Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Need Advice on First Budget Gaming PC

Last response: in Systems
Share
June 27, 2012 4:47:45 AM

Budget Range: $500-$550
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming & Web Browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard , Mouse, Monitor (Unless there are really good prices) -Optional-
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.Newegg.ca
Country:Canada
Parts Preferences:none
Overclocking:no
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1600-900
Additional Comments: This is my first time putting together a P.C. and I would like to know if everything that I picked out is compatible and if you think it would run " Diablo 3 " and maybe " Guild Wars 2 " comfortably :) 

If it turns out that I'm getting this all wrong could you please explain where I'm going wrong and perhaps suggest something out of your experience that is better suited for my needs. :) 

Thank you in advance!



CD/DVD Drive : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mother Board : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Ram : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-152-1...

Graphics Card : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-5...

More about : advice budget gaming

Best solution

a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 4:53:12 AM

hmm, for a gaming rig, you'd want an intel's sandybridge CPU. Tom's has a very nice guide to CPU shopping for gaming:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
going by the cheapest on that list, you'd want to get this CPU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Share
Related resources
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 4:58:41 AM

this brings us roughly to $370-380, not counting your video card.

as for your video card, I really don't recommend buying anything under ~$120, as below that point, you get dramatically decrease in performance per dollar, to the point where a CPU's integrated graphics can beat your video card... I also have a hard time recommending an AMD card to a first time builder, so let's stick with Nvidia. this brings us to a 550ti, which should play both D3 and GW2 just fine :) 
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 6:11:44 AM

you definitely dont need to by an intel processor to build a decent gaming machine .

I havent clicked all your links , but I did check cpu and mb . It looks like you have a very tight budget , but if you possibly can then I'd suggest you get an AM3+ motherboard with a 970 series chipset .
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
Much more than you are spending but it would make a system that will be worth upgrading over time
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 6:36:36 AM

Outlander_04 said:
you definitely dont need to by an intel processor to build a decent gaming machine .

I havent clicked all your links , but I did check cpu and mb . It looks like you have a very tight budget , but if you possibly can then I'd suggest you get an AM3+ motherboard with a 970 series chipset .
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
Much more than you are spending but it would make a system that will be worth upgrading over time

All I have to say here is lol.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 8:20:58 AM

azeem40 said:
All I have to say here is lol.



Since you are the resident expert on this mb .... who has built himself ONE computer , and even then you couldn't get the case fans running or remove the hard drive cage from the case without asking how ... it makes me feel much more adequate when you laugh at me .
I know I've just said something worthwhile
:-)
m
0
l
June 27, 2012 8:33:18 AM

Every combination of cpu/gpu listed will work fine for Diablo 3, but for GW2 it's hard to say.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 8:55:21 AM

the intel dual core route will be more beneficial for at the moment gaming outside of cpu intensive gaming. the advantage of the amd am3+ route is moving onto a quad core is more affordable and the mobo features are much cheaper than the intel counterpart(as high end amd boards are sub 100 compared to post 100 intel boards), but the performance gain will be smaller than moving from sandy bridge dual to quad.


as for a recommendation to OP, I recommend buying only 4 gb of ram for now. use the money to buy yourself a better gpu like the HD 6670 or something. many computers already don't utilize 8 gb of ram.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 2:34:00 PM

doct3rphil said:
AMD 6770 -- you will not be disappoint for the price. not sure what vmem is basing his statement on.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


I am basing my statement on past personal experience and experiences of people I've recommended components to. the 6770 is the better choice, I agree, but like I said, I have a hard time recommending an AMD card to any first time builder. the reason is that it is significantly more likely for the AMD driver install to be problematic than Nvidia. for experts, this isn't a problem at all, spending a little time doing rolling back a few driver versions is worth the savings and performance boost. however, for the new builder who just wants to see his screen turn on and his games run like a hot knife through butter, he'd be cursing at AMD and whoever recommended the card to him. after running into a few bad experiences in the past, I stopped recommending AMD cards to first-time builders.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 5:41:29 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Since you are the resident expert on this mb .... who has built himself ONE computer , and even then you couldn't get the case fans running or remove the hard drive cage from the case without asking how ... it makes me feel much more adequate when you laugh at me .
I know I've just said something worthwhile
:-)

