Budget Gaming MOBA Desktop - The 'Save Your Wallet' Build!
Cheap Entry Gaming PC
I am a casual gamer that don't really play a variety of games on desktop. Mostly I indulge in Dota 2 which is more than enough for me to enjoy my Friday night. For those of you who are like me, you can consider the following build that allows you to play Dota 2 with high graphical settings and no lag! Most importantly, it doesn't burn a hole in your pocket! Ahaha!
Intel Core i3-2120 3.3Ghz
To play Dota 2 or any other MOBA games, you do not need a very strong processor like a Quad-Core processing ability, hence recommending this Core i3 processor. This processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology and has 2 cores, 4 threads. Be sure that this processor will be able to power the GPU that I recommend with ease.
ASUS P8H61-I R2.0 LGA 1155 Intel H61 - Cheap and affordable. Nuff said. On the motherboard itself, you can connect up to a maximum of 2 x USB 3.0 and 8 x USB 2.0 ports to your computer casing. Also there is Anti-Surge Protection which protects your device by providing voltage protection to all major onboard components. While it is able to support Windows 8, it is definitely capable of supporting the new Windows 10 operating system given its lower hardware requirements.
ATI Radeon HD 5770 - Ah yes the graphics card; most important feature of a gaming desktop which determines whether a game can be run smoothly. This graphics card allows you to run games at very high resolutions above and beyond the a maximum of 2,560x1,600. Alternatively, you can plug in up to 3 external monitor at one go to enjoy the split screen experience. For games like Dota 2, this graphics card can run the game at 1,920x1,200 resolution with very high graphical settings. A value for money item!
BitFenix Computer Case BFC-NEO-100-KKWSB-RP - I recommend this desktop casing primarily because it has a minimalist design, able to fit in all your hardware and yet look amazingly fashionable. Being cheap and slim, you may encounter some difficulties trying to squeeze everything into the case but rest assured that it is possible. Once you put in every piece of your hardware you would be glad to have created a nicely fitted desktop packed with capability to run your desired games.
Sum Up of All the Hardware
Processor - Intel Core i3 2120 ($179)
Motherboard - Asus H61 / USB 3.0 ($85)
Graphics Card - AMD HD 5770 1GB ($100)
HDD - Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM 300GB ($45)
Power Supply - FSP Powersupply ($40)
Casing - Bitfenix Case ($60)
RAM - 2 x 2GB DDR3 ($28)
Grand Total = $537
So do you have $550 to spare? If the answer is yes then go ahead and build this cheap computer and enjoy Dota 2 at high settings! A piece of advice to end off, old graphics card model doesn't mean that the GPU is weaker than those which are newer. It is only fair to compare the graphics card's performance by their graphics processing power.
*Disclaimer - All prices aforementioned are in USD$ and are for the brand new parts. Used or refurbished hardware may be obtained at lower price. You can choose to upgrade the various computer parts at your discretion.