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Need help building a Gaming PC
3 Posts
July 4, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Thanks in advance.

I am going to build a virtual pinball machine with HyperPin. (using three monitors)

Most of the posts on various forums are old and I've never built a computer from scratch before.

I would like to keep it on a budget around 400-500 dollars.

I need recommendations on a good:



Graphics Card


Power Supply


I tried putting something together online, but It was around 850.00.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

21 Posts
July 4, 2017 - 3:12 pm

It is going to be hard at that budget. You need a lot of power. I would source my parts on eBay.



3 Posts
July 5, 2017 - 12:30 am

Thanks jkeenam,

I've looking on newegg and have a wish list that totals between 800.00 – 1,000.00.

I'm planning on making a pedestal hyperspin arcade (two-player) this year as well. So I guess I need to start saving money.


3 Posts
November 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Core I7 with 16 GB Ram, 3 tb Hard Drive, MSI Motherboard , 750 watt power supply, DVD-RW, and Windows 7 Operating System All can be found on Ebay.

3 Posts
February 4, 2018 - 8:04 am
Quote from rsharitz on July 4, 2017, 1:11 pm

I would like to keep it on a budget around 400-500 dollars.

The are a lot go good itemized builds online- my original build was based on a PC mag article – that can help you plan your budget, and you know that one has already been built that works (which, as a first time builder, is a comfort!). PC Mag often has articles on builds from cheapo to primo. Some of the lighter builds come in around $500-$600, if you're not building a heavy hitter.

Here's an article on a budget gaming PC build that comes in around $500:Â https://www.pcgamer.com/build-…..gaming-pc/

The strategy are used when I built my big machine: I didn't buy all the parts at one – it was an ongoing effort. I started with the case and a power supply, and bolted in parts as I purchased them. I mapped out what I was after parts-wise on the idea that I would only purchase one or two components per month. Keeping my budget about $200 a month – bigger items, like graphics card, I would split over multiple months, committing my unspent budget from previous purchases – like one month I would buy a $100 drive, and then save the budget remainder for the next purchase next month…

. It requires a little patience, but the payoff is big – also, component prices will drop as the build continues. Both the RAM and HD/SSD prices where cheaper by the time got around to buying them. (I use a small SSD as the boot disk for speed – my boot up time is really fast).

In the end, my build came in around $1000, and I got a machine that can handle pretty much anything I throw at it, and is somewhat future proof – by spreading the parts purchases out, I was able to go bigger on my parts (better CPU, more RAM, etc.). Since the original build, the only major upgrade I have made is a more modern graphics card (in order to run a VR rig on it), and I've had many 4 years of service from it so far, and it still runs high end things easily, so investment-wise, I think my strategy has worked well.


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