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Anyone into PC gaming? Help me build a Gaming PC!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ContentCreation, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. ContentCreation

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    I am a student on a tight budget, and I miss my PS3 so I want to start gaming again on the PC .. I can't afford the best of the best (yet) but I want to custom build a PC which is capable of playing games without lag .. Im not bothered about having the graphics on max, even low would be good, but as long as it doesn't lag ...

    What do I need and what is the cheapest??

    My PC right now is about 10 years old lol and it can't run shit .. so a complete upgrade is in order

    Thanks!
     
  2. NoirHat

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    what games?
    what is budget?
     
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  3. BlaqReaper

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    Send me a pm and I can help you :). But yeah, it would help to know what games you are targeting for and a budget. I built my friend a pc for ~$800 and it was a core-i5, gtx560.
     
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    i Have an asus g74 3d 12 gb 1.5 tb-- i know youre on a tight budget and i guess i just thought id offer you a deal on this new one still in the box. pretty kick ass. id take 2k for it.

    CDS :eek:)
     
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  5. drac313

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    700-800$ for what you are looking for. check out Westcoastpcbuilder on youtube, he makes pc builds videos from computers ranging from 400 - 5000$!!!
     
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    Thanks for the help so far guys! .. In terms of what games: Any decent ones, like the up to date ones Like COD 3, BF3, Crysis etc
     
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    Civ 5 is a fun strategy game I play on occasion, other than that I am not a big gamer, but games like Elder Scrolls Skyrim, dragon age, COD, etc are always fun. But I might try Skyrim for sure because it seems crazy good. Fallout 3 is still good too!
     
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    i think u should go with this one.. confirm no lag :)
    i'm on i7 btw, lovin the gc for bf3 :naughty:
     
  9. djhickory

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    I would just get one off CL, you can come up big time, i've seen some really nice setups go for cheap as hell, just keep your eye out, they go quirk
     
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    Depends on the budget, you could try getting an AMD processor as they are way cheaper and still are very good for gaming. I always order from NCIX or Newegg as they always have some pretty good deals. for 500 - 800 you could get a pretty decent PC. But does this price have to factor in a Monitor, Keyboard/mouse. So many factors. replay back with more info.
     
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    The best way to get the best in a cheaper way is to keep pieces from your old PC, like hard drives if they are 1-2 years old, case, power supply... With these you can save up to 200$
    Then you get a medium motherboard (150$)
    A I5 CPU 2700k best one of the moment (450$)
    8 Gig OF RAM (150$)
    Graphic Card (200$)

    around 750$ and you have a beast....
     
  13. Dr_Scythe

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    Your prices are way out..... In Australia (more expensive than US) I can get the following
    Z68 mobo (asus/gigabyte) - starting from around $140
    i7-2600k - $340 (best bang for buck cpu around imo)
    2x4gb DDR3 1333mhz ram - $50
    Anything from a GTX550TI or above - $150+
    If your on a budget just get a cheap branded PSU 600-700W - $50
    Case - if on a budget use existing
    HDD - use existing or 2TB Samsungs are dirt cheap like $80
     
  14. danizdeman

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    2600k is not best bang for your buck... 2500k is almost as good and is only $180... what world do you live in?

    also, if you need help building a computer let me know... I built mine for $700 and I can run Battlefield 3 maxed out settings with 30 fps...
     
  15. BlaqReaper

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    Right, so seeing as I didn't get a pm I'll just help you out here :).

    If you live close to a Microcenter this is the greatest place to find cheap i5 at $180.

    You can bundle with a dual-gpu z-68 Motheboard for ~$300 and that's a great deal.

    Ram is really cheap (Newegg has constant ram deals) and I'd say for 8 gigs, it's not hard to find it in the $40 range. Now I'm going to list parts from Newegg because they have great prices, but if you live in CA, consider buying from Amazon since Newegg taxes CA residents :(.

    Hard Drive like people previously mentioned can be salvaged from your previous computer or you can buy a new one. $80 for OEM 1TB spinpoint f3.

    Graphics card: Gtx 560 on Newegg I see for as cheap as $170 and can probably find lower prices too since gfx card deals happen quite often. When I bought mine, it came with a voucher for Arkham City, but not sure if the deal is still going on.

    Case: Any case currently on sale but I aim for one around $80.

    PSU: I bought a 650w for $20 dollars from Newegg, but that deal is over. But you can easily get one for $30-$40. However, 650 will be hard to SLI if you ever plan to go that route.

    DVD- drive: Can use from your old computer or buy new for ~$25

    I think those are all the essential piece for a computer and adding up the prices I'm getting somewhere around $725. Of course if you don't live near a Microcenter it will drive up prices by ~$50-100 dollars (like I said their i5k deal is amazing). Even then it's only around $800 dollars, and that's without any research on my behalf looking for good deals on Newegg/Amazon.

    Also, looking at some previous replies I do have some comments:

    8 gig ram for $180 is expensive as hell, at least if it's US dollars. Look at Newegg they sell ram for amazingly low.

    Don't go nameless PSU. What's the point of getting great parts if you can't supply enough power and it breaks your system? Corsair, Antec, and Seasonic are great brands (their 650w are equivalent of 750w to even 800w of crappy brands- very energy efficient). I personally used XFX and had no troubles with them either.

    i500k is the best deal in my opinion (and the general majority's opinion).

    Cases can be dirt cheap, but I like to get a higher quality one (make sure all your parts can fit inside). The reason is gfx, cpu, and mobo will be outdated (and pretty fast too), but cases and PSU generally last a while so cheapening out on that is a bad investment.

    One more thing: I did not include Microsoft Windows and since you are building your own computer expect to buy a license. That or get it via some other means :pirate:.

    Anyways, with black friday coming up, I wouldn't be surprised if you can save another $50-$100 dollars on your build. PM me once again if you want a more detailed analysis :).
     
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  16. danizdeman

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    IMO get a 460 gtx.. you can SLI and get 90% increase.. I can handle BF3 on maxed settings with one 460.. I'll get another one in 3 years and I'll be good for another 3.. so 6 years if I really wanted to(which by that point I'll be so rich I'll just sell it and make a sick computer that I don't need :D)
     
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    actually i can't understand why people still tend to buy PC's for games. Why not buy a PSP or XBOX. You can even attach a keyboard, and find just about every game you want
     
  18. danizdeman

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    With PCs.. you can modify it whenever you want.. and people prefer mouse and keyboard... also people can do other stuff on it... also torrent all their games :D