Sign-in / Sign-up
Your question
Solved

Building budget htpc/gaming pc

Tags:
  • Gaming
  • Systems
  • PCS
Last response: in Systems
June 7, 2014 6:15:57 PM

Hello! I'm looking at building myself a relatively cheap pc that I'm going to use pretty casually. I use my pcs a lot, but don't do in depth with any one function. I would really appreciate some help from people who know what they're doing. I even filled out the template!:

Approximate Purchase Date: I'm buying the pieces as I go. I realize that may not be the most intelligent thing for some of the components, but I really want to get the most value I can.

Budget Range: I'm going to say $500 or less (not counting OS). The cheaper, the better, but without sacrificing quality and stability.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing HD movies and streaming video on my 42" HDTV, light gaming (the most demanding thing I play is Dungeons & Dragons Online, more comments on this below), playing/streaming music, web surfing, office-type tasks

Parts Not Required: I recently picked up a 3.5" HDD, mouse, speakers. I don't want to get a monitor quite yet. I have an ancient LCD my dad gave me, and I'll see how that goes paired with my TV.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Websites with good reputation and service. lol I have a Prime membership, but I'm not going to pay $80 for a part I can get elsewhere for $60 + $5 shipping just to have it in 2 days.

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: No preferences for brands, again whatever has quality and stability. I'm not a tinkerer, once I build it, I don't want to mess with it unless I'm upgrading. I would like to try to go mATX, if at all possible.

Overclocking: Nope.

SLI or Crossfire: Would actually prefer integrated graphics.

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, likely. I don't like my resolution too high. As long as my movies and games look impressive, I'm happy.

Additional Comments: Quiet is good, but my first build sounded like I had a ceiling fan on high in the case, so the bar is high there. I would also like some room to upgrade. My gaming needs are pretty low at the moment, but that may change. If it does, it won't be much. I might play Diablo III someday, I might want to pick up Might & Magic Heroes VI at some point. I'm not into FPS games, just the fantasy rpg types where the goal is to level up and collect stuff, and I hardly ever buy new games anymore. I figure if I do, I can pick up a budget vid card to drop into it.
Other than that, I'll just say that I want to go with Windows 7 as an OS.

It's been since 2007 since I've built anything, so I'm out of the loop. If there is any other information I need to provide, please let me know. Thank you all so much for your help.

More about : building budget htpc gaming

a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 6:27:56 PM

Cheapest build i could build.
Trust me you'll need a 1080p monitor or even 720p because 1024x768 ah dude its like playing pacman
the extra bucks are for the GPU you're gunna need it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by
merchant
/ Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $535.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 21:26 EDT-0400)
m
0
l
June 7, 2014 6:55:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $533.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 21:51 EDT-0400)

not sure if you already had a copy of windows 7, though included it, which can drop the price. I also included a blu-ray drive as you said you wanted to play hd movies, though if not needed can also take $30 off the price. the build is micro-atx also, wasnt sure on the case, but its simple looking though you could choose others
m
0
l
Related resources

Best solution

a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 7:06:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $467.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 22:05 EDT-0400)
Share
June 7, 2014 8:14:16 PM

joker50060 said:
Cheapest build i could build.
Trust me you'll need a 1080p monitor or even 720p because 1024x768 ah dude its like playing pacman
the extra bucks are for the GPU you're gunna need it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by
merchant
/ Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $535.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 21:26 EDT-0400)


I hear ya on the monitor. I'll start shopping around, and keeping that separate from the budget for this build. I already picked up a Seagate hard drive from Amazon. Interesting, I got 1TB for the same price. It's a 7200rpm, too.
m
0
l
June 7, 2014 8:16:37 PM

adam papas said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $533.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 21:51 EDT-0400)

not sure if you already had a copy of windows 7, though included it, which can drop the price. I also included a blu-ray drive as you said you wanted to play hd movies, though if not needed can also take $30 off the price. the build is micro-atx also, wasnt sure on the case, but its simple looking though you could choose others


Nope, I don't have a copy of Win 7. My sister's a student, I may see if I can have her get it for me. I forgot about an optical drive. I don't use blu-ray now, but I think I would like to have the capability. Thanks!
m
0
l
June 7, 2014 8:17:50 PM

n3cw4rr10r said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KXTBhM/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $467.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 22:05 EDT-0400)


That looks good! All of you guys are adding vid cards, which through my research, I didn't think was necessary. I defer to the experts! It's still a good price.
m
0
l