Budget Gaming system

Alienware M14X - 999.00 (Roughly 30 dollars a month)

PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (3MB Cache, up to 3.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit edit
MEMORY 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz edit
HARD DRIVE 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s edit
VIDEO CARD 1 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™ edit
LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight edit
WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0 edit
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) edit

I was looking at this on dell.com because they have a credit card you can apply for and my monthly payments would be about 30 bucks. Its a laptop so it has a monitor which is a huge plus and i believe I can plug my xbox into it with an hdmi cable?

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I will be moving out on my own here in about 1 1/2 - 2 months and I will be needing a computer, I won't have much money to invest in a computer but will have some saved up for it hopefully. I'm planning on applying for a Newegg CC if necessary, or a Dell CC if I have to go that route.

***Budget Range: For now i'm gonna stay at a solid 650$ (Would need to include a monitor) Maybe 700$ if its the only way to make it work.

***System Usage from Most to Least important: Gaming (Mostly things like Diablo 3 and WoW) Maybe some other games like BF3, MW3 ect. I have an xbox thats where most of my FPS and others go. I dont need a computer that will play BF3 on max High super resoultions just something that will play it and be playable.

Surfing the internet, Visual Studio 2010 (mostly just VB.NET)

***Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I will need one. It will also need to allow me to plug my xbox into it via an HDMI cable or I will need a graphics card that will let me do this (if even possible) a 20 inch monitor would work for me, I'd prefer bigger but what I can afford.

***Do you need to buy OS: No

***Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (I can apply for credit there if needed and hopefully get it)

***Location: Pocatello, ID

***Parts Preference: None (AMD or Intel will work CPU)

***SLI or Crossfie: Unsure

***Additonal Comments: I'm on a tight budget and I dont do a ton of high end gaming mostly Diablo 3 and just WoW. I don't need a super highend computer, and will upgrade down the road more and more as I can. So upgradeability is a big deal if I can do it at a good budget.

I more than likely won't be OC'ing unless I need too.
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  1. Bump. Really looking for some input on this.
  2. This will play D3 and WoW.
  3. sktittles said:
    Alienware M14X - 999.00 (Roughly 30 dollars a month)

    PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (3MB Cache, up to 3.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit edit
    MEMORY 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz edit
    HARD DRIVE 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s edit
    VIDEO CARD 1 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™ edit
    LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight edit
    WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0 edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) edit

    I was looking at this on dell.com because they have a credit card you can apply for and my monthly payments would be about 30 bucks. Its a laptop so it has a monitor which is a huge plus and i believe I can plug my xbox into it with an hdmi cable?

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I will be moving out on my own here in about 1 1/2 - 2 months and I will be needing a computer, I won't have much money to invest in a computer but will have some saved up for it hopefully. I'm planning on applying for a Newegg CC if necessary, or a Dell CC if I have to go that route.

    ***Budget Range: For now i'm gonna stay at a solid 650$ (Would need to include a monitor) Maybe 700$ if its the only way to make it work.

    ***System Usage from Most to Least important: Gaming (Mostly things like Diablo 3 and WoW) Maybe some other games like BF3, MW3 ect. I have an xbox thats where most of my FPS and others go. I dont need a computer that will play BF3 on max High super resoultions just something that will play it and be playable.

    Surfing the internet, Visual Studio 2010 (mostly just VB.NET)

    ***Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I will need one. It will also need to allow me to plug my xbox into it via an HDMI cable or I will need a graphics card that will let me do this (if even possible) a 20 inch monitor would work for me, I'd prefer bigger but what I can afford.

    ***Do you need to buy OS: No

    ***Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (I can apply for credit there if needed and hopefully get it)

    ***Location: Pocatello, ID

    ***Parts Preference: None (AMD or Intel will work CPU)

    ***SLI or Crossfie: Unsure

    ***Additonal Comments: I'm on a tight budget and I dont do a ton of high end gaming mostly Diablo 3 and just WoW. I don't need a super highend computer, and will upgrade down the road more and more as I can. So upgradeability is a big deal if I can do it at a good budget.

    I more than likely won't be OC'ing unless I need too.



    Here is a build for you to start with. I didn't know if you needed a keyboard or mouse, so I didn't include them. I did leave you room in your budget to figure that out, or just upgrade the video card. :P

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3GHz Triple-Core Processor ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($56.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($109.13 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $574.04
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 19:16 EDT-0400)


    Good luck, let me know if you need more help bro.
  4. ^ Not very good for the money IMO but.. the monitor is included so... :/ I guess.

    Assuming you don't need a monitor. Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    This would run all the games you requested pretty well, it'd run BF3 to your request pretty decently. At High with no AA.

    Also you were thinking if you could plug the XBOX into your laptop, Laptop HDMI's are not output ports, only input. If you put an HDMI cord to your laptop, the laptop would be using another monitor, not the other way around.
  5. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G185HVb 60Hz 18.5" Monitor ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $580.48
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 19:21 EDT-0400)

    Im also thinking about using this gpu instead of the one above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-MSI-_-14127687

    Also considering this ram over the above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=13wfzxum151ye

    I need to be able to connect my xbox to my computer and use the monitor to play on (I'll be using an hdmi cable.) This is a must, or I'll end up using a TV instead of a monitor and hooking my computer up to that, either way what is the best option. I'm gonna be in a small apartment, not much room (in college so yeah).

    So my problem here is can anyone suggest a monitor that would allow me to do this? I'm wondering if I can just use an adatper for the monitor I have slected above.
  6. Sadly this is the cheapest monitor with an HDMI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009255
    No sales currently.
  7. Hmm... well thats not too bad. Thanks.

    Can I get your input on the above build? What do you think? What would you change? I need to keep the rpice including the monitor you just provided. Right there or lower If I can get better results.
  8. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gzqA/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009255
    Total: $580.48
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 19:21 EDT-0400)

    Im also thinking about using this gpu instead of the one above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-14127687

    Also considering this ram over the above: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] fzxum151ye

    that would be the build its basically what I can afford.
  9. Switch the 6770 for the 6870 and you'll be golden. The 7770 is a nice substitute, but generally you want at least the 6870 for modern games.

    For the PSU, get this one and save money,: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030&Tpk=neo%20eco%20520
    The Neo Eco is actually based off the Seasonic M12II design.

    Would get this case instead but case is all preference.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
    OR
    http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Black/dp/B002UDK9U6%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB002UDK9U6

    Solid.
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