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Looking to build a rig for recording minecraft and some newer pc games

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November 4, 2012 3:34:46 AM

Well I decided against the workstation build and would like a build for recording games and editing the recorded footage, I would like a triple screen setup, these are the monitors I have . one 1920 x 1080 samsung syncmaster, and 2 acer's 1600 x 900, the acers have vga and dvi and the samsung has hdmi and vga (Dsub).

The budget is around $400 I don't need a case but would prefer a new one, I already have a 1TB HDD and a 1.5TB backup drive, plus a few laptop drives kicking around, I also have a quadro fx 3500 as well, although I'm not sure how much use that would be.

This is what I got so far.

Mobo http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9752

Cpu http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9740

gpu http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8721#

psu http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8638#

ram : http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8764

total is $378 so I want to use the bit of extra cash to improve the gpu, Would would you guys suggest? <3
November 4, 2012 4:10:25 AM

Oh yeah I will probably be purchasing this around Christmas time.
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November 4, 2012 4:51:07 AM

550ti is 104 @ newegg right now
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November 4, 2012 4:51:28 AM

switch out your gpu for the 550ti (shop at newegg if you can)
and get a lower end i5/higher end i3 instead of the amd, some amd processors run hot, and more ghz x=x faster.
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November 4, 2012 4:59:14 AM

I find it ODD that you are spending very little on your hardware, want to record games, and also are getting three monitors when the price of those two screens ($300 or more) could go towards a far, far better Graphics Card and CPU.

Can I assume you are already upgrading an AMD system? Otherwise a Z77/1155 rig would be best.

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November 4, 2012 5:02:02 AM

Booneford said:
550ti is 104 @ newegg right now


It may be best if you refer to benchmark comparisons before making recommendations. At the same price, the HD7770 is not only newer and quieter, but also performs better. (oddly the HD7770 won in EVERY game in the list except Crysis 2. It appears to be a driver issue that is likely fixed now.)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...

*Forgot to say that while I think you'd be better off with a single monitor and put the $300 or so towards a better system, that's your choice. As for your selection of parts it's hard to make any other recommends. We can hardly pick a "better" card when you only have an extra $22 to work with.
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November 4, 2012 5:22:50 AM

I'm in Australia so newegg is not an option and the 7770 is completly out of stock at msy in perth, I already own all the monitors and will be upgrading the gpu in February next year ^_^
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November 13, 2012 1:24:29 AM

milkshakez7z said:
I'm in Australia so newegg is not an option and the 7770 is completly out of stock at msy in perth, I already own all the monitors and will be upgrading the gpu in February next year ^_^


Sorry, your post was confusing as you said "I would LIKE a three monitor setup... "; I thought the listed monitors were ones you intended to buy.

Do you still have a question?

The recommended card is the HD7770 which is out of stock for you. Well, that's the recommended card for your budget so I guess either WAIT or buy a more expensive card.

*Also, you are buying a low-end CPU (for gaming) so you will be wasting your money if you intend to buy a much better card than the HD7770. You'd be far, far better off simply waiting and putting the money you would spend on the HD7770 (since you're upgrading in three months) towards a better CPU.

It varies by the game, but a good graphics card paired with that CPU might only get HALF the frame rate (i.e. 30FPS instead of 60FPS) as it would with an i5-3570K Intel CPU.
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November 13, 2012 10:29:47 PM

photonboy said:
Sorry, your post was confusing as you said "I would LIKE a three monitor setup... "; I thought the listed monitors were ones you intended to buy.

Do you still have a question?

The recommended card is the HD7770 which is out of stock for you. Well, that's the recommended card for your budget so I guess either WAIT or buy a more expensive card.

*Also, you are buying a low-end CPU (for gaming) so you will be wasting your money if you intend to buy a much better card than the HD7770. You'd be far, far better off simply waiting and putting the money you would spend on the HD7770 (since you're upgrading in three months) towards a better CPU.

It varies by the game, but a good graphics card paired with that CPU might only get HALF the frame rate (i.e. 30FPS instead of 60FPS) as it would with an i5-3570K Intel CPU.


I think I'm going to get the FX 6300 and just use the Quadro till I get a 7870 or a new GPU.
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