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February 6, 2012 9:38:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: 3-400$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, HDD, Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newgg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever works

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: If somehow affordable

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Just trying to run Star Wars the Old Republic, not looking to run it on max settings or anything (unless possible), just run it as best as possible within the budget.

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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2012 10:18:10 PM

Are you likely to want to upgrade this at some point or just build it and run it into the ground?
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February 6, 2012 10:20:30 PM

Plan on upgrading at some point if possible.
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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2012 10:41:07 PM

The reason I ask is that you could either get an AMD A8 CPU and just run on the integrated graphics for a while then just add a good graphics card when you can afford it.

Or you could just try to get the best for your money right now and just replace any parts as necessary.

Here's something which follows the latter:

Intel Core i3-2120 - $119.99
ASRock H61M-VS - $54.99
Kingston HyperX Blu 1 x 4GB - $19.99
Sapphire HD 6770 1GB - $99.99
Corsair CX-430 430W - $44.99
Fractal Design Core 1000 - $39.99
LG DVD burner - $15.99

Total - $395.93 before shipping and $40 of rebates

Pretty sure that would be good for ultra high settings on SWTOR, at your resolution anyway. It's still quite upgradeable too. You could add a SSD for fast boot/loading times, there's still another slot for RAM in case you want to go to 8GB and that CPU is still good to drive a much more powerful graphics card in case you wanted to upgrade that in future.
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February 6, 2012 10:52:01 PM

That build looks great, but I have another quick question since you probably know about this stuff. I was planning on using my old HDD for this new build, would it be as simple as installing it into the new computer (with the OS/programs/whatever else) preinstalled on it? Or would I need to format it or something first.
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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2012 10:57:12 PM

You would need to format it first, your OS is tied to your motherboard.
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February 6, 2012 11:00:55 PM

Alrighty thanks for the info!
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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2012 11:01:44 PM

No problem :) 
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February 6, 2012 11:02:23 PM

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a b C Monitor
February 6, 2012 11:34:20 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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