A Poor Man PC Build ($300 Price Range) Feedback? Suggestions? Comments?
Ok, so like many people out there, I don't have a lot of money. I am quite poor and am currently a high school senior with a shit load of extra-curricular which leaves me with no time to get a legitament job. With that being said, I really can't afford to build/buy a $500+ gaming PC.
I've done a lot of research on the cheap PC builds, price to performance ratios, etc., and I've come up with this solid build. I myself have bought these exact parts and plan on doing so benchmarking to show the results. From what I've seen, a lot of build guides won't even have a graphics cards in the computer at this price. I'm not including a monitor, operating system (install Linux or just pirate a commercial os), or optical drive (not necessarily needed).
Please note that I don't necessarily prefer Intel over AMD or vice versa. It's just just that in my opinion for this particular build, Intel appeared the way to go.
Contrary to belief, you don't have to necessarily need to have a crazy, expensive CPU in order to get great results. A lot of your performance will depend on your GPU. You have much more wiggle room as far as pricing goes in this department. The G2020 is without a doubt a bang for you buck. It's definitely not an i5, but for this price, it's quite powerful and amazing.
Has the top price to performance ratio among all processors. $43? Are you fucking kidding me? However, even with all of the ratios in the world, the cheaper it is, the lesser amount of performance you'll get. Around 8% less powerful than the other option, but if you really can't afford the 2020, go with it.
I really can't recommend a particular make of the card. Just find the best deal you can (discount, rebate, etc.). Overall, it's a solid card and should have you running games like DayZ, Battlefield, and COD on medium settings with decent frames. I had a bunch of gift cards which is why I went through Walmart. Just throwing it out there that I normally refuse to shop there. Though, technically it's Tiger Direct.
Well, there you have it. I'm sure you could get all of this much cheaper. I was just in a bind with those gift cards I had. Feel free to leave any criticisms or suggestions. I'll be posting benchmarks soon.
Last edited by chickeninabiskit; 01-04-2014 at 02:12 PM.
You can buy components from walmart?
Man, we need one of those
A Walmart? And yeah, I was really surprised. But dunno if it's worth it if you're not stuck with gift cards. Anything available on Tiger Direct can be searched for and bought off of the Walmart website. But I've yet to see a product with free shipping.