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What platform would you choose for a $700 "light" gaming build? My buddy claims he isnt going to game much, just wants to play games like Borderlands 2. I feel like even slower CPUs with a decent ssd make great everyday computers. I feel like if he is going to do any gaming I should focus on more GPU power.

Id love to get him a 4690k but think I would be sacrificing too much GPU power to get it. However, I am planning on a 256gb Crucial mx100 ($110).

$700-$800 budget for tower+OS only.
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post #2 of 28
If it's not for very intensive gaming you could get him an old but gold 2600K @4.5-5GHZ OC and a GTX580 with a samsung 840 EVO or so

You can get then 2nd hand somewhere very cheap I think

With these components you can game very well tbh
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post #3 of 28
Borderlands 2 means you want Nvidia.

For CPU, most i3's will be fine for light gaming.

I did a build about a year ago for someone in a Silverstone Sugo. We found an i5-2400 on eBay for $130 or so and got a mini-ITX mobo for $60. A 650ti Boost and various other stuff brought the total up to around $550.

I think that if you could find a mid-range i5 for $150 and a mid-range motherboard for about $70 you'd be well on your way. Add in a $250 GTX 780 or so and you're rolling!

Unless you want to buy all new. That complicates matters.
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post #4 of 28
There's an i3-4360 in the marketplace for $120 and a Z97 board from the same seller for $85, that's a killer price and leaves you with a healthy upgrade path for later on. There are a couple other components, boards and a few processors but that one I listed seems like the best for me. Not really much RAM in there but it doesn't cost much at all so I'd just grab a 2X4GB 1600 kit from the egg or whatnot.

For video cards, there are TONS in the marketplace for sale. Also, if you're looking for new there are some good deals to be had. I'd say don't be picky between nVidia or AMD cards, just get whatever is the best price for the performance. I am a huge Borderlands fan and I have played a ton on both AMD and nVidia cards and I can tell you, personally for me, I don't give two flying rat-f***s for PhysX. It's a gimmick and it has never been a selling point for me for video cards. With that said, if you really love PhysX or you just want to try it go for it. There's a GTX 770 in there for about $210 that's a pretty good deal, there's a few R9 280Xs for good prices and I've seen a couple of GTX 680s that might be negotiated for lower prices. If you've got the scratch for it, I would recommend an R9 290, you can find some really good deals for new AND used ones! Their price performance is still fantastic, I run two of them on my overclocked QNIX @ 96Hz and it's a thing of beauty. Regardless, get whichever brand gets you the best bang for your buck, there are some good deals to be had from the great people right here on OCN!
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post #5 of 28
Honestly, if he doesn't know what he's looking for, I doubt he'll miss having PhysX in BL2.

You said $700 in the title, but then said $7-800 in the body. With OS, its right at $800.
I kept the MX100 as you stated and went with the i3 to save some dough. The r9 280 will stay relevant as long he's gaming at 1080p, 8GB of quality RAM won't need to be upgraded for a long while, and there's a 256GB HDD for him to store some pics and music on.

Only possible via rebates, if that's not an issue.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($195.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $804.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-20 10:53 EDT-0400
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post #6 of 28
guys dont forget you can put an amd cpu in the rig and pair it with a higher nvidia gpu or use an amd card and use mantle. you can get a 6300 for like $110 and then you can get a motherboard for anything from$79-$219 its only a single gpu rig so he would be good with a fx970 chip set but if he wanted to sli or xfire then the 990fx chip set is just a little better. here are 2 rigs that are options. this is usd.
CPU- amd fx 6300 amazon.com $97.99
Motherboard- ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ -$89.79
Hdd- 1tb wd blue $54.99
ssd- samsung 840 evo 250gb $128.99
gpu- EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit $219.99 down to $209.99 with rebate
Cpu cooler- coolermaster hyper 212 evo $33.03
Atx case- im not sure if you need it or not but- Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case CC-9011023-WW $49.99
Ram-Kingston HyperX FURY(2x4gb) 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 $71.99
OS- windows 8.1 system builder oem 64 bit $92.00
Total- $838.12 without rebates
these parts are all new from amazon.com, and the price does change slightly with time. but this is the best list of new parts that i could come up with or you can throw a fx 4300 in but that only takes it down by maybe $10. Good luck with your build! thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by Reebadoo - 10/20/14 at 9:51am
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post #7 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reebadoo View Post

guys dont forget you can put an amd cpu in the rig
that's supposed to be for gaming.
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Originally Posted by Klocek001 View Post

that's supposed to be for gaming.
ya. amd can game. and borderlands 2 runs just fine on my 8320. @stock clock
Edit: he did say light gaming lol thumb.gif
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post #9 of 28
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Thanks for the builds. Ill have more time to look through them tomorrow. Had a looong day staining my deck today.
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post #10 of 28
Let us know what you decide to do! Good luck!! thumb.gif
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