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First Time Building a PC, Looking for Advice

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January 23, 2014 4:58:32 PM

I am looking to build a PC that can run games like Star Craft 2 and League of Legends moderately for ~$400 (excluding the OS). I would love it if I could get the build down to $300, but that seems difficult... I have never built a PC before, and I have done a bit of research, but a lot of what I am seeing still runs over my head (particularly with graphics cards). I eventually pulled some parts together that look like they may work, and I am just wondering if anyone has any knowledge on how it will run or any advice on how to bring the cost down even more.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Campbellmck/saved/3wDR

I am very new at this, so nothing is too basic for me to have made a mistake on or miss catching. I've also seen that people say it can't be done for that little money, but I have played LoL on a 4-5 year old mid-range Dell laptop before... I feel like it is possible somehow, though feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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January 23, 2014 5:06:01 PM

30$ for an 80GB HDD is too much. You can get a 500GB for about 50$ and you won't run out of room that way.

I'd spend less on the processor and more on the GPU if you want this for gaming. Go to a Pentium G2020, you can get it for 60 bucks and then spend the money you saved there on a better GPU.
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January 23, 2014 6:44:59 PM

mf Red said:
30$ for an 80GB HDD is too much. You can get a 500GB for about 50$ and you won't run out of room that way.

I'd spend less on the processor and more on the GPU if you want this for gaming. Go to a Pentium G2020, you can get it for 60 bucks and then spend the money you saved there on a better GPU.


Awesome advice, thanks. I am thinking of putting the Pentium G2020 with an Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB video card. While this is still not a huge gamer card, I know, it is better than the one I had before and more than able to do what I hope to do with it. Also, with the different processor and motherboard I generally took the price down, which is honestly more of a concern to me than being able to play games at full settings.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Campbellmck/saved/3wLw
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