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April 5, 2012 9:12:59 PM

Need the best bang for my buck ~550-600 to play Guild Wars 2 with no lag at medium to high settings with good resolution. I don't plan to upgrade for a couple years. I will buy new build then.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today until 2 weeks max.

Budget Range: ~550-600. After Rebates...however I would like to avoid rebates unless it's a super good deal.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com (I rater bundle all from either. And I would choose newegg if <30 total.

Country: USA

Parts Preferred: Any

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Just bought a 24. 1080p. (no idea what is good resolution for this...


Guild Wars 2 Minimum System Requirements*

OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better

CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 or better

GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI Radeon™ X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better (256MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)

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April 5, 2012 9:42:03 PM

Kinda hard for you to get Intel unless you want a Core i3. i checked most of the low i5's and still made the build go over. My suggestion. grab a AMD 970 chipset and a Phenom II 1045t and grab a GTX 560 and the hard Drive i can't really tell you right now because no solid deals but a 120gb SSD will suite you well..... and a simple DVD drive from the 20$ rack and a Windows 7 copy. yea should be around the 550-600$ tag
April 5, 2012 10:06:59 PM

I3 has great reviews and I don't plan on OC. Whatever is gonna be the best being for buck. Future proofing is last on my list. Thank you for your advice.
I mostly need help in compatability and mono options...I tend to get lost in translation. This will be my first build.
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April 5, 2012 11:18:49 PM

You don't need to get the I-series to have a good intel gaming CPU. The G-series are great for gaming, and are socket 1155 as well, so you still have the option of picking up a beefier I-series processor down the road.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

One rule of thumb for a game machine: Spend 2-3x as much on your video solution as you spend on your processor. That will give you a more balanced machine where you'll be less bottlenecked by either the CPU or the graphics; they'll top out around the same time.

If you don't want to overclock, that mostly rules out AMD, unfortunately.

here's a quick build you can use as a starting point (prices from newegg):

$80 Pentium G630
$65 ASRock H61ICAFE motherboard
$65 Antec BP550 Plus 550W 80 Plus
$47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$55 Rosewill CHALLENGER case
$65 Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD3200AAJS 320GB
$190 MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 ($20 mail in rebate)

$567 total ($547 after rebate)


April 5, 2012 11:43:19 PM

CPU/MOBO Combo: Pentium G850/Asrock H61M Combo @ $129.98

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1600 @ 23.99

Graphics Card: Sapphire 7770 @ $159.99

HDD: Seagate Barracude 500GB @ $84.99

Case: NZXT Source 210 @ $39.99

Power Supply: Corsair CX430W @ $44.99

DVD Burner: Samsung CD/DVD Drive - OEM @ $14.99

OS: Windows 7 Home 64 OEM @ $99.99


Total: $606.83 (after shipping)

Theres a couple of promo codes that can drop the total price to about $570.
And the Corsair PSU has a $20 MIR.
April 6, 2012 3:47:24 AM

Terrific advice from all of you. Gives me a much better understanding on what too look for. Mainly quilciri with the bottlenecking issue was a huge concern for me. With budget the last thing I want is something too powerful. Imma do some searching and post up my build tomorrow. :) 
April 6, 2012 8:33:42 AM

CPU
i3-2120 for 113$ after promo code, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507...

MOTHERBOARD
MSI H61M-P21 (B3) for 58$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313060...

RAM
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666 cl9@1.5v) for 38$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023142...

CASE AND PSU
Broadway Com Corp 1243MA- BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for 40$, 7$ for shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681116205...

SSD
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB SATA III for 74$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682022624...

GRAPHICS CARD
HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 for 140$, free shipping, free dirt 3 coupon :o 
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681416140...

Voilà, thats all in 470$
and to make it to ~550$ you can add
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682213677...
or
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682223606...
April 6, 2012 8:35:18 AM

CPU
i3-2120 for 113$ after promo code, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507...

MOTHERBOARD
MSI H61M-P21 (B3) for 58$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313060...

RAM
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666 cl9@1.5v) for 38$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023142...

CASE AND PSU
Broadway Com Corp 1243MA- BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for 40$, 7$ for shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681116205...

SSD
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB SATA III for 74$, free shipping
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682022624...

GRAPHICS CARD
HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 for 140$, free shipping, free dirt 3 coupon :o 
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681416140...

Voilà, thats all in 470$
and to make it to ~550$ you can add
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682213677...
or
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682223606...
!