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May 27, 2010 3:20:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within June

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Team Fortress 2, Watching movies, internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any website that delivers to US, eg. newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to build a budget computer that can play TF2 at all max settings at 60 fps or more without hiccuping once ingame. It would be extremely helpful if someone can share their budget build and their experience with TF2 performance.

Again, TF2 is key here, and thanks for anyone who took their time to read this request.

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May 27, 2010 4:13:12 AM

TF2? This is so my game. I bought the orange box the week it came out. I've installed TF2, Half life 2, and portal. The ONLY game I've played is TF2. I'll share what I know.

On my old computer and now my wife's machine, I could max out details at 1440x900. Gets a bit buggy/slow on the 32 man servers, but still playable. Stick with the 24 man servers and your fine. Her machine is a single core 3500+, 1GB ram, and the 8800GS. On my E6600, 4GB ram and same 8800GS I could max it out on any server and at 1680x1050. Like many steam games it needs a good CPU to run. I couldn't max out AA however, 2x is all its good for. (on either computer) This is likely because of the 384MBs of ram on the card. Just not enough room for higher levels.

I don't copy paste links making a system. Grab one of the many builds on this forum for that. There might even be a sticky about a $700 or $800 build you can copy. If your looking at 1680x1050, nearly any dual core, 4GBs ram and the 5750 will be more then enough. If you can you might even be able to squeeze in a quad core if you go AMD.
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May 27, 2010 9:05:22 AM

The good news is: even @ 1920 x 1080 golden oldies/retro GPUs such as HD 3870/8800GTS could give ya good frames so for me @ 1680 x 1050 i'd go with something nipping on the 8800GT whilst having updated tech/far far lower power consumption i.e the HD 5670 ^^ At your budget you could easily land a HD 5770

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May 27, 2010 10:28:03 AM

His build could probably look something like:
Phenom II X3 - 720
ATI 5770

etc....

* Sorry couldn't post a build or links, newegg is blocked at my office. :D 
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May 27, 2010 3:12:33 PM

Fortunately It doesn't take much to max out TF2 (I max it out on my laptop with a core2duo p8400 @ 2.26 and 9800m GTS)

Here is a solid AM3 build that will easily max out TF2 at your resolution with plenty of room for future upgrades.

CPU + PSU - Athlon II x3 440 + OCZ 600W 80 Plus Certified PSU = $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics Card + RAM - Radeon HD 5770 + G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 4GB - $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - MSI 790X - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint f3 500GB - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec 300 - $62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner - Sony - $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total - $629

That leaves you $70 that you can fool around with, maybe pick out a case that you really like.

GL with your build!
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May 27, 2010 8:33:26 PM

Hmm, I saw those benchmarks, but TF2 performance goes down as they continue to update for some reason, but I'll take that as a starting point. Will the 5770 maintain 60 fps during those chaotic 32 man fights?
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May 27, 2010 8:43:16 PM

^ Depends on internet conncection no?
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May 27, 2010 9:57:37 PM

When you get into looking at minimum FPS and multiple players, the CPU and internet latency have alot of impact. You might want to get a good quad core (Phenom II 955) and overclock it a bit to help with that.
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May 28, 2010 2:34:16 AM

^Disregard the comment above


To answer your question, yes, you will be able to maintain above 60 fps when in intense firefights.
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May 28, 2010 3:44:42 AM

amk09 said:
^Disregard the comment above


To answer your question, yes, you will be able to maintain above 60 fps when in intense firefights.



Couldn't the 720BE fit his budget?

(Sorry couldn't go to newegg, website blocked where I work)
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May 28, 2010 7:03:52 AM

Again, on my dual core E6600 at stock settings I can play on 32man servers just fine. No slow downs or other issues. This is at 1680x1050. Quad core is great, but not needed.
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May 28, 2010 9:14:31 AM

4745454b said:
Again, on my dual core E6600 at stock settings I can play on 32man servers just fine. No slow downs or other issues. This is at 1680x1050. Quad core is great, but not needed.


Well it doesn't hurt to be overprepared. Though it's really up to the OP if he'd cough up a bit more cash for the 720BE.

TF2 though ideally does disable Multi-core rendering (as do all Source games), as it seems to be quite unstable (for some).
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May 28, 2010 11:41:43 AM

I played with that setting, didn't notice any difference one way or another. I think I read somewhere that it should only be used with quad cores. Seeing as I only have a dual that might be why it did nothing?
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May 31, 2010 5:16:17 AM

4745454b said:
I played with that setting, didn't notice any difference one way or another. I think I read somewhere that it should only be used with quad cores. Seeing as I only have a dual that might be why it did nothing?


Some say they have an fps increase, some crash, some experience nothing at all. Probably why Valve disables it by default is that they can't seem to make it work with consistent effect on the majority of systems.
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