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Building my first PC as a lifelong console gamer

So this is my first build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZRhfnQ
I'm trying to stay under $550 and after countless hours of research and asking my PC gamer best friend, and convincing my wife lol that's what I've come up with. I'm not looking to play a whole lot of multiplayer games like BF4 but def games like dayZ, the forest, the stalker series, and basically any good horror single player game I can get my hands on. So I'm reaching out to the toms community for any input on any components to swap out for either better performance or comparable performance at a cheaper price. I've already bought the case and power supply (corsair 500w) and I plan on gaming on my 55" TV since in a one bedroom apartment there's no room for a desk to setup a gaming station. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Get rid of the SSD. You might think games aren't that large coming from console since most console games are like 6-15gb but on PC they can go up as far as around 60gb. The OS alone will take around 60gb (~40gb for OS,~20gb backup) leaving you with basically no space if you go with that SSD alone.

    Instead get this Barracuda 1TB HDD. Its obviously not going to load as fast as an SSD but you'll have plenty of space for any game you'd want to install.

    Besides that this is about the best you can do with this budget. It'll get you console gaming graphics since this is a pretty weak build. But even then theres so much more you can do on PC even if you dont max out games.
  2. You don't need a SSD on a budget build. It's nice to have, but its a luxury not a necessity.

    I suggest getting rid of it and going with a 1TB Western Digital Blue HDD. That 128gb will fill up quite fast if you do go for the SSD.
  3. xTempered said:
    Get rid of the SSD. You might think games aren't that large coming from console since most console games are like 6-15gb but on PC they can go up as far as around 60gb. The OS alone will take around 60gb (~40gb for OS,~20gb backup) leaving you with basically no space if you go with that SSD alone.

    Instead get this Barracuda 1TB HDD. Its obviously not going to load as fast as an SSD but you'll have plenty of space for any game you'd want to install.

    Besides that this is about the best you can do with this budget. It'll get you console gaming graphics since this is a pretty weak build. But even then theres so much more you can do on PC even if you dont max out games.


    What about the motherboard? Originally I had a gigabyte GA-G1 sniper a88x
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    Barrysaur said:
    xTempered said:
    Get rid of the SSD. You might think games aren't that large coming from console since most console games are like 6-15gb but on PC they can go up as far as around 60gb. The OS alone will take around 60gb (~40gb for OS,~20gb backup) leaving you with basically no space if you go with that SSD alone.

    Instead get this Barracuda 1TB HDD. Its obviously not going to load as fast as an SSD but you'll have plenty of space for any game you'd want to install.

    Besides that this is about the best you can do with this budget. It'll get you console gaming graphics since this is a pretty weak build. But even then theres so much more you can do on PC even if you dont max out games.


    What about the motherboard? Originally I had a gigabyte GA-G1 sniper a88x


    I dont understand what your asking. The mobo is fine. Its a pretty decent mobo. Only thing you should worry about when needing a mobo is whether it has a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot which yours does so its fine. Theres also its capability for Overclock but since this is your move to PC gaming I would highly recommend not even trying to OC just yet.
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