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July 29, 2014 8:43:55 PM

I am a super Noob with this kind of thing, otherwise I wouldn't be posting this.

I want to build a pc for the first time and it would be used mostly for gaming. I want games like Skyrim and DayZ and whatnot. I would love to have Skyrim run on Ultra with a steady 60fps, minimum of like 45fps and HD mods installed. My limit is like $700. I used a site called ChooseMyPC.net and they came up with this:

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4 GHz Dual-Core -- $110
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 -- $61.51
RAM: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory -- $69
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200 RPM -- $50.40
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2GB -- $150 --- There is an option of another graphics card - the R9 270 --- that says %14.41 performance boost and it costs $150 as well.
Case: It gave me one for $35, but this isn't very important to me. As long as it is not an eyesore I don't care
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX -- Power Draw is 71W to 293W -- $50
Optical Drive: LG GH42NSB0 DVD-CD writer -- $14
OS: Windows 8.1 -- $94. I am more comfortable with Windows 7, how much cheaper is that?

This all comes out to $634 before rebates. If something is overpowered for something else, let me know so I can change it and save some cash. I also want to be able to keep up with new games coming out, so will this be able to handle them?

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July 29, 2014 10:29:46 PM

The bad thing is on cases - even if it's not the most important thing, there is a lot of extremely poorly made crap in the sub $40 category and that even comes from manufacturers from Cooler Master to Raidmax and everything in between. You don't want to get something that falls apart on you. I did a bit of tweaking and with this build you get the overclock friendly Pentium G3258 (where the i3 is a locked CPU), and you get a much better PSU. EVGA makes some good PSUs but the cheaper you go, you don't get Super Flower or Seasonic, you get HEC, Topower, or some other cheap brand.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.42 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $635.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 01:26 EDT-0400
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July 29, 2014 10:32:07 PM

Got you a better GPU, a cheaper CD drive, and windows 7. The R9 270x performs much better than the r9 270 in some new games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($61.51 @ Mwave)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $625.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 01:31 EDT-0400
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July 30, 2014 6:30:57 AM

I'm going with pretty much everything you said, except the graphics card. I'm getting the R9 270x. Thanks.

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July 30, 2014 9:23:33 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The bad thing is on cases - even if it's not the most important thing, there is a lot of extremely poorly made crap in the sub $40 category and that even comes from manufacturers from Cooler Master to Raidmax and everything in between. You don't want to get something that falls apart on you. I did a bit of tweaking and with this build you get the overclock friendly Pentium G3258 (where the i3 is a locked CPU), and you get a much better PSU. EVGA makes some good PSUs but the cheaper you go, you don't get Super Flower or Seasonic, you get HEC, Topower, or some other cheap brand.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.42 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12G 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $635.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 01:26 EDT-0400


Hey, question. It says the G3258 supports RAM at 1333MHz, but the actual RAM runs at 1600. What is the deal on that? I found that they would automatically drop to 1333 and would be fine, but would that affect performance?
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