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I have decided to get into gaming and want suggestions for gaming configs. I want to stick with Intel and right now I don't have a budget for graphics card. So I also want the flexibility to upgrade in the future.

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Why do you want to stick with Intel?

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What do you mean by "gaming config"? You want advice on which PC parts to buy, or a pre-built PC to order? 

We need a lot more info if that's the case. You didn't even tell us your budget which is the minimum amount of info necessary to give advice. 

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1 minute ago, LAwLz said:

What do you mean by "gaming config"? You want advice on which PC parts to buy, or a pre-built PC to order? 

We need a lot more info if that's the case. You didn't even tell us your budget which is the minimum amount of info necessary to give advice. 

I mean which pc parts to buy. The budget is 300-350 $

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26 minutes ago, Cerise Epiphany said:

I mean which pc parts to buy. The budget is 300-350 $

Sorry mate but you won't be able to buy a computer for 350 dollars. 

 

I just tried building the cheapest system I could that still has somewhat alright parts and it's 550 dollars without any GPU.

 

 

PCPartPicker Part List

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($150.99 @ Adorama) 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg) 

Motherboard: Gigabyte B560M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg) 

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg) 

Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Lenovo) 

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg) 

Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg) 

Total: $547.93

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-22 17:14 EDT-0400

 

 

Even if you were to change some parts (which I don't recommend) you would still not be able to shave off 200 dollars and still have a decent PC left.

The things you could save money on would be things like a lower end CPU which is not recommended, or a slower and smaller SSD which is also not recommended (that's the cheapest decent NVMe drive, and you will need 1TB of storage for DirectStorage to work). 

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My gaming configs involves me paying just $6/month for Amazon Luna and citra emulator on my phone. If you are like most people who buy new gaming PC every 5 years, a cloud gaming subscription over 5 years would cost you way less as well as regular monthly games to play without purchase. 

Sudo make me a sandwich 

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7 hours ago, LAwLz said:

Sorry mate but you won't be able to buy a computer for 350 dollars. 

 

I just tried building the cheapest system I could that still has somewhat alright parts and it's 550 dollars without any GPU.

 

 

PCPartPicker Part List

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($150.99 @ Adorama) 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg) 

Motherboard: Gigabyte B560M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg) 

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg) 

Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Lenovo) 

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg) 

Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg) 

Total: $547.93

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-22 17:14 EDT-0400

 

 

Even if you were to change some parts (which I don't recommend) you would still not be able to shave off 200 dollars and still have a decent PC left.

The things you could save money on would be things like a lower end CPU which is not recommended, or a slower and smaller SSD which is also not recommended (that's the cheapest decent NVMe drive, and you will need 1TB of storage for DirectStorage to work). 

What if I swap the B460 for a H410, use only 8 gb ram and stick with an 7200 rpm hdd?

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5 hours ago, Cerise Epiphany said:

What if I swap the B460 for a H410, use only 8 gb ram and stick with an 7200 rpm hdd?

I guess you could swap the motherboard for a H410 board. You lose PCIe 4.0 among other things, and you won't be able to upgrade your RAM, and it only saves you 15 dollars at most but I guess it's understandable in this sitaution. 

 

For storage I'd strongly recommend you get a 500GB WD Blue SN550 if have to get something cheaper. It will be the same price as a 2TB HDD but it will be night and day faster. You really don't want a HDD as your boot drive.

 

 

Even with the changes you suggested, it's still 450 dollars, so 100 dollars over your budget, and you are not really buying anything I'd call good.

The CPU is decent.

The cooler is decent.

The motherboard is bad.

The RAM is bad and you won't be able to upgrade or reuse it.

The SSD is decent but small and won't support DirectStorage.

The case is not exactly great.

The PSU is the cheapest one I can recommend without fearing it might burn your house down.

 

You could go down to a quad core processor and save another 50 dollars, but that's still 50 dollars over your budget. 

 

 

Do you have any components that could be reused?

 

 

At some point you have to ask yourself, do you actually need a new PC right now? If you spend the next year saving your money, you will be able to buy something that is actually good. Your budget is so low I am honestly considering recommending you get a pizza box as your case, because that could save you 50 dollars.

