8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2018 6:03 PM by alexander_walter.exe

    building a Indie Game PC for my gf - a few budget options/questions


      I got my girlfriend into pc gaming (yes!) and her favorite types of games are usually indie games like Inside, Limbo, Doki-Doki Literature Club (*shivers*), and similar. I gave her an old 780 Dell Optiplex (Dual Core Pentium) with a Raedon HD 5450 in it and it has served her well until a week ago - where some games shes trying now are unplayable due to the old hardware, or won't even boot (Little Nightmares). I don't have a huge budget but what I do have is an AM3+ cooler, a 700 watt psu, and Nvidia 760, and some DDR3 ram sitting in my basement...


      I'd love to put the psu and the 760 in the optiplex... but anyone who knows dell might also know they like to make things wierd and the optiplex is a BTX chassis.... meaning that even if the psu magically would fit... the graphics card mounts upside down meaning the case can only support a single slot card. So I've come up with a few options.


      1. buy an Nvidia 640 or something - the optiplex has a 300 watt psu. I don't think I could get away with going red if chose this option since the good red team gpus like their power force fed to them by a direct line from the nuclear power plant. This would definitely prolong the optiplex's life.


      2. Try to find a used AM3+ Mobo/CPU combo, take the HD from the optiplex, and wallah. Once I add my parts, full system, if a gen old.


      3. I found some realllllyyyyy good deals on AM3 cpus and boards.... is AM3 still relevant for her use case? if so, what chip would you suggest? I don't have much experience with AM3.



      What do you think will offer the best performance for the cheapest cost? She's not really playing AAA titles, and the computer sits hooked up to her tv, running on 1368x786.

        • Re: building a Indie Game PC for my gf - a few budget options/questions

          Hold off until next month. AMD will be releasing the Ryzen based APUs which will have plenty of power for her casual games. Price out a system using $99 for the APU price on a Socket AM4 system and whatever you want for your AM3+ system and see what the cost difference will be.



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          • Re: building a Indie Game PC for my gf - a few budget options/questions

            You could hold off as suggested above, but i would recommend a newer ( sorry man have to recommend something new) because everyone loses if you wont...


            People tend to think your way when they know and love really old games, big super gaming rigs and super out-dated hardware that they knew cost thousands and thousands of dollars at some point in time way back 20years ago and sit on Emu Servers running Xp


            So go new and its going to be a lttle cheaper than say you buy into AM3+ which will still be new price tags, unless you find a second-hand shop. Buying used online is a huge risk, you stand to lose every dollar on something that will break 1 month after receiving it. . AM3+ isnt old when comparing prices, so grab a new i3 7th gen OR AMD Ryzen-3 1300x  (which is quad vs intel's duel core)


            Activate Win-10, install all your games. Run a full backup, takes new windows-10 backup about 5min on a slow storage drive, or 1min on a SSD when using new usb 3.1+ external always for me. Then game away.


            Both those CPU's cost under 99$ and Yes you or anyone else using this new PC will still be able to run BF3 if desired, but she wont have to worry about that.


            Just remember what i mentioned about the EmuServers , thats a scary business to get yourself into with all the second purchase ( YOU WILL ) have to make.


            GL and happy gaming M8

            • Re: building a Indie Game PC for my gf - a few budget options/questions

              Hi All! Thanks for all the help and opinions - I definitely agree atlasminor @black_zion that under most circumstances that holding off for the Ryzen APU's would make the most sense, but, I'd really like to make it sooner rather than later and it feels like a waste to let the gtx 760 just get dusty when I can use to it get such a good price/performance ratio.


              leyvin - Thanks for the info about the FM2+ Chips, that was super helpful to making my decision and gave me an idea of what to expect from that gen of hardware.


              With that said, I decided to go the past-gen route and I'm putting together a system like this -


              FX-6300 --- $49 ( New + Warranty, got a discount because of damaged packaging)

              Took a risk on the Mobo  - $40 on fb - seller said I could bring the CPU and RAM and make sure the board posts. worst case senario I don't come home with the board and buy a 70 dollar one new.
              the gtx 760 i had

              the DDR3 ram i had

              hard drive and disk drive from the optiplex

              and the gf chose the case! I'll make sure to post the build!


              I was considering the FM2+ until I saw the deal on the 6300, because $100 made a comfortable budget. All and all pretty happy with the quality of PC I'll be able to put together for <$90!