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$400-500 Build intel i3 and 6-8 gb ram is a must

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February 12, 2012 9:10:51 PM

Hi, I don't want OC or anything THAT fancy, I just want a low-end gaming PC that will run Combat Arms with minimal lag I can pick out the keyboard the monitor i'll just pick the cheapest monitor there is graphics is not a must to be honest I could care less about graphics. Intel or AMD your opinion I wanted an i3 if it can fit in the budget... This will not just be for gaming, it'll be for the occasional surfing the web and what not but I rarely do that I usually just game or go on facebook. :lol:  Thanks! P.S Case I want an cooler master haf 912. 250-500 GB HDD no SSD
February 12, 2012 9:15:02 PM

shell shocke said:
Hi, I don't want OC or anything THAT fancy, I just want a low-end gaming PC that will run Combat Arms with minimal lag I can pick out the keyboard the monitor i'll just pick the cheapest monitor there is graphics is not a must to be honest I could care less about graphics. Intel or AMD your opinion I wanted an i3 if it can fit in the budget... This will not just be for gaming, it'll be for the occasional surfing the web and what not but I rarely do that I usually just game or go on facebook. :lol:  Thanks! P.S Case I want an cooler master haf 912. 250-500 GB HDD no SSD


onw thing if you want more replys the best way is to open the sticky on 'how to ask for build advice' and follow the outline there :) 
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February 12, 2012 9:17:47 PM

Do you have any parts from other systems that you can reuse?

With an i3 you can get this mobo on the lower end of the cost spectrum:
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ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68M/USB3
Item #:N82E16813157270
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock Note (Add) $94.99 -$10.00 Instant $84.99

Hdd: Size? Will 250/320/500 work?

Psu: 450w should be ok even with a decent video card

VC: Did you look at the Feb Toms review of cards at different price points? You need to stay under $100 on this
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February 12, 2012 9:57:01 PM

Check out my $400 build in my signature. Combat Arms is super easy to run. I was able to get 30+ fps on 1080p with a GT240. Just change my build a bit to give you an i3 and it's proven that you don't need more than 4GB of RAM for gaming. My high end gaming system only has 4 gigs because I don't need more.
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February 12, 2012 11:09:07 PM

Okay, what's the price difference in a GT240 and a i3, also what's the difference in performance? Thanks. Also like the build. :D 
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February 12, 2012 11:22:48 PM

A GT240 is a extremely low end card and CA is not CPU intensive at all and any dual core will do. My 6850 is a huge improvement over my GT240. I got 60 fps on Starcraft 2 on Medium, now I can run it at extreme at 120fps.
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February 13, 2012 1:51:55 AM

Okay, just wondering is it worth it? I mean $390 + an extra about 260ish for stuff and like is it worth the cost? And also if I wanted to after words can I upgrade the CPU and GPU and PSU to my desired choice if I wanted to, Like is it upgradeable?

P.S. How long will it last me WITHOUT UPGRADES, how it's right now?
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February 13, 2012 2:57:53 AM

OK, I think you're way over-rating combat arms. The PC i3 2100 or 2120 coupled with the right card can pull off BF3 at high to ultra settings at close to 60fps. As far as the setup I'd go with, check out my thread here, scroll to the bottom. Just replace the 8gb RAM with 4GB, the only reason I have 8GB is for video editing purposes. Then you just need to add on a hard drive, dvd player, and case. Will probably end up near $500. If you want to drop it to closer to $450, you could look at the Radeon 5770 Graphics card and the Intel Pentium processors instead, which are basically i3's that can only run 2 threads. You can find it here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/335642-31-gaming-edit...
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February 13, 2012 9:02:50 AM

shell shocke said:
Okay, just wondering is it worth it? I mean $390 + an extra about 260ish for stuff and like is it worth the cost? And also if I wanted to after words can I upgrade the CPU and GPU and PSU to my desired choice if I wanted to, Like is it upgradeable?

P.S. How long will it last me WITHOUT UPGRADES, how it's right now?


It's going to last for a bit except you'll probably have to upgrade the CPU in the next 1 or 2 years.
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February 13, 2012 5:48:00 PM

Okay, cool, I'll do that, once I can afford an i3 i'll install it and keep the other CPU for an other build.
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