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Shino47 2 months ago

I'm saving up to build myself a new computer from scratch, my budget is less than $400. Location is Connecticut.

I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do own a PS4 that was bought quite a while ago and I actually wouldn't mind a PS4 type graphics setup (wouldn't mind playing the latest and greatest on the lowest or middle settings possible).

I'm not looking for long term right now, but maybe a PC build that could last me a good solid 5 years or so would be good. Eventually I would end up upgrading here and there.

No peripherals or Operating Systems or Storage required. I have a case, but wouldn't mind getting another one (or I would sacrifice the cost of a case for a better cpu or gpu)

Thanks.

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ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 2 months ago

Get a refurbished desktop and throw a bus powered GPU in it (RX 560, GTX 1050/TI) This way you’ll have a more balanced system than Kakarotto

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card *ASRock - Radeon RX 560 - 896 4 GB Phantom Gaming Video Card $99.99 @ Newegg
Other Refurbished Dell Desktop w/shipping (i5-3470 (3.2GHz), 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive, Windows 10 Pro) $189.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $289.97
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-15 02:47 EST-0500

If you can spend some more, get a RX 570 (and upgrade the PSU, since a 570 needs a 6pin cable)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card *ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $130.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Other Refurbished Dell Desktop w/shipping (i5-3470 (3.2GHz), 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive, Windows 10 Pro) $189.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $360.95
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-15 02:45 EST-0500
Shino47 submitter 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks, I'll save this part list for now, I hope by the time I get the parts, the 570 would have a bit more price reductions.

Kakarotto 0 points 2 months ago

i can't really do much better than this, unless I cut the Athlon 200ge and RX 570 in favor of a Ryzen 5 2400g with it's Vega 11 Integrated Graphics.

The Vega 11 Integrated graphics are on par with a GT 1030, which is capable of 900p or 720p gaming. There are a few modern titles the Vega 11 and GT 1030 can play at 1920x1080 at low settings.

In the end, I'd tell you to save a little bit more then go for a system with the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or a Core i3. Cutting the case out will help, but I'd really recommend a case with a bottom mounted power supply. Cases with a top mounted power supply have trouble dissipating heat.

The RX 570 is a great card for 1080p gaming, which will get you high to maybe Ultra settings in modern games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor $50.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $63.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card ASRock - Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card $130.98 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC - DIY-BG01 ATX Mid Tower Case $32.96 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair - CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $418.58
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-01-15 01:17 EST-0500
ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 2 months ago

That CPU will struggle, when it comes to some heavier games (single core speed is worse than a Pentium)

Kakarotto 0 points 2 months ago

And that’s why the OP could come up with a list of parts that work well, then save up until he can buy those parts.

Shino47 submitter 1 point 2 months ago

yeah, thanks for the recommendation, I wonder when will the time come when an integrated graphic chip would be able to play the latest and greatest at 1080p lol. Cheers.

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