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Building A Low End Gaming PC To Run Arma 2 DayZ Well On Medium To High Settings

Hello, I would like to build a CHEAP PC that can run the Arma 2 DayZ mod on medium to very high settings. I'm also going to be playing games such as DayZ SA, Minecraft and many others. I would also like to be able to record this for my YouTube channel but most screen recorders impact frame rate but Mirillis Action (which I have a license for) doesn't. The only bad thing is that I need a monitor keyboard (a mouse bundle with it would be cool but I already have a mouse so if it helps the budget go keyboard only) and OS and I would like for it to be a 1080p monitor but I'm fine with playing at 1366x768 or 1280x720 to help frame rate. Also I would like at least an AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card as the GPU anything higher is fine as long as it fits the budget. My budget is debatable. I want it as cheap AS POSSIBLE make it a 500gb HDD or a 750 if you need to and like 4gb ram but I would prefer 8 if possible. I'm fine with a quad core or maybe even dual core but 6 core would be EPIC. Also make sure that it can play it well via GameDebate I'll provide the links.
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DayZ Mod: http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=516&game=ArmA%20II
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DayZ SA: http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=4843&game=DayZ
Please tell me the statistics for each one of these on game debate.
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  2. Looking at your links, it seems like the requirements are relatively low for cpu and gpu.

    On a budget build, I think one should spend a bit more up front to provide for the future possibility of an upgrade without wasting parts.

    Here is some suggestions I made to a different post that might help you and be applicable to your question.


    For a budget build, I like to recommend that one builds for future expandability.
    That means paying a bit more up front for some parts that allow for an easier future upgrade.
    Let me start where you might not expect:
    1. Buy a good 620w psu. Such a unit will run any future graphics card.
    I would normally suggest Seasonic 620w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    But this EVGA 600w unit is going for a very good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    2. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. Z97 will allow you to install a overclockable cpu and even offer a future 14nm broadwell upgrade.
    You should fine one for about $100.
    Here is a M-ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    3. I suggest a G3258. It is a overclockable dual core at a budget price of about $75.
    Here is what it can do: http://techreport.com/review/26735/overclocking-intel-p...
    In time, you can upgrade to any cpu that you want and market the G3258.
    4. The intel stock cooler will do the job up to a point. But, I suggest a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212 with a 120mm fan. It will cool better and be quieter under load.
    5. For ram, speed is not important. Buy a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR3 1.5v ram.
    6. Cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love. Most will do the job for <$50.
    It would be hard to beat $34 delivered for this Antec GX500 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    7. The graphics card is the most important component for gaming. My usual rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card. I like the GTX750ti and EVGA as a brand.
    Here is a superclock version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    You could go stronger in the video card if your budget permits and your games need it.
    On the other hand, you could build using the integrated graphics and see how you do.
    By deferring on the graphics card, you will get a better idea of what you really need.
    Integrated is fine for sims, but not fast action games.
    8. Lastly, I will never build again without a SSD for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do so much quicker. 120gb will hold the OS and a handful of games. With 240gb you may never need a hard drive at all. Defer on a hard drive until your ssd approaches 90% full.

    -------------good luck------------
  3. geofelt said:
    Looking at your links, it seems like the requirements are relatively low for cpu and gpu.

    On a budget build, I think one should spend a bit more up front to provide for the future possibility of an upgrade without wasting parts.

    Here is some suggestions I made to a different post that might help you and be applicable to your question.


    For a budget build, I like to recommend that one builds for future expandability.
    That means paying a bit more up front for some parts that allow for an easier future upgrade.
    Let me start where you might not expect:
    1. Buy a good 620w psu. Such a unit will run any future graphics card.
    I would normally suggest Seasonic 620w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    But this EVGA 600w unit is going for a very good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    2. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. Z97 will allow you to install a overclockable cpu and even offer a future 14nm broadwell upgrade.
    You should fine one for about $100.
    Here is a M-ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    3. I suggest a G3258. It is a overclockable dual core at a budget price of about $75.
    Here is what it can do: http://techreport.com/review/26735/overclocking-intel-p...
    In time, you can upgrade to any cpu that you want and market the G3258.
    4. The intel stock cooler will do the job up to a point. But, I suggest a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212 with a 120mm fan. It will cool better and be quieter under load.
    5. For ram, speed is not important. Buy a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR3 1.5v ram.
    6. Cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love. Most will do the job for <$50.
    It would be hard to beat $34 delivered for this Antec GX500 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    7. The graphics card is the most important component for gaming. My usual rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card. I like the GTX750ti and EVGA as a brand.
    Here is a superclock version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    You could go stronger in the video card if your budget permits and your games need it.
    On the other hand, you could build using the integrated graphics and see how you do.
    By deferring on the graphics card, you will get a better idea of what you really need.
    Integrated is fine for sims, but not fast action games.
    8. Lastly, I will never build again without a SSD for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do so much quicker. 120gb will hold the OS and a handful of games. With 240gb you may never need a hard drive at all. Defer on a hard drive until your ssd approaches 90% full.

    -------------good luck------------



    Dude thank you so much for all the help im sure that these tips will help me in the future but I am just looking for a build that can just start me out and play some low end games such as LoL and Minecraft and of course Arma 2 DayZ mod.
  4. Gorgonzer said:

    Thank you dude, the only problem is that it has no monitor and I did ask for one but either way thank you very much. Also I prefer windows 8 but I didn't say that so that's my fault. I'm gonna mess around with it and test it on game debate to make sure my modifications still make it compatible.
  5. I might point out that g3258 @$70 AND A Z97 based motherboard @$95 will cost you less than the FX-6300 and motherboard from the best answer build.
    If you find a B85 based motherboard that supports overclocking on the G3258, you can do even better.
    Look at some gaming reviews of the G3258.

    Future upgrades from the FX 6 core is to an 8 core which games do not use.
    With an intel lga1150 motherboard you can upgrade to faster cores or more of them if you need to.
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