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Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:10 pm

Hello hello!,

So I indeed do need some gaming pcs parts, all for a budget around 600 or under.FOr parts, i need something that'll run Shogun: Total war 2, Skyrim, recent call of duty releases, Battlefield 3. I know I'm asking alot for my such tight budget, but for now until I get more money for new parts, I just want to play on medium low, atleast just run them without lag problems and such. So I need a good pc build for 600.00, willing to go over maximum for 50, 100 if it is a must. But for the meantime 600. I'd deeply appreciate it, if you would give me a link to a site where I can buy the parts. Thanks alot, and if you need more info, just post a comment. THANKS!
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Re: Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:33 pm

This is the best place to start. Check out the Econo-Box. It looks perfect for what you want.

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Re: Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:31 am

How do you feel about these components?

$130 Intel Core i3-2120 hyperthreading dual-core 3.3 GHz LGA1155 processor
It's 200 MHz faster than the Core i3-2100 for just $3 more.

$125 -17 combo Asus P8H67-M Evo LGA1155 motherboard
or $122½ -17 combo Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
These micro-ATX motherboards can do everything that a larger (and more expensive) ATX motherboard can do. Asus has the best UEFI implementation, but Gigabyte offers the Z68 chipset for what Asus charges for the H67.

$35 2x4 GiB PC3-10600 Kingston KVR1333D3N9K2/8G (DDR3-1333, CAS 9, 1.5 V) memory
or $40 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.5 V)
or $50 2x4 GiB PC3-14900 G.Skill Sniper F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR (DDR3-1866, CAS 9, 1.5 V)
This is plenty of memory. The H67 chipset will downclock the faster memory to 667 MHz (DDR3-1333), anyway.

$150 -20MIR Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD6850 (820 MHz) graphics card
or $170 -20MIR HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD6870
or $185 -15MIR EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX560
or $230 -30MIR XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD6950 1GB
or $230 -20MIR EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX560Ti (850 MHz)
The graphics card will have the largest influence on your gaming experience, especially at higher resolutions.

$0 Integrated audio

$96¼ :o 500 GB Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 hard-dirve
Hard-drives are 2½ to 3 times as expensive today as they were two months ago. :(

$19 Samsung SH-222AL DVD burner
or $52 Samsung SH-B123L BD-ROM/DVD-RW
or $80 Sony BD-5300S Blu-ray burner

$95 Antec Three Hundred ATX mid-tower case with Antec Basiq BP430 (32 A) power supply
or $35 Cheap Micro-ATX mid-tower case
and $35 -10MIR Antec Neo Eco 400C (30 A on +12V rails) power supply
or $51 -4½ code "CorsairTXMG12" -20MIR Corsair CX430 V2 (28 A)
or $47 Antec EarthWatts EA-380D (28 A)
or $72 -7 code "CorsairTXMG12" -10MIR Corsair CX600 (40 A)
The Antec Three Hundred is a well-ventilated case with much better build quality than the Rosewill, CoolerMaster or Gigabyte cases that cost half as much.

$100 Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM

$733¼ -20MIR

Do you already have monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, etc? Do you have any components in your existing system that you would want to re-use?
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Re: Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:09 pm

Modern games are really starting to take advantage of more than two cores.
Ideally, you want a 2500K, but that and it's Z68 or P67 board eats up quite a lot of the budget that you'd be better spending on a GPU.

The cheapest i5 is the 2300 at $185, and if you're tempted to go down the AMD route, dont. A $200 Phenom II X6 ties with puny dual-core intel chips in most games.
On the graphics front, I'd go with the TR reviews: At $225 you can get a GTX 560Ti. The 1GB HD6950 is good if you have a bit more to spend, the HD6870 is good if you have a bit less.
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Re: Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:30 pm

Shogun 2 can crush through CPU and GPU power. Is this system something you're looking to tide you over or do you plan on holding onto it? If it's the former, I can sell you my current Phenom X4 9950 + Mobo + 8GB of RAM for the price of that i3. PM if you're interested.
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Re: Need some advice for gaming pc parts.

Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:32 pm

I would recommend an i3-2100 ($125). This will get you decent gaming performance for cheap. If paired with the right motherboard (having PCIe 3.0 compatability) you can upgrade to a nice ivy-bridge processor sometime after they come out next April and you have more money on hand. If you're not thinking you'd like to upgrade in a year or so, I would recommend the i5-2400 ($190) as it is a true quad core and its only $5 more than the 2300 on newegg right now. It seems as though its price has gone up a bit since the last TR System Guide.
You may also consider a 400W - 450W power supply depending on how much stuff you plan on adding in the future, of if you plan on getting a much beefier GPU. The 380W Earthwatts is a good PSU and is well matched for the econobox with an i5-2400 and a 6850. Here is the power supply calculator I like to use.

Motherboards are tough to recommend without knowing your needs/wants. Here is a nice Z68 (can use quick-sync to encode video, SSD caching, and overclock unlocked "K" series processors) with PCIe 3.0 for a future Ivy-Bridge upgrade for $115 after MIR
If you are planning on getting an i3-2100 or i5-2400 and sticking with it for a couple years then you can get by with a H61 or H67 chipset. I would still recommend ASRock as they seem to be right on par with ASUS (theyre actually a sister company of ASUS) while coming in at lower prices. (you wouldnt need PCIe 3.0 support for this option) This may be a cheaper ($75) option if it satisfies all your needs.

I got an AMD 6850 in May for $115 after MIR from newegg open box which are typically in the ~$150 range regular price right now ($130-140 after MIR). I couldn't be happier with this card. I am like you, I like to play games at good framerates with medium-high quality levels without breaking the bank which this card has allowed me to do. If you've got a bit more money to spend the 6870 is probably your next logical step up which delivers the best price/performance ratio at that level of cards.

Also, I would be remiss not to mention that AMD and Nvidia's 28nm GPU's will be coming out in Feb. These GPUs will be much more power efficient and obviously include a performance bump. Current GPU's are at the 40nm process node.
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