New Build for Rift MMO.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Weekend!

Budget Range: 300-350$ MAX

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rift gaming - Gaming for at least a year.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, GFX Card, Case and PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Some local shops

Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge + Nvidia in future

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

Hello guys,

Currently using;

CPU : Sempron 3200+ 1.8ghz Single Core 64bit
RAM : 2 GB DDR-2 800mhz
Mainboard : MSI K9VGM-V
GFX : 512mb 256bit Radeon 3870 OC'd @ 845gpu - 1155mem ( Default; 775 / 950 )

Going to buy this weekend

CPU : i3 2100 SB
RAM : Kingston 4 GB 2x2 DDR-3 1333mhz
Mainboard : MSI H61M-M21
GFX : Same GFX card - Radeon 3870 OC'd @ 845gpu - 1155mem ( Default; 775 / 950 )

I need this new setup for Rift MMO only and interested to play at MEDIUM settings with 30+ FPS in Raids - Invasions etc.

Currently I'm having very desperate times in every settings @ 10 FPS; Switching to Ultra or Low doesn't change my FPS.

THANKS for helping me!
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  1. Based on your budget and your needs, I would recommend waiting to get more funds or go with that you have.

    But I strongly recommend getting around $500 for a system you would be happy with.
  2. I won't be able to get 150-200$ more in at least 6 months, so I tought I can get these parts and upgrade to i5 and a gtx 460 Q3/Q4 of 2011. I'm a student at college and can't get money this semester :(
  3. I had more money in college than I do now :P I sat at the dorm front desk for like 6.50 an hour playing WoW or made it seem like I was being paid to play games...was quite rewarding.

    If you do get the i3 2100 you might just want to use its integrated graphics. I think the HD 2000 is better than the 3870.
  4. If you're looking at these parts as temporary they will suffice. But if you are going to buy an i5 and 460 in Q3, I would strongly recommend just waiting.

    I understand it's hard, but it will be worth it to not get throw away parts for just 6 months of performance
  5. I'll try to get a better Mainboard at least for future support but I think I'll get the i3 2100 and try it until I get i5 2500k :) According to benchmarks HD2000 is like a quarter of HD 4650 and 4650 is half performance of 3870 which means; 3870 is way more powerful than HD2000 Integrated.

    I can use the i3 2100 for another Office PC in future so it won't be trash :)

    Thanks for advice anyway, gonna throw the dice :P
  6. I know you specified that you won't be overclocking. But if you do intend to get an i5-2500k in the future, I'd recommend a P67 motherboard.

    The H61/67 motherboards don't have any overclocking features. Something to think about.
  7. I changed my idea today, with same price i'll get;

    MSI 870A-G54 Motherboard
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 with CM HAF 212+
    GSKILL RipjawsX 4gb RAM

    Exact same price tag with a quad CPU and OC available :)
    Gonna get a gtx 460 in 5-6 months.
  8. Best answer
    The good news is, most 8xx series motherboards will be able to upgrade to a Bulldozer AM3+ CPU in June.

    The bad news? An i3-2300 (dualcore) outperforms the AMD 955 in gaming. And an i5-2500k smashes the 955.

    Although a Bulldozer Quad Core should be somewhere between a i3-2300 and i5-2400 in gaming performance.

    You will se a SIGNIFICANT improvement over your single core CPU, but the 955 is an aged chip.

    Hope this helps
  9. It's either 2100 or 955, Same price on local shops atm. I'm gonna take the 955 since it will have a better mobo and can OC,

    stock 955 + gtx 460 can run rift @ ultra setting atm according to players in official forums. I'll buy a gtx 460 and bulldozer in the future.

    thanks for your helps
  10. Best answer selected by Wrathfire.
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