Questions On Building My First Gaming PC

I have a few questions about building my first gaming PC, if anyone is able to help me, I really do appreciate it! Anyways, here are my questions:

1. Should I buy cheaper parts, but good performance, for now and in the future, buy better parts, or just save my money longer and get better parts?

2. If I do decide to stay on a budget for now, lets say $500, should I go with Intel or AMD?

3. What is the best website to buy parts and at the cheapest prices?

4. Should I buy the parts separately, or buy them all at once?

5. Should I buy the parts from one site, or is it ok to buy the parts from multiple sites?

6. What would be the average price range for parts to play some of the newer games on high settings and a few older games like Skyrim?

That is all I can really think of now, I will update you guys if I have any more questions. Also, I am not asking for a list of parts, I just would like these questions answered as best as you guys can and any other help you can provide. Thanks guys!
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    The advice I would give you from my past errors is go with Intel from the start. They're a long way ahead of AMD and I don't think that's likely to change for a long time. Even if you put an i5 in now, you can upgrade to an i7 later (or one of the new Broadwell chips - same socket technology). You are going to need a budget higher than $500 though - this does pay off because if you want to switch later you'll need to buy a new motherboard as well as CPU which is what I had to do.

    You NEED to spend on CPU and GPU, aside from that you can get cheap parts and they won't have that much of an effect (as long as they have the features you require)- like you say, you can upgrade later.

    I would buy all at once, that way all the warranties start at the same time. If you buy them at different times and you discover that something is DOA when you get round to putting them together you may find you've passed the DOA RMA period.

    In terms of where you get them from, I can't really advise. I'm from the UK so I get most of my stuff from, but I can't see that being much help. What a lot of people on here do is use which gives you the best prices and where to get them.

    I would say you want to look at a budget of around $800 - $900 as a starting point, and then upgrade from there.
  2. Ok thanks a lot! Since you said start with Intel, and since I would like to stay on a budget, should I go with an Intel Pentium G3258 or the Intel Core i3-4160, or another that you recommend, also, I will not be overclocking if this helps. And when I said, a site that sells cheap parts, I meant sites that sell parts at lower prices.
  3. The i3-4160 will do much better, but in the end they both fit an LGA 1150 socket. That's the CPU socket that the current Haswell CPUs use, and the socket that the new Broadwells will use when released, so upgrading at a later date would just be as simple as popping your current one out.

    If your budget can stretch to it, I'd recommend going for an i5 4460/4690, maybe not now but as a potential upgrade. To be honest, unless you're going to be doing heavy video recording and editing, the i5 4690 would be the best you'd ever need - it's almost equal on gaming performance to i7s, but just lacks the hyperthreading ability.

    Again, I'd point you in the direction of PcPartpicker, that compares most places and gives you the best prices from them for each component. I just buy all my parts from one store in the UK as their service is top notch and price is roughly the same to their alternatives.
  4. ok cool, so for now, would an i3-4160 and the r7 260x be good? or should I switch out the gpu also? and if I do, I don't want to spend too much more, thanks!
  5. See if you can stretch to an R9 270 or R9 270x as one of those will last you a while. Doesn't break the bank in terms of GPU cost and will outperform PS4/Xbox1 in graphics capabilities - which is what I assume you'd want from a gaming PC. Anything above a R9 270x/GTX760/GTX960 and you're getting into high end graphics cards. If you can't stretch the R7 260x is a decent mid-range GPU.

    You may get a little bottlenecking from an i3 partnered with an R9 270 or above, but as you intend to upgrade later I really wouldn't worry about that.
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