Hey guys, I am quite new to the building a computer stuff but have researched the past few months on the subject. Now that I have most of the general information on building a computer, I wanted to pick out my budget and parts right now so I can plan out how much i need to save. My budget is most likely going to be UNDER $700. I may get help from my parents either with money and/or parts. For my computer I was looking to play Battlefield 3, Minecraft, Skyrim and games like that on maybe on high settings. If someone could just kind of plan out what parts I could look at and maybe if I want just modify. Thanks!
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Approximate Purchase Date: Next year or so.
Budget Range: $700-$750 w/ help from parents with parts and/or money
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, internet, school, movies.
Parts Not Required: Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: CPU (Intel) other than that, everything is fine.
Overclocking: Not yet decided
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Probably 1024x768 but not determined yet.
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet computer and a computer that does not produce too much heat.
Thanks for responding Impulsez. I would need a monitor, keyboard and operating system unless there is a way to transfer my OS from my laptop to a cd or something. Also I would prefer to have an Intel CPU but you don't have much room with my budget for opinions, I just want to get the most out of my money to game. I also do not plan on overclocking since I don't know what that is.
What size monitor do you want? Resolution? 1080P or does it not matter. You can get a real nice 1080P 22Inch monitor on newegg for 100 - 200$ Depending on your preference. That's a big chunk out of your budget right there. I highly recommend a 1080P monitor.
So you're at around the 200-300 range, depending on your choice and we haven't even got into the core components. Many people forget to calculate into their budget the price of OS, Anti-Virus, Networking, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse & those things' really add up to the total cost of the build.
For keyboard and mouse, you can get whatever. Gaming mouses and keyboards can climb towards the 100 dollar each and up price range.
Standard mouse and keyboard combo will be around 30 dollars.
I will make 2 builds for you in a minute, one AMD and one Intel. But let me just go ahead and advise you, that these builds will be "a little" over your 700 dollar budget because of the monitor and other things. Perhaps someone else can give you a much cheaper build but this is my recommended builds for the below 1000 budget.
You can change the case and Ram for something cheaper, I've had really good experiences with that RAM though, it's good stuff. The case, you can probably find one for 10 or 20 dollars less but again that case is really good.
Monitor, is up to you.
Keyboard/Mouse is up to you.
Speakers up to you.
Anti-Virus up to you.
Networking up to you.
OS - 100.00
Windows 7 Home.
Total - 703.00
I know this is probably not the price you are looking for. Sorry. I hope another user can provide a much cheaper build but this is the best I could come up with.
I actually came up with this setup. I did not include the monitor or keyboard (which I could use my parents old one since they are getting a new computer), OS. This is over my budget but I'm sure my parents will get me the CPU for christmas or something that I ask for. I'm also not in a big hurry so the money will accumulate over time.