Hello. I am going to build my first computer for, and with, my son. I'm going for a budget gaming box with potential to upgrade in the future. My budget is around $450. I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks! - John
Here is what I'm looking at from NewEgg (total is $445):
That looks good! It will run most games on medium-high, and will have room to upgrade. Not a bad job! I would however suggest switching the gfx to this Sapphire , as it will run the same and is $15 cheaper. With that money, I suggest upgrading to a Quad Core as it will give a bit of a performance boost.
Thanks! The XFX card has 1GB while the Sapphire has 512MB. Is this going to make much of a difference? Also, the XFX caught my eye because it is "low-profile", though I'm not really sure I need to worry about that. Of course, I'd love to save a few dollars wherever I can, especially if there is no significant downside.
The difference between 1GB and 512MB is going to be minimal, especially on that particular card. It's a lower tier card, so the difference in memory is not really going to matter. They put 1GB in to try and lure people into buying a more expensive card.
I would suggest get the 512 and putting that money into a quad, as mentioned above.
I will ask though, What is your screen res? getting the 1 gig might matter if you have a high screen res.
At 1080p, that graphics card is going to have a hard time keeping up. Can you stretch the budget? If not, get the 1GB as it may help out since you have a fairly high res. The amount of video ram is determined by screen res. At 1080p and above, 1GB is really needed.
Doh! I placed my order yesterday. Oh well. I spent a lot of time looking for the best components in my price range, but there is so much to sort through, I obviously missed a few components that were better. That just means that once my son saves up so money, he can start upgrading :-) Thanks anyway! - John
Well, I _really_ wanted to get the MSI Radeon 5770 that you recommended, but since my son is paying for half of this machine, and since he has a fixed budget, I didn't want to spend any more money. So, I ended up getting the XFX Radeon 5670 that I had originally listed. I suspect it will work fine for him for now. Since I tried to get a case, motherboard, and power supply appropriate for future upgrades, he can take that route later on if he wants to. Thanks again. - John