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Affordable Gaming Desktop 1300$

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February 17, 2010 9:04:24 PM

Hello,
My price range is up to $1200 maybe $1300. Looking for a desktop that will run new and upcoming games such as Mortal online, WoW, Star Wars The Old Republic smoothly at full graphic settings. Open to suggestions, thanks.
February 17, 2010 9:14:29 PM

Just buy a 5870 card ($400) and any dual core system. If you need a screen, that drops your budget to $1000. (buy a 24" TN screen for $200-300).

$1300 will buy you a system that will play almost anything maxed.

Or go to a pre-built PC company. There is at least 5 of them. The markup for labor is pretty easy on the wallet. Even if you need a new copy of Windows, just buy a 5870 card and you can still afford anything else you will need for a great gaming pc system.
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February 18, 2010 1:41:40 AM

Just because it's AMD doesn't mean it's bad...geeze..
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February 18, 2010 1:43:16 AM

just f'ing with you shadow..
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February 18, 2010 1:45:11 AM

That combo is actually pretty nice though shadow.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 18, 2010 8:09:13 PM

Here I was building a system for him, planning on getting an excellent cooler so he can take the Phenom II 965 (125W edition) to 4.1Ghz, and crossfire 2xHD5850. Then I stumble on this, and it's quite good.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 18, 2010 8:19:07 PM

Bigger HDD, 5770 CF > HD5870, and mine allows for more expandability. It's cheaper so he can spend more on a good monitor. The case is one of the best as well.
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February 21, 2010 1:52:47 AM

I've never really build my own pc before, with shadows link is that everything needed minus the monitor and maybe a wireless internet card?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 21, 2010 2:18:00 AM

Too long, combo expired.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 21, 2010 2:28:21 AM

Why i7? A PII965 will not be bottlenecked by an HD5970.
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February 21, 2010 2:53:34 AM

gamerguy1 said:
Just buy a 5870 card ($400) and any dual core system. If you need a screen, that drops your budget to $1000. (buy a 24" TN screen for $200-300).

$1300 will buy you a system that will play almost anything maxed.

Or go to a pre-built PC company. There is at least 5 of them. The markup for labor is pretty easy on the wallet. Even if you need a new copy of Windows, just buy a 5870 card and you can still afford anything else you will need for a great gaming pc system.


Most dual-cores without extreme overclocking will bottleneck a 5870.
I would recommend a Phenom II X2/E8400/Core i3 530 overclocked to 3.8/3.6/3.4GHz if you decide on a dual-core system.
You want a quad around 3GHz too, as many games don't thread very well. I would get the Athlon II X4 630 & overclock it to 3-3.4GHz, if you have more cash then a Phenom II X4 955 C3.

5850: (Can drive 2560x1600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Athlon II X4 630:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-OR-

Phenom II X4 955 C3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 21, 2010 2:54:38 AM

Quote:
If you're spending 1200 DO NOT waste it on an X4 system. Go I7


Core i7's are quad-core, smart-ass.
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February 21, 2010 3:29:56 AM

We need to know more about what you are looking for exactly.
Does that budget need to include a monitor or do you already have one? If so what is the resolution? Do you need/want a new copy of windows? What kind of hard drive space do you want? Some people are fine with 500gb, others will want multiple 1tb+ drives. Do you have any parts from an old computer you can/want to recycle?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 21, 2010 3:38:16 AM

He needs a monitor, and jyjjy, the difference between a 500GB HDD ant a 1TB is less than $30, which is negligible at $1300.

As to your OS question..

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February 21, 2010 3:42:36 AM

I said 500gb vs multiple 1tb+ which isn't negligible.
Some people may be ok with pirating, others not, hence the question.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 21, 2010 3:44:02 AM

Pirating? Wot? I just posted Jack Sparrow because he is always resourceful, and will have the answers to your questions.
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February 21, 2010 8:04:40 AM

We all know Jack would never give his money to microsoft.
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February 21, 2010 10:24:50 AM

I'm sure that using a pirated OS for 3 months until he gets a hold on 100$ will NOT hurt microsoft, you guys or himself. That is if that 100$ will get him THAT much for games like Mortal online, WoW, Star Wars The Old Republic !!!
So the 5850 is a nice option but if money is tight a 5770 will do
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February 21, 2010 12:14:47 PM

I'm not going to look up the build, I'm just going to type it out. Prices may vary.

PII965: $180
Crossfire MOBO: $120
750W PSU: $75
1TB HDD: $85
2x HD5850: $600
Antec 900: $100
---$1060---
Win7HomePremium: $100
4GB DDR3 1600: $100
Disk drive: $30
---$1290---
Am I missing something? I feel like I am..
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February 21, 2010 4:16:02 PM

ur missing a screen
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March 1, 2010 8:46:58 PM

shadows combo came back, thanks man!
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