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I am buiding a ver very cheap gaming PC for a friend and trying to keep it under $450. He will be playing at 1600x900 resolution. I have pretty much everything except for the GPU, which I want it to be NVIDIA because gaming will be on linux (amd driver support isnt good on linux). Even something from the GT series rather than GTX is fine. Currently he games on an AMD Athlon 3800+ with an amd 4350....so pretty much almost anything within the last 2 years will be a noticable and good step up. I will post what I have so far so that you guys can suggest any other changes I should make, please if you do/find anything cheaper please post it I am open to suggestions to make it cheaper. Thanks.

So far:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116949
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313377
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130795&cm_re=Geforce_GT_640-_-14-130-795-_-Product

EDIT: Just noticed that the Case is a Micro atx and the motherboard isnt...need to fix.
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  1. What's your exact budget? I think it would be best to use an AMD APU instead is it has a GPU included with the processor that is better than a GT640 provided you set it up with the right number of RAM. You can buy a mid/high end Kaveri with two DDR3 RAM for maximum performance.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Accelerated_Processing_Unit_microprocessors#.22Kaveri.22_.282014.2C_28_nm.29
  2. That CPU and that Motherboard are not compatible. The CPU uses a LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard uses a 1155.
    Use a different brand HDD. Seagates have terrible failure rates. I recommend a good WD or Hitachi drive.
    When it comes to this price point, you are paying more for less. In other words, its a case of diminishing returns. If you could spare an extra $50-100, you can get a significantly better performing card.

    Anyways I would highly suggest getting a AMD for this price point (~$120 after you subtract everything). R7 260X would be a decent choice.'
    Toms Hardware did a article on best GPUs for the money. I'll give you the link.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html
  3. Also your case is for Micro ATX mobos and the one you have selected is ATX, it won't fit. When you choose your mobo make sure it is in the mATX for factor. Another thing that could help with picking your parts is http://pcpartpicker.com/ It will help you with incompatibilities and comparisons and key you in on rebates and combo deals that might save you some money.
  4. stridervm said:
    What's your exact budget? I think it would be best to use an AMD APU instead is it has a GPU included with the processor that is better than a GT640 provided you set it up with the right number of RAM. You can buy a mid/high end Kaveri with two DDR3 RAM for maximum performance.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Accelerated_Processing_Unit_microprocessors#.22Kaveri.22_.282014.2C_28_nm.29

    I need Nvidia because I am gaming on linux and AMD's linux graphics drivers are really bad. My budget is around $450. Currently with all the parts I have selected it is $460.
  5. bdiddytampa said:
    Also your case is for Micro ATX mobos and the one you have selected is ATX, it won't fit. When you choose your mobo make sure it is in the mATX for factor. Another thing that could help with picking your parts is http://pcpartpicker.com/ It will help you with incompatibilities and comparisons and key you in on rebates and combo deals that might save you some money.

    I realized this a bit after and posted it in OP, I have selected a new case and will add in OP. Thank you!!
  6. Cryoburn101 said:
    That CPU and that Motherboard are not compatible. The CPU uses a LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard uses a 1155.
    Use a different brand HDD. Seagates have terrible failure rates. I recommend a good WD or Hitachi drive.
    When it comes to this price point, you are paying more for less. In other words, its a case of diminishing returns. If you could spare an extra $50-100, you can get a significantly better performing card.

    Anyways I would highly suggest getting a AMD for this price point (~$120 after you subtract everything). R7 260X would be a decent choice.'
    Toms Hardware did a article on best GPUs for the money. I'll give you the link.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    I didnt even realize they were different sockets, thank you. As for the hard drive, I have a Seagate in my system since 2011 and its fine as well as in another computer ran in RAID and they have been fine for about a year now but I will switch to WD to be on the safe side for my friend. I found this card, which is still a GT 640 but has 2GB of memory and is 128bit rather than 64bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130795&cm_re=Geforce_GT_640-_-14-130-795-_-Product what do you think? I am almost sure my friend cant shell out another $100...or even $50 for that matter. I also swapped that Seagate for this WD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339 . (I know it is a bare drive, usually motherboards come with a SATA cable so it should be good).

    Here is the new motherboard I have selected, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130757 I dont know why but all of thet cheap 1150 mobos only have 2 memory slots rather than 4 for some reason.
  7. Best answer
    Altiris said:
    Cryoburn101 said:
    That CPU and that Motherboard are not compatible. The CPU uses a LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard uses a 1155.
    Use a different brand HDD. Seagates have terrible failure rates. I recommend a good WD or Hitachi drive.
    When it comes to this price point, you are paying more for less. In other words, its a case of diminishing returns. If you could spare an extra $50-100, you can get a significantly better performing card.