You want something to play games on, but in order to fit your budget you would need to buy something like a dual core with 4GB of RAM and integrated graphics, built in a pizza box. With prices the way they are, you need to at least double your budget to be able to get something that might be able to play some modern games at low or medium settings.

 

Trust me, it is a mistake to try and get a PC for 350 dollars. It's a waste of money. Save that money (preferably in a mutual fund) for a year or two and buy your PC then. We will soon get a generational shift from DDR4 to DDR5 as well so right now is actually a really bad time to buy a PC, even if it wasn't a global silicon shortage going on.

 

Here is a 340 dollar build. It's awful:

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($99.53 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus PRIME H410M-E Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($79.99 @ ASUS) 
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 CL19 Memory  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox E500L ATX Mid Tower Case  ($23.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $342.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-23 05:28 EDT-0400

 

You could shave off another 20 dollars by getting a 500GB HDD, but it would be horrible to use.

 

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25 minutes ago, LAwLz said:

I guess you could swap the motherboard for a H410 board. You lose PCIe 4.0 among other things, and you won't be able to upgrade your RAM, and it only saves you 15 dollars at most but I guess it's understandable in this sitaution. 

 

For storage I'd strongly recommend you get a 500GB WD Blue SN550 if have to get something cheaper. It will be the same price as a 2TB HDD but it will be night and day faster. You really don't want a HDD as your boot drive.

 

 

Even with the changes you suggested, it's still 450 dollars, so 100 dollars over your budget, and you are not really buying anything I'd call good.

The CPU is decent.

The cooler is decent.

The motherboard is bad.

The RAM is bad and you won't be able to upgrade or reuse it.

The SSD is decent but small and won't support DirectStorage.

The case is not exactly great.

The PSU is the cheapest one I can recommend without fearing it might burn your house down.

 

You could go down to a quad core processor and save another 50 dollars, but that's still 50 dollars over your budget. 

 

 

Do you have any components that could be reused?

 

 

At some point you have to ask yourself, do you actually need a new PC right now? If you spend the next year saving your money, you will be able to buy something that is actually good. Your budget is so low I am honestly considering recommending you get a pizza box as your case, because that could save you 50 dollars.

You want something to play games on, but in order to fit your budget you would need to buy something like a dual core with 4GB of RAM and integrated graphics, built in a pizza box. With prices the way they are, you need to at least double your budget to be able to get something that might be able to play some modern games at low or medium settings.

 

Trust me, it is a mistake to try and get a PC for 350 dollars. It's a waste of money. Save that money (preferably in a mutual fund) for a year or two and buy your PC then. We will soon get a generational shift from DDR4 to DDR5 as well so right now is actually a really bad time to buy a PC, even if it wasn't a global silicon shortage going on.

 

Here is a 340 dollar build. It's awful:

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($99.53 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Asus PRIME H410M-E Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($79.99 @ ASUS) 
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 CL19 Memory  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox E500L ATX Mid Tower Case  ($23.18 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $342.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-23 05:28 EDT-0400

 

You could shave off another 20 dollars by getting a 500GB HDD, but it would be horrible to use.

 

Thanks for the eye-opening info. It was a lot of help.

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24 minutes ago, LAwLz said:

Here is a 340 dollar build. It's awful:

Allow me to chime in, it's awful value for money (any used computer with an SSD slapped in can be cheaper)

Not sure how OP feels about going used?

 

There's genuinely ways to get closer to your $ 350 budget without getting bottom-of-the-barrel parts

Hardest thing to get right now will be a graphics card, at a decent price that is.

 

If you're willing to jump ship to AMD you can get decent integrated graphics if you're looking to play @ 1080p

Pretty important question as well, what do you have already? Any parts lying around, speakers/headset, screen, mouse & keyboard or even PC parts, older PSU, some storage, etc, etc

 

If not it's hard to get a gaming PC for that price in the current market, before that I could source a decent quad/six core rig with a GTX970 for less than € 350 with some very careful second-hand picking & chinese importing ;)

When the PC is acting up haunted,

who ya gonna call?
"Monotone voice" : A local computer store.

*Terrible joke I know*

 

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38 minutes ago, Sfekke said:

Allow me to chime in, it's awful value for money (any used computer with an SSD slapped in can be cheaper)

Not sure how OP feels about going used?

