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    Gaming PC for less than $400 + balancing of components

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jOrU

    This $346 setup can play current games at medium details in 1080p.

    GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7770/1.html

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,1.html

    CPU: Intel Pentium G850

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ck,3106-5.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...mark,3120.html


    If you want to build a pc for the sole purpose of gaming and you know you don't need the best graphics or three monitors, this build can easily suffice. In fact, it would outperform the following pre-built PCs at gaming:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229285
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229332
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883229318
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227411

    There is no need to drop $800-1000 on a pre-built pos like these if a $350 can out-game them. But why? Don't the last two examples have new Ivy Bridge i5s and i7 with lots of ram?

    What a lot of miscers don't seem to understand is that a pc is only as "fast" as its weakest link. In terms of gaming, it is either the GPU or CPU 90% of times. Regarding ram, 4gb is normally enough and 8gb future-proofs a system for long time. There is absolutely now reason to get more than 8gb of ram if all you want to do is play games. Similarly, the latency and clock of ram has negligible effect on performance (if it even has any). 4/8gb of cheapest 1333 ram is enough.

    Now, the mistake most miscers make with their builds is pairing with a powerful cpu (normally i5-3570k) with weak graphic cards like gtx 560 ti, gtx 660, gtx 570 etc. This bottlenecks the cpu when the gpu is under 100% load while the cpu is only at 50%. Why did you spend so much an a powerful cpu if you can't even fully utilize it? This is the problem with 99% of pre-built gamer pcs. Computer noobs/average miscers want the best cpu possibly, thinking it makes their computer faster. In reality, its just a waste of money. For example, an i5 + Gtx 560 ti would perform much worse than an i3 + hd 7950 in almost all gaming situations. Check the tomshardware links above, most modern $100+ cpus are not going to bottleneck a single gpu. If you plan to get an i5 better pair it with at least a 7950, gtx 670 or higher. A general rule of thumb I like to use is that for gaming the gpu should cost 1.5-2 times as much as the cpu. So $100 cpu = $150-200 gpu and so on. If you have a set budget of lets say $800 and you want to maximize gaming capability, keep this in mind.

    More info: http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=428946

    Other things I feel are worth mentioning: don't spend $100+ on a motherboard unless you know you will need the features and don't oversize the power supply. Any good 450-500w 80+ psu can handle an overclocked system with 1 gpu. a 700w psu can handle sli/xfire setups. I have seen some retarded advice here telling people to get 800w power supplies for single card systems. Example: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...#post961276543

    If you balance your components properly you can make your money go much further. The $350 build is a capable gaming machine for people on a low budget.
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    Originally Posted by dom1992 View Post
    there is no need to drop $800-1000 on a pre-built pos like these if a $350 can out-game them. but why? Don't the last two examples have new ivy bridge i5s and i7 with lots of ram?
    lol
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    Originally Posted by ThePoz View Post
    lol
    Yes?
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    Originally Posted by Dom1992 View Post
    Yes?
    I'm hoping anyone who buys a pre-built (not customized PC) isn't aware of this section. Stuff like that is what middle class dads buy their 13 year old.

    It's no secret that if there's not a bottleneck, video card is what makes a gaming pc.

    Edit: BTW You should mention how dumb it is to opt for a cheap video card while getting a SSD for gaming. SSD is just gravy. I see that way more than anything else.
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    for a super budget gaming setup I'd seriously look at the amd A10 APU
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    Originally Posted by sharkweek50 View Post
    for a super budget gaming setup I'd seriously look at the amd A10 APU
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ance,3304.html

    Not really.

    "This generation, it's fairly safe to say you won't be playing Crysis 2, Witcher 2, or Battlefield 3 at 1920x1080, even at the lowest detail settings those games offer"
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    I need a cheap PC to play cs:go on. This macbook pro late 2008 on bootcamp isnt cutting it. Find me one $300 or less (just for the box /w parts - no monitor/mouse/keyboard) and ill paypal you $10 if I choose it.
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    Originally Posted by Junkie2 View Post
    I need a cheap PC to play cs:go on. This macbook pro late 2008 on bootcamp isnt cutting it. Find me one $300 or less (just for the box /w parts - no monitor/mouse/keyboard) and ill paypal you $10 if I choose it.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jQkf

    should handle cs:go fine

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Counter...d.81183.0.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ew,3107-7.html

    according to this a 6750 cud max it actually. around 90 fps at very high settings.
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    Want to build a <$600 PC that can max any game?

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    bumpp
    Want to build a <$600 PC that can max any game?

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    Say you were willing to spend another $200 or so. Which parts would you upgrade to be a little more future proof?
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    While some of this info is helpful for people on a budget, it is all very misleading. Lol'd at i5 + 560 TI will perform worse than a i3 + 7950.
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