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Cost of an good gaming desktop

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I'm looking to buy/build an better gaming desktop and was wondering what the average cost is to get one
My only requirement is that it be able to run games like star citizen almost lag free because my current computer dies when i start up the hanger.
I have never built an PC before so if i ask if you explain somthing again it means the works broke my brain

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Building a gaming desktop really depends on your budget range. If you go to the tech advice section, you may get an idea. Plus, there are tons of tutorials online, some even on youtube as a video tutorial guide.

 

Back to your question of cost, the largest portion of the cost of your gaming PC often falls on the graphics card. You can spend anywhere from just under $700 for a good gaming PC to several thousand.

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I would put $700 around the minimum for a desktop... Good midrange video card (seems every time I build a new system, the card is always between $300-400), decent processor (i.e. I went with the lowest i7 and it's been good for me for the past few years, usually how things go.  At the most for now I might upgrade the video card (maxed settings on DayZ tend to stress it), but everything else is fine far as I'm concerned.

 

Motherboard, $118 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130612

 

Processor, $299 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071

 

RAM, $45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104239

 

Video card, $309 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131391

 

Those prices were just over 2 years ago, similarly priced parts today are reasonably more powerful I'm sure.  I run BF3, Borderlands 2, Max Payne 3 maxed with little trouble at all.

 

This is all in a Cooler Master HAF XB (cubish-shaped) case that I bought new, but I kind of leave the case, power supply and HDD choices up to you... i.e. I already had hard drives, a power supply and optical drive that I put into use when I built the system.

 

Current line of Intel i7s (haven't looked at AMD's stuff in years) - http://ark.intel.com/products/family/75023/4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-Processors/desktop

Honestly it's been a long time since I've even looked at the details of a processor...

 

Motherboards (LGA 1150, DDR3 1600 RAM) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001315%2050001314%2050001312%20600438202%20600438203%20600036416%20600009016%20600176035%20600176036%20600036387&IsNodeId=1&name=DDR3%201600&Pagesize=100

 

Processors (LGA 1150) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%2050001157%20600005573%20600436886&IsNodeId=1&name=LGA%201150

 

RAM (DDR3 1600, for dual or quad channel) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006127%20600006071%20600006073%20600083963%20600006069%20600006072&IsNodeId=1&name=16GB%20%282%20x%208GB%29

 

Video - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600286742%204019&IsNodeId=1

 

CPU comparison... mine vs the i7-4771 (~$320 on Newegg) - http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=1&cmp[]=2027

 

GPU, 6970 (mine) - http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+6970&id=84

 

GPU, R9 280x (~$300) - http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7970+%2F+R9+280X&id=51

 

Personally, I like using Passmark's site when I'm searching for new hardware.

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Gaming PC and you have no build experience?

 

Go here -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=4084&IsNodeId=1&Description=gaming%20pcs&name=%241250%20-%20%241500&Order=BESTMATCH

 

Begin at $1200 if you want the PC to remain relevant for the next five years.

Buy pre-built until you have experience repairing or troubleshooting faulty DOA hardware.

 

If you want to dive right in then wait for @=ADK= warspite to reply to this.and his feedback is 110% sound. He knows his shit.

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mention didnt work >_>

 

@=ADK= warspite

 

^If that doesn't work you try @[member='AOBLXIX'] or @[member='Novaura']

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Thanks for the feedback I'll look into all those links. I have watched a few videos of people building desktops and if i do build one I'll follow an tutorial. I will consider buying an prebuilt but i heard its better to build it yourself.

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@[member='Pepsi'] @[member='Jakethewarlord']

 

Topic moved to the Tech section. You will get more replies here as all our Techy-Type people frequent it the most.

 

warspite is our best tech guy, he should hopefully reply here :)

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@[member='Jakethewarlord'] Honestly, If I were you, I would just purchase a laptop. I just got the Lenovo Y510P for about $1000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313740) and it has GT 755m sli video cards, which run every game I have on the highest graphics without lag. That's a hell of a cheap solution for what you get. 

