$1500.00 gaming PC Budget
I would like to build a gaming PC for my friends son. I know that $1500.00 is not much these days for a gaming PC. But if anyone can make some recommendations, I would really appreciate it.
I have no preference for brand.
That's a fine budget for a gaming computer. i5 3570k $200, z77 motherboard of your choice $150, 2x4gb 1600mhz ram $40, case of you choice for say $80, quality 650w power supply (xfx, corsair, seasonic, or antec) for $70, 1tb hard drive $80, a 120gb ssd for $120, optical drive $20, windows $100, gtx 670 for $300. That plus tax and shipping will be under budget. That should leave you enough room to spare for a decent monitor $120-150 and keyboard and mouse. If it goes too expensive you could get a slightly cheaper case, and/or drop to a gtx 660ti. If the computer will not be overclocked you can save another $20 by dropping down to an i5 3470 $180. If it will be overclocked grab a budget cooler like a hyper 212 $20-30.
TR's February 2013 System Guide - The Tech Report - Page 6
There you go! Those prices are in USD, but computer components in US/Canada are suprisingly similarly priced.
For a $1500 build, I wouldn't get the 650d and that's coming from someone who owns one...in a $1500 build. It's a very nice case, but it's an extra $100 that could be better spent on the vid card.
$0.02....er, $0.00 since we round down now.
If you choose the right parts, $1500 buys a high-end gaming system, at least from a performance perspective for a single monitor setup. Just don't spend on premiums that won't net additional gaming performance (x79 platform, 6 core i7, 64GB ram, etc.) There's lots of good advice to go around at HWC. :thumb:
Intel Core i5-3570K, HIS Radeon HD 7950, BitFenix Shinobi - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada
$1281 (not inc a $10MIR)
3570k, MSI G45, Corsair H80i, Gskill sniper 8GB Ram, HIS 7950 iceq2, Mushkin Chronos delux 240GB SSD, 1TB WD Blue, Seasonic G 550W Gold PSU, Bitfenix shinobi case.
Feel free to remove the DvD drive unless they use it and also feel free to change the case for something else depending on their taste(or anything else for that matter, this is suggestion of what to buy).
Leaves you enough to get a decent monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers/headset.
If you shop around more and then price-match you'll get it all from one place. Kick-ass machine for the price (And the GPU comes with the new Tomb Raider and Bioshock games to boot)
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