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Please share a good parts list for building a pc -- especially for gaming! Answered

What processor, optical drives?  Which cases have some smarter, non-tool installation options?  Which have an extra small footprint, but still cool for the gaming we want to do?  What other pitfalls or smart shortcuts have you observed?

Thanks for your brainshare!


Go from the main board-upwards, and restricted by your spend.
Your peripheral-bits will probably be fine regardless, but check the spec's of any games you might want to play.




7 years ago

Uh, no. That's not going to work. The very first thing you are going to have to determine is what is the absolute maximum amount you can spend.  Its a near certainty that will limit your choices and the type of machine you can build. You can build a nice, full featured gaming rig for around a thousand dollars, but if you go full out on every single component, you can easily push it into the $4000-$5000 range.
When you are on a budget, it becomes a matter of compromises and planning for future upgrades. 
If you just want to check out what is hot in PC gaming hardware, I can give you a number of links to check out. If you are seriously wanting to build a PC, then do your homework first. Check some of the many internet sites that offer free guides on building a PC, establish what you want, need and how much you have to spend, then come back here with that in hand and there are a number of people here who would be more than happy to give you advice and help as needed.

And I believe that brings Burf's total to... wait, my calculator seems to have had an overflow error.

What's your price range? What kind of gaming will you be doing?