 

I also just put together a gaming computer...through newegg as well...cost me about $1200...and the graphics don't run as well. And if you don't know what you are doing/have never put one together, maybe a laptop is a better idea for you anyways. 

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@[member='Jakethewarlord'] Honestly, If I were you, I would just purchase a laptop. I just got the Lenovo Y510P for about $1000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313740) and it has GT 755m sli video cards, which run every game I have on the highest graphics without lag. That's a hell of a cheap solution for what you get. 
 
I also just put together a gaming computer...through newegg as well...cost me about $1200...and the graphics don't run as well. And if you don't know what you are doing/have never put one together, maybe a laptop is a better idea for you anyways.


I already have an laptop but it lacks to the power for star citizen
And I have been doing an ton of research into building computers so hopefully I will be able to do it

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@[member='Jakethewarlord'] Honestly, If I were you, I would just purchase a laptop. I just got the Lenovo Y510P for about $1000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313740) and it has GT 755m sli video cards, which run every game I have on the highest graphics without lag. That's a hell of a cheap solution for what you get.

I also just put together a gaming computer...through newegg as well...cost me about $1200...and the graphics don't run as well. And if you don't know what you are doing/have never put one together, maybe a laptop is a better idea for you anyways.


I don't want to start an argument but I find it really hard to believe that would play a game like battlefield. Maxed out. You can't even do that with a 7970(resolution scale).

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I built my first gaming PC just over 2 years ago and I will admit I was nervous about DOA parts and of messing something up personally but there is nothing like the feeling you get when you boot up a PC that you personally built yourself.  My advice is take your time and double check everything before you buy anything.  Make sure you are getting what you really want.  Some things can be done in stages but you must start with a solid foundation.

 

Your case, motherboard, processor, and PSU are going to be your foundation.  These are the things you should plan to leave the same for the next 3-5 years.  I changed my case after 2 because I just disliked the cable management in my old one and wish I had started with my new one (Corsair Carbide 540 Cube).  Your video card, cooling, HDD, SSD, soundcard, memory, etc. can all be upgraded more as you go.  

 

WIth all of that said the bottom dollar on a budget gaming build is $600-$700 but a solid build can be had for around $1000.  

 

Here is a basic list of what you should look for ... 

 

-case with good airflow and toolless installation is a plus.  For example my case everything can be installed and removed without any tools with the exception of the motherboard.

-motherboard that supports the current AMD or Intel chipset.

-current chipset processor (CPU) will give you the longest use without the need to upgrade for a while

-PSU with enough power to run whatever you might be using.  Most video cards require at least 500w but I would recommend a 650w+ to give yourself breathing room.

-Current gen video card (GPU) and both ATI and Nvidia entry level cards should be enough to run most games like BF4 on high to ultra settings 

-8gig of memory will be plenty

-for cooling the stock processor heat sinks are often good enough if you don't plan on over clocking but most air cooling heat sinks are relatively cheap now.

-1TB HDD is plenty to start with you can add a SSD for games and or windows later

-Windows 7 or 8 your choice but most people still prefer 7

 

What I did when I built mine was I went into newegg and started adding everything I wanted to my cart staying within my budget and then after I had everything I wanted I started nit picking it away.  For example I chose an EVGA 570 video card and went back and bumped it down to a 560 which gave me like $200 to put into something else and I had a motherboard that was like $250 and switched to one that was like $180 stuff like that.  I spent 2 weeks nit picking my cart until it was what I finally ended up with.

 

Also read the reviews.  Everything electronic has a chance to be DOA it is just the way it is.  Things break in transit and have to be replaced but you can often tell which items have the best chance of being fine.  Good luck and I hope you get what you are looking for.

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I don't want to start an argument but I find it really hard to believe that would play a game like battlefield. Maxed out. You can't even do that with a 7970(resolution scale).

