Assembling a gaming computer for $550

By zoro1992
Mar 25, 2013
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  1. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    With the $230 do you just need a CPU? Or CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU, case, etc?
  2. zoro1992

    zoro1992 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    CPU, mobo, RAM, PSU, case, etc?...
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    I don't think we can do that, in general. And even if we could, it'd be a massive bottleneck to your 660Ti.

    PSU $80
    CPU $180
    MOBO $90
    RAM $50
    Case $40

    That's around $440 for something decent.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah, what games will you be playing? Plus if you are only running at 1080P that 3GB graphics card will do you no good. Maybe 1 game I know of would use a lot of memory even at 1080P, and that is Metro 2033.
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Addict Posts: 240   +58

    That's the exact same video card I just bought 2 months ago - very happy with the choice - I wanted a backplate, and the extra RAM for a future monitor upgrade. However, I first built a solid system using my old 550 Ti, (i5-3570K, Asus P8Z77-V, 2400 MHz RAM, 128 GB Crucial M4, H100 liquid cooler, etc). You really can't get the most out of the 660 Ti if you have a bottleneck at the CPU, and overclocking is always good for a bump in frame rates. RAM speed doesn't matter, it's so much faster than any CPU, 1333 or 1600 MHz is fine for gaming and cheap (get at least 8 GB). SSDs are great for many reasons, but not required for gaming. It's all about the GPU and CPU (& a solid, reliable PSU). You can cheap out on the rest and still game like a champ. You'll be glad later on if you save up a bit longer and get an unlocked quad core & cooler.
  6. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +10

    I think you need to increase your budget or sell that 660ti and go with something that will fit your budget. is a great place to get a general idea of building your own desktop and what price range you will be looking at.

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