New Budget PC Build

I have never actually built a PC before, so I was wondering if you could put together a decent budget PC? My budget is about $300 (US), though I could stretch it a bit if needed. Used parts are fine as well. 

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  • Sir_iceeiceSir_iceeice Posts: 162
    edited February 7
    Go on Craigslist find a good Desktop PC then add a GPU
    1. Skip LGA 775
    2. Only get LGA 1156 if you can OC it
    3. Avoided the slim case
    Motherboard : ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 (8 + 4 Power Phase Design)
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k at 4.7GHz  1.32v
    CPU Cooler: DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240
    Ram: V-Color OC Series 16GB (4x4GB) 2133Mhz 10-11-11-30-1T at 1.550v
    Storage:  ADATA Premier SP550 2.5" 480GB and 2Tb 3.5" Seagate
    Graphic Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GS
    Mouse: MSI Interceptor
    Keyboard: Corsair K70 Vengeance Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Red
    Monitors : 3x AOC 22" 1080p, 1x Dell 1080p Monitor

  • Why should I avoid LGA 1156?
  • Sir_iceeiceSir_iceeice Posts: 162
    Why should I avoid LGA 1156?
    You should avoid LGA 775, LGA 1156 you need to overclock it to get the most out of it.
    Motherboard : ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 (8 + 4 Power Phase Design)
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k at 4.7GHz  1.32v
    CPU Cooler: DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 240
    Ram: V-Color OC Series 16GB (4x4GB) 2133Mhz 10-11-11-30-1T at 1.550v
    Storage:  ADATA Premier SP550 2.5" 480GB and 2Tb 3.5" Seagate
    Graphic Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GS
    Mouse: MSI Interceptor
    Keyboard: Corsair K70 Vengeance Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Red
    Monitors : 3x AOC 22" 1080p, 1x Dell 1080p Monitor

  • I found a used PC for $250

    12gb dual channel ddr3 798MHz
    intel core i5 4440 @ 3.10GHz
    HDD 1TB
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 635 2047MB(2GB?)
    Windows 10 Home

    Think it's a good deal?
  • FunPosterFunPoster Posts: 11
    Everything there is fine except for the GPU, which is horrendous. You'd be left with $50 to spend on a GPU, which probably isn't enough to get anything half decent (like an HD 7870 or GTX 660) unless you scooped up an amazing deal. You could maybe try to lowball the guy, though, to give you more breathing space when it comes to the GPU.

    A pretty common tactic is to look for used Dell Optiplex towers (I believe the 990 is the one you want?), or really any sort of used home/office PC with a Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge processor and no GPU, since LGA 1155 is still modern enough to have USB 3.0 as standard, and then just throw a good GPU in there and maybe replace the power supply if needed. This gives you what is probably the easiest "plug and play" approach, beyond actually just purchasing a used gaming PC, since you won;t have to do any overclocking.

    On ebay, you can purchase a used Optiplex with 8GB RAM and an i5 2500 for $119US. This leaves you with $180 to purchase a bigger power supply (Dell uses standard connectors, so it's no issue, and yes you will absolutely need one), a bigger hard drive or maybe even an SSD, and a pretty beefy GPU like a GTX 780. Let's itemize this just using ebay listings since I can;t look at your local craigslist.

    Dell Optiplex 990 Full tower, $119 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-OptiPlex-990-MT-Core-i5-2500-8GB-320gb-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-COA/112783666918?_trkparms=aid=555019&algo=PL.BANDIT&ao=1&asc=20150817211623&meid=d5758fbccd3545fdb76731777715b2aa&pid=100505&rk=1&rkt=1&&itm=112783666918&_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226

    BRAND NEW 600w Bronze rated EVGA power supply, $40 - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014&cm_re=power_supply_evga-_-17-438-014-_-Product

    GTX 780, $120 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GV-N78TOC-3GD-NVIDIA-GTX-780-VIDEO-CARD-3GB-GDDR5/183061795814?hash=item2a9f5553e6:g:ic8AAOSwBwdae6Dx

    That comes out to $279US, leaving you with an extra $20 to pick up a second hard drive or maybe even a used SSD if you can find one for cheap, and do note, THESE ARE NOT THE BEST DEALS or even good ones. I linked a brand new PSU, for instance. Most likely, if you search properly in your locale, you'll be able to find stuff for cheaper. That GTX 780 I linked is really sketchy, but I was able to pick one up in Sydney that I knew was actually working for the equivalent of $125US. Really, go watch some of Bryan's videos and look at the kind of builds that he puts together. Then, search for the correct keywords to see what comes up, and lowball the shit out of what people are asking for their hardware, since they will always overprice it.
    CPU - R7 1700 @ 3.9GHz | Motherboard- Asus Crosshair VI Hero | RAM - G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 3200MHz | GPU - Asus GTX 1080 Strix | Case - Fractal Define R5 | Boot Drive - Samsung 500GB 850 Evo | Storage - Mushkin Reaktor 1TB, HGST Deskstar 4TB, Seagate Barracuda 1TB  | PSU - Seasonic x-750 750W | Display - Asus PB258Q 25" 1440p |  Cooling - Noctua NH-D15

  • Thanks a lot for the help! Do you know about how well a build like that would perform in something like fortnite or over watch? Thanks!
  • Overwatch*
  • FunPoster said:
    Everything there is fine except for the GPU, which is horrendous. You'd be left with $50 to spend on a GPU, which probably isn't enough to get anything half decent (like an HD 7870 or GTX 660) unless you scooped up an amazing deal. You could maybe try to lowball the guy, though, to give you more breathing space when it comes to the GPU.

