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July 21, 2011 3:14:29 AM

Would it be possible to achieve ps360 level graphics on a pc that costs around $300? (excluding os, monitor, etc)

Can anyone give me some build ideas this way? Also, would such a system be able to play BF3 at lowest settings possibly?
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July 21, 2011 3:49:09 AM

it is possible to build a PC that costs $300 but there is no way it will play like a PS3 or Xbox 360, or 2 of them squished together for a PS360. a PC for $300 would be only used for web browsing, video watching, office working, and old games playing ( CS:S or something ).
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July 21, 2011 4:00:01 AM

Oh, oh well, then. As a sidebar, how close could intel hd 2000 integrated graphics come to HD consoles? Would it even be able to play modern games on lowest settings? One could certainly do the $300 thing with integrated graphics like that.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2011 4:15:12 AM

I don't know about the intergrated graphics, but I would have to say not a chance, and from some of the other people who tried them, they say they are quite awful compared to a decent GPU
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July 21, 2011 4:30:20 AM

I thought the american dream was buy land.
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July 21, 2011 6:05:45 AM

The American dream is to live like a king while working as little as possible. Maybe that involves buying some land and living in a nice ass tent? Maybe it involves building a gaming pc for 300 bucks using troll science.


This topic got so off topic...
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July 22, 2011 8:57:58 AM

Console hardware is sold at a loss. Meaning it might cost them $500 to build a PS3 or Xbox 360, but they sell them to you at $300 or whatever the price is.

They make up for it through selling games. In the past console games were about $10 more than their PC version if the game was cross platform. Nowadays, it seems PC games has gone up about $10 so they cost the same as console games.
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July 22, 2011 9:17:09 AM

The graphics core in AMD's Llano APUs comes in two flavors; HD 6550D (A8 series only) and HD 6530D. The HD 6550D is about the equivalent to the desktop Radeon HD 5570, the HD 6530D is about equivalent to the desktop Radeon HD 5550.

As a comparison, the Intel HD 3000 graphics core found the "k" models of the Intel's 2nd generation of Core i5/i7 (Sandy Bridge) is a little more powerful than the desktop Radeon HD 5450. This is around 2x faster than their older GMA 4500MHD graphic core. Non "k" Sandy Bridge CPUs (i3/i5/i7) will have the slower Intel HD 2000 graphics core.

I believe the Xbox's ATI Xenos video card is approximately almost as powerful as a Radeon X1900. Granted, the Radeon 5570 video card is based on an architecture that is 4 generations newer than the Xenos (Radeon X1900), but I think Xenos is still more powerful.
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July 22, 2011 9:30:25 AM

You will not be able to build a gaming PC for under $300. Below are prices for the Llano A8 series CPU and the cheapest motherboard available. The total cost just for those two is $203; add taxes if you live an CA or any state where Newegg has a distribution warehouse like NJ.

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz = $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS A75F-M2 FM1 AMD A75 = $60 (after rebate) + $3 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive = $40 (with $5 off promo code EMCKCHJ25, ends 7/27)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner = $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That works out to $262 without a case, power supply, keyboard and mouse.
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