so a rare opportunity for a good gaming PC has presented itself to me...

hi all, I've been wanting to get into PC gaming ever since this console gen started (PCs just seem better) but have never had the money to buy a decent rig, or the time or patience to build one from scratch

I recently started a course at University, and have been put on Disabled Student's allowance on account of my cerebral palsey, I've been given an allowance for specialist equipment, and since no computer of any kind that I own is less than 5 years old, they said I was eligible for a new one on this allowance

I contacted the equipment provider, and he told me I was getting a basic laptop for word processing and things of that nature, now my degree course is in Performing Arts which is going to require much video and audio editing and possibly 3D animation, (I hope to learn to do that) so I tell the guy the laptop they picked out just isn't as powerful a machine as my course demands,he tells me they can get me a better computer if I pay the difference, (I opted for a desktop (there was also other pieces of equipment it turns out I didn't need to put down the cost)

now I know this is meant for my coursework which, obviously takes first priority, but at the same time I can't help treating this as an opportunity to get a kick-ass PC for comparatively little money, I don't mind paying a couple hundred for a machine that is worth much more (and they tell me I can customize it as I like as long as I'm willing to pay for the extras)

thing is, I'm not very PC savvy, and there are graphics cards that set you back 500 by themselves, now it's my understanding that once you pass a certain point of technical proficiency, you start paying through the nose for increasingly little value,

so if any of you have some advice on an effective but sensibly budgeted build for a PC, that would be great

Oly J:
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Hello, first of all we need a roughly estimated budget for the build. Other than you should be careful about added costs (don't pay for Overclocking, overkill PSU, ridiculous case, unnecessary cooling configurations e.t.c.). Also, will your budget include peripherals too?

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Oly J:
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Hello, first of all we need a roughly estimated budget for the build. Other than you should be careful about added costs (don't pay for Overclocking, overkill PSU, ridiculous case, unnecessary cooling configurations e.t.c.). Also, will your budget include peripherals too?

well I got an email of what I'm getting after giving up some extras as a downpayment, and a few options

Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz CPU, ATX socket 1155 DDR3 mainboard,
4 GB DDR3 memory,
1 TB S-ATA2 hard disk drive,
DVD-/+RW dual layer drive (incl. mastering software),
nVidia 1 GB memory graphics card (suitable for CAD),
sound adapter,
Stereo desktop speakers,
ATX midi tower case,
wifi and 10/100 Mb network adapter,
MS Windows 8 Home Premium 64-bit operating system
18.5" monitor
Extra to pay: Nothing

2. Upgrade to Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz socket 1155 CPU: Add 78.00

3. Upgrade memory to 8GB DDR3: Add 30.00

4. Upgrade to Gigabyte Silent GeForce GT 610 Graphic Card - 810 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 - Low-profile - 1200 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - Passive Cooler - DirectX 11.0 - HDMI - DVI - VGA: Add 9.00

5. Upgrade to Asus GT620-DCSL-2GD3 GeForce GT 620 Graphic Card - 700 MHz Core - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 - 1820 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - Passive Cooler - DirectX 11.0 - HDMI - DVI - VGA: Add 26.00

6. Upgrade to Asus GT640-DCSL-2GD3 GeForce GT 640 Graphic Card - 901 MHz Core - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0 - HDMI - DVI; needs 600 W PSU: Add 85.00

7. Upgrade to Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7870 Graphic Card - 1000 MHz Core - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0 x16 - 4800 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - CrossFireX - Fan Cooler - DirectX 11.0 - HDMI - DisplayPort - DVI; needs 600 W PSU: Add 150.00

8. Upgrade to Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Graphic Card - 1000 MHz Core - 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0 x16 - 6000 MHz Memory Clock - 4096 x 2160 - CrossFireX - Fan Cooler - DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2, DirectCompute, OpenCL - HDMI - DisplayPort - DVI; needs 700 W PSU: Add 340.00

9. Upgrade to Asus P8H61 R2.0 Desktop Motherboard - Intel H61(B3) Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 - ATX - 1 x Processor Support - 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Maximum RAM - Serial ATA/300 - 1 x PCIe x16 Slot; Add 21.00

10. Upgrade to Asus H87M-Plus (C2) Desktop Motherboard - Intel H87 Express Chipset - Socket H3 LGA-1150 - Micro ATX - 1 x Processor Support - 32 GB DDR3 SDRAM Maximum RAM - CrossFireX Support - Serial ATA/600 RAID Supported Controller - CPU Dependent Video - 2 x PCIe x16 Slot - 4 x USB 3.0 Port - HDMI; Add 35.00 (recommended for Crossfire graphics cards)

how does that look? they leave it open for more suggestions and I'm probably willing to spend up to about 2 to 3 hundred, maybe 500 at most, but I'd like to keep the cost as low as possible

so is there anything there that's worth going for? and stuff that's not so important?

Oly J:
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Firstly, You will definitely need a beefy graphics card. The 7870 is a good mid-level model, the 7970 is really fast but obviously it costs quite a bit more. The other options (gt 640, 620) are quite weak and you should avoid them. The intel i7 isn't needed for gaming but it will certainly help a little with video processing and stuff like that. You should also add the 8gigs of memory, they are essential for video editing.

GT 640/620 is hardly weak for a first time gaming PC, sure if you have the money splurge there but I have a 550 GTX TI and I can still run very new games (such as Skyrim) on max settings with no performance hit.

Shaun Kennedy:
GT 640/620 is hardly weak for a first time gaming PC, sure if you have the money splurge there but I have a 550 GTX TI and I can still run very new games (such as Skyrim) on max settings with no performance hit.

The GTX 640 is quite a bit weaker than your 550ti while the 620 is just not suitable for gaming at all[1]. You should also keep in mind that Skyrim is not a demanding game.
IMO ff you are going for a brand new system it's better not to worry about upgrading for a couple of years.

[1] in nvidia cards it's the second digit that denotes performance

 

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