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July 30, 2014 12:56:09 PM

I am new to this forum and apologize if this is the wrong category, but I was wondering if you guys think this rig would do well as a gaming rig. I want to play newer games like Titanfall or Destiny on it. I have a 500 dollar budget.

Here it is:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sctGbv

I know the CPU is a bit cheap, but it has good reviews and I heard GPU does most of the work in gaming and a standard CPU is okay.

Also, you don't have to answer this bonus Q, but if you have any knowledge about if the Nvidia Shield is compatible with the latest version of Ubuntu, it would help if you answered. I like Ubuntu better than windows and don't want to shell out an extra 200 dollars for it.(but I will if I have to)

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 1:01:14 PM

The answer to your question if this a good gaming rig is NO without question. Your parts are very cheap and will barely play any game on low settings. Gaming rigs run on great CPUs and GPUs. You will most likely be able to surf the web with the parts you linked.
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July 30, 2014 1:04:11 PM

That CPU is weak you will bottle neck the card, here is what you need to know.

the CPU and GPU help each other out, and if one is crappy the other will be dragged down, I would recommend a FX 6300 or a 4300 at the very least for your rig. GAMES these days take QUAD cores, your mobo is outdated and Biostar isn't that great... Get Gigabyte or Asus, AM3+ IS A MUST since AM3 is outdated, I would recommend 2 x4 GB ram to dual channel, again I say 4300 at least since ifs a quad and it outperforms tht athlon and is a quad.

Mobo, Ram, GPu, CPU and Ram all play a part in your RIG, and also be sure to get enough wattage for your system.
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July 30, 2014 1:04:34 PM

What do I need to make it run better, on a 500 dollar budget?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 1:08:24 PM

Dont mind these people that always talk about 1000+ machines. You can have a great gaming experinece on 500 build as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($83.69 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($34.64 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: be quiet! 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $540.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 16:11 EDT-0400

This will essentially double the performance of your build. There is no fancy case and fancy green fans, but with 500, there is not much to work with. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 1:14:26 PM

Try this:

](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qCBkWZ/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-970ag46) | $69.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-ct2kit25664...) |-
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) |-
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx650e1gd...) | $105.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $16.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02021) |-
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $432.94
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July 30, 2014 1:15:08 PM

Lol I won't recommend him a 1000 dollar machine, I just made him 430 dollars cheaper machine
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July 30, 2014 1:17:53 PM

@schneiky, That build looks interesting. The hard drive wasnt my actual choice, I just included it there for an estimate. I am gonna buy a tb hard drive off of ebay. I NEED the geforce gtx 750 so I can run my shield on it. The optical drive isnt neccessary for me since I have used computers for years and only used one maybe 3 times and I use steam. But, anyways I like it. Is there any way you can modify the build to fit those needs and the case? I can maybe go to 550 if neccessary. I like the case because of the ventilation, it has 5 preinstalled fans and can fit 2 more. Thanks.
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July 30, 2014 1:18:09 PM

Also at Asaveth, No! 32 bit?? He won't be able to use all the RAM since 32 bit won't utilize.more than 4 Gb
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 1:25:17 PM

If you want to run the shield and have an nVid video card - I can give you this list. It also has 1tb harddrive.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($83.69 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ACX Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: be quiet! 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $550.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 16:24 EDT-0400

Cheers.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 1:29:38 PM

Other people seem to be answering your questions well so I will just chime in with Destiny might not even come to the PC, everyone assumes it is but so far no plans to bring it to PC have been announced.
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July 30, 2014 1:35:11 PM

@Newbbuilder, xD your copying the wrong link. You have to copy the permalink link at the top of the page. The one in the top of the browser just takes you to the beginning.

Also @jameson, I bought destiny on the 360 anyway. I was just giving an example
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July 30, 2014 2:08:03 PM

How's this build, guys?

I built it within my budget with your advice and got to keep the case.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jWZVmG

By the way, thanks everyone. This is my first build and you all helped me through it.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 2:15:40 PM

Looking good, but you really don't need the extra fan. The problem with too many stock fans is that they will get rather noisy in 1 year. Like unbereably noisy. And you are running easy to cool CPU and video card with no extreeme overclocking. That extra cooling will be unnecessery. I strongly advice you to go the GTX 760 road. It is well worth the extra 50 bucks. Cheers.
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July 30, 2014 2:20:35 PM

Okay thanks, I don't care about the noise, I have a very hot room, so my devices heat up pretty bad in it. The 3 bucks extra is worth it to keep this rig from dying the same way my other computer did. Even if it comes at a cost of noise.
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July 30, 2014 2:37:37 PM

I would suggest something along these lines
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($48.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apevia X-HERMES-GN ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $479.30
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-30 17:33 EDT-0400

You've got an additional 20 bucks to spend there. I would suggest getting a coolermaster hyper 212 evo CPU fan, but if you're convinced you need case fans instead, do that. That H81 board is the one that Tom's Hardware just got a 4.4ghz overclock off of with stock cooling, even though it's not a Z97 board, which allows the Pentium to keep up with an $120 i3 in gaming applications. It also puts you on the 1150 socket. If you decide to upgrade later, you could slap an i5-4670 in there or an i7-4770 with no real issues. The 270 is also a much stronger card than the 750 ti, although the efficiency of the 750 ti is intriguing.
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July 30, 2014 3:18:41 PM

Have you checked the link? It takes me straight to the list :) ) also the g3258 kicks the 760k's butt
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July 30, 2014 3:21:17 PM

Also my phone doesn't allow me to copy the permalink, just the link I gave you sorry!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2014 3:37:00 PM

The G3258 wins over the 760 only when overclocked. At stock - the G3258 loses. Also, overclocking is expensive, the need for more expensive motherboard and CPU cooler defeats the purpose. As an I3 wins over overclocked G by a significant margin specially in the price performance department. The budget does not allow for overcloking build. The 760k is good enough where it is.
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