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  • Ballin' on a Budget. Best builds you have achieved personally for minimal cash.

    Hi all, was chatting to another guy in a game sesh and he broached the subject of building a new PC. He current had a GTX670???? and an i5 2nd gen cpu. He said to me that he was in the market for a new system and asked me if he should simply go out and buy the best parts he could get. This got me thinking, what results can one achieve by using all options available to them at the time whether that be gumtree, ebay, new egg etc while not blowing the budget. For instance I scored a z97 mobo, I5 4th gen cpu, gtx1060 gpu, 16G DDR3 ram, for $400 2nd hand. A 1TB SSD for $175, new case with a 600w PSU for $135. And for free got a mouse, keyboard, DVD burner and monitor. So in total the system set me back $710 dollariedoos (or AUD). Games pretty respectably as I before now since I was a kid have always been a mere console peasant.

    Feel free to share and I'll recommend the lad to have a look at the replies.

    PS He's an Aussie as well as location is certainly a factor with these things.

  • #2
    What is the cpu? i5-4590 ?? i5-4690K ??
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    • #3
      First of all what is his budget on PC. You can buy used, however you are taking a risk on the lower lifespan from use. If it's fairly modern components that is less of an issue, however you never know when you might turn on your computer one day and end up having a part that just went kaput. There is a point where when you should just buy new parts if you are planning on having the PC for a while. Sure if he's tight on a budget I can help with that too and used parts are a viable option, because I've been there too and had to buy used also.
      Expected some witty saying!? Yeah...well...I got nothing.


      • #4
        I5 4590 Baron is what I have and Hyperweasel I am unsure as to what his budget is but at a guess I would say hes shooting around the 1000-1500 AUD mark


        • #5
          I bought my girlfriend a MSI GL73, i7(8th gen), GTX 1050 TI for 820 pounds a couple of months ago.
          Thought that was a good deal for a laptop that has to run Minecraft and Farm Together... sigh


          • #6
            Nothing beats a cheap ebay xeon and a chinese X79 or X99 Mobo from aliexpress if you're looking for best bang for the buck
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            • #7
              I built my son the following rig for his 11th birthday:

              PCPartPicker Part List:

              CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.00 @ Amazon)
              Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($111.10 @ Amazon)
              Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
              Storage: Inland Professional 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($19.99 @ Amazon)
              Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.90 @ OutletPC)
              Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
              Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($70.00)
              Power Supply: SeaSonic 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
              Total: $600.95
              Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
              Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-15 23:54 EDT-0400

              The prices it is showing are current prices, but i got it significantly cheaper.

              I already had the PSU, HDD and Case from a previous build.

              Got the RX 570 on sale at NewEgg for 109$, and it came with RE2 Remake and Division 2
              Got the R5 1600 and the Motherboard as a pair at Microcenter - 90 for the CPU, and 85 for the motherboard (30$ off bunddle deal).

              plays most games, even AAA games, at very playable framerates at 1080p, though its even slightly better because the spare monitor i gave him is actually 1600x900 so it plays pretty much everything at max. just fine.

              All told, got it out the door for sub 400$.