Good build for light gaming?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h2ZgZL 

I can only pay with cash so I am trying to stick with my local microcenter. I play relatively light games like League, to mid-heavy games like GMod. Will this build cover that and the use of Photoshop? Any changes or recommendations you could suggest? Thanks,.

Looks good, but here are some things to consider:

i5-4690 has a locked processor.  Having a Z97 board isn't very useful, unless the board you have supports multiple cards(yours isn't SLI-certified either).  Consider a cheaper H97 board.

If you don't plan on adding another GPU in, going with a smaller form factor might be nice.  I'd recommend Cooler Master's N200 case, or Fractal Design's Core 1000.

That power supply is pricy.  I'd personally take a cheaper 80+ Bronze unit.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/416677/500B_500_Watt_ATX_Power_Supply

I think all of that could be done with a lot cheaper parts, I think an FX6300 and an R9 270 will play those games just fine. Check out my thread I posted on this forum and take a look at my builds I made on pc part picker. They are similar in price and parts.

Well, the games listed do prefer stronger single-core performance as they aren't very well optimized for multiple threads.  Of course they'll run, but not as nicely.

I made some changes and it has everything you need for both heavy and light games: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KxhnXL

If you are only doing light gaming and single  threaded speed is a must, this will probably work for you: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cgs623

  • CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard 
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory 
  • Storage: PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card 
  • Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case 
  • Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply 

Total: $710.91

I bolded the items I changed. So thats almost $100 less than your original build, but the G3258 with the hyper 212 should allow for some good overclocking headroom (only 2 cores so not as much heat), and that cpu has been on par with the i5 in most single threaded games. The 760 is a good gpu for the price and any light games on ultra and heavy games probably have to drop back to high settings. Also I added a 240GB ssd, because that makes life better and once you use one you will never install your OS to a normal HDD again. I also added the PSU suggested by Some Tech Noob 

If you really want to spend that extra $100 I would do this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9BmVf7

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor 
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory 
  • Storage: PNY XLR8 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
  • Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

Total: $830.91


I did check and ALL of these parts are available through microcenter (at least at the moment) Personally I think the 2nd build is your best bet if you are willing to spend $850 - it nets you an SSD, an i3 w/ good cooling, and a 770


Let me know what you think though

 


light gaming? that graphics card blows the crap out of every game. I think this can also work for heavy gaming.But, I think It is always a good investment to have a power GPU in a gaming machine.

You also need windows, that's at least 50 bucks.

I agree with averagepcguy.  I run and AMD FX 6300 and an R9 270X and I crush those games.  For just that even something cheaper will do.  I would recommend a minimum R9 270 to get yourmoneys worth.  But a 970 would be a waste on those games.  save that money or spend it elsewhere in the build.  Maybe upgrade to an i7 if possible with the money saved?