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    Default $600 gaming PC

    Is it viable?

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    Depends on a few things:

    A) Which games What settings C) Do you already have any parts or peripherals. If you're looking for a $600 + Monitor @ 1080 on Ultra, no. Well, unless you're playing solitaire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phanein View Post
    Depends on a few things:

    A) Which games What settings C) Do you already have any parts or peripherals. If you're looking for a $600 + Monitor @ 1080 on Ultra, no. Well, unless you're playing solitaire.
    1. Just games like Starcraft 2 and stuff. Though I do want to play future games coming up./
    2. I have keyboard/mouse and monitor already

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    hardly can last you a year or two if you want to play those future games considering the game companies are terrible with optimization

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryukiri View Post
    hardly can last you a year or two if you want to play those future games considering the game companies are terrible with optimization
    Well future games on low or medium is fine.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PnBC

    I really think this can last me. What do you guys think?
    Last edited by Espada1; 02-08-2014 at 09:28 AM.

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    Use Amazon warehouse deals bro. You'll save more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Espada1 View Post
    Well future games on low or medium is fine.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PnBC
    Q9550, GTX285, top tier parts from 2008 (cpu) and 2009 (gpu) only runs Skyrim (2011) on 35-40fps with peaks to usually 45fps max on medium settings and 1080p.

    Just to give an idea that within 2-3 years, your low to medium-ish system is going to be total shit. :/

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    Play on minimum settings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Espada1 View Post
    2. I have keyboard/mouse and monitor already
    You can also sometimes find good deals for computers on craigslist and kijiji. Sometimes if you beg a friend they will sell you a gaming PC. In my experience I look at the game I want to play, look at the recommended system specs, and then search for that on kijiji and my favorite computer store, compare prices, and buy whichever gives me the better deal. The reason I like secondhand computers is because they are more eco-friendly.

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    built mine from scratch for really cheap, got a nice deal on gtx 660ti for 150$ mother board 40$ 8gigs ddr3 60$ cpu phenom II 965 black editio 80$ and a psu 750w ( wish is kind of overkill but okay) for 50$. already had hard drive mouse/keyboard and monitor.
    i was going crazy on auctions and just got lucky. i can run every new game on highest settings no problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noatud View Post
    built mine from scratch for really cheap, got a nice deal on gtx 660ti for 150$ mother board 40$ 8gigs ddr3 60$ cpu phenom II 965 black editio 80$ and a psu 750w ( wish is kind of overkill but okay) for 50$. already had hard drive mouse/keyboard and monitor.
    i was going crazy on auctions and just got lucky. i can run every new game on highest settings no problems
    660Ti and 8GB is fine, CPU bottlenecks the 660Ti in CPU intensive games and you will feel that it's not that good soon enough. 750W PSU for 50USD is pretty much shooting yourself in your own foot. Seeing you didn't say which and crazy on auctions, this might be good. The 40USD motherboard also sort of falls under this (like older chipset like z67/z77 or being mATX).

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    well its good enough so far, and i can always change the cpu because motherboard has am3+ socket. but right now any game runs smooth on maxxed out settings

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    Q9550, GTX285, top tier parts from 2008 (cpu) and 2009 (gpu) only runs Skyrim (2011) on 35-40fps with peaks to usually 45fps max on medium settings and 1080p.

    Just to give an idea that within 2-3 years, your low to medium-ish system is going to be total shit. :/
    I ran Skyrim in ultra with my lenovo y410p....... It has a i7 4700mq processor and a Nvdia 755m gt Video card.

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $590.40


    Here is a new build someone did.

    What are your comments on it?
    Last edited by Espada1; 02-08-2014 at 07:30 PM.

