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April 11, 2014 8:05:26 AM

I'm in the process of building my son a gaming rig, but have only a limited budget. I put together a decent build with the help of the $750 and $600 gaming builds on this website. Here is the components I have below. I was asking the community for suggestions on lowering the price down to more around $650-$700 with the OS included. Thanks.

Thermaltake Commander Series VN40006W2N $49.99
ASUS H81M-K LGA 1150 Intel Motherboard $55.99
MSI N770-2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $319.99
Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M 450W 80 PLUS GOLD $69.99
Intel Core i3-4130 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 54W Dual-Core Desktop Processor $124.99
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 $64.99
Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $59.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

The prices are from Newegg.com
All of this comes out to about $865
Oh, one last thing, I wasn't planning on OCing anything on this build either.


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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2014 8:22:13 AM

It looks like you've reversed the prices of the HDD and the ODD.
You'll still need to come down another $165 or so though. About the only place to do that is the video card. Get your son a R7 260X or GTX750Ti. They'll play current games on Medium to High settings. If he wants more, well then there's the first upgrade he can earn. There's not really anywhere else to cut.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2014 8:27:27 AM

better build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($65.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($312.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $837.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 11:27 EDT-0400)
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April 11, 2014 9:32:38 AM

Onus said:
It looks like you've reversed the prices of the HDD and the ODD.
You'll still need to come down another $165 or so though. About the only place to do that is the video card. Get your son a R7 260X or GTX750Ti. They'll play current games on Medium to High settings. If he wants more, well then there's the first upgrade he can earn. There's not really anywhere else to cut.


Onus said:
That build busts his budget by a similar amount, so is not viable. Otherwise, that cheap MSI board is known for VRM problems per https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ag...

Oops, I did accidently reverse those. Did a quick edit and fixed it. Well if I go for the R7 260X or GTX750ti, should I look at lowering the power supply or do think the power supply is the best bang for my buck?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2014 9:46:12 AM

That 450W Capstone is an excellent unit; I'd leave it, although you could get a still decent Antec VP-450 for another $20-$25 less.
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