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My first budget gaming PC, pointers?

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John Wood

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Hey guys i've just started to build my first gaming machine,
I'm after something that will run all current games and preferably next gen games without struggle. As i said this is my first build so i'm not entirely sure what its capable of. Feel free to make any tweaks as i have a budget of $1700 maybe $1800. Your help would be greatly appreciated

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personally i'd build a better faster new skylake system for that money.

eg. change

cpu to a new skylake i5 6600. :- http://au.pcpartpick...u-bx80662i56600

motherboard :- http://au.pcpartpick...oard-z170mpro4s

memory :- http://au.pcpartpick...-hx421c14fbk216


takes your build list to $1593.66




6600 vs 4460 cpu's compared :- http://www.cpu-world...i5_i5-6600.html

Edited by terry1966, 19 February 2016 - 10:08 PM.

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:welcome:    John Wood,


I would also suggest a Skylake build and based around the same CPU that terry has proposed, put an alternative list of parts together for you to consider, see here


Some pointers regarding the other items on your list, please do not take them as any form of criticism just an explanation as to why I would choose differently.


MB is dated technology and the smaller micro ATX type, the former restricts your upgrade path, the latter can be problematic with newer add on video cards as they tend to be quite long + 99.9% of new cards are dual slot which gives you very little room to move inside the case when assembling and spring cleaning in the future.


Ram was ok for DDR3.


HDD was ok but swapped for a WD which is marginally less expensive and has more positive reviews.


Video card, 8GB of Vram and 512-bit sounds great, problem is that those resources will not be used for any present games nor any in the foreseeable future, it would be ok should you want to render videos, program games or do CAD work, see benchmarks here


Case is too small, has only one cooling fan and no removable dust filters, each of these on their own can cause a build up of heat but add a gaming GPU into the mix and you are heading for disaster, the case is also restricted to the smaller micro ATX and mini ITX MBs, as explained above, often a problem with add on video cards but in addition restricts any future upgrade path due to not accommodating full size ATX MBs.


PSU is an old model, not one of the best brands, expensive for 650W and does not have the benefit of a 10 or even 7 year warranty period.

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