Are these good enough for modern games? Do I really need a gpu?
Athlon X4 860K
It's for a workstation.
GPU is a nogo, everything else is fine if you are OK with low-medium settings. I am still making do with pic related, which is not ideal, but is fine for my purposes.
AMD: R9 380 if you can find a good price, otherwise R7 370
nVidia: GTX 960 if you can find a good price, otherwise GTX 950
Check your PSU to make sure it can handle a beefier GPU. The 370/950 cards are about as strong as the PlayStation 4 in graphics (maybe a bit stronger). The higher cards will give you enough juice for 1080p @ 60fps at modern games usually BUT in more CPU intensive games you might experience less than the advertised performance due to your CPU.
Not OP, but I'm also in the under $200 range and a thinking of a GTX 960 and I saw one on Craigslist for $170, but my friend offered to sell me his GTX 770 for $100.
Which would be better to go for? The card on Craigslist is 4gb while my friends card is 2gb I believe
The 770 for $100 is really cheap, and way more powerful than the 960.
But uses 2 times the energy the 960 does (230W).
If your PSU can support it go for it but your friend is a really good friend, or that card haves something because is somewhat cheap.
Dont get the GTX 960 4GB, its not worth it, its pretty much the same than the 2GB in terms of perfomance.
>The card on Craigslist is 4gb while my friends card is 2gb I believe
VRAM and performance don't really have much of an interaction unless you get a card that uses old tech like GDDR3 (instead of GDDR5, much lower "speed") or you're pushing out a top of the line GPU on a very high resolution setup (1440p/multi-monitor).
At your price category, anything that would even consider dumping 4 GB of data into memory isn't really runnable on the visual fidelity level that would make use of it.
That cpu is ok. Just ok tho. Pick the Pentium g3258 if you prefer, usually has around the same power but works better on unoptimized games and consumes less power. Also get the cheapest motherboard you can find that support your cpu, within reason.
That 740 is garbage, get a 750ti its 2x as fast and costs only a bit more. If you want to go amd you can pick up an r7 265 which is just a little bit better than the 750ti (also should handle 1080p resolutions better). The vram of a card doesnt matter in a cheap build, 2gb is all you need, you wouldn't be able to tell any difference with 4gb
Ram doesnt really matter as long as you have 2x 4gb sticks. Get the cheapest 2x4gb combo and you're ok.
Also look on trusted sites like amazon to find better ideas on what the prices should be. And be sure the power supply can hold the consumption from your hardware, there are a few sites that calculate it for you
You dont have to overclock your Pentium, even tho its unlocked. Get a 40$ b85 motherboard and the Pentium with the better bang/buck. I suggested the g3258 because its from the devil's Canyon refresh and tends to run cooler than other pentiums
>more than a decade go
>teenage me thinks VRAM determines how powerful a video card is
>get suckered in by some computer store employee to get an FX5500 with 256MB of MAXIMUM GAYMEN POWER
>have to run DX9 games in low settings from day 1
Sometimes we need to learn the hard way
OP here, I'm at work right now. So I should only get an r9 380 or a 750ti? Can they both run Fallout 4? What about the processor and ram? Thanks ( I already have a case it's a diablotek with a 400W PSU.)
Hate to Hijack this thread, but im buying GTX 960 as its the best in my price range
Ive found two that seems really good to get, but im not sure which is best, They are both the same price
This one has 4gb
While this one
Seems to have better clock speed but lower ram.
Which would be best to get?