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How Much Should I Budget for a Good Gaming PC (Self Built)?

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April 16, 2014 10:33:40 AM

I was wondering how much I should budget and also some recommendations on the best components. Basically what I'm looking to do is to be able to play the most popular AAA titles for the next, say six years, on at least Medium or High with a solid 60FPS. I would like to be able to play the current games on Ultra with 60FPS or so. Also I do like to have a high amount of RAM (which I know runs up the bill) and I would prefer to have a 2TB SATA-III 7200RPM HDD. So how much should I budget? (Not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) Thanks!

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April 16, 2014 11:02:27 AM

You want to build a machine that will play high end titles 6 years from now? Not sure if that's possible, who knows what happens in the next 6 years?

I usually shoot for machines in and around the 800-1200 mark and replace them after 3 years rather than trying to get something like a 2k machine to last longer. I've always found 3 years to be a pretty reasonable amount of time to start replacing gear or machiens and cycle them through to other jobs. In my case my last machine is now my kids machine, and my kids old machine is my HTPC (though I was on a 2 year cycle for the last little bit).

8GB of RAM is more than enough, 16GB is kind of your overkill amount. An i5 4670k or i7 4770k is probably your best bet for a CPU to last a while, and then sink as much money as you can in to a video card. Beyond that most of the other choices are personal preferences or requirements that you can pretty much decide for yourself.
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April 16, 2014 7:30:43 PM

Traciatim said:
You want to build a machine that will play high end titles 6 years from now? Not sure if that's possible, who knows what happens in the next 6 years?

I usually shoot for machines in and around the 800-1200 mark and replace them after 3 years rather than trying to get something like a 2k machine to last longer. I've always found 3 years to be a pretty reasonable amount of time to start replacing gear or machiens and cycle them through to other jobs. In my case my last machine is now my kids machine, and my kids old machine is my HTPC (though I was on a 2 year cycle for the last little bit).

8GB of RAM is more than enough, 16GB is kind of your overkill amount. An i5 4670k or i7 4770k is probably your best bet for a CPU to last a while, and then sink as much money as you can in to a video card. Beyond that most of the other choices are personal preferences or requirements that you can pretty much decide for yourself.


Thanks for the informative answer! I think I am just going to read up and figure exactly what I want. I think I am going to try to squeeze maybe three or four years out of my PC, even if it means sacrificing some visual quality and/or making a few upgrades!
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