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May 26, 2013 2:26:11 PM

Here soon, I will be building a casual gaming pc. I will be using it for casual gaming and internet surfing. The game I will be most playing is this: http://www.allgame.com/game.php?id=27666&tab=sysreqs Kudos to you if you have heard of this/played this game. I won't be doing much more gaming on it, as I am more of a console gamer (don't hate). I would, however, like it to be able to play todays games at playable settings with playable framerates, as I will probably transfer to pc gaming instead of going to the next generation of consoles. Here is the form filled out for more info on my question:


Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month

Budget Range: $500 before rebates; after rebates if they aren't that much

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet surfing, casual gaming, storing my music library

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: everything except dvd drive and maybe a hard drive if I cant fit one into my budget

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: Elgin, Nebraska United States (in case you are wondering, the nearest micro center to me is in Kansas City- a six hour drive that I don't plan on making anytime soon)

Parts Preferences: I have always used intel/nvidia computers, but I am willing to try anything

Overclocking: if I have good enough hardware

SLI or Crossfire: later on if my budget allows

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: If possible, I would want the pc to look decently nice, meaning I dont want a yellow case with a blue mobo and red ram, but I don't need to have the flashiest machine around (although I would have no problems with that :])

Why Are You Upgrading: The current system I am using is from 2006 and can barely do anything compared to today's standards



Also, if anyone could answer this question, how exactly would the game mentioned above play on this compared to my old system? My old system with a nvidia 7300gs card can play it at around 15-20 fps average.

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May 26, 2013 2:35:39 PM

Are you against used pc's? They are cheaper...
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May 26, 2013 2:37:59 PM

Darth415 said:
Are you against used pc's?


No, it just I have grown up around everyone using consoles. I have had my xbox a while before I ever wanted to build a pc. I am not against it- I'm all for it. I just have a lot of friends that play on consoles, so most of my gaming is spent on those.
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May 26, 2013 2:46:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 630 1GB Video Card ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $531.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 19:00 EDT-0400)

^That's about it bro. You'll rock with that system and sure would be happier with this. The FPS would be greater too. And I really hope extra 30$ is not going to bother you much. And please don't go with AMD. i3 3220 performs quite superior than a AMD Phenom X4.

Hope it helps. 8|
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May 26, 2013 2:52:30 PM

Moment , i have a better build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $475.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 17:56 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2013 3:00:05 PM

To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.
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May 26, 2013 3:09:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $508.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:08 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2013 3:10:19 PM

bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...
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May 26, 2013 3:13:14 PM

Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2013 3:15:39 PM

the intel build will be better for that game. it wont utilize 4 cores, and amd is noticeably worse with single threaded performance.
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May 26, 2013 3:16:42 PM

bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?
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May 26, 2013 3:19:56 PM

guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


I don't see any reason why it wouldn't run... The build you just put together should work great, with hardware like that, you can run an pc game you want:D 
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May 26, 2013 3:31:59 PM

You dont have a harddrive in your build
You are not running dual channel

Get this build, more solid

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $508.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:08 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2013 3:40:48 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
You dont have a harddrive in your build
You are not running dual channel

Get this build, more solid

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $508.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:08 EDT-0400)


I will be using the hard drive out of my old build. I made it one 4gb stick so later I can add another and have 8
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May 26, 2013 3:41:31 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
You dont have a harddrive in your build
You are not running dual channel

Get this build, more solid

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $508.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:08 EDT-0400)


He is using the hard drive from his old computer.
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May 26, 2013 4:20:53 PM

guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


It will as long as I am not using ati card drivers- they have compatibility issues between msts and windows 8. I am pretty sure it will run fine with the asus card I picked for the build.
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May 26, 2013 4:29:53 PM

bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


It will as long as I am not using ati card drivers- they have compatibility issues between msts and windows 8. I am pretty sure it will run fine with the asus card I picked for the build.


cool hope you enjoy it. I might check out the game myself lol
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May 26, 2013 5:48:36 PM

guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


It will as long as I am not using ati card drivers- they have compatibility issues between msts and windows 8. I am pretty sure it will run fine with the asus card I picked for the build.


cool hope you enjoy it. I might check out the game myself lol


Good luck finding the game in stores! I bought it back in 2001 when it came out, and played it ever since. I had to buy another copy in 2010 because the other cd's got beat up, but other than that, it has been the same all these years. They default stock that comes with it is very outdated texturewise, but people are still coming out with dlc for it! A site that has a HUGE library for that game and other rail simulators is trainsim.com. Everything there is freeware and able to be downloaded by anyone who has an account-which is free, too! If you do get hardcore into it, and want to enrich the experience, buy this-http://www.raildriver.com/products/raildriver.php
When I bought it, it was around $150, but the price has gone up since then. It makes the experience so much more realistic!
Also, on the trainsim site there is a forum that has many people in the train sim community on it! That would be the first place to go if you have any questions. Got to go now, my town is under tornado watch right now! May be awhile before I'm back, but I should be back on later tonight.
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May 26, 2013 5:50:06 PM

both are good, just to let op know i have come to know powercolor and i have had nothing wrong with them. great cards imo
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May 27, 2013 7:15:26 AM

bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


It will as long as I am not using ati card drivers- they have compatibility issues between msts and windows 8. I am pretty sure it will run fine with the asus card I picked for the build.


cool hope you enjoy it. I might check out the game myself lol


Good luck finding the game in stores! I bought it back in 2001 when it came out, and played it ever since. I had to buy another copy in 2010 because the other cd's got beat up, but other than that, it has been the same all these years. They default stock that comes with it is very outdated texturewise, but people are still coming out with dlc for it! A site that has a HUGE library for that game and other rail simulators is trainsim.com. Everything there is freeware and able to be downloaded by anyone who has an account-which is free, too! If you do get hardcore into it, and want to enrich the experience, buy this-http://www.raildriver.com/products/raildriver.php
When I bought it, it was around $150, but the price has gone up since then. It makes the experience so much more realistic!
Also, on the trainsim site there is a forum that has many people in the train sim community on it! That would be the first place to go if you have any questions. Got to go now, my town is under tornado watch right now! May be awhile before I'm back, but I should be back on later tonight.


Also thanks for all the links/info!
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May 27, 2013 8:23:59 AM

guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Darth415 said:
bnsfup1 said:
To the above both builds- I NEED a copy of windows with the price, and it cannot go any higher than $500. I will update this post if I change that but for now that is all I have to work with.


Both builds leave you extra dollars with that you could buy windows...


The first build doesn't include prices for the ram and the video card :p 

Here, is this good? I will use the hdd out of my old computer in this build to save money:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 18:13 EDT-0400)


will this game run on windows 8?


It will as long as I am not using ati card drivers- they have compatibility issues between msts and windows 8. I am pretty sure it will run fine with the asus card I picked for the build.


cool hope you enjoy it. I might check out the game myself lol


Good luck finding the game in stores! I bought it back in 2001 when it came out, and played it ever since. I had to buy another copy in 2010 because the other cd's got beat up, but other than that, it has been the same all these years. They default stock that comes with it is very outdated texturewise, but people are still coming out with dlc for it! A site that has a HUGE library for that game and other rail simulators is trainsim.com. Everything there is freeware and able to be downloaded by anyone who has an account-which is free, too! If you do get hardcore into it, and want to enrich the experience, buy this-http://www.raildriver.com/products/raildriver.php
When I bought it, it was around $150, but the price has gone up since then. It makes the experience so much more realistic!
Also, on the trainsim site there is a forum that has many people in the train sim community on it! That would be the first place to go if you have any questions. Got to go now, my town is under tornado watch right now! May be awhile before I'm back, but I should be back on later tonight.


Also thanks for all the links/info!


You are very welcome! Let me know if you need any help by asking me here or on the trainsim forum I mentioned under the username widger.
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May 27, 2013 2:13:53 PM

Also, just doing some browsing around craigslist. Found this computer a guy built: http://omaha.craigslist.org/sys/3765586415.html Is this a good buy for $450? Just curious. Looks decent for the price but I wasn't for sure about the core 2 for gaming.
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May 27, 2013 2:21:52 PM

bnsfup1 said:
Also, just doing some browsing around craigslist. Found this computer a guy built: http://omaha.craigslist.org/sys/3765586415.html Is this a good buy for $450? Just curious. Looks decent for the price but I wasn't for sure about the core 2 for gaming.


If it was me i would probably get it. It has a good cpu, better gpu, and its cheaper.
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May 27, 2013 8:19:07 PM

guitargod213 said:
bnsfup1 said:
Also, just doing some browsing around craigslist. Found this computer a guy built: http://omaha.craigslist.org/sys/3765586415.html Is this a good buy for $450? Just curious. Looks decent for the price but I wasn't for sure about the core 2 for gaming.


If it was me i would probably get it. It has a good cpu, better gpu, and its cheaper.


My only worry is that I am buying it second hand. Any other reccomendations.
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May 28, 2013 7:04:52 AM

i bought a mobo, cpu cooler, and ram in a used bundle on ebay. got it for a great price and everything works great and has for about 3 months. its really luck of the draw i guess
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