Hello, I am looking for a new computer I can run games on very good settings. I was told by many friends to come post here.
The game I want to play on max settings on the games site it says this as reccomended settings:
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better
Memory: 4 GB
Hard disk space: 15.0 GB available
Desktop Video: Nvidia GTS 250 or better
Notebook Video: Nvidia GTX 200M series or better
Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)
I don't know if I can meet that with a 675$ budget with shipping and everything.. But any help you could give would be highly appreciated. I was going to purchase a prebuilt from tigerdirect but I guess its better to get a homebuilt. Thanks.
Having built several computers, here's my advice...
1) Look for inexpensive cases that come with a power supply. These are easily found for under $50. You can upgrade your case later if it matters to you. But functionally this will be fine.
2) You really don't need more than 500 or 600 watts. If you want such an expensive graphics card, make sure your power supply has at least 1 pcie plug or you will have to buy a converter cable.
3) When it boils down to RAM and you have little to work with, just buy whatever is on sale. Right now you can get great deals at Newegg for 4GM for under $40.
4) Buy a micro ATX motherboard as you don't need a full ATX since you aren't running two gpu's.
5) AMD processors are always less expensive than Intel's. However, buy the latest cpu socket mobo and get a cheap cpu that you can later upgrade without having to change your mobo. (For example, the AthlonIIx2 cpu's are about $50 and very quick.)
6) Remember that gaming uses more of your gpu than anything else, so if you want to splurge, splurge on a gpu.
When building a gaming system you always look at the CPU/GPU combination first. In general, most people have a CPU which is more powerful than their CPU.
$700 isn't very much when building a gaming PC and recommended and minimum settings for games are often too low IMO. I've put together medium-range gaming PC's and had a hard time doing it for under $1000; once you add the bare essentials (case, PSU, Windows etc) you don't end up with much left over for a good graphics card.
Look at the Tomshardware Graphics Charts that compare graphic card performance.
*A $300 versus a $200 graphics card is a HUGE, HUGE difference.
If I only had $700 and wanted to game I'd probably buy an XBox 360 or PS3.
Sorry, but do NOT listen to ahthurungnone. Logisys PSU-shaped objects should not be connected to computer equipment. With the exception of Antec, I cannot think of any PSU that comes with a cheap case that I'd risk powering my computer. If that sounds snobbish, read the reviews of cheap PSUs on jonnyguru.com and hardocp.com, and the tutorials and PSU reviews on hardwaresecrets.com. No other components can make up for the problems caused by a crappy PSU.
Unfortunately, now is not a great time to build new. That's because any currently available socket is a dead-end. The Sandy Bridge chipset won't be fixed for at least a month or two, and socket AM3 won't take Bulldozer, which needs socket AM3+.
That said, it is still quite possible to build a machine that will be competent for games like RIFT for years to come, even if it isn't the latest and greatest.
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:870 EXTREME3
$109.99 -$20.00 Instant $89.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
$59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:S12II 520 Bronze
$79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99
MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:N460GTX Hawk
$209.00 -$10.00 Instant $199.00
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
There were some MIRs in there that would lower it a little. If you need to cut it down further, get an Athlon II X3 450 for $79.
Sorry, but do NOT listen to ahthurungnone. Logisys PSU-shaped objects should not be connected to computer equipment. With the exception of Antec, I cannot think of any PSU that comes with a cheap case that I'd risk powering my computer.