Hello all!I am trying to decide on building a budget gaming pcs(400-500$ each) or slowly part them together with nicer parts

Nerdlove639

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Hello all!
I am trying to decide on building a budget gaming pcs(400-500$ each). One for the wife and me.
The other option is to slowly part them together with nicer parts like a nice mother board and power supply and ram. Then get decent(with in budget CPU w/ integrated video.)
The problem I'm having is it worth it being that I will probably be unable to buy any more parts for at least 1-2 years. Saving to move...


All I want is a pc that can play weld of warcraft on high and runs other games nicely.
 

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I generally don't recommend building a PC with parts bought separately over a period of time as you might necver know if a part you bought is DOA or not until you have all the parts. This owuld be what I'd do with 500$ right now:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-K Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.22 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB DEVIL Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.26 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.08 @ NCIX US)
Total: $505.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 18:36 EDT-0400
I'd wait for GPU prices to drop, though.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($155.75 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $501.46
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

This is an alright build, should be able to run pretty much anything except for hardcore games, a lot of games will be able to be easily run but the more extreme games like BF4 will have a bit of trouble with this build, might have to drop settings to run those kind of games. No need to build everything slowly, and this build should be good for a few years for WoW at high settings, it should work pretty well. You can do a slight overclock with the G3258 as the stock coolers can handle a small overclock without getting too hot.

Black Friday is coming up so there are going to be a lot of deals and price drops, don't buy anything now, wait for then.
 

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One computer isn't an option and is kinda of a dumb suggestion
This is to play world of warcraft with my wife as it's main purpose other then for her surfing the web and my other games.(skyrim/elderscrolls, fallouts, and some other games.)
So it has to be two

As far as processors would you pick the g3258 over an i3?
For now I can canabalis my old laptop and tower for hard drives and optical drives. My father said he might grab me so ram for the wife and I for Xmas
So that two parts off the list would you use that extra money on the CPU or gpu?
 

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And yes I will be waiting till Black Friday or Xmas time cause I'm studying for my pharmacy tech certification right now and don't have time to play till after
 

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Alright, I'll strip off the hard drives and other things you listed from my build, and I will show you what I would do with the extra money

If you need ram
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB DUAL-X Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $507.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

If you do NOT need RAM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nrCnNG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nrCnNG/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.78 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $509.74
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
 

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For those games, especially skyrim I would go with the extra v-ram and get a r9 280/280x w/e is in your budget.
 

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I ran it with a 450 watt that had converted molex to power the GPU. I upgraded very quickly because it scared me. Possible yes recommended no

Now I use a 1200 watt so I need a 2nd GPU :)

 

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