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Building A Budget Gaming Pc

Postby Sebastian Lawe » July 14th, 2015, 12:50 am

For the past day I've been gone through painstaking lengths to find parts to build a cheap(ish) gaming PC.
It wont be used for anything other than playing games. I only plan on installing steam, and razor cortex (shuts down unnessecary processes when running games).

Heres the specs I came up with based on trying to get the lowest price point possible.
  • MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($59.99)
  • Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor ($73.99)
  • Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive ($54.99)
  • XION Gaming Series XON-310_BK Black with Blue LED Light Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($24.99)
  • Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TPD38G1600C11DC01 ($49.99)
  • Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($249.99)
  • Operating System - Windows 7 until Windows 10 comes out.
The total cost of the rig with these parts will be $529.94 (minus the $66 dollar rebate).
Will be $594.97 including shipping for the parts (minus the $66 dollar rebate).

Havent ordered anything yet. I'll let you PC building masters tell me if something is incompatible/should be changed.

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Postby seth543 » July 14th, 2015, 8:19 am

I curious, what games are you planning on running? Resolution of your monitor(s)? Are you planning on Overclocking you CPU at all?

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Postby Bad At Gravity » July 14th, 2015, 11:59 am

I'm typing this on windows 10 man. You can get it already, but it'll patch every month or so.
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Postby Sebastian Lawe » July 14th, 2015, 2:01 pm

seth543 wrote:I curious, what games are you planning on running? Resolution of your monitor(s)? Are you planning on Overclocking you CPU at all?


My main monitor will range from 1320 x 742.5 to 1920 x 1080 as this machine will be lugged around constantly.

My plans are to play anything that the current gen consoles can play.

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Postby Bad At Gravity » July 14th, 2015, 2:21 pm

How about Half Life 3?
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Postby Sebastian Lawe » July 14th, 2015, 2:42 pm

Connormon99 wrote:How about Half Life 3?


I've never played Half Life

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Postby Bad At Gravity » July 14th, 2015, 3:11 pm

I meant HL2, but even that isn't that good of graphics. But the Black Mesa remake, that is outrageously good looking in my opinion.
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Postby seth543 » July 15th, 2015, 9:33 am

It looks to be a pretty good build overall. The only thing I was thinking about was that your CPU is only a duo core. Its Haswell, (and an overclockers delight), but most games will benefit from having more than 2 cores. I built almost [url='http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ZephyrWolf/saved/gn7G3C']this exact system[/url] for my roommate this last summer and he loves it (plays all Total War games, Witcher 2). That Intel CPU has incredible single-core performance, but for your gaming rig, more cores will benefit more than that single-core performance. Both overclock well, too. I also threw in the PartPicker list the refresh of the R9 280 because they are about the same price, but newer is usually better.

My thoughts, take them as you will! :P


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