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Feedback on potential new PC

OoroborosOoroboros Pinellas Park, FLPosts: 12Member

Hello! I'm looking to build a decent rig that can handle modern gaming without spending over $500. I don't expect top notch performance but I'd like to play games like Rift, SWToR, GW2, and maybe even TESO on medium to high settings.

This is what I have to start with. 

Please provide critical, but positive feedback if you can. :)

Thanks!

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  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon

    Someone can probably help you put together a budget APU system for $500. Just do not expect med-high settings, more like low-med settings. Especially something like ESO or other soon to release games.

    If its possible I would advise waiting until you can save $700-$800 and build a budget PC with a discrete GPU. At $500 something that can game will be very limited to say the least.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,784Member Uncommon

    Your link goes to a page where one could make a list of parts, but doesn't actually give a list of parts.

    What needs to fit in your budget?  Do you already have peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, surge protector)?  How about any other hardware from a previous computer that you might hope to reuse?  Presumably you need a new OS license, too.

  • OoroborosOoroboros Pinellas Park, FLPosts: 12Member

    Hmm sorry about that. I need pretty much everything, I do have a mouse, monitor and keyboard though. and the only other system I have is my laptop. I have an unused windows 7 license, and I can get windows 8 for free from my college. 

    The list I have is here. Hopefully that link will work.

    Also Jdnewell mentioned an APU system for a budget, which I would also be interested in.

     

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,784Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ooroboros

    Hmm sorry about that. I need pretty much everything, I do have a mouse, monitor and keyboard though. and the only other system I have is my laptop. I have an unused windows 7 license, and I can get windows 8 for free from my college. 

    The list I have is here. Hopefully that link will work.

    Also Jdnewell mentioned an APU system for a budget, which I would also be interested in.

     

    Some problems with that build:

    1)  The power supply is a piece of junk and would be liable to fry your entire system.

    2)  Only having one memory module means that you leave a memory channel vacant, and thus cut your memory bandwidth in half.

    3)  Core i3 processors are way too expensive for what the performance can justify.

    4)  5400 RPM hard drives are slooooow.  That's fine for bulk data storage, but you don't want to run real programs off of one, let alone the OS.  You can't afford an SSD on your budget, but even a 7200 RPM hard drive would be much better.

    Give me a bit and I'll pick something out.

  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ooroboros

    Hmm sorry about that. I need pretty much everything, I do have a mouse, monitor and keyboard though. and the only other system I have is my laptop. I have an unused windows 7 license, and I can get windows 8 for free from my college. 

    The list I have is here. Hopefully that link will work.

    Also Jdnewell mentioned an APU system for a budget, which I would also be interested in.

     

    Not having to spend the $100 on an OS will help for sure. Personally I would look at an APU system to start and then still be able to upgrade to a discrete GPU in the future.

  • OoroborosOoroboros Pinellas Park, FLPosts: 12Member
    Thanks for the fast replies! I'll make sure to keep checking back.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,784Member Uncommon

    Here you go:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113348

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128652

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136270

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231653

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    That comes to $488, including shipping and before rebates.

    Do you need a surge protector?  And do you need some means of playing sound, such as speakers or headphones?  If you do, that adds a bit to the cost.

    While AMD's new Kaveri chips are significantly better than older generations on the integrated graphics, AMD has priced them high enough that you might as well just get a discrete video card instead for nearly the same price.  The processor that I linked is an APU with the graphics disabled; the chip is mainly meant for laptops, but if the graphics part doesn't work, it can't go in a laptop at all.

  • OoroborosOoroboros Pinellas Park, FLPosts: 12Member

    Wow I really appreciate the time you took out to make this list, unfortunately the RAM is sold out right now, but I plan on buying in the 2 weeks so maybe by then it will be back in stock by then.

    To be clear this system will do well enough for me to play the games I listed in my OP?

    Again, thank you!! If you were a customer service rep I'd give you a 5 star survey! haha

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,784Member Uncommon
    If you're not going to buy it for two weeks, then wait two weeks and come back.  Prices bounce around a lot, so you want to buy things at prices that make sense when you buy it, not buy something that is overpriced that day but was a good deal weeks earlier.
  • OoroborosOoroboros Pinellas Park, FLPosts: 12Member
    Great advice, thanks!
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