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Low End ($700 CAD) Gaming PC

jwnn

44 months ago

I am putting together a computer for a friend. I'm looking for constructive criticism and opinions. Will mainly be used for games such as, Rust, ARK Survival Evolved, Natural Selection 2, (and Terraria I guess, but that doesn't matter cause it can be played on a hollowed out rock! :P)

OS: Windows 7 64 bit - he has a copy so we don't need to buy it, planning to upgrade to Windows 10 after install

CPU: FX-6300 - I've heard that Directx 12 allows games to utilize more than 4 cores, so this seems to be an ideal budget cpu!

RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB - 8GB should be enough, single stick so its upgrade-able in the future.

Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 - I've had experience using this MB along with the FX-6300, Don't need USB 3 headers.

HDD: He already has a hard drive this one is just for reference.

Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 950 - This card seems to be the best price to performance for a budget build.

Case: Already has one so again, just for reference, same size, doesn't have front panel USB 3.

Power Supply: He already has this exact PSU (although I can't remember if its 500 or 430 watt)

Part List: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/j7RJFT

Any suggestions are welcome!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel is the way to go for gaming:

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i3-6100-vs-AMD-FX-6300/3511vs1555

In particular ARMA doesn't run well on AMD CPU/APU:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/107410/discussions/0/828935672397053055/?l=french

Be careful with that PSU:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1415677/whats-exactly-the-problem-with-corsairs-cx-psus

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $264.98 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard ASRock H170A-X1 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $93.50 @ Vuugo
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $46.65 @ DirectCanada
Storage Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $86.99 @ NCIX
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB SSC ACX 2.0 Video Card $198.99 @ Newegg Canada
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM (64-bit) Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $736.11
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $691.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-01 16:21 EDT-0400
  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

So something like this: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ would get a lot better performance?

I'm not to worried about the power supply.

Would it be worth while to go to a Pentium, then have the option to upgrade to an i5 later?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You posted an empty list?

If you can afford an i5 build now, go for it.

The Pentium G4400 is still going to be a better bet than a FX6300 for a gaming build:

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-G4400-vs-AMD-FX-6300/3539vs1555

I have a CX600M that works fine, but I wouldn't buy another one for a gaming build.

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