I am planning on building a gaming PC specifically to play Eve Online. I am hoping to gather some opinions on my planned setup. I also have looked at www.cyberpowerpc.com and might go that path for the ease of it. Opinions and comments welcomed ive not bought a computer in several years and need all the help and advice I can get. Thanks -SL
AMD Athlon™II X2 245 Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
Asus M4A78LT-M LE AM3 DDR3 AMD 760G/SB710 chipset DDR3 mATX w/ Integrated ATI Radeon 3000, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
* OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista
* CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 GHz
* RAM: 2 GB
* HD space: 6gig Free Space
* Network: ADSL connection or faster
* Video: 256 MB Shader Model 3.0 Graphics cards such as GeForce 8 class card or higher, ATi 3000 series or higher and Similar chips from other manufacturers
* Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
* DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.
The minimum screen resolution for EVE is 1024x768.
My budget is in between 700 and 800 dollars. Im thinking a Nividia GTS 250 1GB might be a better card choice but im not certain. Planning on getting as much as possible brand new. Other usages would be internet surfing and thats about it. Im really torn because i've not built a computer in a few years and I am not certain I can get it right nowadays. I appreciate the help as well.
I think i must have mislinked that im gonna go with a Nvidia GTS 250 1GB. And the Athlons ive seen are cheaper than intel? ill link the setup ive made on Cyberpower. Its much easier to show everyone what im talking about without having to link everything individually.
Definitely go with AMD, for your budget, you will get a much nicer cpu. By the way, i find it ironic that your username is sarum prime, because that is where i am docked in eve as we speak haha welcome to the best game on earth. Definitely go for a phenom II and gtx 260. Or the 250 is fine, but definitely phenom II, you have enough money so go for it.
Sarum Prime is where I run most of my lvl 1 missions then I usually go to Faswiba. Is the 260 going to be noticeably better than the 250? It is not all that much more cost wise especially if its performance is greater. And Eve is the finest MMO ive ever played, good flying and thanks for the comments.
I'm looking at the specs on the site. Not bad the specs are. GTX 260 is faster than 250, but you won't be make full use of it in that game. 9800GT would be the minimum for any modern gaming. The mobo should be a full-size ATX. mATX is limited in expandability.
Asus M4A77TD AM3 DDR3 AMD 770 Chipset Technology SATA RAID MB w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio [-2]
No to the psu. The only reliable ones on the list are ToughPower & Corsair. I'm not saying the bundled psu won't work, but it certainly won't last as long as the good ones.
If you want onboard video go with the 760G board, if you dont care for onboard gfx, go with the 770, similar boards though.
9800 is last last gen technology. Get a 250 or a 5770, 260s are getting really expensive right now
obviously he wont be using onboard video. and "260s are getting really expensive right now" It is my understanding, that just about any electronic or computer/computer component, goes down in price. especially when it has been out for a while. 260s are really cheap compared to how much i bought mine for. The 260 will run circles around the 9800. 9800 isnt bad, but 260 is much better. You can find me on eve if you want, same username as here.
Must be different in US then.. here in New Zealand, cheapest 260 is like 280, 5770 from 260 and 4870s are down to 220. 260s have sky rocketed in price recently here..
@sarum just get the cheapest 4870/5770/260 you can find