Building a gaming desktop <700SGD. Need help.
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible. - Most of th time will be gaming. Games like BLACKSHOT, TF2 DOTA2 RO2 AND DRAGON NEST.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes? - Preferred to be <700 SGD
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? - On christmas or latest by end of year!
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? OS, peripherals, wifi, in addition to the tower. - Cosair 200R ATX MID TOWER
Which country will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have a Microcenter? -Probably buying online!
If reusing any parts (including peripherals), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated. - Not reusing any parts.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU? - Probably no.
If there's any specific features you want/need from the rig, please list them. - Radeon R280X Or 7870
Do you have any specific case preferences such as a window or LEDs, or do you have a preference for low-noise components? - Low noise component
Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? -Yes. Window 8
submitted by ZHIICHENGG
Whether I knew it or not, I was a member of the master race all the way.
It all began with my first PC. I had some big white box with components I can't remember. I played all those cheap games you see on shelves at Target. My first game was Candyland or something like that. You did these missions then collected as much candy as possible. I also played some Play-Doh creator game. Then there was Zoo Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon, In-Fisherman and a bunch of random others. I would always ask my dad, "Can I play this?' because my PC was a piece of junk, but I loved it.
My first encounter with a real game was during thanksgiving with the family. We usually went and hung out hours before dinner. One of my cousins was playing Age of Empires II. I became addicted immediately. I didn't play though, I just liked to watch. I ended up getting some silly little demo, but I played the Demo for ages.
Then came phase 2. My dad had gotten a bunch of Pentium 4 Computers for a great deal. (I think he got them from work.) They were IBMs with P4s, 512mb Ram, 60GB IDE Drives, Windows XP (I had 98 on the first) It ran on integrated graphics. The P4 was pretty terrible. I loved this thing however. At the time, all of my friends were getting Xbox's and PlayStations. They played Modern Warfare a lot. That's all they talked about at school.
I began to get into RPG games. I went to visit a relative. He introduced me to Fate. He played it hours each day, and still does. He would pass the same ring on for generations. It upgraded over each generation. It became thousands of years old and seriously OP, but it was so much fun. He gave me an extra copy he had. I played it for a while, but lost interest.
I got into Browser games and Free To Plays next. I played tons of flash games. I played on NotDoppler, Armor Games, and Kongregate was my go to and I still occasionally play flash games on my Chromebook. I also played this game called Dragon Fable and learned to hack on it. I played MechQuest as well. I played Neopets for a while too. The Webkinz craze got to me. I bought 10-15 animals, cards, mousepads, magazines and other junk. And I can't forget Club Penguin where I was a member for about 6 months. I also played Ikariam, which only lasted about 2 months.
Then, This happened:I got a Wii. My mother was convinced it was good for exercise and my sister and I teamed up to scrap copper for it. My grandma was moving and her house was being scrapped. I liked the Wii, but it never replaced the PC.
Years later, the game that took my interest was Wizard 101. I loved the game and found the teamwork really fun. I played the free areas for about 6 months. As soon as the gift cards came out, I got 2. Those 2 1-month subscriptions would turn into about 4 more. I spent ~$60 on Wizard 101.
My friends were now playing Black Ops. I went to a friends party and he had brought 2 Xbox's. I played some, but I hated the controls. The other kids talked about Black Ops every day. I discovered a free-to-play european shooter called BlackShot. It was kinda like Counter-Strike. I played around 4 days (96 Hours) over the course of a year and a half. I started to talk about it and a few kids were interested. I showed one of them all the glitches I found in it.
My least proud moment was in 2011. I got an Xbox 360 with the new TV my dad bought. I got Halo: Anniversary Edition and played it in 3D. (3D TV) I never finished it, still haven't. I played about 20 hours from purchase to present. For christmas I got MW3. I liked to play on the Xbox, but I never payed for Gold. I refused. I though it was bullshit to have to pay to play online. I kept going back to play BlackShot on my PC. I liked mouse and keyboard much better. The thing was, I played at an incredibly low frame-rate. I didn't understand settings that well. I was pretty good considering that.
