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Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
11-24-2014, 02:40 PM,
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Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
Trying to put a decent gaming rig together for my sons without breaking the bank (Tier 1 with maybe a step up in a couple of areas). I noticed the budget gaming PC guide was last updated in March. I can't imagine things have stayed the same in 8+ months, but maybe I'm wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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11-24-2014, 04:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-24-2014, 04:19 PM by Rapajez.)
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
Let us know your budget range, goals (specific games?), monitor resolution, and where you can buy from, and we can recommend a build here.

Actually, in that budget-range, the article is still pretty accurate. AMD CPUs haven't changed much this year. If anything, some of the parts are just cheaper (and there will be even better deals over Black-Friday/Cyber-Monday.)

I would just change the recommended R9 270X or GTX 760 video card to a R9 280, as it beats the both for less.

The only drastic change would be if you switched from an AMD build to a budget-Intel build. Which would mean less performance now, but a better path to upgrades.
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11-24-2014, 10:00 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-24-2014, 04:10 PM)Rapajez Wrote: Let us know your budget range, goals (specific games?), monitor resolution, and where you can buy from, and we can recommend a build here.

Ideally I'd like to keep it around $600 if possible (which might not work, but one can hope). That figure is for the hardware...I have a copy of Win7 for the OS. Games like WildStar, BF4, Skyrim and the like. Monitor is 1920 x 1080 and I can order from any of the usual online sites (I live in the US).
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11-25-2014, 10:42 AM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-24-2014, 10:00 PM)jshark74 Wrote:
(11-24-2014, 04:10 PM)Rapajez Wrote: Let us know your budget range, goals (specific games?), monitor resolution, and where you can buy from, and we can recommend a build here.

Ideally I'd like to keep it around $600 if possible (which might not work, but one can hope). That figure is for the hardware...I have a copy of Win7 for the OS. Games like WildStar, BF4, Skyrim and the like. Monitor is 1920 x 1080 and I can order from any of the usual online sites (I live in the US).

if that 600 bucks includes the monitor, keyboard, etc. then it will be near impossible. if it doesnt then with those games, i would go with a minimum of tier 1 on the budget page(green). and nothing has changed on the budget page(no new tech available to update).

OR you can do an intel build within that budget off of the mainstream page by going off of the tier 3 and substituting the i5 with an i3-4330 and sub the gpu with a lower priced model. you can find a descent priced z97 board as well and this would permit an upgrade path later and some descent gaming now.

for those games and much of the newer games stay away from the dual core pentium models as most of the newer games will crash.

good luck
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11-25-2014, 03:46 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-25-2014, 10:42 AM)PwnBroker Wrote: if that 600 bucks includes the monitor, keyboard, etc. then it will be near impossible.

No that would be for just the tower, but thanks for the response. I'll look and see what I can do.
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11-25-2014, 05:43 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-25-2014, 03:46 PM)jshark74 Wrote:
(11-25-2014, 10:42 AM)PwnBroker Wrote: if that 600 bucks includes the monitor, keyboard, etc. then it will be near impossible.

No that would be for just the tower, but thanks for the response. I'll look and see what I can do.

in that case either of those suggestions will probably meet your budget. just as comparison sake that tier 1 budget pc will run BF4 at about 50 fps on high setting and that 6300 will probably last a while with the newer games coming out. if you can get a deal on the 8320/8350 on black friday to stay within your budget id upgrade to that.

on the other hand if your son likes those 64 player meat grinder maps then the i3-4330 will see a little stuttering in the wide open large maps.(that is the only drawback in going with the i3 for that particular game)

good luck
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11-27-2014, 09:47 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-25-2014, 05:43 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: in that case either of those suggestions will probably meet your budget. just as comparison sake that tier 1 budget pc will run BF4 at about 50 fps on high setting and that 6300 will probably last a while with the newer games coming out. if you can get a deal on the 8320/8350 on black friday to stay within your budget id upgrade to that.

I can probably pick up a 8320 for a few bucks (probably less than $20 difference) more than the 6300, so that makes a lot of sense. When I go looking for a R9 280 there are several different options and it's confusing to differentiate them all. Would this one work with the other components?
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11-28-2014, 09:58 AM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
(11-27-2014, 09:47 PM)jshark74 Wrote:
(11-25-2014, 05:43 PM)PwnBroker Wrote: in that case either of those suggestions will probably meet your budget. just as comparison sake that tier 1 budget pc will run BF4 at about 50 fps on high setting and that 6300 will probably last a while with the newer games coming out. if you can get a deal on the 8320/8350 on black friday to stay within your budget id upgrade to that.

I can probably pick up a 8320 for a few bucks (probably less than $20 difference) more than the 6300, so that makes a lot of sense. When I go looking for a R9 280 there are several different options and it's confusing to differentiate them all. Would this one work with the other components?

with that gpu it would be a good idea to up the psu to the 500w strider on the list, and if any cpu overclocking i would up that one more the the 600w silverstone. at the extreme, 100% load, you will be looking at almost 400w system draw.

good luck
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12-01-2014, 01:11 PM,
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RE: Budget Gaming PC guide up to date?
One small update, if you're going to buy. Today is the day. Those CPUs are all $20-50 off, and that GPU you linked above is about $75 cheaper on NewEgg.com.
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