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Challenge - How cheap can you go? (help with build)

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November 5, 2012 2:44:11 PM

Hi all, looking to build a very cheap system. I'm hoping to put something together for around $350-$400 (lower even better!) that can play CS:GO, D3, LoL, and maybe something down the road on close to max settings (I've played on low settings for just about everything for 10 years, so anything is better). I'd like to leave some room for upgrades in ~2 years, as every 3 years at work we get $800 to put toward any electronics.

I ran across this link: http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/gaming-desktop-co... and was thinking of taking the cheapest model as a starting point and trying to find things that I can swap out for slightly cheaper. Bear in mind I've never built my own system, so I appreciate all feedback and tips.

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+ ($65)

CPU
AMD FX-6100 ($120)

RAM
Crucial 4GB (DDR3 1333 Mhz) ($20)

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti SuperClocked (1GB) ($115)

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($65)

Optical Drive
Lite-On Internal DVD Writer ($18)

Case
Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ($35)

Power Supply
Thermaltake PurePower 430 Watt ($30)


Total Cost: $468 (USD)

And being that we're close to Black Friday/Cyber Monday, would I be best served to wait and try to pick up components here and there that may be on sale?

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November 5, 2012 2:56:45 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.40 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $472.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I can go as low as $400, and $350.

This beats your build by a lot. FX series is not very good, and the graphics card would also dominate yours.
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November 5, 2012 3:00:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $387.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You can even go cheaper if you want to drop the card down to a 7750 or a 6670 or even a 6570 if you can't spend much at all.
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November 5, 2012 3:07:01 PM

I don't think you can really get a gaming system that you will enjoy for under about $600-700. You say you are tired of playing on low but now you want us to design the cheapest, bargain-basement system we can think of? Doesn't make sense. Just spend a few hundred more and get a system you love, rather than one you merely tolerate.


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November 5, 2012 3:16:28 PM

Thanks for the great replies, gives me a lot to consider.

Twelve, for reference, this is what I currently am suffering with: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/363572-31-what-upgrad...

I don't play often enough (mostly stick to console) to justify the ~$700 price tag of a decent rig, but I'd like a solid base to get me through the next year or two before upgrading with my free $800.
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November 6, 2012 3:18:52 AM

So basically from my understanding, your budget is $800?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGOp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGOp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mGOp/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M7E 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you want to change some stuff, you can switch out the i5-3570k for the non k, and get a h77 mobo, and then upgrade to the 7870.

Either way, both of them will be decent.
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November 6, 2012 1:32:54 PM

I'm sorry for the confusion. Currently I'm looking at around $350-$400 as a budget, with the caveat that I'll be able to upgrade with an $800 budget in 2 years. Pretty much CS:GO will be the primary game I'll be playing during this time frame, and I'd like to at least be able to run medium graphics with 120+ fps.
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November 6, 2012 2:42:57 PM

The build I posted above would work then. Its pretty cheap, but works well :) 
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November 6, 2012 3:12:16 PM

Ya Deemo I was going to mark that as best answer, is there a way to mark two posts, as I do appreciate Ichrisk's input as well?
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November 6, 2012 4:22:36 PM

Mark his, not mine. I'd rather him have it :) 
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November 6, 2012 6:22:52 PM

Best answer selected by ncsustylee.
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November 6, 2012 6:23:31 PM

Then I'll defer to you on that one :)  Thanks again for the replies, PCPartPicker is a great source, glad you mentioned it.
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November 6, 2012 7:36:07 PM

No problem. Its a fantastic source!
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