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Red SailAdmin 5th Nov 2014

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So my gf is slowly getting into pc gaming, but she has a Mac. She doesn't play too often so she doesn't need anything crazy to use. She would only use it to play games like Assassins creed Unity, Guildwars 2, Diablo, and maybe MWO. Then she would use it to watch movies and tv shows.

So here's where I need your help. I've been trying to build her a PC that can support this. It needs to be able to play those games but it doesn't have to be super HD. It can be Desktop or Laptop.

My problem is my budget is about $500

Anyone have a solution or a good computer to use. I saw IBUYPOWER has a deal that might work but i'm not sure.

I'm not sure if i will end up doing this for christmas or not, but if i do your help would be really appreciated!


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I made quite the habit of spending time on /r/buildapc and even made a couple tutorials upwards of 400 score.

I build my pc ($2800 in Q2 2013, don't recommend spending that much). My gf's PC (~$900) and a 3rd pc for the bedroom ($400 value).

pcpartpicker.com is the ultimate tool for throwing together builds and finding the best buys.

I'll reply with a build for your gf in a few minutes.
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yea i've been using pcpartpicker, but building one that can run the games she would want to play seems like it would be at least 700. But I don't know enough about computers/benchmarking/etc to find the best option for her.

I wasn't sure if it's even possible to build one for $500 to run Assassins Creed Unity.

Honestly I should probably just start small since she's not super into gaming. Then upgrade it later.


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Check this out: http://pcpartpicker.com/p ... /rwZw8d

* The G3258 anniversary pentium is an overclockable dual core. If you update the asus bios, it will enable overclocking for this CPU. There are several reviews pointing out how insane this dual core can perform. I recommend a cheap $30 cpu cooler if you overclock though.

* I use a different version of this same motherboard for my entertainment build. Works well. Good quality. Even these H81's are perfect for overclocking the G3285 with ASUS' new bios.

* 8gb, since it's the current standard.

* An SSD MUST be the very first upgrade she gets, for now 1gb HDD is likely enough, though the OS will feel unresponsive and crummy.

* An R9 280 in a $500 build, will play anything on low-medium-high assuming the game is well optimized.

* The Cool Master N200 case is probably the best values on the MATX market atm. This case is also being used for my entertainment center build.

* Little is known about the Rosewill ARC series. Budget system, semi modular, but no technical reviewers have torn this thing apart yet. Great price though.
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Awesome! That is so much help!!


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