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Lite Gaming/Office PC budget help $500-600

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March 15, 2014 11:16:14 AM

Hello all. I am currently looking to buy some parts for a desktop to replace my crappy laptop which has been chugging along for 4 and half years. Buying a new laptop is expensive, and I see a desktop as a cheaper solution.

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Approximate Purchase Date: I am unsure about this, because I don't know when prices will be relatively low. I was hoping to get this machine by the end of the summer because of my job.

Budget Range: My budget is from $500-600. Laptops that fit my needs are about 100 to 200 dollars more expensive.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lite gaming (low-med settings for some indie/mainstream games), Web browsing, Watching videos, Office work (Microsoft office, etc.)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - all I have is my CRT monitor from 10 years ago. I don't think that's a good idea. I would prefer something in the 20 inch range.

Parts to Upgrade: All of it, I am starting from scratch.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 preferable, but if WIndows 8 is cheaper I will get it instead.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I would prefer Microcenter because of their 3.5% sales tax. I also have amazon prime so shipping from that site isn't a problem. Newegg is fine as well since I can use the warehouse option to avoid shipping too.

Location: I live in North Jersey, USA. Hence, the microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I have a preference for Intel CPUs as well as Nvidia graphics cards. AMD has been very unreliable for me with their drivers. I don't want to touch them with a ten foot stick.

Overclocking: I have never overclocked, and I don't think I'm savvy enough to figure it out on my own. I would prefer not to, but if anyone can point out a good learning tool, I would look into it if it saved me a significant amount of money.

SLI or Crossfire: No. From what I understand that requires multiple video cards.

Your Monitor Resolution: Since I'm buying a monitor about 20 inches, 1600x900 resolution?

Additional Comments: I don't know how much future proofing will be put into this build, so I'll just say that I don't think I will upgrade this machine in the future. Buying more expensive parts so they last longer is definitely NOT a priority for me. Also, I don't need a mouse and keyboard and speakers, that stuff I have available.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop has been crippled several times now, and I am tired of working on a hunk of plastic which sounds like a jet engine, can't play minecraft on the lowest settings and lags everytime I access the C drive.



Any suggestions, please?
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March 15, 2014 11:35:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $604.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 14:35 EDT-0400)
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March 15, 2014 2:12:19 PM

That looks like a decent part pick but I have some issues with that build. Is there a reason you picked an AMD processor besides it being relatively cheap? If anything I prefer Intel. Also, the monitor isn't included so I am guessing that build is about one hundred dollars more expensive. Is there really no way to get a low end office-gaming PC/monitor included for ~$600?
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a c 219 4 Gaming
a b D Laptop
a b Ĉ ASUS
a b å Intel
March 15, 2014 6:43:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($50.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: LG 22EN43T-B 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $579.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 21:42 EDT-0400)

Should do fine for low end gaming. If you feel you need to step it up a notch you can always add in a video card in the future.
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March 15, 2014 11:04:19 PM

Screw it nvm
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