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What to buy for a good gaming computer?

Discussion in 'Games' started by ccpoke810, Oct 12, 2014.

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  1. ccpoke810

    ccpoke810 Thread Starter

    Oct 12, 2014
    I want to build a gaming computer, higher end, but not too expensive. I just want a simple decent gaming computer, I am also computer illiterate. So please don't get mad with what I'm planning to use to build it. Please help me.

    1. 64 or 128 GB HDD-I heard its better than a single TB because it doesn't require moving parts.
    2. Pentium CPU or Intel's new Pentium G3258
    3. Corsair 300r Case
    4. Corsair Vengance Blue 8GB or DDR3 RAM
    5. Corsair CX 600M 80 Plus or Cooler Master Elite RS460 PSU


    Please help and don't make me broke. m:(
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

    Jul 9, 2008
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    Hello ccpoke810,

    Before purchasing or putting together any parts, I suggest educating yourself on what each part of the computer does and some specific types of each.

    You're in for a bad time if you order parts, somehow get them all together properly, and the run into problems. You won't know how to troubleshoot the issue you're experiencing because you won't know what might be causing it.

    Having said that, building a computer is not the most complicated thing in the world -- it's just good to have a basic understanding of what you're doing.

    Here are two good articles to get you started:

    If I've misunderstood and you think you're a bit beyond the basics, let me know.
  3. Bluertomb


    Feb 12, 2013
    I agreed with TheShooter93 .
    Basically he had covered all the neccessary area that u NEED to know, even if u claimed u are computer illiterate.....
    The parts that u wishes to setup, u must know if they are comparable, are the parts assembled complied with the requirement of game needs...??
    They are so much more to know and understand, if u are a decent PC Gamer,this will determine if u are really into gaming industry or just another noob gamer!
    Where to start, u ask?
    Start from the beginning, where else !!
    This isn't some tough job that need lot of brain juice, u can DO IT !!

  4. Bluertomb


    Feb 12, 2013
    Considering someone as low-level pc gamer, certain amount of hard-cash should be "ready by hand", just in case whatever might happens.

    If u are planning to be low-end gamer, purchase the parts that fit right to your budget. And u should set an end-budget for any parts u required.

    This will go a long way for better money management.

    Don't stress yourself, get help if u are in doubt.

    Have fun !!!
  5. Tanis


    May 29, 2006
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    Cody pretty much nailed the basics as has been said. I would also add to that in that you may not be able to achieve what you are after.

    Why you might ask? Ill explain based on your post :)

    This, in my opinion, is extremely difficult to achieve. In many areas of PC components you really do 'get what you pay for', if you cut costs the chances are you will be cutting the machines capability.

    I assume you are talking about an Solid State Drive (SSD) here? In reality, you want an SSD as well as a standard mechanical drive, if you are going purely SSD only then I would suggest you need a much bigger drive than 128GB, which can increase the costs significantly.

    I would say you realistically want to go for at least an Intel Core i5 CPU for reasonable gaming performance. The graphics card does a lot of the work (come onto that in a bit) but it does not do it all, and dependant on the type of game(s) you want to play they could be more CPU intensive.

    8Gb is a good start and Corsair are a good make.

    Corsair make good PSUs but unfortunately the CX series are not one of them, really you only want to use HX, TX or AX units. Either that, or look for ones from Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling or OCZ (as examples), look for a 5 year warranty on the PSU also.

    Again, having said all that about the PSU, you can't realistically decide which PSU to but until you have decided on your GPU (Graphics Card). The GPU is one of the single most important parts of a gaming rig, it is also probably the single biggest power consuming unit, they type and power needs of the GPU will dictate the minimum PSU wattage etc that you need.

    Motherboards - I would stick with either Gigabyte or Asus as a board manufacturer if you want a good quality bit of kit, however, again, this will ramp up the cost.


    Please help and don't make me broke. m:([/QUOTE]
  6. Gulo Luseus

    Gulo Luseus

    May 12, 2007
    I hate to say it but "higher end" and "not too expensive" really dont go together. The rig I currently run on (specs as above) is high end and cost me.. well, lets just say a lot. That doesnt mean you cant get a good rig on a budget, but there will be sacrifices somewhere.

    What you need to fulfill your needs depends on exactly what you want to do with it. What sort fo games do you want to play? what resolution on the monitor? What sort of quality do you want? If you can gove some examples of games and quality to run, we can give more specific advice.
    Secondly, you need a budget. How much do you have to spend, as a guide? This will let us price components within that budget. I would suggest that you leave 10% of that budget free as well, both because prices can change, you may find something on offer that is more than you originally intended but its too good to miss, and finally because there is always something that gets missed. There is little worse than getting everything together, realising that some little thing is missing, and not having a pony for that last little bit!

    Finally, we need to know where you are. Many here are US, I am UK, and its frustrating to source components only to hear that its the wrong country.

    Hopefully we can source you, and find a few good online guides for assembly :)
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