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Budget Build for Second Life

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November 12, 2010 6:28:00 PM

O.k I'll start off by telling a little about what I will use this for.
I play a Game (if you want to call it that) Called Second Life Allot and
well My pc strains in Frames per second to the point it drops down to sometimes 1 or 2FPS in certain Areas

The max since i tested it today when i was up in the air (3k meters)and only a single Prim rezzed and my avatar I get 17.7 FPS, I add allot of attachments to my avatar say prim hair which could be over 200 prims, this drops down to 9.7 then around a bunch of people, forget it, 5 or less FPS, So I, to say the least, struggle.

Current system
2.8ghz celeron northwood (socket 478)
An Intel P4 board with only 3 pci slots (no AGP port)
the on board 845G Graphics (doesnt meet the minimum requirements )

I have set aside a budget of 250$ to to build this ...
I been going through build possibilities
but curious to see what some others could come up with.
bare in mind Im using a Gateway Case with a Dvd player in it and some fans i have laying around.

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November 14, 2010 12:37:22 AM

Cpu and Motherboard Combo:ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard and AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX

Gpu:SAPPHIRE 100293DP Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Psu:Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Ram:G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-2GBNQ

Guaranteed to give you more FPS than the above build

Reuse your HDD
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November 14, 2010 12:38:21 AM

you also get a 8gb usb pendrive for free with my build
November 14, 2010 3:41:54 AM

How big is your case? I need to know if it will fit a full size ATX motherboard or if it can only handle micro-ATX.

I'm guessing your re-using your current IDE hard-drive or do you need a new hard-drive?

PowerColor Radeon HD 4650 1GB Video Card - $50

Antec EarthWatts 380W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU - $45 before $15 rebate

GeIL Value RAM 2GB DDR3 1333 Memory - $29

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 Motherboard & AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz CPU - $94

Rosewill RCX-Z80-AL 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - $10

Totals to $227.95 + $9.73 for shipping

Within budget, Complete AM3 build with 2GB of RAM and a Radeon 4650 video card with 1GB DDR3 memory.

November 14, 2010 4:51:19 AM

How bout you save up bout 700 bucks, then we put together a real build unlike crap these guys above suggested
November 14, 2010 1:40:05 PM

Reaper, It's a budget build.
the dude just wants to run second life. thats not that demanding.
stop being stupid now.
November 14, 2010 3:23:53 PM

Here you go a tri core, a 4670 and ddr3 memory all for 245.95 AR =]
November 22, 2010 12:33:47 PM

ok Thanks for the suggestions so Far....
A few things i definitely left out of the details that i should have put in.
Case is a micro ATX case , and the harddrive is a 80gb 5400rpm Seagate from 2003.
I had two in it the original Western digital 7200 80gb and this as a storage
2 months ago the WD went out on me. along with my sound blaster sound card went kapoot.

@HeyImGodly I liked everything you suggested except the motherboard...Ive read the support on those boards are next to none.

@ siva150 the combo is not available any more ,, and I never thought about the 5570 especailly for that price ,,, I think I like that idea

@general MOOn The Ram You suggest is Perfect for the budget ,, nice find.
The PSU is 380 watt is low wattage like i need high ,, but i may go a bit higher in case i go higher on the card.

@reaper .. i set a 250 budget so i can buy it by this week I am waiting for black friday sales to kick in see what i can grab up

when the sandy bridge cpu and motherboards are out I have money set aside for that right now , this is my get by for now build

November 23, 2010 8:37:52 AM

Go with the Antec Neo Eco 400C if you need a more beefier PSU for down the road. It can support a i5-750 and 460GTX no problems so don't be afraid to push it. Was going to recommend the Corsair 400CX even thought they are the same PSU but its been discontinued I think.
November 23, 2010 12:13:22 PM

@General M00n yeah I'm considering that one ,, chances are i wont go any higher than a 9500GT i just picked up for 15$ from a friends shop. so that should be quite adequate. I also went ahead and ordered that Geil ram... i don't think Ill find cheaper,
also got lucky on a hard drive so thats also out of the way. i bought 250gb WD Caviar Blue from the shop for 30$ (bare in mind i forgot to specify im in the US.... so now
its down to PSU , motherboard and cpu.

so now I got 176$ left on this build.... i think I may have a little more breathing room.
February 6, 2011 12:04:58 AM

HeyImGodly said:
Reaper, It's a budget build.
the dude just wants to run second life. thats not that demanding.
stop being stupid now.

Actually Second Life is very demanding on hardware, specially on graphic card.