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Okay so my xbox one broke can return for refund thinking about building a pc

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January 14, 2014 10:01:46 AM

okay so mt xbox one broke leaking a liquid and amazon will refund me the item or replace it but if i get a refund ill lose 70 dollars of games i bought on demand. but on the other hand i want a pc guess i can record edit videos , and huge library of games and no need to worry about backwards compabilte but my problem is i only got 500-600 DOLLAR budget i heard that can get you a good rig then i hear you can do squat so which should i do also thinking about getting the steam box and put windows on it
January 14, 2014 10:25:36 AM

500-600 isn't going to get a good gaming pc that will match console quality, especially if you need a keyboard/mouse/Windows. That's like 1/5th the budget right there.

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January 14, 2014 1:46:20 PM

getochkn said:
500-600 isn't going to get a good gaming pc that will match console quality, especially if you need a keyboard/mouse/Windows. That's like 1/5th the budget right there.



You absolutely can get a pretty decent PC that will match console quality for $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3430 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($98.12 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
Total: $627.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 16:46 EST-0500)

Plus with this setup you can upgrade to an i5-4670 and upgrade the GPU later on.
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January 14, 2014 1:55:04 PM

free operating system there, bud? that's $100 missing right there. now you're at around $750
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January 14, 2014 2:00:09 PM

giantbucket said:
free operating system there, bud? that's $100 missing right there. now you're at around $750


Yeah most people don't include that stuff in their budget. If it's $600 it's going to be strictly for the tower, then everything else comes second.
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January 14, 2014 2:10:17 PM

getochkn said:
500-600 isn't going to get a good gaming pc that will match console quality, especially if you need a keyboard/mouse/Windows. That's like 1/5th the budget right there.



g-unit1111 said:
giantbucket said:
free operating system there, bud? that's $100 missing right there. now you're at around $750


Yeah most people don't include that stuff in their budget. If it's $600 it's going to be strictly for the tower, then everything else comes second.


exacly will this run games at 1080p?
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January 14, 2014 2:16:47 PM

g-unit1111 said:
giantbucket said:
free operating system there, bud? that's $100 missing right there. now you're at around $750


Yeah most people don't include that stuff in their budget. If it's $600 it's going to be strictly for the tower, then everything else comes second.


i fail to see how "everything else comes second" when it comes to an actual OS that lets you USE the system you've built. I dunno, but when I have a budget for something, I tend not to exclude fairly critical $100 items from it.
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January 14, 2014 2:25:51 PM

noahk said:

exacly will this run games at 1080p?


Yup. A GTX 660 should handle a 1080P 24" monitor no problem.

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i fail to see how "everything else comes second" when it comes to an actual OS that lets you USE the system you've built. I dunno, but when I have a budget for something, I tend not to exclude fairly critical $100 items from it.


Just because you have a budget doesn't always mean that you will hit it. Most of the time you will exceed it but the budget is there as a starting point. I generally don't include accessories in my builds. I know the OS isn't exactly an accessory but you can score a license of Windows 7 OEM for $84 or 8.1 for $99. And then a lot of university IT students can get a license for like next to nothing. There are options.
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