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Budget Build to start me off

ArdyC

65 months ago

I'm really new to building a PC but my laptop is on it's last legs and I've heard that building a PC gets you a better bang for your buck and better options for upgrades in the future.

What I do normally with my laptop:

Download music and movies Play minor games (usually older ones on emulators) General internet use: Skype/forums

I'm not some hardcore gamer so I don't really need something that will play games on ultra high settings but I wouldn't mind being able to buy a newer game and play it.

I think with the way I'm getting into the emulators I'm going to want a video card but that's about all I know.

Budget will be around 500$.

I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and have a copy of Windows 7.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $69.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $72.00 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $149.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $500.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-03 21:25 EDT-0400
  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

considering you said you are on a laptop you probably don't even have a monitor, let alone a mouse or keyboard so these builds will need to be adjusted if that's the case. $500 doesn't really get you much so you'll need to come up a little more than $500 or make some sacrifices to add monitor, keyboard and mouse.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a monitor, keyboard and mouse from my old desktop that I can use. I'll eventually upgrade my monitor but I'm thinking I'll just use one of my TVs as a monitor for now.

Right now I'm running:

4GB Ram Intel core i5-2430 cpu @ 2.40ghz

I have a copy of Windows 7 so that's not an issue.

I mean,I want to make it better than what I'm currently running obviously.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

All your partslists are coming off as closer to $600 to me. Are you sure they're $500?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

they are $500 after rebates. And prices will always be changing as a build can be close to a budget in the morning and by the afternoon the final price can go up by $10 just because one part went up in price.

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