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Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
06-12-2014, 01:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-12-2014, 01:37 PM by DjRaftt.)
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Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
Building my first computer at the start of Summer and wanted to get your opinions. My budget is around $650, and I was looking at the tier 2 build from the Budget Gaming PC article (March, 2014).

Games: Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Skyrim
Hoping to play these games on High or Max settings. I'm okay with lowering the details on the more demanding games like Sc2.

My monitor is 1680x1050 with a refresh rate of 59/60Hz. I'd tell you the model but I don't know how to find it, and all it's saying is Generic PnP Monitor.

My budget includes a keyboard/mouse, but I have the OS covered.
The tier 2 build is looking to be around $750 including keyboard/mouse so I was wondering where I could level down to save that extra hundred without hurting performance. Also hoping to have this PC last for 4-5 years without a lot of upgrading needed.

Not the most tech-savvy guy, my friend is helping me put the parts together. Full time student here who's looking to play over Summer/Winter break and weekends. Also looking to stream while I play and watch movies on it (not while I play, haha).
Thanks!
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06-12-2014, 01:53 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
If you want to save $100 with Tier 2, just downgrade to Tier 1, that's the most efficient and most simple way Wink

Playing Guild Wars 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Skyrim at high/max settings at 1680 x 1050 shouldn't be a problem.

It will last 4-5 years without any problem, however after 2-4 years you'll probably want to upgrade the video card to be able to play newer games at high/max settings.

That said, I'm currently working on an update to the Budget Gaming PCs. Should be online sometime next week.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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06-12-2014, 06:51 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
Alright, thanks!
I'll also wait for the update before ordering anything.
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06-20-2014, 11:16 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
I decided to build all of the tier 2 on the budget builds article. I was too excited to start playing and couldn't wait for the update anymore, haha...

But I saw that there was a newer version of the Kingston RAM sticks.
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-HyperX-FU...b_title_ce

Should I be getting these instead?
Also had a question on its mutlitasking capabilities. What's an example of how much I'd be able to do at one time with 8gb of RAM?

Thanks!
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06-21-2014, 12:15 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-21-2014, 12:16 AM by MathieuB.)
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
The recommended sticks are ever so slightly better due to the lower latency (CL9 vs CL10). Like 0.5% better performance.

What are you trying to do multi-tasking wise? 8GB may be enough, or not. You might want a more powerful CPU or not, depending on what you want to do. Please be specific on what you're trying to do Smile
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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06-21-2014, 12:44 AM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
Hm... Could I be streaming a movie and playing a game on the same monitor?
Could I webcam or have photoshop open on top of that?
I was just looking for the extremes I could be doing with 8gb, so I know my limits.

Thanks!
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06-23-2014, 11:07 AM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
I run with 8GB, and have done all of the above (minus Photoshop) without issue. If you really think you'll be alt-tabbing between Photoshop and a game on the regular, 16GB may be worth it.

Otherwise, I'd redirect those funds to an SSD, mechanical keyboard, or a new 1080p monitor.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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06-23-2014, 10:14 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
Sounds good. I think 8gb will be fine with me then.
Not a total necessity to photoshop while gaming, for me haha.

Thanks for all the help!
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06-24-2014, 08:45 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming Computer - 1st Build
Cool, you can always add another 8 GB down the road.

Be sure to grab a "dual-channel" kit, 2x4GB.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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