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Xbox recording PC , Please help me create this for $550

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September 26, 2012 3:58:31 AM

Hey guys! , I am in need once again for a PC (never ended up finishing the other build :/ ) I am wanting to build a $550 PC that will run BF3 MP (medium) and can record the xbox in a minimum 720P resolution, this is what I have already : Samsung Syncmaster 1080p monitor, Keyboard , mouse , And a 1TB 7200rpm sata drive, plus a usb 2.0 1.5 TB backup drive.

I am In Australia and I think I wan't to use amazon as the website, here is what I got so far.

GPU : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00782U10W/ref=ox_sc_a...
Case: (very important to me) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004351H9G/ref=ox_sc_a...
PSU : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK/ref=ox_sc_a...
RAM : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N8GVUY/ref=ox_sc_a...
MOBO : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SUO3SS/ref=ox_sc_a...
CPU : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00520I9VA/ref=ox_sc_a...
Splitter : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B4O7NS/ref=ox_sc_a...
Capture card : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SQE1O0/ref=ox_sc_a...
Extra fan : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026ZPFCK/ref=ox_sc_a...
Disk drive : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006B7R9PU/ref=ox_sc_a...


So guy's , what do you think?
September 26, 2012 4:19:06 AM

Oh yeah , hoping to purchase in 3 or so Days
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September 26, 2012 4:40:18 AM

You need more CPU muscle than that. Recording raw footage takes absurd amounts of disk space, and compressing on the fly is fairly demanding. I just don't think a $65 CPU is going to cut it. I know those ultra low end Intels get recommended now and then, but I really just don't agree. Unless you're just building a Facebook machine it really helps to spend a little bit more for four cores.

Aside from that it looks like a passable, if extremely low budget PC. It's going to be hard to do much better for $550, plus needing a capture card.
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September 26, 2012 4:47:56 AM

willard said:
You need more CPU muscle than that. Recording raw footage takes absurd amounts of disk space, and compressing on the fly is fairly demanding. I just don't think a $65 CPU is going to cut it. I know those ultra low end Intels get recommended now and then, but I really just don't agree. Unless you're just building a Facebook machine it really helps to spend a little bit more for four cores.

Aside from that it looks like a passable, if extremely low budget PC. It's going to be hard to do much better for $550, plus needing a capture card.

I will probably upgrade to a core i5 cpu later on , But the G850 is perfect from what I can see for my needs right now :) 

Apparently people can record with that cap card with Celerons lol.
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September 26, 2012 3:11:56 PM

Recording isn't what's demanding, it's recording and compressing at the same time. Taking a sequence of frames and turning it into compressed video is computationally expensive. Taking that same sequence of frames and writing them to disk is computationally very cheap, but requires huge amounts of disk space.

If you're cool with dozens to hundreds of gigabytes of footage to process after gaming for a few hours, then it's less of an issue. If you're going to fill your drive up to 85% and expect to still be able to record...well that's just not going to work very well.
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September 26, 2012 11:51:08 PM

chichagof said:
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-2120-Dual-Core-Processor...

spend 43 bucks more. the i3 is 3 tiers above the g850.

If he's replacing it within the next couple months, I disagree. I've done builds with throw away parts before, and the key to making it work is to skimp as much as possible on the parts you know you need to replace, then put the savings into the part you replace it with.

An i3 isn't going to have a big enough performance advantage to justify nearly doubling the amount of money you waste on the throw away part. Take that same $43 and put it into a better cooling budget for the replacement chip and you get long term benefits.
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September 27, 2012 3:21:23 AM

willard said:
If he's replacing it within the next couple months, I disagree. I've done builds with throw away parts before, and the key to making it work is to skimp as much as possible on the parts you know you need to replace, then put the savings into the part you replace it with.

An i3 isn't going to have a big enough performance advantage to justify nearly doubling the amount of money you waste on the throw away part. Take that same $43 and put it into a better cooling budget for the replacement chip and you get long term benefits.


Im a She... Anyway lol , What kind of i5 should I grab?
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September 27, 2012 3:40:30 PM

milkshakez7z said:
Im a She... Anyway lol , What kind of i5 should I grab?

Sorry, in these circles I tend to assume everybody's a dude, lol.

As far as which processor, it depends on what you want to do. If you want to overclock and don't want to spend a ton on cooling the 2500k is still an awesome chip. If you don't care about overclocking, the 3570 runs about 10% faster for about the same price.
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September 27, 2012 11:31:54 PM

willard said:
Sorry, in these circles I tend to assume everybody's a dude, lol.

As far as which processor, it depends on what you want to do. If you want to overclock and don't want to spend a ton on cooling the 2500k is still an awesome chip. If you don't care about overclocking, the 3570 runs about 10% faster for about the same price.

haha that's cool ^_^ , Do you think I should Buy a board so I can overclock on now Because I thought I couldn't OC on this board?
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September 28, 2012 2:26:19 PM

For good overclocking you'll want to roughly double your motherboard budget. Shoot for a Z77 board, the ASRock Extreme 4 is around $135 and does very well.
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