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Building a budget gamer

Postby Natedog » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:22 pm

Hello, I know I know, I haven't been around for about 3 years but with Civ 6 coming out I want to build a budget gaming system. Time wise I won't invest a ton of time into gaming so I don't want to spend a bunch on this project. Size is a concern, I considered buying an Alienware laptop with the graphics add on module, so thinking mini ITX case and my budget is $550 give or take a couple bucks.

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Re: Building a budget gamer

Postby Natedog » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:23 pm

Forum doesn't like my phone for posting. Here is what I'm thinking:
Silverstone Sugo itx case
WL 2TB HD (depending on prices this may change to an SSD for about $50 more)
Silverstone SX-500 SFX-L Gold certified psu
Crucial 8Gb DDR4 kit (mb is rated for 2133 ram, any suggestions for about $40 or less?)
Gigabyte GA-110N Mini ITX 1151 socket MB
Intel Core i3-6100
Refurbed Gigabyte GTX 960 2gb ram

Total is about $550 which I don't is too bad. Thoughts?

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Re: Building a budget gamer

Postby ZeroGuardian » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:21 pm

Hey Natedog, welcome back!

Looks like a fairly decent rig to me. Only thing I'm hesitant about is the 960. Not sure how well that will hold up over time. If you can increase the budget you could look at getting one of the small form factor 1060 or 1070 and that should definitely last you a lot longer. But just my two cents.

If cost is the biggest issue then what you listed is a solid choice.
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Re: Building a budget gamer

Postby dolynick » Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:01 pm

I have to agree with Zero on the GPU choice. I have a couple 960s and while they were a reasonable upgrade at the time I bought them, they really didn't offer much of an advantage over the 950s. The new 1060 is a pretty massive improvement over what the 960 offered (80% faster or something). I believe it's priced a bit higher than the 960 was, but I'd say it's well worth it. It's also a nice, low TDP so small, quiet and still cool designs should be available.

I haven't heard anything about a 1050 yet, but you could also wait and see what happens there. I imagine Nvidia will be putting out a lower-end Pascal card eventually to reach into the more budget oriented market. I'd expect that card to easily outpace the old 960 as well (probably 970-ish performance range).

If you're not committed to Nvidia, there are also the new Radeon Polaris cards. I'm not a big fan of their stock coolers, but they are offering a nice balance of performance and price (460 through 480). There has got to be a nice partner card design floating around out there that would do nicely.

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Re: Building a budget gamer

Postby Natedog » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:44 pm

Thanks guys! Actually I wanted an RX 480 but they are all sold out and the RX 470's are seemingly hard to nab but looks the GTX 1060 3GB, even though its not a full power 1060, looks like it'd be a good option. So come buy time it'll be one of those three, hoping for the 480 or GTX 1060 3GB (should be labeled 1050Ti).

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