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Trying to decide on where to start with budget gaming build

fonslinger

43 months ago

I have three different parts lists here. Been doing some research and pricing out items. These lists represent possible solutions but i wanted to get some feedback about which path to take. The myriad of choices and schools of thought makes me feel like i am splitting hairs.

I plan on building this with my two boys, who are into games and have shown an interest in "building" a pc. So its as much about learning to build a gaming PC as it is about making the PC perform.

Budget is in the $500 to $600 range

Goal is to be able to game in 30-60 FPS on 1080p. Example games could be BF4, Fallout 4, Minecraft, LoL, Skyrim

G3258 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JyKhnQ

i3 4170 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zkX2gs

i3 6100 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zYWr23

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you can afford the skylake, then go skylake.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with carthax, skylake is the way to go.

It's the current gen platform whereas the other 2 are a gen old now.

I would also make some changes -

You can save a few bucks with a different z series mobo.

With a z mobo you can bump up the ram speed which can help performance in some games

A slightly cheaper 950 gpu.

An upgrade to a gold rated psu, they cost more upfront but you save in the long run via a cheaper electricity bill (savings approx $7 per year per 100w load).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $114.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z170A-X1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $92.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $42.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card $139.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.16 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $582.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-16 23:18 EDT-0400

The case only comes with 1 rear exhaust fan so you should add at least one more in the front to get good airflow.

This is a good pc parts/building guide with a good attached video

Also hit up youtube for videos from newegg, linus tech tips/ncix and so on.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detailed response. Appreciate it.

Another question, at this budget is the gtx 950 the only solution, or would an AMD offer be comparable.

I am asking because I know the importance the GPU plays in gaming, if $20 or 30 bucks more buys better performance I would consider it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

NP man :D

There's amd cards available around the same price, and adding an extra $20/30 to it puts you in the 960 and amd 380 (amd 370 would be price comparable to the 950) bracket. Performance between nvidia/amd varies from game to game tho as a general rule of thumb amd get's slightly better performance (there are exceptions, World of Warcraft for example runs much better on nvidia) but has a higher power draw.

I tend to prefer nvidia for their power efficiency but prolly the best thing for you to do would be hit the review sites and see how the games you favour do, techpowerup and guru3d (other sites too ofc) provide pretty extensive tables so you can judge performance between different cards and youtube can be handy sometimes too.

(just for example) http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_950_Gaming/7.html https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_radeon_r9_380_strix_review,10.html

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks....Will do

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