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Best cheap gaming PC

  1. #1

    Best cheap gaming PC


    First of all I would like to try and keep the project under $1100. But I could go as high as $1500 but do not really want to.

    I would like to buy the cheapest gaming PC I can buy. But I would like it to be able to play any game I want to play. I would also like this to be able to play games for hopefully the next year or two.

    I am going to make this one a desktop. So I could update it in the future. I would really like to build one. But I have never do so and do not want to hurt anything doing it.

    Is it more worth it to buy the parts and have a professional put it together for me? or should I just buy one from a top PC gaming company? if so witch company do you guys think is best?

    This is my absolute number one place for anything Windows. I do not want to ask anyone else opinion.

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    Your budget is sufficient for what you want. If you have any experience with upgrading a computer, you won't find building it to be that hard. You just gotta get the right parts, one toy have them, they really only plug in one way.
    Many here can help you pick out parts that well work together. I'm tied up, so cannot assemble a parts list right now, but am sure somebody will post one before too long. I'd go a nice core i5, 8gb of ram, SSD for OS and games, standard mechanical hard drive for storage, an ati our Nvidia card (whichever you prefer), a solid case (antec, corsair, haf, nzxt), and a power supply around 650watts (corsair, seasonic, pc power and cooling).
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    Posts : 154
    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Build your own computer; not that hard and cheaper. All you need is the parts and a few hours.

    Try out Newegg for computer parts, very reputable and usually good prices. If you want a guide for computer hardware, then use PC Part Picker; this will allow you to keep a list of hardware you need for your computer (I don't pay attention to ratings).

    Suggestions, don't get a SSD because they're extremely expensive (but incredible) unless you have a lot of extra money. AMD is good for budget builds.

    Try not to spend over $100 for a case, there are plenty of cheap ones. Also, get one that has "grills" or "holes" in the front. This is very good for air flow. Don't get a case because it looks "cool".

    The motherboard, processor and graphics card are your important trio; the most expensive components. I usually start with the kind of processor I want then move onto the motherboard from there (I know what socket I need after choosing the processor) then I move onto the graphics card.
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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    wow. you can have a really nice desktop rig for $1100...

    honestly, if you have no clue what you're doing, buy a nice gaming rig from a reputable company BUT LEAVE OUT THE VIDEO CARD. then go graphics card hunting and use your leftover budget to shop appropriately.

    but if you feel decently handy, you can definitely build a computer made of high quality parts. when you buy from a PC vendor, what ends up happening is they throw in some nice components like the CPU, SSD, etc. but in order to make a serious profit, they go cheap in a number of areas (low quality motherboard, cheap power supply, etc.). so you can't just look for bullet points like Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, etc. so the only way to ensure high quality parts throughout is to buy all the parts yourself.
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    I am pretty sure I can can do most of the build. Like you said it pretty much just plugging in wires. What I am worried about is do things like the heat sink on the processor well that's pretty much it. I have taken apart and put back together a lot of the old dells. I have a basic knowledge of how to do it. I do not care what my PC looks like either. I would actually rather it look plain like a sleeper of sorts. I just want something that can be upgrade able and will play any game on the highest FPS and all that. If anyone actually has all the parts for a computer like this listed out I would love to have it. All I want is help from the best. That is why I am here. If needed I could spend a lot more. But I would like to stay as cheap as possible.
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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    start with this guide. pretty good:
    Ars Technica System Guide: December 2012 | Ars Technica
    Ars Technica System Guide: Bargain Box, February 2013 | Ars Technica

    of course, with the rapid change in technology (especially the graphics), that part will need some tweaking as there's no guide that can quite keep up. but arstechnica is a great place to start.

    start there, decide on your base CPU and components, and we can help out fill out the rest like the video card. note that the arstechnica guide is for a complete system, including keyboard, monitor, etc. if you can reuse that stuff from a current system, you can pile that money into upgrading some components.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    If your looking for the best bang for your buck, check out Tom's Hardware. They tell you exactly what to buy for your budget and benchmark the system so you'll know how it will perform:

    System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $1,000 Performance PC : Can $1,000 Buy A High-End PC?
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    I am just not good at this picking parts. I always want the best. I have the money but I do not want to spend it I have 4 people in my family and I support everyone. Please help. LOL. I cant help it I do not want to think I could have just spent a little more to have a lot better. But I also do not want to say crap I spent to much. I know I can always upgrade later.

    Here is the reason why I can not do this stuff

    !. I want at least a 4 core processor and I want it 3 GHz or gigher

    2. I want a good enough video card to play any game I want.

    3. a mother board that supports crossfire or at least 2 video cards.

    4. I want obviously a CD drive but would like it to read blue rays doesn't have to burn them

    5. another obvious I want to be able to connect an ethernet cord.

    6. I want it to run kool do not want to worry about over heating at all.

    I do not want to overclock anything. If something comes overclocked factory that is fine but I will not be doing it.
    Also If I am going to upgrade later. The last thing I would ever upgrade would be the mother board right? So shouldn't I get one that can withstand a lot more than I will be putting on it this time?
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    I am just not good at this picking parts. I always want the best. I have the money but I do not want to spend it I have 4 people in my family and I support everyone. Please help. LOL. I cant help it I do not want to think I could have just spent a little more to have a lot better. But I also do not want to say crap I spent to much. I know I can always upgrade later.

    Here is the reason why I can not do this stuff

    !. I want at least a 4 core processor and I want it 3 GHz or gigher

    2. I want a good enough video card to play any game I want.

    3. a mother board that supports crossfire or at least 2 video cards.

    4. I want obviously a CD drive but would like it to read blue rays doesn't have to burn them

    5. another obvious I want to be able to connect an ethernet cord.

    6. I want it to run kool do not want to worry about over heating at all.

    I do not want to overclock anything. If something comes overclocked factory that is fine but I will not be doing it.
    Also If I am going to upgrade later. The last thing I would ever upgrade would be the mother board right? So shouldn't I get one that can withstand a lot more than I will be putting on it this time?
    The link I gave you fits exactly what you are looking for except the Blu-ray drive. You can add that for around $50. All the parts listed really good components.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Here's a quick list:

    Processor Intel Core i5-3570K: 3.4 GHz Base Clock Rate, 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB Shared L3 Cache $230
    Graphics PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 Myst Edition 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E $240
    Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4: LGA 1155, Intel Z77 Express $135
    Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2K4G3D1608ET3LX0: [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]DDR3[/COLOR][/COLOR]-1600 C8, 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) $48
    System Drive Mushkin MKNSSDCR240GB-DX: 240 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD $180
    Storage Drive Uses System Drive -
    Optical Lite-On iHAS124: 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R DL $17
    Case Rosewill Redbone U3: USB 3.0, eSATA, 3 x 120mm $45
    Power Antec Neo Eco 520C 520 W, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS-Certified $55
    CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 $30
    Total Cost $980
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