Instead of further punishing myself, I refer you back to the statement "lol".
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 9:35:09 PM

vmem said:
I am basing my statement on past personal experience and experiences of people I've recommended components to. the 6770 is the better choice, I agree, but like I said, I have a hard time recommending an AMD card to any first time builder. the reason is that it is significantly more likely for the AMD driver install to be problematic than Nvidia. for experts, this isn't a problem at all, spending a little time doing rolling back a few driver versions is worth the savings and performance boost. however, for the new builder who just wants to see his screen turn on and his games run like a hot knife through butter, he'd be cursing at AMD and whoever recommended the card to him. after running into a few bad experiences in the past, I stopped recommending AMD cards to first-time builders.


Ive been using AMD card exclusively for about 5 years . I got tired of the nVidia ones failing in service and I have NEVER had any issues with driver installation being a problem .

Its never been more difficult than running the driver disk and rebooting . Exactly the same as nVidia
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 9:57:27 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Ive been using AMD card exclusively for about 5 years . I got tired of the nVidia ones failing in service and I have NEVER had any issues with driver installation being a problem .

Its never been more difficult than running the driver disk and rebooting . Exactly the same as nVidia


hmm, yeah, I have noticed them getting better. as you can see in my sig, I do run an AMD card myself (went through mutiple driver updates/beta trials and mods to get it to work, though I got the 7970 when it first came out so yeah). anyway, I know they have good hardware. let's hope their drivers continue to improve
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 10:14:03 PM

There is nothing wrong with their drivers now
m
0
l
June 27, 2012 10:34:28 PM

Honestly, they both have their problems.

And I know that the GTX 550ti and HD 6770 both will play Diablo 3 pretty well from personal experience (with older dual core intels ~3GHz). So I'm sure if you pair one of those cards with an i3 or an AMD equivalent it will work just great. Just not sure about GW2 being better with i3 with HT or an AMD with more real cores.
m
0
l
June 27, 2012 10:49:00 PM

Ill start by saying thank you to everyone for being so helpful, means a lot! :) 

This is what I now have picked out.... ( oh and it will all be on Windows 7 home 64bit. )

CD/DVD Drive : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power Supply : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-0...

Mother Board : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Processor : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Ram : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-152-1...

Graphics Card : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-5...


Will everything be compatible with no problems? Is the Hard Drive a good one? I found looking for hard drives kind of hard and the reviews are kind of scary sometimes lol.

Will my PSU be enough to power everything? and will the Graphics Card fit comfortably on the MOBO I have chosen?

Thank you :) 
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 10:53:37 PM

i would honestly pay more for the psu. its something you shouldn't cut out on and the stallion series isn't that great.

if you can strech like 10$ then this will serve you better.
m
0
l
June 27, 2012 11:47:02 PM

dudewitbow said:
i would honestly pay more for the psu. its something you shouldn't cut out on and the stallion series isn't that great.

if you can strech like 10$ then this will serve you better.


I am not able to view the link that you posted, which PSU did you suggest? maybe just type it down and ill search for it on www.Newegg.ca

Thank you :) 
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 11:53:06 PM

chaosGeek said:
I am not able to view the link that you posted, which PSU did you suggest? maybe just type it down and ill search for it on www.Newegg.ca

Thank you :) 



fixed my link. it was because i accidentally deleted the h in http
m
0
l
June 28, 2012 12:23:03 AM

dudewitbow said:
fixed my link. it was because i accidentally deleted the h in http


Awesome! It looks good, I'm going to replace what I was looking at for this one.
thank you for your advice :) 
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 12:33:43 AM

chaosGeek said:
Awesome! It looks good, I'm going to replace what I was looking at for this one.
thank you for your advice :) 


and with that last tweak, it looks like you have yourself a strong budget PC with some possibilities for future upgrades :) 

happy gaming!
m
0
l
June 28, 2012 12:49:46 AM

vmem said:
and with that last tweak, it looks like you have yourself a strong budget PC with some possibilities for future upgrades :) 

happy gaming!


:D  Thank you so much! you helped me out a lot! I feel much more confident in the build now! :) 

m
0
l
June 28, 2012 5:41:34 AM

Best answer selected by ChaosGeek.
m
0
l
June 28, 2012 6:25:41 AM

Let us know how it goes and what build you ended up getting :p 
m
0
l
!