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Help building budget gaming system

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October 4, 2010 1:01:41 PM

Hello i am trying to build a gaming system to play some of the latest computer games on a high performance like final fantasy xiv but mostly guild war 2 when it comes out, I know there is no requirement for gw2 out yet but at the moment i only have a laptop which will not do at all. I scored 600 on the benchmark for Xiv..., at the same time i am only a student and cannot afford expensive system. I am looking to spend about 400 pound max (but really looking for something lower) which is like 600 dollars.

for now this is what i have in mind could you give some advice on graphics card and processor mainly, or any other things you think would be better for me. Thank you in advance.

this is the recommended requirement for xiv

Operating System Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit *
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 (2.66 GHz) or faster
Memory 4 GB or more
Storage Install: 15 GB or more
Download: 6 GB or more
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 with 768 MB VRAM or equivalent
Sound DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Resolution 1280 x 720 or higher; 32-bit
DirectX® DirectX® 9.0c

This is the system i have in mind:

Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5300
ASRock G41M-S LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5\" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LOGISYS Computer Area 51 CS51WBK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Again thanks in advance


October 4, 2010 2:04:21 PM

Woah woah woah. Whoa! Pentium????????? Comon dude...

GT 240 is crap. Logisys power supplies blow up. OCZ ram is terrible. it's just a waste of money XD

Ill give you newegg links.. and then you have to convert them.

Athlon II x3




Haf 912



October 4, 2010 2:33:35 PM

775 is basically a dead platform.

For about $600 US, you could be able to get a 4-core AMD Athlon II (the 640 is a good choice @3.0 GHz) , an inexpensive motherboard (a 770, 785, or 880), the GTx 460, 4 GB of DDR3-1333, a 450-550W PSU, a 320-500 GB HDD (Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint F3/F4 recommended), a cheap DVD burner, and a mid-tower case with some 120mm fans.
October 4, 2010 4:29:41 PM

wow well glad i asked for advice before buying anything then...
Thank you so much for the information.