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Hello, I am building my First Gaming PC, I am looking to have this computer for the next several years while I'm away at college. I will be playing games such as League of Legends, CSGO, Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Day Z (If Possible), H1Z1, Arma III (If Possible), Civilization, ARK Survival Evolved (If Possible), Rocket League, Fallout 4, etc. My budget is only $850 and below, I am not too sure if I want intel or amd pcu, so all builds are in consideration, since I am not sure what I want. Thank you for you help!
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  1. Do you need any peripherals, monitor, OS included in that $850 budget? Or is it just the PC?
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    i5-6500 is a great gaming CPU based on Skylake architecture. The motherboard has Sky OC which allows overclocking of locked Skylake chips so you can overclock the i5 (buy an aftermarket cooler first) if you need more horsepower. 8GB of RAM is enough for any game you play. GTX 970 is a great GPU, and although you may opt for R9 390 (good for VR), GTX 970 has better drivers, consumes less power, and produces less heat. PSU is a Seasonic power supply which is very high quality and will last you a long time. 620W is more than enough while the case is simply great looking and clean.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.88 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($69.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($315.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $856.61
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-25 17:57 EDT-0400
  3. Tinjum said:
    Hello, I am building my First Gaming PC, I am looking to have this computer for the next several years while I'm away at college. I will be playing games such as League of Legends, CSGO, Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Day Z (If Possible), H1Z1, Arma III (If Possible), Civilization, ARK Survival Evolved (If Possible), Rocket League, Fallout 4, etc. My budget is only $850 and below, I am not too sure if I want intel or amd pcu, so all builds are in consideration, since I am not sure what I want. Thank you for you help!


    If you reach a budget issue I would cheap out on the case, motherboard and graphics card. Why is because if your young you will probably want to get a new something every year. And when pascal comes out or whatever you call it you will probably want that. A 750ti can play most of those games fairly well. And you can build a great system, where all you would need to do is get a new graphics card when the time comes. Its all personal choice though. I got a 960 saved a hundred+ bucks and haven't had one thing I couldn't play as of now. Down the road I will upgrade and use the old parts for a secondary build.

    I have a SSHD and its great and all but a spinner will do just fine. Kids these days play games on their phones while they wait for a loading screen to load. A $25 refurbished 1TB spinner did fine for metal gear solid, rust, space engineers, etc. All in the early days up till about a few months ago where those games where not optimized at all. That is on LGA 1150 and DDR3 but I doubt it mights that big of a difference.

    Personally if that where my budget I would get a used spinner hard drive and a cheaper case and see if I could get two sticks of 8GB ram and with any money I saved try to bump up the base hardware. A good CPU and motherboard socket should last you quite awhile.

    Food for thought.
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