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Recommendations for $1000 (I guess) Gaming PC mainly for Dark Souls 1&2

Before you read, please keep in mind this is my first time even remotely trying something like this. I would just like some recommendations for a gaming PC. At the present, my computer absolutely sucks at playing games. Attempting to play Minecraft on my computer turns it from a video game to a slideshow. I'm not asking for a lot, I just want my computer to be capable of handling even remotely demanding games. At the moment, I would say the most demanding games I want to play on my PC are Dark Souls and Dark Souls II.

Playing these games on ultra settings and 60fps etc. would be nice, but if that exceeds my budget by too much, then I'm fine going with a build that simply makes playing games on my computer an option. This would be my first time trying to rig a computer to be competent at handling games, so I haven't a clue where to begin or what to look for, and I'm worried about getting stuff that's overkill for what I'm asking for. Any kind of direction from someone who is more knowledgeable about this subject than myself (which would probably be pretty much anyone on this site), would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have a particular timeframe, nor a a particular budget. I'd rather not exeed $1000, but if I have to, I have to. If any additional information is required, please specify, I will provide to the best of my ability. Like I said, this is my first time doing this sort of thing, so I may forget important information.
Here's information about the current state of my PC in case it's needed (this is all stuff that came in/with the computer when I bought it years ago.)
CPU: Intel Celeron 450
Motherboard: Dell 018D1Y
RAM: Type: DDR3 Frequency: 398.0 MHz
Power Supply: HP-P301753 Max. Output Power: 300W
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset
Hard Disk Drive: ST3320418AS
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
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  1. Best answer
    Using your existing Windows, check this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.38 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $997.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. EasyLover said:
    Using your existing Windows, check this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.38 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $997.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thank you very much for the quick response! So with this build, will I be able to run Dark Souls 1 and 2 at 60fps and all that jazz or not? I'm assuming not, which like I said, doesn't matter very much to me, but I'd still like to know for frame of reference :)
  3. GoldenPear said:
    EasyLover said:
    Using your existing Windows, check this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.38 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $997.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thank you very much for the quick response! So with this build, will I be able to run Dark Souls 1 and 2 at 60fps and all that jazz or not? I'm assuming not, which like I said, doesn't matter very much to me, but I'd still like to know for frame of reference :)


    YES Don't underestimate the powerful i5 and R9 280X. They are more than sufficient for your stated requirements.
  4. Oh, okay, excellent! Again, thank you for the help, it is much appreciated.
  5. I wouldn't recommend getting 16gb of ram, you won't need more than 8gb for multitasking or gaming. But otherwise, nice build suggestion easylover. ^^ You won't be able to use the windows that came with your desktop though if it came pre-loaded on it.
  6. Yes, you are right. I might have mixed up RAM thing with two very similar posts :) Anyhow 16 gigs not that bad
  7. Indeed ^^ But by using only 8 gigs, he could buy a windows copy without going too much over his budget with the build you suggested, as he won't be able to reuse the windows that came with his prebuilt desktop.
    And to the OP, good choice of games ^^ Playing Dark Souls II atm, and this game is just great, so challenging yet so addictive :)
  8. OP: Pl confirm about your OS type. Is it OEM or did you buy license/key for the OS?

    If it is OEM then Ytyoussef is right: You would need Windows license for this build.

    If you bought license then you can don't need to buy OS for this build. However, Microsoft is ending the Windows 7 support in Jan-15 so better buy Windows 8/8.1

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1005.59
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  9. So you want to buy a 1000 dollar gaming PC to play two games that run at much more than 60 fps on a 300 dollar PC... okay, I guess some people just have strange preferences.
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