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Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by thecatpetter on Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:42 pm

I went on NCIX (I live in Canada) and added all the items that a gaming desktop needs (no accessories), including Windows 7. It was a bit over a thousand dollars!
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Is that a normal price for building a custom PC? Can you build a PC that can play COD: Ghosts with medium settings smoothly for less than $700 including Windows?
If so, post pics of a shopping cart you put together that meets the aforementioned criteria).


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Re: Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by Space Pirate Summers on Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:36 am

Yes, it is possible to buy/build a computer capable of handling CoD: Ghost at medium graphical settings for <$700. Buying or building a computer with decent specs isn't as expensive as before. When I purchased my rig it was pretty costly, but capable of running pretty much everything out right now with medium to high settings. Anything beyond this point in time I may have to tinker around a little with the settings for it to work properly. There is a lot of pre-built PC's you can get for a decent price that pack an average hardware. You'll have to look around to find a good deal I'm afraid. Try your local electronics/computing store. Might find something of decent value there. Or see if you can catch any sales around easter period. Good luck!
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Post by hyDRUX on Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:37 pm

I've played CoD: Ghost on a $600 AUD dollar with medium settings @ 50-60fps. Building a custom gaming pc however, might take a bit of your wallet. If you buy a computer on it's own (a computer which can run CoD: Ghost pretty good at low/medium), you can save up money to buy a new core/upgrades. Try not to buy everything at once.
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Post by Space Pirate Summers on Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:51 pm

I agree with hyDRUX. If you decide to build it yourself, might be best to start with the small pieces and slowly work your way up. Certain accessories such as the graphics card might come down in price, or you could obtain a better one for a much decent price at some point down the road. Plenty of Youtube videos out there with great tips. If you take this route, consult them first. :]
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Re: Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by Avolicis on Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:10 pm

COD Ghosts? COD???
get out


Seriously though $700 could net you an OK entry-level rig, I don't recommend building one yourself for that budget though... might be better to buy a pre-packaged system... try the Phoenix series from HP. There's a couple nice entry-level gaming desktops, but their specs aren't all that good for the price...

Btw, $1000 custom built rigs can either be a really good deal or a huge ripoff. I have a semi-custom thousand-ish dollar one, it was a pretty damn good deal for what I got. Then again I got it in a sale, so yeah...

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Re: Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by Space Pirate Summers on Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:12 pm

Avolicis wrote:try the Phoenix series from HP. There's a couple nice entry-level gaming desktops, but their specs aren't all that good for the price...

HP has a lot of low-budget computers with decent specs. Most of the HP-based computers I've seen lately pack the quad-core AMD processors with their Radeon HD series graphics card. They fail on RAM power though.
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Re: Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by Unity on Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:43 pm

Currently the best config in terms of performance to price ratio in my opinion. It's about 600 bucks, so you could make sure of the extra 100 to get an SSD or RAM upgrade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfGE4i_A6E4

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Re: Can you build a custom gaming PC for under $700...

Post by FBG Raven on Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:35 am

Hell yeah you can. You can put together a powerhouse AMD Kaveri APU build for >700 that'll handle Ghost on medium to high settings with good FPS.
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