    Anyways I would highly suggest getting a AMD for this price point (~$120 after you subtract everything). R7 260X would be a decent choice.'
    Toms Hardware did a article on best GPUs for the money. I'll give you the link.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    I didnt even realize they were different sockets, thank you. As for the hard drive, I have a Seagate in my system since 2011 and its fine as well as in another computer ran in RAID and they have been fine for about a year now but I will switch to WD to be on the safe side for my friend. I found this card, which is still a GT 640 but has 2GB of memory and is 128bit rather than 64bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130795&cm_re=Geforce_GT_640-_-14-130-795-_-Product what do you think? I am almost sure my friend cant shell out another $100...or even $50 for that matter.


    Some people have luck with Seagates, some don't (like me, 3 out of 3 drives failed within a year). Here is a study done on HDD reliability.
    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

    Here are some benchmarks of the GT 640
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5969/zotac-geforce-gt-640-review-/9

    Here is a cheap GTX 750 Ti, only 10 more.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2gd5oc
    HUGE performance increases. Low power consumption... The list goes on and on.
  8. Cryoburn101 said:
    Altiris said:
    Cryoburn101 said:
    That CPU and that Motherboard are not compatible. The CPU uses a LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard uses a 1155.
    Use a different brand HDD. Seagates have terrible failure rates. I recommend a good WD or Hitachi drive.
    When it comes to this price point, you are paying more for less. In other words, its a case of diminishing returns. If you could spare an extra $50-100, you can get a significantly better performing card.

    Anyways I would highly suggest getting a AMD for this price point (~$120 after you subtract everything). R7 260X would be a decent choice.'
    Toms Hardware did a article on best GPUs for the money. I'll give you the link.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    I didnt even realize they were different sockets, thank you. As for the hard drive, I have a Seagate in my system since 2011 and its fine as well as in another computer ran in RAID and they have been fine for about a year now but I will switch to WD to be on the safe side for my friend. I found this card, which is still a GT 640 but has 2GB of memory and is 128bit rather than 64bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130795&cm_re=Geforce_GT_640-_-14-130-795-_-Product what do you think? I am almost sure my friend cant shell out another $100...or even $50 for that matter.


    Some people have luck with Seagates, some don't (like me, 3 out of 3 drives failed within a year). Here is a study done on HDD reliability.
    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

    Here are some benchmarks of the GT 640
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5969/zotac-geforce-gt-640-review-/9

    Here is a cheap GTX 750 Ti, only 10 more.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2gd5oc
    HUGE performance increases. Low power consumption... The list goes on and on.

    Wow thank you so much for finding all of this. You have helped a lot!! I did not know the GTX 750TI could be just $10 more than GT 640 with this mail in rabte. Thank you!!
  9. Altiris said:
    Cryoburn101 said:
    Altiris said:
    Cryoburn101 said:
    That CPU and that Motherboard are not compatible. The CPU uses a LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard uses a 1155.
    Use a different brand HDD. Seagates have terrible failure rates. I recommend a good WD or Hitachi drive.
    When it comes to this price point, you are paying more for less. In other words, its a case of diminishing returns. If you could spare an extra $50-100, you can get a significantly better performing card.

    Anyways I would highly suggest getting a AMD for this price point (~$120 after you subtract everything). R7 260X would be a decent choice.'
    Toms Hardware did a article on best GPUs for the money. I'll give you the link.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    I didnt even realize they were different sockets, thank you. As for the hard drive, I have a Seagate in my system since 2011 and its fine as well as in another computer ran in RAID and they have been fine for about a year now but I will switch to WD to be on the safe side for my friend. I found this card, which is still a GT 640 but has 2GB of memory and is 128bit rather than 64bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130795&cm_re=Geforce_GT_640-_-14-130-795-_-Product what do you think? I am almost sure my friend cant shell out another $100...or even $50 for that matter.


    Some people have luck with Seagates, some don't (like me, 3 out of 3 drives failed within a year). Here is a study done on HDD reliability.
    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

    Here are some benchmarks of the GT 640
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5969/zotac-geforce-gt-640-review-/9

    Here is a cheap GTX 750 Ti, only 10 more.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2gd5oc
    HUGE performance increases. Low power consumption... The list goes on and on.

    Wow thank you so much for finding all of this. You have helped a lot!! I did not know the GTX 750TI could be just $10 more than GT 640 with this mail in rabte. Thank you!!


    No problem! The pricing for graphics cards can be surprising at times. I hope you and your friend have fun with the new rig!
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