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New to Building a Pc on a budget

By Rucion · 8 replies
Aug 18, 2014
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  1. My friend recommended me to this site for advice on how to build a New Pc. This would be my 1st time trying something like this.
    I'm looking to build a gaming rig, Online gaming mostly. Some single player games like Skyrim ect. My Budget range is $1500. I could go a little higher if I need to. Using a HP pavilion Dv7 Laptop Living in New England. So I wont be transferring over anything. I will need a keyboard and at least one monitor. I got no OS software sadly. It is possible to find Windows XP still? If I have to go with Windows 7 I will. I havent tried water cooling but, if I will look up a guide if it is preferred.
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,151   +588

    Let me see what I can do for you, with $1500 you can get a pretty beastly system even including keyboard, monitor, and OS.

    Here is my recommended parts list (Using Amazon):
    i5 4690K
    MSI Z97-G55
    Cooler Master Hyper212
    Gskill 8gb DDR3 1866 (2x4gb)
    NZXT Phantom 410 (Kinda just picked one I like, case can be whatever your preference is)
    XFX DD R9 290
    Samsung 840 EVO 240gb SSD
    Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM
    Corsair CXM 600Watt PSU
    LG DVD Drive
    Windows 7 Home
    Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard
    Asus VN247H Monitor

    The total price of that build is about £1,184 which is right around the $1500 (Slightly above according to the conversion) but this will overall give you everything you would need for a strong gaming machine with an excellent board, processor, and GPU. All of this together will provide you 1080p ultra on every game you could throw at it along with great speeds thanks to the SSD and some awesome overclocking.

    Hope this can at least point you in the right direction.
    Jad Chaar and Route44 like this.
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,974   +74

    Avoid XP; it would be had to find at this point anyway and Microsoft no longer supports it in the U.S. You'll like 7 Home 64-bit just fine. Since you are in the states I strongly suggest checking out NewEgg.com and make a wish list. It's fun to do and you can take your time picking out the parts.

    Also, I don't know where in NE you are located but if you are close to Boston check out Microcenter. It is a great place for parts and often will have bundled motherboards and cpus at a good price.

    Unless you are doing overclocking you don't need watercooling or even that RAM (though the RAM GhostRyder chose is excellent).
  4. $h@d0w_M4n

    $h@d0w_M4n TS Member

    Why not u wait for the X99 chipset for a while?? Coz Its DDR4 RAM supported. :cool:
  5. Rucion

    Rucion TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry I havent responded promptly, just got home from work. I live about 30-40 min from boston If I even venture there I'll take a look at micro center and when is that Chipset coming out? Love the Ace Attorney Icon BTW Ghost
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,151   +588

    Oh umm I just realized I was on the uk site...oops one sec:

    Phantom 410 Case
    i5 4690K
    MSI Z97-G55
    Gskill ARES 1866 8gb (2x4gb)
    Samsung 840 EVO 250gb SSD
    Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM
    Rosewill Capstone 650Watt Gold PSU
    Gigabyte R9 290 GPU
    Corsair H100i CPU Liquid Cooler
    Logitech G105 Keyboard
    Asus VS228H 24inch 1080p Monitor
    Windows 7 OEM

    That together is around 1550 including shipping (And coupons). That will satisfy your needs to a bullet point and be a pretty nice gaming machine and its in American currency this time lol.

    If you can hit a Micro Center go for it because you can probably pick up many of these parts or similar at a discounted price.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  7. Rucion

    Rucion TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks again for the advice. I set a wishlist up and will adjust as needed.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Would recommend a thermalright true spirit 140 power over an h100i any day.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +977

    Ghost has you covered :). I second his recommendations.

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