Originally Posted by bd2003
Are you comfortable with overclocking? Cause if you can get your hands on one of those boards that can do non-K overclocking, you can OC the hell out of a low end i3 or i5 and save a few hundred bucks there. Then just get 16gb of ram, a decent power supply, a cheap SSD and a case you can live with, and I think you can squeeze it in under $550. Especially if it's just the tower, no software or accessories.
CPU - $200
MB - $80
PSU - $60
Case - $60
RAM - $70
SSD - $80
Edit - Hmph, forgot the cooler at at least $35. I don't see how you can go any lower without potentially undermining your experience though. VR is expensive, there's no way around it.
Here is the PC I built back in May of 2010:
Case = Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
CPU = i5 2500k 3.3 GHZ 6MB Cache LGA1155
Motherboard = P8P67 R3 LGA 1155 P67
Ram = G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
GPU = Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 video card
PSU = SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
HDD = Samsung SpinPoint F3 HDD 1 TB
CPU Cooler = CPU Cooler = Cooler Master Hyper 212+
DVD Burner = Pioneer DVR-A18M
Operating System = Win 7 (64) for Students (currently running Windows 10 to my chagrin
Would it be possible to use any of the stuff from this build, and just try to squeak by with just adding a 980Ti ? Could a 980Ti even work with this old a PC ? I'd probably need a new PSU as well right ? I'd probably need to add more ram I'm thinking...
I currently don't have the 2500k overclocked, but I'm pretty sure it's possible with the motherboard I got..