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    It looks good! See you in like a week (or 2 maximum) when your PSU fried everything! (god I hope Phanein sees this)

    I don't really know the quality of Hitachi HDDs but most people go with Western Digitals or Seagates nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    It looks good! See you in like a week (or 2 maximum) when your PSU fried everything! (god I hope Phanein sees this)

    I don't really know the quality of Hitachi HDDs but most people go with Western Digitals or Seagates nowadays.
    PSU frying everything? What's wrong with the PSU?

    I changed it up a lil bit.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Pcbuilder1/saved/3H0k

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $706.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-08 17:13 EST-0500)

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    I found a cheap PSU from a reputable maker
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-na-_-na-_-na

    HOw is this? I checked the tier list and it is at tier 3.

    Which is classified as still solid PSU.
    Last edited by Espada1; 02-08-2014 at 10:23 PM.

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    Tier 3 is a good enough brand for most people and normal gamers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    Tier 3 is a good enough brand for most people and normal gamers.
    Well now that the PSU issue is taken care off. What are your opinions with the rest of my the build?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $711.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-08 17:30 EST-0500)

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    Your motherboard is a cheap ASRock. If possible, avoid it (the higher end ASRock boards are quite better). There are other good brands in your price range.

    That's it I think. Don't forget to upgrade to Win8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    Your motherboard is a cheap ASRock. If possible, avoid it (the higher end ASRock boards are quite better). There are other good brands in your price range.

    That's it I think. Don't forget to upgrade to Win8.1
    I will try to find another brand then.

    HOw long will this rig last me approx.?

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    Considering mainstream consoles are very... low-spec right now, it could last like at least 3 to 4 years right now.

    Normally, this rig would last you about 2 to 3 years without too much issues. This is a bit influenced by your ability to handle lower framerates as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    Considering mainstream consoles are very... low-spec right now, it could last like at least 3 to 4 years right now.

    Normally, this rig would last you about 2 to 3 years without too much issues. This is a bit influenced by your ability to handle lower framerates as well.
    Alright well this is my final draft




    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $768.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-08 23:58 EST-0500)



    I am hoping this can last me four years. WHat do you think about the motherboard by the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Espada1 View Post
    Alright well this is my final draft




    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $768.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-08 23:58 EST-0500)



    I am hoping this can last me four years. WHat do you think about the motherboard by the way?
    Take 50 off the gpu, instead get a R9 270, that leaves you with 40$ cause it's 210. Swap the 6300 with a core
    i5/Z87-G41 bundle from micro center. It'll run you about 34$ extra, you can always just ditch the 212 cooler, and come out just about even. This will keep you future proof, you can just buy a better cooler down the line. Then eventually sell your 270 then switch to a better gpu. This will get you off the ground, because a motherboard is something your stuck with.

    Don't screw yourself with amd. I work for micro center myself and we get so many returns/refurbished amd stuff we're told to not even sell them. Plus am3 is a dead socket. That 6300 will bottleneck you in so many ways it's ridiculous. An i3 4340 outperforms it in gaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TreyTrey12 View Post
    Take 50 off the gpu, instead get a R9 270, that leaves you with 40$ cause it's 210. Swap the 6300 with a core
    i5/Z87-G41 bundle from micro center. It'll run you about 34$ extra, you can always just ditch the 212 cooler, and come out just about even. This will keep you future proof, you can just buy a better cooler down the line. Then eventually sell your 270 then switch to a better gpu. This will get you off the ground, because a motherboard is something your stuck with.

    Don't screw yourself with amd. I work for micro center myself and we get so many returns/refurbished amd stuff we're told to not even sell them. Plus am3 is a dead socket. That 6300 will bottleneck you in so many ways it's ridiculous. An i3 4340 outperforms it in gaming.
    The intel bundle is in store only and according to the website, the nearest microcenter in California is in Orange County.....

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    A 660TI will still last you a few years. A 760GTX isn't that much stronger. Also get rid of that win8 software package. There are better ways of getting a OS if you're on a budget... I also have to mention that the Corsair Builder PSU's aren't meant to be strained...

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