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August 21, 2014 10:18:46 AM

Here's my PC : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YYzXL
Hey, I am building a gaming PC, I haven't built it yet and haven't bought any parts, and I have no tech geeks around me to give me any help, so I would ask you guys, plz go to the link above and see the parts of my PC, I already have Windows 7 64 bit and a dvd player, I wanted to ask that, the parts I am using for my PC, are these good for games like Battle Field 4 or Watch Dogs? I know I definitely should stretch out for an i-7, but I don't think I would have enough money anytime in a few months to even buy an i-5, so I cannot go more than i-3, so please tell me, will this PC be a good gaming PC? not amazing, but in low-mid-high settings, will the games work? and also, I have never built a PC before, I don't know about compatibility of these parts, I don't know if my motherboard will support the processor or graphic card, or even the ram, so please help me out guys, will the parts even work when I put em' together? (don't worry, I can put PCs up, I just don't have info about parts' compatibility.

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August 21, 2014 10:37:50 AM

I understand that you have a tight budget but you will be much much happier with your build if you save up a little more money.

First off that power supply is complete garbage, never go cheap on the part that can fry everything in your computer. not saying you have to drop $100 on a power supply but at least get something 80+ rated by a reputable company.

Memory: you should get 2x4gb over 1x8gb, there is a 15 percent performance increase by using 2 sticks over 1.

I dont care for thermaltake but that is a good price on the case so its not like you can get better quality from a different brand wihtout spending a good percent more.

GPU: For another $30-40 you can get a 750 ti gpu that is a big jump from that 740 card you picked out.

Motherboard: MSI reputation has gone down a bit, for budget I would recomend a ASROCK brand board.

I would also go with a Western Digital or Seagate hard drive, would really suck to loose all of your data in 2-6 months because of a drive failure.
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August 21, 2014 10:43:37 AM

Another big tip for buying parts on a tight budget is to watch newegg and tigerdirect for sales.

You can find some sort of decent memroy for $70-72, you can find that 750 ti gpu for $130-140, and you can find many other parts on special as well.
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August 21, 2014 10:45:36 AM

boosted1g said:
I understand that you have a tight budget but you will be much much happier with your build if you save up a little more money.

First off that power supply is complete garbage, never go cheap on the part that can fry everything in your computer. not saying you have to drop $100 on a power supply but at least get something 80+ rated by a reputable company.

Memory: you should get 2x4gb over 1x8gb, there is a 15 percent performance increase by using 2 sticks over 1.

I dont care for thermaltake but that is a good price on the case so its not like you can get better quality from a different brand wihtout spending a good percent more.

GPU: For another $30-40 you can get a 750 ti gpu that is a big jump from that 740 card you picked out.

Motherboard: MSI reputation has gone down a bit, for budget I would recomend a ASROCK brand board.

I would also go with a Western Digital or Seagate hard drive, would really suck to loose all of your data in 2-6 months because of a drive failure.


So, could you please go to http://pcpartpicker.com/ and pick up good parts in the range of $600 for me? that would be a great help.
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August 21, 2014 10:57:46 AM

Something to consider. The reason I went with a pentium is because it's still a decent CPU for a budget gaming build. The z97 motherboard will allow for a nice overclock too. Even at stock the CPU is still enough to play games nicely. It also has a good PSU which would support any kind of upgrades you're thinking about throwing in there in the future.

Someone might be able to do a better job with balancing this build around. This is just something to start with as consideration.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($187.97 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cougar MX300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.22
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August 21, 2014 10:58:30 AM

TheProNoob said:
Here's my PC : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YYzXL
Hey, I am building a gaming PC, I haven't built it yet and haven't bought any parts, and I have no tech geeks around me to give me any help, so I would ask you guys, plz go to the link above and see the parts of my PC, I already have Windows 7 64 bit and a dvd player, I wanted to ask that, the parts I am using for my PC, are these good for games like Battle Field 4 or Watch Dogs? I know I definitely should stretch out for an i-7, but I don't think I would have enough money anytime in a few months to even buy an i-5, so I cannot go more than i-3, so please tell me, will this PC be a good gaming PC? not amazing, but in low-mid-high settings, will the games work? and also, I have never built a PC before, I don't know about compatibility of these parts, I don't know if my motherboard will support the processor or graphic card, or even the ram, so please help me out guys, will the parts even work when I put em' together? (don't worry, I can put PCs up, I just don't have info about parts' compatibility.


A very bad choice, the gt 740. For gaming get the r7 260x which performs really really well. If you are pro nvidia get atleast a 750 ti. Bit 750 ti crosses the budget. And hence r7 260x. Here you go: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CjMdGX
Well, I put in 1600 mhz 2*4 gb memory kit by patriot which also has a fancy heat spreader. I also put in a better h97 mobo for futureproofing. Since h97 is confirmed to support broadwell. And I put in a much better PSU. Enjoy.
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August 21, 2014 11:06:11 AM

Alright guys, I am relieved that I can actually get a good rig in about $600, I would like to go with a 750 ti card, I just want to ask something, is an i3 with 3.5 Ghz speed good for gaming? all I need to adjust is the PSU and Graphic card? I would really appreciate if someone of you will pick up parts with an i3 processor and 750 ti card for me at http://pcpartpicker.com/ ? thanks a lot.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2014 11:12:18 AM

Ok, this is hitting your $600 budget, newegg should have GSKILL Ripjaws memory on sale for $70-75 when you are ready to buy so I would get that over the memory in the build, get 1600mhz memory with the GSKILL.

I selected the parts so that you can upgrade your cpu or gpu wihtout having to upgrade motherboard and or power supply.

The GPU is way better then the 740 and is equal to a 760 in performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-21 14:10 EDT-0400
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August 21, 2014 11:18:38 AM

boosted1g said:
Ok, this is hitting your $600 budget, newegg should have GSKILL Ripjaws memory on sale for $70-75 when you are ready to buy so I would get that over the memory in the build, get 1600mhz memory with the GSKILL.

I selected the parts so that you can upgrade your cpu or gpu wihtout having to upgrade motherboard and or power supply.

The GPU is way better then the 740 and is equal to a 760 in performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-21 14:10 EDT-0400


Alright, this sounds like a great PC, but I think I shouldn't shell out $175 on the graphic card, I don't have an ultra-hd lcd or something, I have a normal 23' 1080p lcd, so I don't think getting this card would make a huge difference, If I get a 750 ti, will that card be supported by this borad or PSU? because then the rig would cost me about $570, which is great. What do you think?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2014 11:23:25 AM

You dont have to have a 1440p monitor or anything to take advantage of a better graphics card. You will be able to play on high settings for most games, and have better fps over the 750 ti.

If you truley want to do the 750 ti then that card was my second choice or your budget next to the 270x. Then you can always upgrade latter to a 760 or something else.
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August 21, 2014 11:26:32 AM

boosted1g said:
You dont have to have a 1440p monitor or anything to take advantage of a better graphics card. You will be able to play on high settings for most games, and have better fps over the 750 ti.

If you truley want to do the 750 ti then that card was my second choice or your budget next to the 270x. Then you can always upgrade latter to a 760 or something else.


alright, I think I would go with a 750 ti, I can cope with medium or even low graphics on certain games, because even though I have a budget of $600, I had no plans of spending more than $100 on the GPU, but I would stretch it and get a 750 ti for $135. Thanks a lot for your advice and help, I really appreciate it.
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