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Looking to build a couple budget ($1k each), gaming rigs for my kids

dcobb 3,152 527 November 15, 2015 at 02:23 PM
Hey all, I'm old school and been building my own gaming rigs for many years, although I don't game much anymore and last rig I built was 6-7 years ago, with maybe an upgrade to the graphics card is all. So it's aged...

Anyway both my kids play Minecraft (few other games as well) and mod the heck out of it. Their laptops are nowhere near up to it and neither is my old school gaming rig which lags on big maps and such. Time to up the ante...

So for christmas I want to build them each a rig capable of handling most things these days (FPS isn't big on their list, so I don't need the latest & greatest per say). The price budget is about 1k per rig max, that's including the monitor and other peripherals. I already bought some SSD's but now need to take a close look at the internals. To be clear we want to "build" the rigs together, hence what will be under the tree Christmas morning is a bunch of components, case, monitor, etc... Also I'm more interested in what hardware to focus on rather than "deals" per say as I have only a few weeks to get everything needed. Also I have a Fry's about 30 minutes away and Amazon Prime.

I'd like to stick to Intel, but not sure on the socket type, 1150 seemed like the mainstream months back, however 1151 has plenty of options too, I have no idea about the difference. So I would very much appreciate suggestions on the following:

Motherboard / CPU and / or combos - Want to keep this in the ~$300 range
Graphics card - Want to keep this in the ~$200 range
Saving the remaining $400 - $500 for the monitor, case, PSU, memory, optical drive, keyboard & mouse, possibly a web cam as they want to do a youtube channel, and speakers

Would very much appreciate some input please! Again given the deadline I'm less concerned with "deals" per say rather than what hardware to focus on, and I'd prefer to buy most things from either B&M (like frys) or Amazon, just in case something is bad we can get it replaced ASAP. So not interested in edgy deals if that makes sense

Anyway thanks and appreciate any feedback!



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Check out - has a lot of great info. Microcenter (if you are near one) usually has good deals on CPUs and of course Fry's is a great spot too. i5-6600K is probably the place to start and build everything around that. Although the i5-4690K is great too, and a bit cheaper of a platform.
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are you willing to buy everything online? pcpartpicker is a great resource. my prior pm to you would be incorrect; i didnt realize you needed monitors etc. i still think $1k goes a really long way.
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put together an i3 skylake system including EVERYTHING except operating system, case, and storage for $608. i personally would pick up the xfx r9 390 graphics card from newegg on black friday for $250, but thats pretty high end. cases are subjective, so ill let you figure out that. you said you had storage already. i believe a cpu cooler comes with the i3, but if not just buy the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for $25; its the standard one. i chose a single 8mb ram, name brand. you could choose different. for psu you could go down to 80PLUS BRONZE or move up in watts or to 80plus platinum for better efficiency. a mouse/keyboard/cam are a dime a dozen, but if you wanna buy new/good of course it will cost more, maybe even over $100 depending on what you want. you may need other things, like a network or sound card.

now, you can go waaay lower in price easily, and have a GREAT system. look at a pentium g3258 system: this chip can be overclocked if needed, is 2 cores, and is only $50. with something like this, you could spend much less on all the other components as well.
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