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February 8, 2012 12:50:12 AM

Hi,

I'm looking to build a new system. I'm tech savvy enough to know what parts I would be buying should they be suggested, and if they're valued by their customers as they are priced. I'm seeking to play games such as TERA and Blade & Soul - games alike and maybe of higher graphic intensity in the future. I would like to play these games flawlessly or with extremely little to no FPS drop and stuttering - I'm seeking reliable, durable hardware that's known best for its performance to handle crazed environments @ 1920x1080 resolution. Of course, what I'm asking for is probably either impossible or extremely expensive, but the general idea is conveyed.

Budget: $500-$600 (includes shipping.) If absolutely necessary, my maximum is $675.00.
I do not need the following components:

-PSU (Currently have a Corsair 650W PSU, if this needs to be upgraded then so be it)
-Monitor
-OS
-Keyboard + Mouse
-Soundcard
-GPU (GTX 260 -- I'm guessing this needs to be upgraded, it's a 2009 make.)
-HDD (Currently a 500GB @ 7200RPM by SeaGate)
-CD-Rom Bay

I'm ideally seeking to obtain a setup that includes a quality CPU and at least 6-8 GB of RAM.

Thank you!

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February 8, 2012 1:18:09 AM

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

since you already have some components [ psu , hard drive , cd? or DVD ]you can upgrade some parts .

Budget Gaming case options
Antec 300
Antec 300 two [ new with usb3 front ports ]
Coolermaster HAF 912

A motherboard with a Z68 chipset . Asrock make some highly spec'ed and good value models
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February 8, 2012 1:53:45 AM

You don't say what CPU you currently have. Most 'crazed' environments would be BF3 currently at Ultra eye candy settings. You can get ~55FPS with a GTX 580 which is a $450 range video card. Oddly, BF3 isn't real fussy about the number of CPU cores.
The games you mention are MMO's and probably don't require much more than a $200 range video card even for high graphic settings.
So......do you plan to play anything other than MMO's?
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February 8, 2012 2:34:53 AM

I would say go for the following.

I5 2500K, 8GB Ram Corsairs XMS 3 check for the 1.5V, Asus Z68 board and Radeon 6950.
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February 8, 2012 3:16:58 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
You don't say what CPU you currently have. Most 'crazed' environments would be BF3 currently at Ultra eye candy settings. You can get ~55FPS with a GTX 580 which is a $450 range video card. Oddly, BF3 isn't real fussy about the number of CPU cores.
The games you mention are MMO's and probably don't require much more than a $200 range video card even for high graphic settings.
So......do you plan to play anything other than MMO's?


Thanks everyone for your replies. No, I don't plan on playing anything other than MMORPG's. Again, my budget is extremely limited and, there are other components to consider, dishing it all into a GTX 580 would deplete me. I currently have a E6600 Core 2 Duo...one of the first ones made, if not, the first. It's 2.4GHz.

@joewena: Thanks for your reply. I'm looking for something a little different than what you currently own... :-P
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February 8, 2012 6:34:04 PM

how about i5, 8gb ram , and gtx570

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $189.99
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $53.99
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $329.99 - $20MIR
GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $613.96 - $20MIR

or 4gb ram to go cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $25.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

Total: $599.96 - $20MIR
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February 8, 2012 10:14:56 PM

drunkducki said:
how about i5, 8gb ram , and gtx570

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $189.99
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $53.99
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $39.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $329.99 - $20MIR
GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $613.96 - $20MIR

or 4gb ram to go cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $25.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

Total: $599.96 - $20MIR


Thanks for your reply. I was thinking about Corsair 8GB and a lower-end graphics card than a 570. A 570 is a bit extreme for MMORPG games, and that would probably put me over considering I would more than likely need at least a 700W PSU. That motherboard is awfully inexpensive compared to the one's that people have already mentioned...are you sure that's a good one?
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February 8, 2012 11:38:38 PM

your 650w corsair is more than enough to power gtx570.

that is one basic mobo that lacks alot of features. it has only 2 memory slots, no usb3.0, no sataIII, no OC and no sli/xfire. If you want any of those features you should consider a different board.
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February 8, 2012 11:40:29 PM

No, I'm not looking for OC, SLI or Xfire at all. Not even in the future. My 650W is two years old (purchased March 26th, 2010) and I'm a pretty heavy on the gaming. Are you sure the 650W would suffice? My friends are expressing some concern that it may not put out since it's getting old.
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February 11, 2012 5:49:44 AM

I see. Are there any other motherboards you would reocmmend? One of the ones I wanted are out of stock and Micro ATX just seems way too small for my components if I plan on investing in a 570...
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