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July 3, 2013 5:55:40 PM

So I'm working on my first gaming build and need some advice. So far, I've put together two different builds, one being more expensive but more powerful with OC option, and the other being much more affordable. I already have peripherals, HDD, OS, and optical drive.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1TcT - the more expensive build

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1Tmp - less expensive build.

This is definitely a budget build and I plan on gaming but nothing too crazy. I'd like to build something that will last for a while and not need too much upgrading but at the same time I'm definitely on a budget and would like to save as much money as possible.

So my question is, is the more expensive build I put together really worth the extra money or would I be just fine with the cheaper route? I'm planning on mostly playing LoL, Starcraft 2, possibly some Diablo 3, and not planning on getting into Crysis or BF. Thanks!
July 3, 2013 9:15:36 PM

Paryphodrome said:
So I'm working on my first gaming build and need some advice. So far, I've put together two different builds, one being more expensive but more powerful with OC option, and the other being much more affordable. I already have peripherals, HDD, OS, and optical drive.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1TcT - the more expensive build

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1Tmp - less expensive build.

This is definitely a budget build and I plan on gaming but nothing too crazy. I'd like to build something that will last for a while and not need too much upgrading but at the same time I'm definitely on a budget and would like to save as much money as possible.

So my question is, is the more expensive build I put together really worth the extra money or would I be just fine with the cheaper route? I'm planning on mostly playing LoL, Starcraft 2, possibly some Diablo 3, and not planning on getting into Crysis or BF. Thanks!


How much is your budget?
Personally, the more expensive build would be definitely worth the money; it will be much more future-proof than the other option. For example, the quad-core i5 will be more sufficient in gaming than the i3. Also, the GTX 660 is much more effective than the GTX 650 Ti, as shown here: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-660-vs-GeForce-GTX-...
July 4, 2013 12:36:27 AM

floodslayer9 said:
Paryphodrome said:
So I'm working on my first gaming build and need some advice. So far, I've put together two different builds, one being more expensive but more powerful with OC option, and the other being much more affordable. I already have peripherals, HDD, OS, and optical drive.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1TcT - the more expensive build

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Paryphodrome/saved/1Tmp - less expensive build.

This is definitely a budget build and I plan on gaming but nothing too crazy. I'd like to build something that will last for a while and not need too much upgrading but at the same time I'm definitely on a budget and would like to save as much money as possible.

So my question is, is the more expensive build I put together really worth the extra money or would I be just fine with the cheaper route? I'm planning on mostly playing LoL, Starcraft 2, possibly some Diablo 3, and not planning on getting into Crysis or BF. Thanks!


How much is your budget?
Personally, the more expensive build would be definitely worth the money; it will be much more future-proof than the other option. For example, the quad-core i5 will be more sufficient in gaming than the i3. Also, the GTX 660 is much more effective than the GTX 650 Ti, as shown here: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-660-vs-GeForce-GTX-...


Well I'd really like to stay under $600, right around $500 if possible. From what I've read, it sounds like the i3 3220 paired with a good GPU can handle most games just fine. So I'm considering keeping the i3 but pairing it with the 660 instead of the 650.
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July 4, 2013 1:04:07 AM

I would go with the more expensive build. Yes it'll cost you a bit more now but it'll be a lot more future proof so cost you less down the road. Also i'd get 8gb of RAM instead of just 4 for gaming.

If you go with the cheaper build in a year or so "MAYBE" 2 you'll be upgrading your GPU and most likely motherboard if you go with the cheaper one.
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