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July 1, 2014 8:15:30 AM

I want to buy a gaming pc that can run practically any game on medium specs. But at the same time i have a really small budget.

Now I've put together a build and i'm wondering, can this run any game on medium settings and do all the parts fit together nicely?

-case- Cooler Master Silencio 550
-PSU- 700 Watt Cooler Master
-processor- AMD FM2 A6-6400K Dual Core 3.9 Ghz
-cooling- Cooler Master Hyper 412S
-motherboard- ASUS FM2 A88XM-A
-sound card- Asus Xonar DG
-ram- Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3-1866
-storage- 1000 GB Sata III
-graphics card- AMD Radeon HD7000 1GB


Thank you very much to whoever helps me out :) 
July 1, 2014 8:16:29 AM

lol i meant medium settings in that first sentence XD
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July 1, 2014 8:22:06 AM

What's your budget? what country?
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July 1, 2014 8:36:47 AM

LucoTF said:
What's your budget? what country?


I'm from the Netherlands :p 
My budget is 600-700 euros.
I used this site to costumize it: http://gamepc.nl/game-pc-budget?tab=configuratie#samens... (its in dutch i know, but most of the parts are in english)

And of course, i know that it's cheaper to buy everything apart from eachother, but i just really like to get it all from one website, it makes it a lot simpler. :) 
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July 1, 2014 8:55:30 AM

http://gamepc.nl/game-pc?tab=configuratie#samenstellen i3 4130 + R9 270X will cost you 674 euros

But
Building your own with the same config will saves A LOT OF MONEY on this case (even if you pay a builder for you), and for 674 euros a custom build can get you to a non-oc i5 and a GTX770 or R9280 which can gives you much, much, much, much higher gaming quality so think twice before deciding to buy a prebuilt PC, again the choice is your
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July 1, 2014 8:56:43 AM

the cookie said:
LucoTF said:
What's your budget? what country?


I'm from the Netherlands :p 
My budget is 600-700 euros.
I used this site to costumize it: http://gamepc.nl/game-pc-budget?tab=configuratie#samens... (its in dutch i know, but most of the parts are in english)

And of course, i know that it's cheaper to buy everything apart from eachother, but i just really like to get it all from one website, it makes it a lot simpler. :) 


Oh, so you're looking for a pc that is built for you? ok, well I'm afraid the build you've listed will struggle with a lot of games, and coolermaster power supplies are ok but I really wish there were other options on that site.

I would:
-get an A8 instead of an A6
-Get a 260x graphics card
-Get 1600mhz ram instead of 1866mhz
-get the 600w coolermaster

That is almost €600 euros for an ok machine... but on the same site they offer an FX-6300: http://gamepc.nl/amd-game-pc?tab=configuratie#samenstel...

Just add a 1tb hard drive and an R9270x graphics card and for a litte more (€684) you will have a much better machine :) 
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July 1, 2014 9:01:36 AM

Here's your build, or as close as I could get with some of the parts:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($73.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i700 700W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $579.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Here's what I would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3440 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($50.39 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($37.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $572.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Your first build didn't include an optical drive. If you don't want one, save that extra $20.
I like this case more, though cooler master cases work very well too.
I'm just more comfortable with Intel for gaming, and the dual core will be enough. You want to focus more on the graphics card, and the 750ti will be able to run games at medium settings easily.
A 700W power supply is way too much. If you see on the pcpartpicker page for each of these, it estimates only 210W or so that the system will pull. You'll be more than fine with a 450W PSU.
For memory, you don't need 1866, especially because the motherboards won't be able to do it easily. 1600 will be slightly cheaper, and in most cases, will get a better cas latency.
And, since you're not overclocking (you shouldn't, and don't need to) you don't need a cpu cooler.
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July 1, 2014 9:04:10 AM

Oh, from netherlands. Well... disregard my build.
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July 1, 2014 11:32:48 AM

t3nn1spr3p said:
Here's your build, or as close as I could get with some of the parts:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($73.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i700 700W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $579.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Here's what I would recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3440 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($50.39 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($37.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $572.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Your first build didn't include an optical drive. If you don't want one, save that extra $20.
I like this case more, though cooler master cases work very well too.
I'm just more comfortable with Intel for gaming, and the dual core will be enough. You want to focus more on the graphics card, and the 750ti will be able to run games at medium settings easily.
A 700W power supply is way too much. If you see on the pcpartpicker page for each of these, it estimates only 210W or so that the system will pull. You'll be more than fine with a 450W PSU.
For memory, you don't need 1866, especially because the motherboards won't be able to do it easily. 1600 will be slightly cheaper, and in most cases, will get a better cas latency.
And, since you're not overclocking (you shouldn't, and don't need to) you don't need a cpu cooler.



