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January 21, 2014 10:16:36 AM

I have a dell Inspiron 620 currently and I want to be able to play DayZ on atleast high settings. I don't have a great amount of cash to build a high end pc. I am not a hardcore pc gamer, just wanna be able to play DayZ.
Although DayZ may CPU intensive, is it possible for it to work on my i3-2100 processor, 2gb RAM

Can someone let me know if this is a good setup? For a low budget for about 300 or less cause currently do not have the funds for high end parts.

I was thinking of keeping the:
CPU - i3-2100 3.1ghz
stock hard drive
cd drive
wifi adapter

Upgrading to:
Mb- Asus z68
GPU - Amd r7 240
Power supply - Corsair Builder CX500
RAM - Corsair 2x2gb 1333


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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 10:48:18 AM

How much RAM do you have now? Upgrading the motherboard will be a waste of money at this budget.
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January 21, 2014 10:50:57 AM

I have 2gb ram
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 10:55:24 AM

This is what I can do. Gets you 8GB of RAM, and a 270 with a quality PSU. This is the best you'll get at this budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($51.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $291.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 13:54 EST-0500)
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 10:56:32 AM

Are you on Windows XP or Windows 7? And is it 32bit or 64bit? 8GB may be pointless, and we can get you a different GPU
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January 21, 2014 10:57:15 AM

So the motherboard has nothing to do with the speed or anything? I'm new to computers and stuff.
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 10:59:04 AM

No, it would be good to upgrade it down the line, but won't do really anything for performance.
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January 21, 2014 10:59:13 AM

how would that setup be with DayZ, if you know?
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 11:03:36 AM

Well it depends like I said on if you have XP or 32bit or not. 8GB of RAM and a 270 will get you high settings on DayZ. I play on Very High on pretty much everything with AF and AA set to very high with a GTX 760 at 1080p, and the 270 performs about 10% below that. Overclocked should do you pretty good :) 
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January 21, 2014 11:07:02 AM

I read that i3-2100 can't overclock. and I have 64bit but thank you
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 11:11:07 AM

Kfinest said:
I read that i3-2100 can't overclock. and I have 64bit but thank you


I'm talking about the GPU, not the CPU. Your CPU will be just fine for DayZ. Not great, by any means, but will be ok. The 240 will give you nothing in the way of graphics, which is why I was trying to get you the 270 at least.
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January 21, 2014 11:17:03 AM

Is the 270 best option? or do you have any other suggestions
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 11:24:43 AM

For $300, that's the best I can do. But it's a great card for the money. Like I said, you'll get High in Dayz. If your monitor is lower than 1080p, you will probably get more than that.
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January 21, 2014 11:49:00 AM

I didn't see your question earlier,
I have windows 7 and 64bit
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 11:50:20 AM

Alright, that's perfect :)  The 8GB of RAM and 270 will do you beautifully :) 
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January 21, 2014 12:12:25 PM

thank you! I'll tell you how it goes
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a c 248 4 Gaming
January 21, 2014 12:13:13 PM

Good deal, good luck and enjoy!
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