Desktop PC build for under $600, please help me

Irastris Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Irastris
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    Irastris GBAtemp Maniac

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    Hello GBAtemp users, I'm writing today for help with a budget build mostly for using the Dolphin emulator (and occasional mid-range PC gaming).

    I know very little about PC building, so I literally need help for everything, so that I get the best bang for my buck.

    All I can be sure about is that I want to use the Cooler Master N200 (or the N400 if necessary) case, and I don't really care about 1080p, 1366x768 is fine for me.

    Thanks to any kind people that can help me.
     
  2. Snugglevixen

    Snugglevixen Princess of Cuddles

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    On your lap.
    If you're doing it mostly for Dolphin I would recommend getting a Wii for like $50 and have better compatibility than Dolphin.
    Since you live in America I imagine getting Wii and GC games shouldn't be too hard/expensive. You can play backups on homebrew too.
     
  3. raystriker

    raystriker The powers that be

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    Do you want just the cpu or do you want a whole system within the 600 dollars?

    Because even at 600 usd, I doubt you'll be able to touch the Dolphin recommended specs and also do midrange gaming.
     
  4. Duo8

    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Get anything you want/need, just make sure you get an i5 or better and a decent mid-range GPU.
     
  5. Irastris
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    Irastris GBAtemp Maniac

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    I have a homebrewed Wii (currently playing through Sonic Colors for the 5th time), but as I'm sure most people know, blowing 640x480 to a 1080p television is god awful, thus why I want to make a Dolphin build

    The whole system, and as for the midrange gaming thing, I guess I should have clarified more. I rarely play native PC games, the most demanding I've ever run is FEZ.
     
  6. raystriker

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    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    I'm gonna try too lol

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Directron)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.75 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($22.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $519.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-09 09:56 EDT-0400
     
  8. raystriker

    raystriker The powers that be

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    Your config is better but with a better PSU, a monitor and the cabinet our friend wanted, you cross the 600 usd barrier way easily :P
     
  9. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

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    From Ray's build, I would downgrade the motherboard to a H91. That would free up some for other parts, like upgrading the CPU to an i3-4370.
     
  10. raystriker

    raystriker The powers that be

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    What if he downgrades my proposed motherboard and uses the money saved for a better graphics card? Like instead of the R7 260x, he can opt for the R9 270X ti or something. Won't gaming performance be better with a better gfx card rather than a small increment in the cpu?
    What do you think? @Originality
     
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  11. Duo8

    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    If you're gonna get an i3 might as well get a Pentium and overclock it.
     
  12. jonthedit

    jonthedit GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I would go for a i5-3570K for the CPU.
    As for the motherboard STAY AWAY FROM ASROCK if you constantly transfer things via USB. Their "USB 3.0s" are like USB 1.0s. From my experience with ASRock, they give you what you pay for, and they always give you a shit USB experience. Other than that if you don't care, the boards last and are stable.
     
  13. Duo8

    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Might as well a i5 2500K
     
  14. Memoir

    Memoir Hi, I'm Cynical!

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    No.

    He wants to run dolphin. Haswell is the way to go here. Even if it's the pentium. The thing about that is that it doesn't offer much for mid range gaming performance.

    Also, I'd go asus or asrock for mobo. My experience with their hardware has been better than the likes of MSI or gigabyte.
     
  15. raystriker

    raystriker The powers that be

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    I guess it comes down to personal preference.

    Dolphin needs 2 cores, so i guess an i3 or an overclocked Pentium should be enough (if you're on a shoestring budget)
     
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  16. Duo8

    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    2500K is like, the legendary all-purpose unlocked CPU.
    Either get the latest one to future-proof when you need to upgrade or use a decent old one.

    A Pentium overclocked to 4.2 is probably better than most if not all i3.
     
  17. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

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    To get a motherboard capable of overclocking a Pentium, you probably need a Z98 motherboard and better cooling. In a budget build, I'm not sure you can fit that in.

    @raystriker, I'm not sure with dolphin but I don't think the graphics card helps much with emulation. I thought the clock speed was one of the most important parts to consider (it definitely is for PS2 emulation).
     
  18. Duo8

    Duo8 GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Some cheaper boards can overclock. Mine is a B85 and it can.
     
  19. Memoir

    Memoir Hi, I'm Cynical!

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    The pentium does not need a z87/97 board to overclock. An h81 board would do just fine.
     
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