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February 22, 2014 9:34:37 PM

So I'm trying to build a new computer specifically for gaming as I mostly only use computers for gaming but have never really even been close to having a decent gaming computer. I'm going to bold most important information so you can just skim through it.

I hope this is the right forum to ask for this in but I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some cheap parts to use in my gaming computer. I don't need to worry about building it, I know someone who can build it for me for just a bit of money. I have a reasonable idea of what most parts of a computer do and how they work, but I just don't know how to tell what is better than what and what I need as a minimum to have a good gaming computer.

I'm looking for something not too flashy, I'd be happy with something that ran most games steadily at 30FPS or higher. I don't care too greatly about graphics, I would most likely prefer to be able to play most games at atleast medium graphics settings but I am also very happy playing most games on minimum graphics. I am not looking to spend too much money, $1000 would be just about my limit, or I could possibly bump that up to $1500 if I have no real option below $1000. I don't really have any real requirements other than that.

To sum it up. I want a gaming computer as cheap as possible. Graphics are hardly an issue with me, Medium settings would be nice but if I can play just about any game on atleast 30 FPS with minimum settings that would be ok too. Trying to do my best to stay under $1000 Limit, looking for as low a price as possible though.

I am likely to upgrade my parts individually as time goes on, so I just kind of need something that will work well for the next few years.

Thanks for the help.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2014 9:42:18 PM

Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.
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February 22, 2014 9:48:56 PM

AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2014 9:54:29 PM

Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.


This computer for little over your budget ($100) will give you extreme performance, and crazy future proofing.
It may be expensive now, but it would be worth it in the long run. You won't have to run games on minimal, instead on Ultra/High, and this PC should be quite high end for a long time.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/blog/38/1100-gaming-build
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February 22, 2014 10:11:14 PM

AgentTran said:
Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.


This computer for little over your budget ($100) will give you extreme performance, and crazy future proofing.
It may be expensive now, but it would be worth it in the long run. You won't have to run games on minimal, instead on Ultra/High, and this PC should be quite high end for a long time.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/blog/38/1100-gaming-build


Looks pretty good. I would still appreciate other people commenting here just to see if I can get a few different options but I'll definitely look into that one.
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February 22, 2014 11:41:22 PM

AgentTran said:
Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.


This computer for little over your budget ($100) will give you extreme performance, and crazy future proofing.
It may be expensive now, but it would be worth it in the long run. You won't have to run games on minimal, instead on Ultra/High, and this PC should be quite high end for a long time.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/blog/38/1100-gaming-build


Oh by the way, does it matter at all what screen/keyboard etc. I get? I don't think it does but would I be better off just buying these things cheap and upgrading later or buying good quality ones now?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2014 9:21:37 AM

Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.


This computer for little over your budget ($100) will give you extreme performance, and crazy future proofing.
It may be expensive now, but it would be worth it in the long run. You won't have to run games on minimal, instead on Ultra/High, and this PC should be quite high end for a long time.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/blog/38/1100-gaming-build


Oh by the way, does it matter at all what screen/keyboard etc. I get? I don't think it does but would I be better off just buying these things cheap and upgrading later or buying good quality ones now?


Well, unless you're a hard core gamer, you should be fine using a cheap keyboard + mouse combo.
It's been 3 years I've had mine, and only recently have I bought my quite expensive Corsair K95 fully mechanical keyboard ($140), and my Razer Deathadder 2013 ($40), and I much prefer it from my cheap combo, but there was simply nothing wrong with the old one. I just wanted an upgrade.
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February 23, 2014 9:38:18 PM

AgentTran said:
Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Kjet said:
AgentTran said:
Well, a computer to play most games on minimal graphics would probably only cost about $500-600, so if your budget is $1000, you could probably play if not all or most games at high - ultra.

Are you looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000?
Or are you looking for a decent gaming rig that should be future proof for $1000+?

Honestly option 2 would be a good idea, but option one could work alright depending if you get the right parts which allow for maximum upgrade potential.

All your choice.


Well I'm looking for the cheapest possible build with a maximum of $1000, I intend to gradually upgrade parts from there as time goes on. I don't really have much of an option to spend over 1000 Dollars, if I do go over it, It wouldn't be by much.


This computer for little over your budget ($100) will give you extreme performance, and crazy future proofing.
It may be expensive now, but it would be worth it in the long run. You won't have to run games on minimal, instead on Ultra/High, and this PC should be quite high end for a long time.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/blog/38/1100-gaming-build


Oh by the way, does it matter at all what screen/keyboard etc. I get? I don't think it does but would I be better off just buying these things cheap and upgrading later or buying good quality ones now?


Well, unless you're a hard core gamer, you should be fine using a cheap keyboard + mouse combo.
It's been 3 years I've had mine, and only recently have I bought my quite expensive Corsair K95 fully mechanical keyboard ($140), and my Razer Deathadder 2013 ($40), and I much prefer it from my cheap combo, but there was simply nothing wrong with the old one. I just wanted an upgrade.


Ok, thanks a lot.
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