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January 7, 2014 9:05:58 PM

Greetings from Colombia,
I've spent 3 hours now around the web finding a way to build up a really cheap pc mainly used for gaming. As u may notice I'm not really into PC's so try to bear with me and explain kinda "for dummies" thing
Taking into account that the prices here in my country are about 20-30 dlrs more per piece (more when in comes to CPU or video cards) than any website, my budget is around 1000-1100 dlrs. What would be the right build for games like COD, Guild Wars 2 (would be nice to run this kinda games high/full quality) and the ones upcoming this year?
I was offered an i7 fourth gen, GTX650 video card, 600wats gpu, and 8 gb of ram. I would be playing the games on a 19" screen.
Any info needed I will provide it. Thanks in advance!

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January 7, 2014 9:39:02 PM

For a 19" screen, all you need for gaming is an i5-4670k (i7's were for video/photo editing, as no game uses over 4 cores), the GPU is still good, I think you meant 600 watt PSU (PSU= Power supply unit; GPU=Graphics Processing Unit) so make sure to get a good brand eg. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, etc. to name a few. For RAM, I would recommend DDR3-1600 or 1866MHz CAS 9 for the best performance on a budget.

Recommended:
i5-4670k
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Asus Maximus VI Hero
Corsair DDR3-1600MHz CAS 9 Vengeance Pro Memory 2x4Gb
Western Digital Caviar Black 1Tb (You can also use the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, as they are almost the exact performance/price/reliability so get the cheaper one)
Corsair TX 650 Watt
EVGA GTX 760 w/ ACX Cooler (If you can afford it, this is a GREAT GPU)
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January 7, 2014 9:49:44 PM

Nuclear101 said:
For a 19" screen, all you need for gaming is an i5-4670k (i7's were for video/photo editing, as no game uses over 4 cores), the GPU is still good, I think you meant 600 watt PSU (PSU= Power supply unit; GPU=Graphics Processing Unit) so make sure to get a good brand eg. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, etc. to name a few. For RAM, I would recommend DDR3-1600 or 1866MHz CAS 9 for the best performance on a budget.

Recommended:
i5-4670k
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Asus Maximus VI Hero
Corsair DDR3-1600MHz CAS 9 Vengeance Pro Memory 2x4Gb
Western Digital Caviar Black 1Tb (You can also use the Seagate Barracuda 1TB, as they are almost the exact performance/price/reliability so get the cheaper one)
Corsair TX 650 Watt
EVGA GTX 760 w/ ACX Cooler (If you can afford it, this is a GREAT GPU)


Thanks for ur answer and sorry about the mistake about the GPU. I guess the part of the pc that gets overpriced here are the GPU's. I will check on ur recommendations tomorrow since Im going to the PC's mall in my city and I'll let you know what they offer me and see if its a good build.
But as far as ur answer goes, does it mean that a GTX 650 wont do the job for the games I want to play?
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January 7, 2014 9:57:26 PM

Ahoy from the other thread. Here's something to consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($264.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1058.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-08 00:55 EST-0500)

You can easily drop the SSD out of the equation and save yourself some money there, but having an SSD is just so very very nice. It really makes a huge difference in just about everything. I included case and a copy of Windows 7 (didn't do 8 for a reason), so if you have both of those already you can drop that from the price as well.
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January 7, 2014 10:06:44 PM

Anub1s said:
Ahoy from the other thread. Here's something to consider:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($264.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1058.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-08 00:55 EST-0500)

You can easily drop the SSD out of the equation and save yourself some money there, but having an SSD is just so very very nice. It really makes a huge difference in just about everything. I included case and a copy of Windows 7 (didn't do 8 for a reason), so if you have both of those already you can drop that from the price as well.

Thanks a lot for taking the time and check this post.
Like I said prices over websites are way lower than the ones I can get here. I will go through the build u made for me and see if it fits my budget. As I replied to other user the problem might be on the video card since its gonna be really expensive to get one beyond the GTX 650 set. Any advices here?
What does it mean when u guys mention ddr3? Ive seen some others going through ddr5 or something like that.
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January 7, 2014 10:17:29 PM

Yuyocontre said:

Thanks a lot for taking the time and check this post.
Like I said prices over websites are way lower than the ones I can get here. I will go through the build u made for me and see if it fits my budget. As I replied to other user the problem might be on the video card since its gonna be really expensive to get one beyond the GTX 650 set. Any advices here?
What does it mean when u guys mention ddr3? Ive seen some others going through ddr5 or something like that.


DDR5 is VRAM used on GPUs, so you'll see graphics cards with dedicated 2GB GDDR5 or something along those lines. This RAM is only for the GPU, the CPU needs it's own RAM which will be DDR3 in this case. A special note here: when you do narrow down your GPU selection, since you likely won't be playing anything above 1080p on a 19" monitor you won't need any more than 2GB of GDDR5, so don't be oversold on that. 1GB will probably be just fine. If you can't do much better than a GTX 650, at least get the "ti" edition. Better yet, get an ATI HD7850, which is around the same price range.

DDR3 is the RAM you will want with any PC build at the moment. 8GB is best, 4GB will suffice, use a 2 x kit, not a single stick, and not a 4 x kit.
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January 7, 2014 10:23:40 PM


DDR5 is VRAM used on GPUs, so you'll see graphics cards with dedicated 2GB GDDR5 or something along those lines. This RAM is only for the GPU, the CPU needs it's own RAM which will be DDR3 in this case. A special note here: when you do narrow down your GPU selection, since you likely won't be playing anything above 1080p on a 19" monitor you won't need any more than 2GB of GDDR5, so don't be oversold on that. 1GB will probably be just fine. If you can't do much better than a GTX 650, at least get the "ti" edition. Better yet, get an ATI HD7850, which is around the same price range.

DDR3 is the RAM you will want with any PC build at the moment. 8GB is best, 4GB will suffice, use a 2 x kit, not a single stick, and not a 4 x kit. [/quotemsg]
So if I got ur point it should be a 1GB GPU and DDR3? Since I will play in a small 19" screen. And about that last point, the should be 4x4 (for 8GB) or 2x2 (for 4GB) right?
I will let you know how it went at the pc Mall tomorrow and maybe get an extra advice to settle down the deal at one of the stores.
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January 7, 2014 10:26:17 PM

Yuyocontre said:


So if I got ur point it should be a 1GB GPU and DDR3? Since I will play in a small 19" screen. And about that last point, the should be 4x4 (for 8GB) or 2x2 (for 4GB) right?
I will let you know how it went at the pc Mall tomorrow and maybe get an extra advice to settle down the deal at one of the stores.

You'll want a GPU with at least 1GB GDDR5 no more than 2GB, and I would say at least 4 GB of DDR3, though 8GB should be your target. Get either a 2 x 2GB kit for 4GB total RAM, or a 2 x 4GB kit for 8GB total.

And again, look for a 7850 instead of a GTX 650.
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