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February 17, 2013 3:02:45 PM

Hi I'm looking for help with finding parts that will allow me to have the lowest costing PC that will play games (especially Minecraft, I know how some of you feel

about this, but also other recent games) at decent frames while recording (Vsync at 30 fps would be great), you know, nothing spectacular. I also need

peripherals to be factored into the price as well (keyboard, mouse, monitor, headset/recording device) as well as some type of recording/video editing software.

The main goal is to keep the price as low as possible while meeting these characteristics of the pc. Here's some other stuff needed:



1. All parts bought on Amazon

2. at least 1tb hard drive and have an ssd boot drive (may and in an extra 128gb or 256gb ssd in future, but not for now)

3. 1080p monitor

4. overall decent at rendering video (can be on the slow side but not archaic so that I'll be ripping my hair out)

5. Headset/microphone with decent sound quality

6. at least 8gb of ram 1600mhz (don't be afraid to suggest higher for gaming/rendering purposes)

7. All peripherals listed above

8. Decent, at least somewhat-east-to-use video editing software with a nice variety of add-ons (I'm thinking sony vegas home studio 12 platinum for $45 on amazon but open to other suggestions)

9. I'm thinking of and i5 Ivy bridge CPU or an AMD FX 8350. Open to other suggestions like APUs, etc.

10. Living in Eastern US (might need that information for shipping, I don't know).

11. Full price at bottom of post

Thanks a bunch! :D 
February 17, 2013 4:19:50 PM

You should probably state your price point because it seems like you don't even need a FX 8350.
That processor alone is like $190. By "low cost" I'm thinking under $400... but you should really specify.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Check out that then let us know what you think about the price and the components.

That just needs a nice GPU in it and you should be set. (aka something "low priced" like a 7770).

All the other things are up to you. I'm not going to pick what keyboard because they range from $5-200.
February 17, 2013 8:58:55 PM

I was thinking more of the $600-$1200 range that would last for around 3 years and would serve as a nice computer to play decent games without recording on. I also do want a nice CPU for fast processing.
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February 17, 2013 9:18:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Zotac H61MAT-A-E Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($117.98 @ TigerDirect)
Keyboard: V7 KC0D1-5N6 Wired Standard Keyboard ($7.89 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gear Head OM3400U Wired Optical Mouse ($3.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $753.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 18:18 EST-0500)

For the mouse and keyboard I just got the cheapest ones I found because they are more of an opinion and it depends on your personal feel, it is pretty much the same with a headset. Honestly, I don't think you need a ssd boot drive but since you requested it I threw in an ssd with enough space for the os, a games, and you video software.

EDIT: Sellers such as tigerdirect and newegg are trusted sites that ship in the u.s so you can buy from those as well as amazon.
February 17, 2013 9:23:25 PM

I know that iMovie is pretty easy to use and if you got an iMac that be in your range and everything. You'd just need to buy Windows.
Otherwise, you should give us a little more to start with.
February 17, 2013 9:29:22 PM

I just noticed that i forgot to add in a gpu
February 17, 2013 9:38:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Zotac H61MAT-A-E Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($117.98 @ TigerDirect)
Keyboard: V7 KC0D1-5N6 Wired Standard Keyboard ($7.89 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gear Head OM3400U Wired Optical Mouse ($3.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $953.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 18:37 EST-0500)

ok in this build I added the video card, it also has room to upgrade your peripherals and leaves extra for the headset.
February 17, 2013 10:12:18 PM

bob hays said:
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/i...
the imac is pushing his budget and it doesn't give as great performance as a pc at that point. It is also limited on games unless you get windows as mentioned which is another $100 or so.


I know.
It was just a suggestion.

Also, I'd suggest getting a better mouse and keyboard. You might not notice the difference between processors priced $20 apart, but you will really appreciate spending an extra $20 or so on a mouse and keyboard.

(and the OP said he wanted everything from amazon)
February 17, 2013 11:54:49 PM

this is what I'm thinking

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1217.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 20:51 EST-0500)

Gives me a bit of headroom on the PSU, bit of ram upgrade and better cpu for slight price increase, decent graphics with some nice peripherals, even comes with a boot drive and a lot of options for ugrades as well as a nice case to work with, all I need is an OEM os. All the parts can be bought on amazon as an option (I have ~$1000 on my amazon account, that's why I want the parts to be bought there). Any other suggestions?
February 17, 2013 11:55:23 PM

not to mention a decent cpu cooler
February 17, 2013 11:57:08 PM

Here's it with only amazon parts.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ec21/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1219.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 20:56 EST-0500)
February 18, 2013 12:14:11 AM

Gives me a bit of headroom on the PSU, bit of ram upgrade and better cpu for slight price increase, decent graphics with some nice peripherals, even comes with a boot drive and a lot of options for ugrades as well as a nice case to work with, all I need is an OEM os. All the parts can be bought on amazon as an option (I have ~$1000 on my amazon account, that's why I want the parts to be bought there). Any other suggestions? not to mention a decent cpu cooler
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