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Kotaku - Building a gaming PC for under $700


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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:07:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:07:56 AM PST
A fun thing to do is to compare Portal 2 for PS3 and for PC side by side and see the absolute domination the PC has over console games.

Edited for sanity.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:16:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:35:57 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
I bought a prebuilt a while back and upgraded the video card, so all the components are great, but I'd like to transfer them to a smaller case if possible. Something a bit less clunky than the mid-size tower I've got. Maybe upgrade the PSU while I was at it...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:17:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:17:19 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
The three most expensive parts of a gaming PC tend to be the GPU, CPU, and the Windows license, so that's not all that surprising.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:25:32 AM PST
You need to try MWO. :D

It runs on Cryengine 3 and looks beautiful on full settings.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:26:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:28:29 AM PST
Unless you're a bleeding-edge overclocker, there's absolutely no reason to ever spend over $100 on a motherboard.

I spent $189 or something because I was going to run a crossfire setup, but my plans have changed to single card. If I could do it all again, I'd have gone with a cheaper board and a more expensive card.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:27:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:28:32 AM PST
I built a brand new rig for right around $600. It is a quad core 3.1 ghz, 8 gb of ram, 500 gb HDD, 500 watt PSU, 2 gb 550 TI GPU. The $600 was what it cost to build over a year ago. Today it could be done probably for $500-$550. There is no doubt in my mind it is stronger than the ps4 by a decent margin. Building a good gaming rig isn't half as expensive as many make it out to be. It just isn't.

A motherboard should be in the $80-$100 range and the GPU in the $100 to $200 range. No reason at all that combination should be $500.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:27:51 AM PST
What if somebody wants to wave their e-peen around by talking about how much they spent?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:29:07 AM PST
There's always that, lol.

I like to spin mine like a club.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:31:11 AM PST
How long do you usually go between builds?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:35:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:36:46 AM PST
John Galt says:
My build was about $900 and I only spent $50 for a computer case. Spending $90.00 for a case seems too high for that build. Buy a cheaper case and add fans or buy 8gb of ram.

edit- by, buy, and bye

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:35:34 AM PST
jtshiel says:
I will try that out next.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 10:40:47 AM PST
A customer says:
My rig cost ~550 bucks, and it will most likely be more powerful than the next generation.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:41:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 10:42:12 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Yep. My mobo supports 32GB of RAM , is full of copper and has great OC"ng tolerance and i paid $100 ($60 actually bundled). I can even Xfire, but no SLI.

I rather go 1 card at a time anyways, as every two years leaner and meaner cards come at the same pricepoint.

Xfire and SLI pay off if you are doing it out the gate. Chasing down an old card 2-3 yrs later don't come cheap based on what i've observed in the market, and for what they cost you can get a new card that nearly performs at those SLI/Xfire levels with less power.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:42:22 AM PST
2-3 years minimum. I upgraded the current one in... 2010 I think? 2011?

Might have been 2011. My next upgrade is only a new graphics card in 2014. My CPU is still doing very well and I "future-proofed" a bit with my choices.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:42:45 AM PST
jtshiel says:
Sweet. To bad I paid more and my wife told me it looks like the PS3. T_T

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:43:12 AM PST
If you do, let me know. There's been a group of us playing it nightly.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:43:53 AM PST
A customer says:
Your wife = plays angry birds.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:45:57 AM PST
jtshiel says:
It's F2P too right?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:46:13 AM PST
I used to build systems on the cheap like that, but I just sick of rebuilding every 2 years to keep up with the games.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:48:39 AM PST
Yes

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:50:06 AM PST
Depends how you build it. As I stated above my next upgrade is in 2014 and I expect to grab a $2-300 GPU and I'll be set for another 3 years at least.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 10:52:28 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I can't wait for ESO to come out so I can buy one of those $2500 PCs with a racing stripe.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:53:29 AM PST
You going to get some rims on it?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013, 10:54:59 AM PST
Bethesda is honestly the whole reason I started building more expensive PCs.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013, 11:01:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013, 11:02:55 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
My next PC upgrade is an Nvidia Titan-like single GPU that can play 5670 x 1080 at 60+ fps on ultra settings across most games.

1080p playability range is pretty much covered with just about any GPU you buy from $130- $450 today. Which is why you can buy anything between a $500 rig and a $1200 rig and be fine today and several years down the pipe.
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