Obviously the GPU/RAM market is stupid right now. But I just happened across Linus-tech's $70 gaming PC video. That got me wondering, can we still build a decent 1080p gaming rig under $400?
So what constitutes a viable 1080p gaming rig these days? It shouldn't be a system that's already obsolete, it should be able to do its thing for 2-3 years at medium to low-medium settings and >40fps on most games. I'll lay down some rules according to what I imagine that to be:
CPU = 4+ threads
RAM = 8GB+ (yes, this is a bit high, but everyone likes a challenge)
Storage = 250GB+ (anything less won't hold many modern games + OS)
GPU = Thinking something in the RX460/GTX1050 range or higher with 4GB VRAM (you can obviously get away with 2GB, but let's keep it somewhat desirable). GPU Hierarchy Chart for your convenience
Ebay is fine, but it has to be something you'd buy for yourself (honor system) and it has to be a "Buy Now" price. Auctions generally
end up around the same price anyway.
Used/Refurb is okay, but again, it has to be something you'd buy and use for yourself. Keep in mind, refurbs need to have enough PSU to drive your video card, so if it needs a beefier PSU, you have to account for that.
All components should be....2012 or newer. Intel Ivy Bridge/AMD Piledriver or better
Sale Prices/Coupons/Promo codes/MIRs are all usable.
Any shipping/tax must be included
OS is not required, but you get bonus points for fitting one in.
I see this going two directions:
1) Minimum price for specs above
2) Maximum specs within the $400 limitation
Feel free to justify your build direction and/or choices.
Main: i5-3570K, ASRock Z77 Pro4-M, MSI RX480 8G, 500GB Crucial BX100, 2 TB Samsung EcoGreen F4, 16GB 1600MHz G.Skill @1.25V, EVGA 550-G2, Silverstone PS07B
HTPC: A8-5600K, MSI FM2-A75IA-E53, 4TB Seagate SSHD, 8GB 1866MHz G.Skill, Crosley D-25 Case Mod