    A pretty common tactic is to look for used Dell Optiplex towers (I believe the 990 is the one you want?), or really any sort of used home/office PC with a Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge processor and no GPU, since LGA 1155 is still modern enough to have USB 3.0 as standard, and then just throw a good GPU in there and maybe replace the power supply if needed. This gives you what is probably the easiest "plug and play" approach, beyond actually just purchasing a used gaming PC, since you won;t have to do any overclocking.

    On ebay, you can purchase a used Optiplex with 8GB RAM and an i5 2500 for $119US. This leaves you with $180 to purchase a bigger power supply (Dell uses standard connectors, so it's no issue, and yes you will absolutely need one), a bigger hard drive or maybe even an SSD, and a pretty beefy GPU like a GTX 780. Let's itemize this just using ebay listings since I can;t look at your local craigslist.

    Dell Optiplex 990 Full tower, $119 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-OptiPlex-990-MT-Core-i5-2500-8GB-320gb-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-COA/112783666918?_trkparms=aid=555019&algo=PL.BANDIT&ao=1&asc=20150817211623&meid=d5758fbccd3545fdb76731777715b2aa&pid=100505&rk=1&rkt=1&&itm=112783666918&_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226

    BRAND NEW 600w Bronze rated EVGA power supply, $40 - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014&cm_re=power_supply_evga-_-17-438-014-_-Product

    GTX 780, $120 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GV-N78TOC-3GD-NVIDIA-GTX-780-VIDEO-CARD-3GB-GDDR5/183061795814?hash=item2a9f5553e6:g:ic8AAOSwBwdae6Dx

    That comes out to $279US, leaving you with an extra $20 to pick up a second hard drive or maybe even a used SSD if you can find one for cheap, and do note, THESE ARE NOT THE BEST DEALS or even good ones. I linked a brand new PSU, for instance. Most likely, if you search properly in your locale, you'll be able to find stuff for cheaper. That GTX 780 I linked is really sketchy, but I was able to pick one up in Sydney that I knew was actually working for the equivalent of $125US. Really, go watch some of Bryan's videos and look at the kind of builds that he puts together. Then, search for the correct keywords to see what comes up, and lowball the shit out of what people are asking for their hardware, since they will always overprice it.
    That power supply is pretty terrible for the price. It's a group regulated older model unit, and you can pick up this for the same price: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B72W0A2/?tag=pcpapi-20
    Which is much better, in terms of cable managements, aesthetics and electrical performance.
  • If you read the price I posted along with the link, you would realise it was $40 at the time, hence why I bothered posting it at all.
    CPU - R7 1700 @ 3.9GHz | Motherboard- Asus Crosshair VI Hero | RAM - G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 3200MHz | GPU - Asus GTX 1080 Strix | Case - Fractal Define R5 | Boot Drive - Samsung 500GB 850 Evo | Storage - Mushkin Reaktor 1TB, HGST Deskstar 4TB, Seagate Barracuda 1TB  | PSU - Seasonic x-750 750W | Display - Asus PB258Q 25" 1440p |  Cooling - Noctua NH-D15

  • FunPoster said:
    If you read the price I posted along with the link, you would realise it was $40 at the time, hence why I bothered posting it at all.
    Fine. Last week, CX550 for $35.
    Same platform, just non-modular. Still better cables and performance.
  • Then I would recommend the CX550. This seems like a pointless attempt at cock-waving. Get a decently rated unit if it's on sale or look for used parts in your area.
    CPU - R7 1700 @ 3.9GHz | Motherboard- Asus Crosshair VI Hero | RAM - G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 3200MHz | GPU - Asus GTX 1080 Strix | Case - Fractal Define R5 | Boot Drive - Samsung 500GB 850 Evo | Storage - Mushkin Reaktor 1TB, HGST Deskstar 4TB, Seagate Barracuda 1TB  | PSU - Seasonic x-750 750W | Display - Asus PB258Q 25" 1440p |  Cooling - Noctua NH-D15

  • DanielZhanDanielZhan Posts: 2
    edited February 12
    Buizel10 said:
    FunPoster said:
    If you read the price I posted along with the link, you would realise it was $40 at the time, hence why I bothered posting it at all.
    Fine. Last week, CX550 for $35.
    Same platform, just non-modular. Still better cables and performance.
    FunPoster said:
    Then I would recommend the CX550. This seems like a pointless attempt at cock-waving. Get a decently rated unit if it's on sale or look for used parts in your area.
    CX is much better as long as its grey unit
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