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Pure gaming PC, $700 or lower

Ok I'm really getting confused/overwhelmed. I know I've asked before but I want to change my question. Should I focus on just a high power dual core to save money and a nice cooling unit for overclocking or a expensive quad core? Would getting a awesome dual core work better for gaming then a lower end quad? I'm not going to be doing multitasking while gaming. I need help find a processor and a case. I'll just use my old DVD/CD drive. So far my setup would be:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
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  1. I forgot to mention I need an operating system =( That puts the nice build you found at $100 over budget. That also puts the lower build over budget because I need a vid card and operating system. Thats why I'm thinking about dual cores because quads really jack up the price.
  2. If you can wait a couple of months, Intel will release 32nm dual-cores soon that will be quite affordable and powerful for gaming. You can get a good 1156 socket mobo for a little over $100. Also if you're a student and have a legitimate XP or Vista CD-key you can get Windows 7 Home/Pro 32/64 bit for about $40 from Microsoft's Website.

  3. Well, the problem is my current computer is on its last legs, it crashes often, and it has 2gb of space left. I think I got it about 7 years ago and havent upgraded. The Processor I picked seems to be better then the intels and cost less.
  4. Zeph94 said:
    Ok I'm really getting confused/overwhelmed. I know I've asked before but I want to change my question. Should I focus on just a high power dual core to save money and a nice cooling unit for overclocking or a expensive quad core? Would getting a awesome dual core work better for gaming then a lower end quad? I'm not going to be doing multitasking while gaming. I need help find a processor and a case. I'll just use my old DVD/CD drive. So far my setup would be:

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754


    Use this sticky here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Your post left out info, like monitor res, and your budget.
  5. Oh, well resolution will be 1280x720. I want the budget to be below $700.
  6. Best answer
    Zeph94 said:
    Oh, well resolution will be 1280x720. I want the budget to be below $700.


    This PC will be serious over kill for your current res. But when you decide to upgrade your monitor, this pc can handle 1900 res easily.


    AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649
    $119 -Free Shipping


    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176
    $60


    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070
    $40


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275
    $92 -Free Shipping


    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317&cm_re=5770-_-14-161-317-_-Product
    $163 -Free Shipping


    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    $65


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    $50 -Free Shipping


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
    $110 -Free Shipping

    Total = $678
  7. Now at my res, my console image and blu-ray looks great, can I expect the same image quality from the computer? Will this rig run something like crysis at max settings with AA?
  8. Zeph94 said:
    Now at my res, my console image and blu-ray looks great, can I expect the same image quality from the computer? Will this rig run something like crysis at max settings with AA?


    Image quality will be fine, dont worry about that. Now you can play Crysis at max settings easily, but probably not with AA.
  9. At max with no AA, will I notice a ton of jaggies? Is this a good PSU, It's MUCH cheaper

    http://www.outletpc.com/c0858.html
  10. Zeph94 said:
    At max with no AA, will I notice a ton of jaggies?


    Not really, the graphics are so complex and the gameplay so fast, that you won't even notice them. In fact jaggies are very subtle. But you know, at your res, you can probably get away with AA and still get playable fps.

    See, even at 1600 res, you still get playable fps, so at your current res, expect even higher fps than you see here.


  11. Oh ok, waht about the PSU I showed you? I changed the case to one with free shipping, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147135
    With these changes I can keep it under $700 with shipping.
  12. Zeph94 said:
    At max with no AA, will I notice a ton of jaggies? Is this a good PSU, It's MUCH cheaper

    http://www.outletpc.com/c0858.html


    That PSU has all the power in the wrong place, you want a PSU with a strong current rating on the 12V Rail, for the graphics, that PSU provides most of its wattage on the 5V rail, which would have been a good thing 5 years ago but not today when graphics cards suck most of their power through the PCI Express connector.

    Don't skimp on your PSU, you'll just end up with a flaky computer at best and a pile of burned out components at worst!
  13. Zeph94 said:
    Oh ok, waht about the PSU I showed you? I changed the case to one with free shipping, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147135
    With these changes I can keep it under $700 with shipping.


    That case is fine. But yea, get the stronger psu, even if it costs more money.
  14. Ok with the PSU you showed me and the case I picked It's only $720 with shipping which is great, thanks for the help
  15. Zeph94 said:
    Ok with the PSU you showed me and the case I picked It's only $720 with shipping which is great, thanks for the help


    Your very welcome, and happy holidays.
  16. I suggest you to go for the specs that Zeph94.

    Firstly because I been reading for months now and what Zeph94 choose as GPU and CPU is seriously best value (btw, the AMD CPU that Zeph94 choose for you is 4core based, you just need to unlock the 2 other cores when needed and upgrade the fan, A very useful feature for you in the long term).

    Secondly, Intel never releases anything for good value, esp when they're in control of the market.

    And lastly, if you wait a couple more months when Intel finally releases something, you will find out soon after it that AMD is coming up something and you'll waste both time and money waiting for something that would just continue to get better and better as long as competition lasts.
  17. get an e8500 and overclock it to 3.8 with $30 arctic cooler freezer pro. it will run games great!!!!!!!
  18. at 1280x720 dvd quality is all you get,, if you want blue rays to look best, you need 1900x 1080
  19. hot74rod2003 said:
    get an e8500 and overclock it to 3.8 with $30 arctic cooler freezer pro. it will run games great!!!!!!!


    That cpu is $180, Its socket is a dead end, it only has two cores, and modern games are dependent an gpu, not cpu. Plus not having an extra core will give you less performance in modern gaming.
  20. yeah blu-rays do look best at 1080p but 720p is not DVD quality. I can see a difference between bluray and DVD on my TV.
  21. hot74rod2003 said:
    at 1280x720 dvd quality is all you get,, if you want blue rays to look best, you need 1900x 1080


    Thats not true. Just to test it out, I turned down my res to 1280x720, and opened up Star Trek 2009 Blu-ray. It looked exactly the same as it did on my flat screen tv. You really don't know what your talking about.
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