I'm looking at upgrading an aging system specifically to be able to play Battlefield: Bad Company 2. My gaming time these days is VERY limited so I'm looking at upgrading as cheaply as possible in order to play BF:BC2. I'm used to having played games at medium settings so I don't need high-end stuff where I'm running everything on high but I'm looking to have as much eye candy as I can within a very limited budget.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP.
BUDGET RANGE: $400-$450 before rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: E-mail & surfing. gaming, recording a few TV shows.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, power supply (I currently have an Antec case and an Ultra LS500 500W power supply I'm hoping will be sufficient for the new system).
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com but I also have a Microcenter local if deals are best there.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, more concerned with staying within budget.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280X1024
A little background: I'm coming from a system I used mainly to play Battlefield 2: P4 2.66Ghz, 2GB RAM & Nvidia 7800GS 256MB AGP. I haven't gamed much in the last 18 months and during that time the PC has pretty much been used for e-mail, surfing and light DVR duty using a PVR-150 tuner card. I just had to purchase a replacement hard drive before learning I have a little money to see if I can upgrade and that drive had to be a PATA drive because my current motherboard doesn't support SATA. I will use that PATA drive as a backup drive in the new system.
The new system will be used exactly as the current one has been, with the exception I now have some limited gaming time and I'd like to be able to play BF:BC2. I know for a little more cash I can get something with more upgradability but the only real gaming in my future will be BF:BC2 so that is what I'm targetting to be able to play with medium settings.
From what I can ascertain I will need: MB, CPU, RAM, Video, SATA HD and SATA optical (although I rarely use my current DVD-RW so I can use my existing PATA drive for the time being, and honestly if it's not a huge performance hit I could use my new PATA HD for the time being as well) .
For reference I've listed the BF:BC2 system requirements...
Intel Core 2 Duo @2 GHZ
2 GB RAM
GeForce 7800 GT / ATI X1900 with 256 MB VRAM - DirectX 9
2 GB RAM
DirectX GeForce GTX 260/ ATI Radeon 4870 with 512 MB VRAM - DirectX 10
Thanks for any assistance. If I can find the right deal I can order parts immedately.
I agree so far with going AMD for better value in the tight budget range. Your resolution is on the small side which will let you get away with a midrange GPU but if you plan on moving up to larger monitor in the near future, it would be a good ida to get a stronger videocard, at least a 5770.
How would a GTS 250 be for BF:BC2 in conjunction with the CPU from above (AMD Athlon X2 6400+ 3.2GHz Black Box Edition)?
Microcenter has several 250s for ~$110 which is bit more to my budget since I looked at the specs on my power supply and I don't know that it's going to work for the new system so I probably need to factor in a new power supply as well which I think would cover everything I could possibly need to upgrade to ensure everything works together.
I did a quick look at Microcenter for a GTS250 (~$110), 500GB SATA HD (~$60), basic SATA DVD burner (~$30) and a basic 500W power supply ($50) and could get it all for ~$250, likely putting me right under $400 when you figure in taxes for Microcenter parts and shipping on the $100 MB/CPU/RAM deal.
The 250 will do just fine at that price. I was going to suggest the 5750 which has a smaller power envelope and same performance but it appears that the price has gone up from the original plus if you are getting a newer power supply that point is moot.
630 watts should be perfectly fine. Lol on the video card for everyone else's information, read his MOBO info please its an AM2 board w/ an Nvidia NB chipset. Also, i didnt know if you seen the "SLI" part of it?
Any concerns with any of those items working OK together (i.e. power supply and MB/CPU)? The motherboard supports 2 PATA devices which is great because I can just move over my existing DVD burner (which I rarely use) and the 500GB PATA drive I bought a few months ago as a backup drive for the primary SATA drive.
This also basically only has me re-using my case and keyboard/mouse/monitor so everything else is new and under warranty. Think I can play BF:BC2 on medium with this new rig? I'll be happy if so.