I guess I couldn't tell  ya. I don't play battlefield. Sorry

 

Was just saying its a fast/cheap solution to a gaming computer, plus I just really like the laptop. :P

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Spent 1400 on mine

MOBO z87 MSI

CPU: Intel i7 quad core 4770k
PSU: Corsair 750watt modular
RAM: 8gig(2x4) Vengeance
Video Card: MSI GTX760
Monitor: Asus 23inch 1ms
Hard Drives: 1 120gig SATA SSD, and 500gig mechanical drive
Case: Thermaltake with 3 fans, fan control pannel, and a lot more.
Steelseries Apex keyboard and my old Razer Naga
and A Cheap 20$ optical drive

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I already have an laptop but it lacks to the power for star citizen
And I have been doing an ton of research into building computers so hopefully I will be able to do it

 

@[member='Jakethewarlord'] Honestly, If I were you, I would just purchase a laptop. I just got the Lenovo Y510P for about $1000 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313740) and it has GT 755m sli video cards, which run every game I have on the highest graphics without lag. That's a hell of a cheap solution for what you get. 

 

I also just put together a gaming computer...through newegg as well...cost me about $1200...and the graphics don't run as well. And if you don't know what you are doing/have never put one together, maybe a laptop is a better idea for you anyways. 

I also have the Lenovo Y510P and got it around the same price for black friday.

It is a great laptop and can play most games on high. On planetside2 it does fairly well on the big bio lab fights. It has a great heat management system and i also love the sound.

I am also looking forward to Star Citizen and while this laptop is great i would not recommend it for that game in its current state.

I ran the hanger and everything was frustratingly slow, still am sure the Lenovo ideapad Y510P will be able to run Star Citizen much more smoothly when it is optimized for slower systems.

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I also have the Lenovo Y510P and got it around the same price for black friday.
It is a great laptop and can play most games on high. On planetside2 it does fairly well on the big bio lab fights. It has a great heat management system and i also love the sound.
I am also looking forward to Star Citizen and while this laptop is great i would not recommend it for that game in its current state.
I ran the hanger and everything was frustratingly slow, still am sure the Lenovo ideapad Y510P will be able to run Star Citizen much more smoothly when it is optimized for slower systems.

I want to stay away from laptops they are awsome but I think they may lack the power to play start citizen my laptop can play planetside 2 in massive armour battles yet it cant run the hanger module on its lowest settings

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So I just built my system about 2 months ago, here's what I went with after much research:

 

Processor: AMD FX-6350 (paid $130)

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (paid $30)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 (paid $60)

RAM: PNY 8gb DDR3 1600Mhz (paid $70)

HD: 1tb WD Blue (paid $60)

GPU: Sapphire R9 270 (paid $200)

PSU: EVGA 600w Bronze certified. (paid $35)

Case: Raidmax Super Atlas. (paid $15)

 

Total: $600.

 

I got quite a few things with rebates so that helped to bring the cost down as I was willing to buy things over a 2 month period to wait for deals. Research is your friend. Search every site for deals and if something isn't on sale, hold out for a couple of weeks to see if it'll drop. If not then go ahead and buy it. I purchased a couple of Corsair purple LED fans to put in as well, so add another $30 for that. All in all a good system that'll play anything I throw at it. It runs BF4 on ultra at my native resolution of 1680x1050 at around 50-60fps. 

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I also have the Lenovo Y510P and got it around the same price for black friday.

It is a great laptop and can play most games on high. On planetside2 it does fairly well on the big bio lab fights. It has a great heat management system and i also love the sound.

I am also looking forward to Star Citizen and while this laptop is great i would not recommend it for that game in its current state.

I ran the hanger and everything was frustratingly slow, still am sure the Lenovo ideapad Y510P will be able to run Star Citizen much more smoothly when it is optimized for slower systems.

My laptop with a 780m struggles with Star Citizen.  Even on my desktop, it took a 780Ti to run at higher resolutions at 1440p.  The game is just horrible with optimization right now and the majority of video cards will be worse than what $200 buys when it finally launches.

 

Personally, I've built many computers going back to the early 90s.  Things are so much easier these days that I would not hesitate in putting one together, just don't plan for games too far out or you will be spending a ton of cash for high-end equipment that will be mid range in 18 months.

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