HI, first of all, thank you so much for all that information, it really helped me out :) .
Second of all, i have some more questions -surprise surprise-.

If i were to buy all the parts apart from eachother, how hard would it really be to put it all together?

Also, we i only have wireless internet, no ethernet. So how big is a wireless network adapter roughly? Would it fit in the recommended case together with all the other parts?

Could you recommend me a wireless internet adapter to put in it?

And this may be a really dumb question, but even if i use all american parts, i would still be able to install windows from a dutch store on it?

You recommended me a 5.1 sound card, what's the difference between 5.1 and 7.1? And would it hurt to install a 7.1 instead?

What if one of the parts breaks? (in case i buy seperate parts) Do amazon and newegg offer warranty's?

How much noise would the recommended pc make? Would i be able to fit in extra fans to reduce noise?



That's it for now, thanks again for the help :p 
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July 1, 2014 11:33:26 AM

LucoTF said:
the cookie said:
LucoTF said:
What's your budget? what country?


I'm from the Netherlands :p 
My budget is 600-700 euros.
I used this site to costumize it: http://gamepc.nl/game-pc-budget?tab=configuratie#samens... (its in dutch i know, but most of the parts are in english)

And of course, i know that it's cheaper to buy everything apart from eachother, but i just really like to get it all from one website, it makes it a lot simpler. :) 


Oh, so you're looking for a pc that is built for you? ok, well I'm afraid the build you've listed will struggle with a lot of games, and coolermaster power supplies are ok but I really wish there were other options on that site.

I would:
-get an A8 instead of an A6
-Get a 260x graphics card
-Get 1600mhz ram instead of 1866mhz
-get the 600w coolermaster

That is almost €600 euros for an ok machine... but on the same site they offer an FX-6300: http://gamepc.nl/amd-game-pc?tab=configuratie#samenstel...

Just add a 1tb hard drive and an R9270x graphics card and for a litte more (€684) you will have a much better machine :) 



Thank you very much :) 
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July 1, 2014 2:49:49 PM

the cookie said:

HI, first of all, thank you so much for all that information, it really helped me out :) .
Second of all, i have some more questions -surprise surprise-.

If i were to buy all the parts apart from eachother, how hard would it really be to put it all together?

Also, we i only have wireless internet, no ethernet. So how big is a wireless network adapter roughly? Would it fit in the recommended case together with all the other parts?

Could you recommend me a wireless internet adapter to put in it?

And this may be a really dumb question, but even if i use all american parts, i would still be able to install windows from a dutch store on it?

You recommended me a 5.1 sound card, what's the difference between 5.1 and 7.1? And would it hurt to install a 7.1 instead?

What if one of the parts breaks? (in case i buy seperate parts) Do amazon and newegg offer warranty's?

How much noise would the recommended pc make? Would i be able to fit in extra fans to reduce noise?

That's it for now, thanks again for the help :p 


Answering your questions:

If you buy all the parts separately, the only annoying thing will be waiting for everything to show up so you can start building, because you're gonna be excited to start. Building a pc is very fun, and shouldn't be very difficult. If you've never even looked inside a computer before, watch a tutorial how to build one and you'll be good.

A wireless adapter is very convenient, and it's one less wire behind your computer. However, the motherboard I recommended doesn't have slots for both a wireless adapter and a sound card. Below is a fixed build, including a good wireless adapter. Also, the wireless adapter is very small and would fit without a problem.

Yes, if you purchase everything from the US, or even multiple countries, you'd be able to install windows that you purchase from anywhere.

I'm not an expert on audio or sound cards, but I use a 5.1 sound card, and it works really well. 7.1 I'm sure has more capabilities, or wider range, but will also be at least $30 more expensive. If you need high quality audio, do some research on 5.1 vs 7.1.

Yes, newegg and amazon offer excellent returns or replacements. The only thing you should be careful about is if you order parts separately and one comes a few weeks later than maybe the first part, you won't be able to test if they all work until everything gets there. Usually the window on returns/replacements is 30 days. Just something to keep in mind.

The pc would make only a little noise. You could put extra fans inside, and it would help keep the gpu/cpu slightly cooler, but not really reduce noise.

I read your budget is 600-700 euros. This build includes the 7.1 sound card, wireless adapter, and windows.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($60.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $964.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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