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Old 03-28-2016, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My cousin is looking to build his first pc. I'm a bit out of date in my hardware knowledge. His primary goal is to be able to play dark souls 3 when it comes out, he isn't necessarily asking to play on ultra either. Any thoughts on this build:

I5-6500 3.2 quad
Gigabyte GA-H170-GAMING 3
G.Skill NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133
Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB NITRO Dual-X OC
Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular


He was hoping for something a little less expensive than this but I don't know where to cut cost. He picked a $50 case and a 1tb Seagate hdd.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can go cheaper on the board
MSI H110M Pro-VD LGA 1151 Intel H110 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Newegg.com

Can save a few bucks on the PSU
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

Couple bucks on the SSD.
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM - Newegg.com

Only other thing you could do is drop that i5 to an i3.
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Old 03-28-2016, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks mguire, glad to see you're still here giving advice with haste. He took your advice on the MB, had already ordered the psu on sale and has chosen to delay purchasing an ssd.
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Kinda dumb to delay the SSD purchase, but whatever.
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It will be a pain to transfer Windows over to an SSD later, but it's not impossible. That build will do him pretty well for the level of his expectations. He'll be able to pull off a decent 1080p at medium to high settings, I would think.
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