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First homebuilt Rig for SWTOR and games alike

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December 29, 2011 8:07:20 PM

Hi folks,

I have a HP Pavillion a6355 from years ago that I added a 250W PSU and 9800GT Geforce Card to... in hindsight this probably nuked my mobo... I got one full days play out of SWTOR then my PC fried.

I replaced both PSU and GFX card with the ones that came with the computer plus checked the BIOS but still no joy. The screen stays blank and the fans spin like hell.

Would these components benefit me for SWTOR?

Best Value EW07 Midi ATX Black 500W PSU
£19.95

AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1Ghz 2MB 95W AM3
£79.99

Gigabyte M68MT-S2P AM3 AMD GeForce 7025 DDR3 mATX
£34.99

Kingston 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu CL9
£9.99

Total (inc VAT) £144.92
from www.dabs.co.uk

Then transfer my hardrive, cdrom and GFX card to the new system, and dump the rest, with this I get a new case + 500w power supply a quad core processor and 2Gb of DDR3 Ram for £144.92

I'm not looking for a mammoth rig, just and upgrade to what I have, enough to play SWTOR decently, with no lag and no frying of components lol.

Cheers
December 29, 2011 8:13:58 PM

SWTOR is highly video card intensive, unlike every other MMORPG which generally tries to be as graphics card unintensive as possible.

Historically, MMOs have tried to ensure their games are playable without stand alone graphics cards, only with the motherboard graphics chips and the processor graphics chips.

SWTOR is going in a different direction, though.

You will need at least a 5770 to play on even minimum settings.

Side note, AMD cards work better with SWTOR than Nvidia cards do for the same price. If you get a new card, you might want to lean towards ATI.

To play absolutely maxxed out requires a HD 6970.
December 29, 2011 9:06:50 PM

Raiddinn said:
SWTOR is highly video card intensive, unlike every other MMORPG which generally tries to be as graphics card unintensive as possible.

Historically, MMOs have tried to ensure their games are playable without stand alone graphics cards, only with the motherboard graphics chips and the processor graphics chips.

SWTOR is going in a different direction, though.

You will need at least a 5770 to play on even minimum settings.

Side note, AMD cards work better with SWTOR than Nvidia cards do for the same price. If you get a new card, you might want to lean towards ATI.

To play absolutely maxxed out requires a HD 6970.






Thanks for the reply, a friend recommended more of a gamer rig setup..

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition 3.3Ghz 7MB 80W AM3
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phe...source=message

Arctic Cooling Arctic Fan 12 PWM 120mm
http://www.dabs.com/products/arctic-...94946807&src=3

Asus M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G DDR3 mATX
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-m4...source=message

Patriot Memory Signature 2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMM 240-pin
http://www.dabs.com/products/patriot...source=message

And then I pick a case with a 500W PSU

Is this a better option? If so could you suggest a case/psu combo from www.dabs.com that would suit the listed components?

Thanks again

December 30, 2011 11:56:32 AM


Here is a case and a PSU for your system:

http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-200-two-hundred-mid-...

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-450-watt-core-edition-...

You might also want to change your RAM to this:

http://www.dabs.com/products/crucial-8gb--2x4gb--240pin...

if you are going to have Windows 7 which I would also recommend.

Going into 2012 I can't suggest anyone with any OS goes with less than 2x 2 GBs, but for those with Windows 7 I like to suggest people go with a standard 2 x 4GBs. I think you will experience poor performance with SWTOR if you stay with just 2 GBs and this RAM you chose is 1600 and the motherboard doesn't natively support this speed which means you may run into configuration problems.

If you select the RAM I chose then you shouldn't have any of these problems.
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