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Need Help With $500-600 New Gaming Heavy PC-Focused on DCS World/A10C

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January 2, 2013 8:18:26 PM

I think the time has finally come to scrap my current Frankenstein pc for a new model.

It will be the home pc used mostly for gaming and family video/photo editing.

My current PC is a dell shell with an Intel Core 2 6420 2.13 cpu with 4gb ram running Windows 7 64bit.

I have upgraded the PSU with a Antec 650w and the Video Card to a Radeon HD 5770 1GB.

I want to primarily play DCS World/A10c/P51 and ARMA 2. I can run DCS with decent results now but haven't even tried ARMA.

I would like to keep the budget around $500-600. Is that feasible to run those two at moderate to high graphics with decent fps?

Wide open on component brands.

Not looking to get into overclocking but could be a consideration if that is the best course of action.

Don't need monitor (would like to keep using 42" Sony 1080p) keyboard or mouse.
January 2, 2013 8:31:18 PM

Dogslax41 said:
I think the time has finally come to scrap my current Frankenstein pc for a new model.

It will be the home pc used mostly for gaming and family video/photo editing.

My current PC is a dell shell with an Intel Core 2 6420 2.13 cpu with 4gb ram running Windows 7 64bit.

I have upgraded the PSU with a Antec 650w and the Video Card to a Radeon HD 5770 1GB.

I want to primarily play DCS World/A10c/P51 and ARMA 2. I can run DCS with decent results now but haven't even tried ARMA.

I would like to keep the budget around $500-600. Is that feasible to run those two at moderate to high graphics with decent fps?

Wide open on component brands.

Not looking to get into overclocking but could be a consideration if that is the best course of action.

Don't need monitor (would like to keep using 42" Sony 1080p) keyboard or mouse.

your looking at medium with arma, its a complete hog in terms of performance. my 5850 used to struggle on high/ultra.
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January 2, 2013 8:36:06 PM

Yeah I figured as much with ARMA. I was actually more just hoping I could actually play it within that budget constraint.

My main focus is on DCS and being able to run that very well. I use to fly and a friend just introduced me to DCS and its about the closest thing that I have ever played to the real thing, but now I am forced to upgrade my pc to be able to play it like I would like.
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January 3, 2013 2:15:38 AM

With Arma just a CPU upgrade can make all the difference in the world!
My old Phenom II x4 955 BE @ 3.5 Ghz OC was about a 20 frame difference from my current FX 8350 @ 4Ghz Stock
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January 3, 2013 2:53:33 AM

You should actually be pretty well off. That PSU is excellent, and if you already have a monitor and keyboard, you should be able to get a good build for $500 - $600. I'm not great at picking out parts, so I'll leave that to someone else, but you should be able to max out Arma II and DCS for $500 - $600.
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