Summer 2012 came, Xbox Live Gold was $2 for 2 months. I got it and played MW3 mulitplayer. I played a lot, but kept going back to BlackShot. Two months were up, but I didn't renew.
I got into After Effects and Premiere thanks to Freddiew. I watched a ton of YouTube since 2010 when I joined. After Effects CS4 required 2GB of Ram. I begged my dad to help me upgrade. He agreed. I helped him with a ton of work and he got me a 320GB WD Blue, and 2GB of DDR2. I thought it was the coolest thing. BlackShot loaded way quicker. I got the trial of CS4. I remember the first night."I start up CS4 for the first time, it crashes. I look up an answer to this problem on Google. I have to turn off hardware acceleration every time I load up AE. I turn off Hardware acceleration, and it loads. At the same moment I get a text from my first girlfriend. I whip out my cheap slide-phone and text her back."
I attempted to render a 3 minute audio animation. It took 4 hours for a 3 minute video. It rendered wrong the first time. I did it a second time. 8 Hours+Overheating CPU=3 Minute basic animation. I couldn't even play 720p video at 24fps. I knew I wanted better.
Freddiew released a typing video. I saw the backlit keyboard and I wanted one. I found the G110 for $60. It is the very keyboard I'm typing this on right now. It was my first upgrade. I had to kiss the PS2 IBM keyboard good bye. I was really attached to it for some reason. It was recently given to a friend who lost her job.
The next upgrade came when my dad got a 20 inch Samsung monitor. It was 1600x1200, but way better than my 1280x1024. He was very nice and gave it to me. My P4 could barely handle it.
About nine months later, the baby was born. I had saving up my money finally. I had about $1000. I did some research. That afternoon was spent staying with my aunt. She tried to tell me I needed a Mac. I played it off. I couldn't wait to get to Microcenter. I got an i5 3570k, Z68 Reference Board, 1TB HDD, 16 GB Ram, cheap case and Gt 610. Yes, Gt 610. Dumb move, I know. The guy at microcenter tried to convince me I needed better. I booted up Windows 7 at 2 am that night. One week later, I returned for Battlefield 3 and joked with my dad, "Can I play this?"
The fact I could play 1080p video was enough. I still had the Samsung Monitor.
3 months later, I got a 1080, 24" LG monitor. It's the same one I'm using now, but I'm hoping to get a ProArt monitor as I color grade video/photos. I don't think my gt 610 was very happy with me. I played Battlefield 3 on peasant settings (Low, 720p) and it ran at <24fps or at least felt like it. My Kd suffered (.8) I found a coupon for $15 at MC and the Logitech g400 was on sale for $35. I got it for $20 and still use it today.
December 2nd, 2013: I got a real Graphics card. Microcenter had the EVGA GTX 670 FTW on sale for $350 after MIR. I literally emptied my piggy bank and checked couch cushions for the money. At the time, this card was the 2nd or 3rd fastest GPU on the planet. I still use it and it handles games very well. I sold the gt 610 for $45. The guy at microcenter gave me like 5 games and it started my official steam collection. I now have about 40 Games.
I made another mistake, buying an H55. It was on sale for $40 and I wanted something quiet. It worked fine, but it didn't fit well in my cheap case. I had to wedge it in there. I got the 300r eventually. I also got some Bose Ae2's for $80.
My Xbox now sits, collecting dust. I'm thinking of reviving it as a streaming device, but a $35 chromecast does that better and web browsing doesn't cost. (Seriously, XBL Gold is so much greed and Bullshit)
Here are my current Specs CPU-Intel i5 3570k (Stock 3.4)[Avg Temp 95F]
RAM-16GB Corsair Vengence
GPU-EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Mother Board-Intel DZ68DB
HDD-Seagate Barracuda 1TB 32mb Cache
Fans-Corsair SP 120(2x) Corsair 140 AF LED, Corsair 140 AF
PSU-Thermaltake TR2 (I know, it's shit) Hopefully, soon to be AX 760
Sound-Bose Ae2;Bose Room Mate II
Other Notable Gear:Samsung Chromebook;LG Nexus 4;Chromecast;Canon T3i w/Kit lens and 40mm f/2.8 pancake;V262 Quadcopta
And that's my story....
submitted by BranFlake5