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Witcher 2 / HTPC System 2011

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May 30, 2011 10:45:20 PM

I am looking to setup a gaming/HTPC system that will play "The Witcher 2" with almost max settings @ 1920 x 1200. Sadly my budget is US$600 (this should include S/H fees and/or taxes). I am open to buy Newegg and/or Amazon (by Amazon). Your recommendations are welcomed. Looking to purchase this week. Thank you for checking out this post.
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May 31, 2011 2:59:49 AM

Welcome to the forum. Sorry, The Witcher 2 is far to intense to run at max settings @>1080p for $600. See the build advice form first of all, and then also consider either waiting for more funds or revising your expectations.
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May 31, 2011 3:02:26 AM

^ True...
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May 31, 2011 3:03:28 AM

My base idea for the system comes from Tomshardware latest $500 base system but nothing else. What do you recommend?
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May 31, 2011 3:20:51 AM

Thank you all for this information! The case does not need to be small; a mid tower is fine to pass for my HTPC.

I will look into genghiskron's setup; Thank you jbakerlent.

Here is/was my core startup to create my computer:

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 925 $125
CPU Cooler AMD boxed heatsink/fan $0
Motherboard ASRock M3A770DE $60
RAM G.Skill 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 (PC3 10600) Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS $40
Graphics XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1 GB $197
Hard Drive Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320 GB SATA 3Gb/s $43
Case Xigmatek Asgard II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 $30
Power Antec EarthWatts Green EA380D 380 W $40
Optical Lite-On 24x DVD Burner SATA iHAS 124-04 $19
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June 1, 2011 3:08:59 PM

HTPC will be a secondary option for this computer so case size is not a huge issue. At the moment this is what I have selected; please provide suggestions if necessary. I do appreciate your responses (bad and good). Thank you.

All from Newegg:

[ODD] LG GH22NS50 - OEM $18.99
[CASE] NZXT GAMMA-001BK ATX MID TOWER $35.99
[HDD] WESTER DIGITAL CAVAIR BLUE WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3GB/S 64MB $43.99
[VGA] EVGA GEFORCE GTX 560 1GB PCI-E 01G-P3-1460-KR US$194.99
[PSU] CORSAIR CX500 V2 500W ATX12V V2.3 US$59.99
[RAM] G.SKILL NS 4GB (2X2GB) DD3 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS US$39.99
[MOBO] ASROCK H61M-VS LGA1155 MICRO ATX US$59.99
[CPU] INTEL CORE I3-2100 SANDY BRIDGE 3.1GHZ LGA1155 65W BX80623132100 US$124.99

TOTAL = U.S. $578.92
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June 1, 2011 4:24:00 PM

I'll suggest my PC in my signature

i5-2400
H61 Motherboard
4 GB RAM
500 GB HDD
HD 6850.


that was $600 when I bought it 2 months ago, and its a very solid system.

You can probly up it to 8 GB, and get a GTX 560 and a 1 TB hard drive for the same prices today.
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June 2, 2011 5:52:38 PM

I am going with this setup:

All from Newegg:


[ODD] LG GH22NS50 - OEM $18.99
[CASE] NZXT GAMMA-001BK ATX MID TOWER $35.99
[HDD] WESTER DIGITAL CAVAIR BLUE WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3GB/S 64MB $43.99
[VGA] EVGA GEFORCE GTX 560 1GB PCI-E 01G-P3-1460-KR US$194.99
[PSU] Corsair CX500 V2 500W ATX12V V2.3 US$59.99
[RAM] G.SKILL NS 4GB (2X2GB) DD3 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS US$39.99
[MOBO] ASROCK H61M-VS LGA1155 MICRO ATX US$59.99
[CPU] INTEL CORE I3-2100 SANDY BRIDGE 3.1GHZ LGA1155 65W BX80623132100 US$124.99


TOTAL = U.S. $578.92

But I have one problem, the chosen VGA does not have a display port that I need to hook up to my Apple monitor. I wish to stay with Intel/Nvidia setup but I would be willing to get an AMD-ATI VGA if it has a display port with the same price of the selected GTX560 and gaming performance. Wise words are welcomed.
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June 2, 2011 6:43:41 PM

My friend, get off the bong for a minute and hear me out. I can over clock the vanilla GTX 560 to get to the Ti version if needed. The box, in my case, is just a "box" nothing else; I am not planning to have it as a show case or inviting anyone to look at it. I know many here want nice looking boxes with some function but I am looking at just a functional enclosure at a "cheap" price. Either way, Thank you for your sincere input. :D 
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