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Advice for First-Time Gaming PC Build?

First of all, I'm new to the forum, so if I break any rules, I sincerely apologize in advance! :)

Okay, to the point of this thread.

I'm just now entering PC gaming and while looking around for a powerful, but still cheap, entry-level PC I ran across this one. I changed it just a bit to my liking (i.e. OS, WiFi Card, Bluetooth, Optical Drive) and was wondering if there was anything that you guys would change. My budget is around $600 USD and obviously I'm not expecting anything CRAZY but I would just prefer something that can play something like maybe GTA V at around Medium to High settings.

Thanks! :)
-Klanker2
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  1. that build looks pretty good for the price actually. I would go for it.
  2. Wow that was quick! Thanks for the feedback!
  3. I would go for something like this instead. Yes it is a tad more expensive, but the CPU is much better, and the video card has twice the VRAM.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8FZKmG
  4. Klanker2 said:
    First of all, I'm new to the forum, so if I break any rules, I sincerely apologize in advance! :)

    Okay, to the point of this thread.

    I'm just now entering PC gaming and while looking around for a powerful, but still cheap, entry-level PC I ran across this one. I changed it just a bit to my liking (i.e. OS, WiFi Card, Bluetooth, Optical Drive) and was wondering if there was anything that you guys would change. My budget is around $600 USD and obviously I'm not expecting anything CRAZY but I would just prefer something that can play something like maybe GTA V at around Medium to High settings.

    Thanks! :)
    -Klanker2

    Am I missing something? I don't think the link is showing up for me.
  5. Best answer
    stl522013 said:
    Klanker2 said:
    First of all, I'm new to the forum, so if I break any rules, I sincerely apologize in advance! :)

    Okay, to the point of this thread.

    I'm just now entering PC gaming and while looking around for a powerful, but still cheap, entry-level PC I ran across this one. I changed it just a bit to my liking (i.e. OS, WiFi Card, Bluetooth, Optical Drive) and was wondering if there was anything that you guys would change. My budget is around $600 USD and obviously I'm not expecting anything CRAZY but I would just prefer something that can play something like maybe GTA V at around Medium to High settings.

    Thanks! :)
    -Klanker2

    Am I missing something? I don't think the link is showing up for me.


    where he said "I ran across this one" - "this one" is the link.
  6. Thanks for the advice rowdymoody, but I think with an OS and games plus a WiFi card and a monitor that would go a little too much over my budget. The CPU is definitely noted though.
  7. Sorry stl522013, here's the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9YWChM
  8. rowdymoody said:
    stl522013 said:
    Klanker2 said:
    First of all, I'm new to the forum, so if I break any rules, I sincerely apologize in advance! :)

    Okay, to the point of this thread.

    I'm just now entering PC gaming and while looking around for a powerful, but still cheap, entry-level PC I ran across this one. I changed it just a bit to my liking (i.e. OS, WiFi Card, Bluetooth, Optical Drive) and was wondering if there was anything that you guys would change. My budget is around $600 USD and obviously I'm not expecting anything CRAZY but I would just prefer something that can play something like maybe GTA V at around Medium to High settings.

    Thanks! :)
    -Klanker2

    Am I missing something? I don't think the link is showing up for me.


    where he said "I ran across this one" - "this one" is the link.


    Thanks lol, I didn't see it. I suggest this build. If you wanted to save some money I don't know if you reaaalllyy need a CD/DVD reader/writer. But I think the extra bit of money is worth it. I watched a video where somebody maxed out BF4 with an R9 280x and the fps fluctuated between 60-70 fps.
  9. i'd still stay with what you've got. rowdymoody's build doesnt include the operating system and the accessories you want. with that you are probably ~$750. if you can afford it though, go with rowdymoody's recommendation as it is a lot better.
  10. Thanks stl522013! On a completely unrelated note, does anybody know the difference between GDDR and DDR RAM? Just out of curiosity...
  11. Yeah N3rdR4ge, I was thinking the exact same, even though rowdymoody's is superior, it's a little out of my price range with all of the accessories I'm looking for.
  12. Klanker2 said:
    Yeah N3rdR4ge, I was thinking the exact same, even though rowdymoody's is superior, it's a little out of my price range with all of the accessories I'm looking for.


    gddr is graphics double data rate
    ddr is double data rate

    gddr is used as graphics card memory
    ddr is used as system memory

    some more info:
    http://solidlystated.com/hardware/difference-between-gddr-and-ddr/
  13. N3rdR4ge said:
    Klanker2 said:
    Yeah N3rdR4ge, I was thinking the exact same, even though rowdymoody's is superior, it's a little out of my price range with all of the accessories I'm looking for.


    gddr is graphics double data rate
    ddr is double data rate

    gddr is used as graphics card memory
    ddr is used as system memory

    some more info:
    http://solidlystated.com/hardware/difference-between-gddr-and-ddr/


    Thanks! I first thought that maybe it was some kind of virtual memory (I dunno) but now I totally understand the concept.
  14. I just realized I think I was supposed to link a build but I didn't and I can't remember what parts I had put. I will see if I still have it lol.
  15. Ok, I found it, here it is. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L8xmcf You will be able to max out games like BF4 and stuff like that.
  16. stl522013 said:
    Ok, I found it, here it is. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L8xmcf You will be able to max out games like BF4 and stuff like that.


    Would you say the mobo in that build is better than the one in my original build? If so I will definitely add it, as it is a little cheaper, and I'm not looking for Crossfire support either.

    P.S. I've been told that the CPU that I'm using might bottleneck the graphics card... Is this true?
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