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January 21, 2012 5:50:43 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP ~1-2weeks

Budget Range: $500-600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (SWTOR, LoL), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.ca but other site will be okay if price is lower

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I heard AMD CPU are good if your going budget.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I mainly need this computer to run SWTOR. I don't mind running games at low/med I just care for high FPS atlease 30fps. I would like to make this computer so it is future resistance so when I have more money I can upgrade as needed.
January 21, 2012 6:50:50 PM

Can anyone give me suggestions?
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January 21, 2012 7:17:25 PM

aknoon said:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP ~1-2weeks

Budget Range: $500-600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (SWTOR, LoL), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.ca but other site will be okay if price is lower

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I heard AMD CPU are good if your going budget.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I mainly need this computer to run SWTOR. I don't mind running games at low/med I just care for high FPS atlease 30fps. I would like to make this computer so it is future resistance so when I have more money I can upgrade as needed.



Aknoon,

Go to: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

Tom's periodically will show builds for around this budget.
What you can also do is look online at Newegg.com and select similar specifications of the Tom's $600 build and sort through Newegg.com for parts that have more/better reviews as well as by price.

I hope this helps.
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January 21, 2012 7:34:14 PM

How would you feel about some used parts. (GFX Card)
Cheep new case and psu combo for $50-$100.
Basic P67 Motherboard for $120.
I5 2500K for $229
8gb of good ram for $40-$50
Harddrive for $65
$504ish plus tax (prices from newegg.ca)

Then if your not to worried about playing games at high or ultra setting you can pick up a used card off kijiji for next to nothing. A quick search and i found a gtx 275 for $70 and a 9800gtx+ for $40.

So you would be looking at around $600 Tax in for everything and that should easly handle most thigns you would throw at it and with the high overclockability of 2500k its fairly futureproof with just updating the graphics card.

It will put you ever so slightly over your budget but i would recomend
The asus P68P67
Gskill sniper pc3 12800 ram
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January 21, 2012 9:38:00 PM

Thanks every one for the recommendations

I do have an old computer i can salvage the harddrive from it. The harddrive is 200gb will this be big enough? Also have a power supply i do believe it is about 200w anygood? So for the noob question my first computer ill build my self
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January 21, 2012 11:06:44 PM

Keep the HDD, HDDs are super expensive ATM, just reuse that. The PSU is not going to be good enough at a rated 200w, go check out the guide I suggested and use that PSU in my $600 build.
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January 22, 2012 1:59:31 AM

Okay thanks will your 300 budget computer run crysis on low? At fairly good frames?
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January 22, 2012 3:15:55 AM

Err, the $300 build was intended for Office goers, but it'll probably run Crysis at low depending on the resolution.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1655/15/
If that review shows correctly, the A6-3650 or A6-3500 (both use the same APU) should perform quite decently with Crysis @ Low. Remember to get DDR3 1600 ram or faster. Mainly because AMD the APU's actually run a lot faster with 1866 and 1600 vs normal 1333. This is not the case for most other CPUs.
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January 22, 2012 4:21:14 AM

For your six hundred dollar build could i get the 2500k and get a cheaper gpu. I don't mind playing games on lower settings as long as the frames are good. When i have the money i could get better cooling and oc it.
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January 22, 2012 6:04:35 AM

You could but then I'd suggest getting a P67 or Z68 board now, that's about an extra $50 which is a lot considering that's a lot of the budget.
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January 22, 2012 8:43:12 AM

aknoon said:
For your six hundred dollar build could i get the 2500k and get a cheaper gpu. I don't mind playing games on lower settings as long as the frames are good. When i have the money i could get better cooling and oc it.

For gaming you want the best GPU possible. Not a 2500K at any cost.
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January 22, 2012 9:14:36 AM

aknoon said:
For your six hundred dollar build could i get the 2500k and get a cheaper gpu. I don't mind playing games on lower settings as long as the frames are good. When i have the money i could get better cooling and oc it.


There is virtually little difference between i5-2400 and Non O/Ced i5-2500k. And if you do go for the 2500k u need a better mono (P67/Z68) to actually overclock properly.

If you could use the 200gb HDD and your current case, you could save about a $100 from which you can get the 2500K and a decent ~$130ish mobo.


In a completely different note, 1280x1024 resolution is way out of the league. If I were you I would get a i3/H61 mobo combo or an AMD x4/ AM3 mobo and go for a bigger resolution monitor. Atleast a 1600X900 Acer for around $100 would be a great improvement.
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January 22, 2012 6:20:56 PM

^ Exactly what I was thinking which was why I was hesitant to say yes. The thing is a 2500K is $40 more, then the MB if following my budget would be $50 at least for a decent Z68/P67 MB. That's practically $100 more almost so... That starts to shrink the budget a lot.
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