 

There's genuinely ways to get closer to your $ 350 budget without getting bottom-of-the-barrel parts

Hardest thing to get right now will be a graphics card, at a decent price that is.

 

If you're willing to jump ship to AMD you can get decent integrated graphics if you're looking to play @ 1080p

Pretty important question as well, what do you have already? Any parts lying around, speakers/headset, screen, mouse & keyboard or even PC parts, older PSU, some storage, etc, etc

 

If not it's hard to get a gaming PC for that price in the current market, before that I could source a decent quad/six core rig with a GTX970 for less than € 350 with some very careful second-hand picking & chinese importing 😉

My current system is a ddr2 3gb ram, core2duo and 1 tb hdd. It's 10 years old. I am willing to jump ship to amd but most of the cpu s I found do not have integrated graphics. I can reuse the monitor, keyboard, mouse, cpu case and psu. I was hoping I could reuse the hdd coz it's comparatively new. The mouse is a Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime

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31 minutes ago, Cerise Epiphany said:

My current system is a ddr2 3gb ram, core2duo and 1 tb hdd. It's 10 years old. I am willing to jump ship to amd but most of the cpu s I found do not have integrated graphics. I can reuse the monitor, keyboard, mouse, cpu case and psu. I was hoping I could reuse the hdd coz it's comparatively new. The mouse is a Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime

Hold onto the HDD for sure, offload your Steam library to that & then you can even get away with a smaller SSD.

What PSU is it? How much watts can it give, continuous not peak.

 

I need to eat my own words, 3400G's & other AMD CPU's with integrated GPU's are out of stock everywhere and marked up insanely high.

Have a scroll on PCPartsPicker or look on some local stores their websites, for gaming 4 strong CPU cores are important, 8GB's of RAM is the bare minimum (get one stick, upgrade to 16GB's the moment you can)

GPU Wise, the market is so different everywhere but look around, if it's close to MSRP it's a good deal.

 

Hopefully that's some useful info : )

When the PC is acting up haunted,

who ya gonna call?
"Monotone voice" : A local computer store.

*Terrible joke I know*

 

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5 minutes ago, Sfekke said:

Hold onto the HDD for sure, offload your Steam library to that & then you can even get away with a smaller SSD.

What PSU is it? How much watts can it give, continuous not peak.

 

I need to eat my own words, 3400G's & other AMD CPU's with integrated GPU's are out of stock everywhere and marked up insanely high.

Have a scroll on PCPartsPicker or look on some local stores their websites, for gaming 4 strong CPU cores are important, 8GB's of RAM is the bare minimum (get one stick, upgrade to 16GB's the moment you can)

GPU Wise, the market is so different everywhere but look around, if it's close to MSRP it's a good deal.

 

Hopefully that's some useful info : )

Will do that. The PSU came with the case.

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17 minutes ago, Cerise Epiphany said:

Will do that. The PSU came with the case.

If you're unsure, feel free to post a picture of the label!

I'm sure me or someone else can help out

When the PC is acting up haunted,

who ya gonna call?
"Monotone voice" : A local computer store.

*Terrible joke I know*

 

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5 hours ago, Sfekke said:

If you're unsure, feel free to post a picture of the label!

I'm sure me or someone else can help out

https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/rbH9TW/entry-level-intel-gaming-build

I found this guide. If I remove the graphics card and reuse my psu, case and hard drive and use 8gb ram, will I be able to play some games? I am not expecting to play at max settings and res but something decent like cod mw 1,2, etc. What games can I play with this machine?

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On 7/23/2021 at 7:13 PM, Cerise Epiphany said:

https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/rbH9TW/entry-level-intel-gaming-build

I found this guide. If I remove the graphics card and reuse my psu, case and hard drive and use 8gb ram, will I be able to play some games? I am not expecting to play at max settings and res but something decent like cod mw 1,2, etc. What games can I play with this machine?

You will be able to play those older games without much of an issue keeping the settings & resolution down : )

Here's a video with a similar CPU being used, that uses the same iGPU "UHD Graphics 630"

 

1080p at low/medium seems very reasonable

Add an affordable GPU down the line & you'll have yourself an admittedly basic but more than passable gaming system

When the PC is acting up haunted,

who ya gonna call?
"Monotone voice" : A local computer store.

*Terrible joke I know*

 

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