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February 25, 2014 5:33:11 AM

Hi Guys - can you help me with this, i need to build a cheap gaming rig for path of exile that can play med~high setting. (Build under $400-$500). Every suggestion is very much appreciated. Thanks


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Path of Exile System Requirements - (Source is from Steam)
Minimum:
OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7/8
Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space

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February 25, 2014 7:10:07 AM

That is not much of a requirement, you should not even need a discreet video card for it which is good based on your price.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZO0J

You can probably save a bit more by going with a DVD only instead of a Blu Ray, but it's really not that much more for a Blu Ray player and you get more flexibility with movie watching on it.

You may also save a bit more on a smaller hard drive but I like a larger one for media files and also the Spinpoint has a top rating for drive speeds along with the WD Black models.

Going lower end on those two you can get maybe $20-30 cheaper.
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February 25, 2014 7:21:12 AM

I went a little over budget but changed the above build, you don't need the SSD, so you can save if you remove it. Gave you higher Frequancy RAM for better performance with the APU. Little better case, and a pretty darn good PSU. Better motherboard in my opinion. And you really don't need the Spinpoint HDD, put a 1TB longer lasting better brand instead.

Let me know.

With SSD;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 100GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($55.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $514.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-25 10:18 EST-0500)

Without SSD;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $458.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-25 10:21 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2014 7:25:30 AM

I went a little over budget but changed the above build, you don't need the SSD, so you can save if you remove it. Gave you higher Frequancy RAM for better performance with the APU. Little better case, and a pretty darn good PSU. Better motherboard in my opinion. And you really don't need the Spinpoint HDD, put a 1TB longer lasting better brand instead.

Let me know.

With SSD;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 100GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($55.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $514.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-25 10:18 EST-0500)

Without SSD;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $458.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-25 10:21 EST-0500)

You can add back in the spinpoint if you want a faster, bit more quite, HDD.
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February 25, 2014 7:41:12 AM

Many thanks to all your response..

@Nikola - i have already a monitor

@hang-the-9 / veladem - we can drop the optical drive;

How about A10-5800K - do you think its performance (iGPU) is enough to handle the Game at Med~High Resolution (Path of exile)? In my Country there is a huge difference in price between A10-5800k, A10-6800K and A10-7850k. Also which is better RAM 4GBx1 or 2GBx2; (i would prefer to have 2133Mhz one :) )

Thanks
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February 25, 2014 7:55:25 AM

Is Pentium G3220 + Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 enough to run this Game?
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February 25, 2014 8:02:23 AM

iamknt said:
Is Pentium G3220 + Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 enough to run this Game?


Yes.
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February 25, 2014 8:38:46 AM

iamknt said:
Is Pentium G3220 + Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 enough to run this Game?


That CPU and that video card are mis-matched, the video card is WAY over what your game wants and is too high end to match the CPU well. That combination is like putting 14" 185 wide tires on a Corevette. If you're getting a 7850 you'd want an FX-6300 or an i3 CPU.
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February 25, 2014 9:52:51 PM

hang-the-9 said:
iamknt said:
Is Pentium G3220 + Powercolor Radeon HD 7850 enough to run this Game?


That CPU and that video card are mis-matched, the video card is WAY over what your game wants and is too high end to match the CPU well. That combination is like putting 14" 185 wide tires on a Corevette. If you're getting a 7850 you'd want an FX-6300 or an i3 CPU.


How about G3220 + R7 250 ?
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February 26, 2014 2:19:04 AM

Do not go for 250, it is very weak. It is renamed 7730. 7750 - 7770 (250X) is the minimum that I usually recommend for gaming.
For cheaper build - G3220 + GTX 750 (750TI if possible but this will raise the price). Pentiums are not that weak - they are like I3 with hyper-threading disabled. Do not expect too much here but most games will be good at medium settings.
Path of Exile does not have too high requirements.
For more powerful but still affordable build:
I3 + GTX750TI or 7850 as you originally considered. 7850 is very good card - relatively new, cheapest card with 256 bit DDR5, and not heavy on the PSU - uses only one 6 pin connector. AMD still uses the same tech in their current R7 and R9 cards (with minor tuning).
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February 26, 2014 6:19:45 AM

Keep in mind that the Intel CPU and video card will probably be over your budget for a full build unless you have older parts you can re-use. You'll have a lot more flexibility to run better games, but will be spending a bit more money.
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