0500)
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsi4
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsi4/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wsi4/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($33.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Logisys CS368BB ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $314.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 00:47 EST-0500)
With the CoolerMaster Devastator keyboad and mouse combo
http://www.frys.com/product/7922320?source=googleps&gcl...
Not that great for game but it around 350
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January 5, 2014 9:51:13 PM

MDXX said:
Nope. This has been asked a few times this past week or so. Minimum youll want for a gaming pc is 600$. 800$ is recommended.



Yeah, I'm just going to wait. I've put together multiple fantastic builds from $600-$800. I'll just wait and check ebay every now and then if I really want one. But most likely I'll wait until I can get one that'll last. Thanks!
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