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August 19, 2013 4:57:18 PM

I am getting into PC gaming, moving over from a 360. Alot of the gaming machines I see or huge full tower cases and I am looking to build something alot smaller, something that can sit on my TV stand.

Naturally I was looking at HTPC cases for this and I really like this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work...if I can find a low profile graphics card for it.

I don't want to spend more than $200 on the card. Also a card that supports SLI or Crossfire would be nice so I can always just buy a second one instead of having to get rid of the first one and upgrading it. And the must have for me is HDMI output.

Also really a separate question but the processor I am looking at says it has a graphics accelerator. How well would just that work?

I did some searches on Google and it doesn't look good but all the stuff I found was several years old. Any good low profile graphics cards available now?

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August 19, 2013 5:03:58 PM

If you are wanting to build a computer and just use the processors graphics then this is your best bet: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 19, 2013 5:38:02 PM

Loaded question but how good is that graphics card? Will is play most games on High, or Medium settings? Will I see noticeable improvement from using two of them with Crossfire.

How would it compare to say the graphics of an xbox360 or even the xbox one?
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August 19, 2013 5:44:15 PM

medium or high probably, but you would be better off getting a bit larger case and getting a more powerful GPU
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August 19, 2013 5:48:31 PM

Could you do something a little more cube like?
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August 19, 2013 5:48:55 PM

patrick47018 said:
But this is probably the best low profile card you will get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That's quite overpriced and gddr3 at $155. Here's one with gddr5 for $90. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... But these aren't really gaming worthy. Also cf/sli lower end cards will suffer much more from stuttering. You're really better off staying with a console if you want that form factor.

You could go with a mini itx build though only a single card or go with a matx mini tower. Being able to use full sized cards will open up all your options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 19, 2013 6:48:19 PM

k1114 said:
But these aren't really gaming worthy. Also cf/sli lower end cards will suffer much more from stuttering. You're really better off staying with a console if you want that form factor.

You could go with a mini itx build though only a single card or go with a matx mini tower. Being able to use full sized cards will open up all your options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thats fine I can just step up to this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's a little more and its taller which I am not a fan of but it's better than having a mid or full tower and those expansion slots appear to be full size.

EDIT: According to the manufacturer's website this supports graphic cards up to 11 inches long and 4.92" wide.
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August 19, 2013 7:20:54 PM

What other parts are you looking at?
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August 19, 2013 9:41:30 PM

k1114 said:
What other parts are you looking at?


I am still specing everything out. Next I am looking at CPU. I was looking at this Intel i3 for ~$130. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But then I saw this link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Faster and more cores for only $20 more, seems like a better bang for the buck, or is there a reason that would make a $130-$150 Intel processor better than this AMD one?
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August 19, 2013 9:44:58 PM

Well the A10-6800K is good for a budget gaming PC
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August 20, 2013 7:58:42 AM

You'd be better off with a fx 6300 or 8320. What's your total budget?
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