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First time computer builder, sub $700 gaming PC

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March 23, 2012 5:40:19 PM

Hello all,

I posted around a week ago asking for opinions on some pre-built systems I was considering for PC sim racing. The resounding reply was to build something myself. I have to admit, I'm still pretty intimidated by the idea of putting together the guts of a system, but I figure I'll try it.

Here is the info on the games I plan to play most....

Iracing:

•Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
•Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon X2
or higher
•NVidia GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X1800 or above graphics adapter recommended
•2 GB system RAM
•6 Gb free hard disk space

RFactor2:

CPU: 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 3.0 GHz AMD Athlon II x2 or better
Memory: 4 GB+
Video Card: nVidia 250 GTS or ATI/AMD 4870 or better
Video Memory: 512MB+
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 64bit, Windows 7 64bit
Storage: 4 GB+

I also plan on connecting to a Panasonic HD TV.


As for the build, I'll link up to a wishlist I put together on Newegg.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

I had planned on spending around $500 on the setup, but found out quickly that a system in that price range wouldn't last very long into the future. So, $700 it is!

As for the other build information that is usually required....

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Sim racing. The computer won't be used for anything else other than light internet browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: US, Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: No preference at all.

Overclocking: I don't plan to.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. I have very limited knowledge of the technology.

Monitor Resolution: Another issue. I plan on connecting the PC to a five year old Panasonic 42 inch HDTV. I don't know what the resolution of the TV would be, and was wondering if the community could help me with this.

I appreciate any replies or advice!!
March 23, 2012 6:14:57 PM

I'm not seeing anything on that link, you may as well list your parts here.
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March 23, 2012 6:20:47 PM

I think you can go to your newegg account and make that a public wishlist..as it is now we would have to log into your account to see it
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March 23, 2012 6:40:22 PM

Sorry everyone! I went through the steps to make it public, I read it on another thread on here. Must have messed it up.

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also run Windows 7 64 bit as an OS.

Sorry about the mixup, thanks!
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March 23, 2012 7:09:07 PM
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March 23, 2012 7:11:09 PM

Ok, here's my opinion. If you want an AMD system, then for gaming with a discrete graphics card I would say go with a black edition quad core and an AM3+ motherboard. It will be better for gaming and better all around as far as computing power goes. The integrated graphics on the A-8 is fine for casual games, but you'll need a graphics card for real gaming. And the A-8 is sluggish in other regards.

I'd look at the AMD X4 960T, sometimes it can be found for under $120.
Here's a nice Asrock board for $85 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The ram is fine, although don't pay extra for DDR3 1866 as it won't run at that speed anyway.

Now the graphics card is essentail. NVidia just released the GTX 680, and have dropped the prices on all their ither cards. I saw a GTX 460 for under $100 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At any rate there are some sweet deals out there. You can expect for AMD to drop their prices accordingly over the next couple of days or early next week. I think an HD 6850/70 woulod serve you well, but that's a screamin deal on the GTX 460.

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March 24, 2012 2:26:04 AM

buzznut said:
Ok, here's my opinion. If you want an AMD system, then for gaming with a discrete graphics card I would say go with a black edition quad core and an AM3+ motherboard. It will be better for gaming and better all around as far as computing power goes. The integrated graphics on the A-8 is fine for casual games, but you'll need a graphics card for real gaming. And the A-8 is sluggish in other regards.

I'd look at the AMD X4 960T, sometimes it can be found for under $120.
Here's a nice Asrock board for $85 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The ram is fine, although don't pay extra for DDR3 1866 as it won't run at that speed anyway.

Now the graphics card is essentail. NVidia just released the GTX 680, and have dropped the prices on all their ither cards. I saw a GTX 460 for under $100 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At any rate there are some sweet deals out there. You can expect for AMD to drop their prices accordingly over the next couple of days or early next week. I think an HD 6850/70 woulod serve you well, but that's a screamin deal on the GTX 460.


Not such a great deal on the 460. It's the gimped 192bit bus version..but ya prices are dropping. The 560Ti 448 core has dropped about $40 in 3 weeks. It can now be had for $230 after rebate..and thats for an OC twinfrozr version
Also this is a smokin deal on the PhenomII 965, retail version..same price as the 960t
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 24, 2012 3:23:42 AM

The 965 has been $125 for a few months... The i3 is still better. Get an i3 for $100
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