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March 21, 2013 10:38:12 AM

First things first; please don't criticize any of the choices I've already made.

Ok, I'm am making a build mostly for LotRO, which I've heard is a fairly low-graphics-demand game. With that being said, I would still like a great overall build that can also play other games. I have already purchased the ASRock B75M R2.0 motherboard and a Intel i3 processor. I still have a ways to go, and with this being my first build, I will need a lot of help. First, what other parts would you recommend? I have a low-ish budget, with about 300-400 more dollars to spend. I would like great LotRO graphics with little to no lag (or as great as I can do with my budget), good overall system speed, and fast start up. Can anyone help me make some decisions?

Thank you!

Also... couldn't find the build category... settling for this... sorry

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March 21, 2013 11:01:17 AM

Hmmm...
I play DDO rather religiously, which is based off of the same engine LotRO is, I think.

That being said, don't criticize the choices you've made? Okay, I won't, but I'll tell you this:
If you can return that i3 and get an i5-3350p, you'll be in better shape - the quad core is going to be wanted in crowded areas such as raids. (Does LotRO even have raids? I tried it a couple times just because Turbine made it, but never could get into it.)

As for the rest of the system, I'll break it down for you:

1) An SSD. This is for putting windows on, as well as instaling LotRO on, to make loading screens go away. I'd suggest Samsung, Intel, and OCZ as long as it's a '4' series or the Vector. You want a 128GB drive.

2) A video card. You don't need much here for LotRO... I'd suggest a 7750. (Should be more than enough - my old 9800GT could run the game on high with no problems, and the 7750 is 6 years newer.)

3) A case, which should be about $50. I personally recommend NZXT's gamma classic, but there really aren't any amazing budget cases.

4) A power supply. You'll need about 400w from a reputable company like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX, OCZ...

5) RAM. Grab 8GB of cas 9, 1.5v DDR3 at 1600MHz. I'd go for a pair of 4GB sticks that does NOT have tall heatspreaders.

6) The last thing I'd reccommend is saving up in the future to buy a good keyboard and mouse. They're nice to have when gaming. I've got a 5-button mouse, which works fine for me, and a MECHANICAL keyboard. The reason I emphasized that is that you'll see a lot of "gaming" keyboards in the $60 range that are, in all honestly, rip-offs. Your options are a mechanical (which are bloody amazing) for $80-120, or a membrane for about $20. (I like the microsoft comfort curve 2000 for that, and it's easy to get past the slight ergonomics.)
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March 21, 2013 11:05:54 AM

Wow, thanks! I forgot to mention that I have my dad's (he is a computer programmer) mega 37 (I think) inch monitor. I have to run games on very high resolutions. This might detriment from the actual graphics I could get on, say, a 27 inch monitor. Just throwing it out there. Thank you so much for the quick reply though!

Also... a i3 to i5 upgrade is most likely not possible, there are raids but I rarely find my frame rate dropping even on the dinosaur I play on now
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March 21, 2013 11:13:44 AM

Update: Being in High School, I don't have very extensive funds. I have exactly $210 to spend, and I will also have financial assistance from my parents; it is a birthday present. Just something to keep in mind!
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