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OccamAsylum

49 months ago

My friend is looking to get his first gaming desktop since he has terrible luck with laptops breaking on him. I've been messing around on here putting different configs together because, while it's helpful for him, it's also fun for me. :P I will probably fly out to see him and build it with him when everything is ready. That being said, he is on a tight budget. I wanted to keep it around $500 without compromising too heavily on performance (I tried really hard, but there are some parts I just can't justify dumbing down).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $40.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $137.99 @ Micro Center
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $48.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $52.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $15.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $672.57
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $642.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-01 20:09 EST-0500

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't get it down to $500 for what you want, but here is something similar to your price for your consideration:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $125.49 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $53.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 2GB Dual WindForce Video Card $160.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Antec NSK4100 ATX Mid Tower Case $41.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ SuperBiiz
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $15.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $642.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-01 20:20 EST-0500
  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion there is no reason a gaming PC in today's time should ever have a dual core. Talk about potential bottlenecking, especially when you consider games like Just Cause 3.. does not run well on a dual core.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Except the i3-6100 will not bottleneck with most modern games... not even with a GTX 980.

Good gaming requires fewer strong cores... not many weaker ones. And gaming is really about the GPU (more than the CPU).

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2729891/bottlenecking-guide-chart-2015.html

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There will be no "bottleneck" between these two here. The i3 6100 will be able to keep up with the 950 very nicely. Sure it won't be the greatest but it is no where near a "bottlenecking" state and where it is way out of being able to be used nicely.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a second iteration with newer parts. Probably better for future proofing this way.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $183.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $53.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $42.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $137.99 @ Micro Center
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $48.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $70.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $15.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $730.57
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $690.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-01 20:45 EST-0500
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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Care to elaborate on that? I'm willing to make changes if you provide an explanation and recommendation.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Such as EVGA G2 GS and P2 (This one is expensive so I don't think so) SeaSonic and XFX

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like EVGAs SuperNova line. I have the 850 G2 in my rig. I've noticed a lot of people don't like the CX series.. I'll keep that in mind and avoid those PSU's from now on.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Like he said something like XFX TS series or Seasonic S12 series are a really nice power supplies for builds like these.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No need for avoiding, not completely. It's a decent PSU just not for gaming, NOT NOT NOT for gaming. It's more for like web browsing pc's or video watching/ music listening pc's :3

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