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Kill Your Console! Build a $350 Gaming Rig | December 2016


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Originally published at: https://crit.tv/kill-your-console-build-a-350-gaming-rig-december-2016/

Phew! $350 gaming rigs are some of the more difficult builds to part together - a lot of sacrifices have to be made, but in the end you can still get something that will be on par or beat that console sitting at some Best Buy. This is custom and made up to what you need it for. Everyone has their opinions and needs for things, and that’s what makes building a custom PC so great. Prices may vary - but if you need help building your console-killer PC, hit up the forum! https://forum.teksyndicate.com/

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#2

Zotact would indeed be a better brand name than Zotac.

Edit : 2 days later, the typo remains unfixed.


#3

I think the Athlon X4 880k may be a better choice for AMD. Lower TDP, better cooler (unless AMD upgraded the 4350), and there are a wider variety of motherboards available. Costs about the same as well.


#4

A few weeks ago my cousin tasked me with building her a super cheap computer to play WoW and The Sims. Micro Center was having some early black friday deals so I took here there as she wanted it right away. It ended up looking something like this:

Intel Pentium G3258
GTX 950
250gb SSD
MSI mATX mobo
EVGA 500w psu
8gb ddr3 1600
cheapest case I could find

I was planning on getting the GTX 1050 but the only one they had was $50 more than the 950…

All in all with windows it came to just over $500. There were about $75 or so in rebates though which I hope she used. That would bring it into the low $400’s.


#5

Something extremely important, given that you brought up emulators, is the fact that intel’s i3 has an instruction set that AMD has yet to incorporate into their cpu’s which is used in, at least, Dolphin and PCSX2.
I honestly forget what it was though…something like SSE2…?In any case, food for thought.