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Recommended parts for budget pc?


Feb 2, 2014
I've got an approximately 700 dollar budget for my PC. It's not much to work with, I know, but it's my first gaming PC ever. It's just my first small step into the PC gaming world.

So far I've decided on an NZXT s340 for a case, an i5 4590, and a gtx 750ti graphics card. I'm not sure what a proper budget motherboard might be, or a couple smaller things like a cpu fan and cooling in general. It's be a huge help if you guys could give me some input. Thanks!


Oct 28, 2014

I wouldn't suggest pairing an i5 4590 with a gtx 750ti. Believe me, that cpu is way too powerful in comparison to the gpu. I'd suggest something a little more like my build. The Cpu isn't great, but it won't bottleneck the graphics card, so you should get decent performance out of it. With this build you can play any modern game on medium settings at 1080p at 60fps. If that's what you want out of your $700 (and you kinda should) then this is the build to get, though of course some changes can be made if you don't like parts of it. Still this cpu and gpu combo are pretty good for the price.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FtLTkL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FtLTkL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($222.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX Core Edition 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $660.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-25 20:35 EDT-0400


Oct 28, 2014
Just so you know the build you want to make is still a valid option, but you would basically have to upgrade your graphics card right away. Like you won't be doing pretty much any gaming until you swap that thing out for something better. Then you'd have a great cpu and gpu. But if you won't have the money to upgrade for quite a while, then my build is the build for you.
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