Complete Beginner-Need Help With First Ever Build Tags: New Build Starcraft 2 Systems Product Last response: June 8, 2013 11:44 AM in Systems Share Nick619 April 26, 2012 4:27:49 AM Hey Everyone! Brand new on this forums! Looks very active and helpful. Well here's my story, I own a 2007 iMac Desktop, with a Radeon 2400 HD Graphics card. Basically I can barely run games such as Starcraft 2 (Only on low settings). I'm looking to build a new PC as cheap as possible that I can play games like Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 on Medium or preferably High settings. Approximate Purchase Date: April - May Budget Range:$400-500 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Just Gaming Parts Not Required: Monitor Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca Country: Canada Parts Preferences: Doesn't Matter Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Monitor Resolution: HDMI to TV/ Other other connection to TV (LED) Additional Comments: Would like to run Diablo 3/Starcraft 2 at Medium or preferably high quality. More about : complete beginner build hillmanant April 29, 2012 2:46:20 AM Hello Nick619 Lets start with the fact that all your aiming for is good gaming, the hardest thing on a PC today, IF you may overclock, you'll never hit $4-500 . If your going to OC, today you best off with the Intel core i5 2500k and a cooler. CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 As for the mobo if you really plan on dual video cards in the future you will need 2 PCI express 2 or 3 slots and this board has 2 and 4 slots for RAM. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 The ram a standard 8GB for gaming here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $37.99 For HDD I would suggest this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 As for video this should handle more than your mediocre qualifications plus you can add another in SLI later. (I have one of these referbed and its an animal!) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... With MIR 199.99 Now for the PSU, if your really searious about adding another GPU later and OC you should look at like 750W, this should do http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 after MIR right now. And a combo DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 And Mouse and Keyboard Maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... IDK Cheap $42.98 4-500 is unrealistic for decent gaming. This totals at $894.89 and thats as minimal as a guy wants for gaming with the possibility for OC and SLI in the future IMO. Just my 2 cents do with it what you will. csf60 June 8, 2013 11:44:53 AM You can perfectly game on medium settings with a 500$ budget. Something like this will do very well: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ NCIX) Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Memory Express) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers) Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada) Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada) Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo) Total: $447.44 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-08 14:44 EDT-0400) Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumFirst build ever ForumMy first build ever , here's what I've picked out ~ $1000 gaming rig. ForumHelp on my first ever gaming pc ForumNeed insight on a first time ever build ForumAppx $1,500 Gaming/Video editing Rig ( FIRST EVER BUILD ) Plz help ME ForumFirst desktop pc, first ever build ! ForumFirst ever build , $1600-1800 budget, advice and suggestions please ForumAlmost completed my first ever build ForumHow does this setup look for a gaming rig [ First ever build ] ForumFirst build ever (3d, bluray htpc) ForumFirst ever build - preferably 800$ ForumFirst Build Ever , Think I'm having GPU Problems ForumFirst build ever , trying not to go over $800 ForumFirst Ever New Build 750-1300$ Please Help ForumFirst Build Ever , Help Greatly Appreciated $1000-$1300 budget ForumFirst computer ever . Build advice? ForumFirst Build Ever . Please read. ForumFirst Build Ever , need help choosing parts...kind of a noob ForumPCI compatibility question ForumBuild me a gaming pc with a price tag at 850 More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !