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Budget Gaming/Audio PC for FFXIV: ARR/Audio Editing

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July 16, 2013 8:52:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before August 27th

Budget Range: 200-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Audio Editing, MMORPG(FFXIV: ARR), Home Entertainment

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.com, NCIX.com, Newegg.com
Location: Holiday, Florida, US.

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Not purchasing keyboard, mouse, or sound system.
I use my laptop(That overheats even with a cooling fan) to record music via a Behringer USB sound card, it doesn't seem to have any problems, but I'm sure a desktop would be better equipped to handle Fruity Loops. 5.1 is a plus. Two HDMI ports would be nice; I like to play Rocksmith: PC on my TV.

Why Are You Upgrading: I was accepted into the FFXIV: ARR Beta. I've been playing on my PS3 and now I would like to try the game on the PC. I'm looking for a build that won't so much as last as last me through FFXIV: ARR and possibly TSE: Online. Medium setting is fine, high is great, but price is more important. All in all, I'd like to get away with about 225 before shipping and tax. Don't be afraid to tell me that isn't going to happen, I'm new to this and if that's how it is that's how it is.

FXIV: ARR Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® Vista 32/64bit, Windows® 7 32/64 bit
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo
Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce® 8800 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4770
Memory: 2GB (4GB recommended for 64bit OS)
Disk Space: 20GB.

You may notice that these are lower than the minimum system requirements for v1.0. This is because Square Enix wants the game to be more accessible and run on a wider range of PCs.

FXIV: ARR Recommended System Requirements

For the best performance you should aim to run the game on a system with at least these specifications.
Operating System: Windows® 7 64 bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5
Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 660 or higher, AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or higher
Memory: 4GB of RAM.
Disk Space: 20GB.

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July 16, 2013 10:28:21 PM

For that price, this should be more than enough for your needs. Get this build, it would do everything you mentioned.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $393.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 01:31 EDT-0400)

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July 17, 2013 7:08:51 PM

Doesn't seem like a bad build for sure. Get that, some ram sticks and I would probably be good to go with just about any modern game. Still, I need to shave that down a bit. Honestly looking at it I'm not sure how I'm going to do much better than that on a whole system though. I could probably find a tower, dvd writer, and HDD for 30-40 bucks on craigslist. Antiquated but adequate for the task. That would potentially save me 60-70 bucks right there. If I was insanely lucky, the power supply from the reused tower could even match the Motherboard(Not gonna happen.) Cut a few corners and I could still bring this price down to a reasonable level. I appreciate it man.
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September 12, 2013 1:24:23 PM

Hi i found this build and am thinking of building it myself? Just curious if you built it, how it turned out for you. also wondering if the motherboard came with any ram already and what this might need for cooling? Also what might the potential for upgrade be with this
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September 16, 2013 10:50:24 AM

Omegaking0 said:
Hi i found this build and am thinking of building it myself? Just curious if you built it, how it turned out for you. also wondering if the motherboard came with any ram already and what this might need for cooling? Also what might the potential for upgrade be with this


Well.. if you are planning to get a new build them PM me, or start a new thread.

If you start a new thread then please send me the link. I would be happy to help.

PM me what you want your PC to be. needs, parts required, budget etc..
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September 16, 2013 11:02:14 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Omegaking0 said:
Hi i found this build and am thinking of building it myself? Just curious if you built it, how it turned out for you. also wondering if the motherboard came with any ram already and what this might need for cooling? Also what might the potential for upgrade be with this


Well.. if you are planning to get a new build them PM me, or start a new thread.

If you start a new thread then please send me the link. I would be happy to help.

PM me what you want your PC to be. needs, parts required, budget etc..

I can't PM you but could you take a look at my thread please; here
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