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November 12, 2012 6:51:42 PM

I'm not looking to play any games with higher requirements, mostly sticking to games such as WoW and even CS:S. Though they are rather basic games I'm looking for a rather decent framerate on at least decent settings. Right now I'm reduced to lag on lowest settings with a laptop that's out-dated for even basic functions, much less gaming. Also, having the ability to play most games (even if I have to lower the settings) with very minimal lag would just be great.

I'm sure this probably isn't what I want, but I figured I should mention it, just to see.. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

My general budget for this is around $450, but that's including an OS. I don't need a monitor, mouse or keyboard.. but everything else would be necessary. I've also never done a complete build from scratch before but I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm doing. Any tips for the process are generally appreciated, and the build in general is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.

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November 12, 2012 7:10:49 PM

Save your money and get a OS for free.. ;)  No need to pay.

My greatest tip for building is to discharge your static before it and throughout. Also, take your time and make sure everything is in correctly.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ntcE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ntcE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ntcE/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $454.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 16:09 EST-0500)

Nice processor and graphics card. PSU is okay, ram is good.

The case is okay, its good and cheap. I got a cheap one so I could fit a 7850 in there.

Overall, this is as good as it gets.
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November 12, 2012 7:28:45 PM

obliviousninjazk said:
lchrisk, that build is horrible. Here is a computer much better well below you price range.
http://www.amazon.com/Pre-owned-Pentium-Desktop-Drive-C...

This computer processes games wonderfully. It will kill any game you play.
lchrisk, you should stick to minecraft.


Dafuq wrong with you
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November 12, 2012 7:30:39 PM

Thanks, lchrisk.

How would one exactly go about ;) 'ing an OS..? I've done it on an older PC that had Windows XP, and put 7 on it.. is it basically any different than that process? I appreciate the build, and the help.
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November 12, 2012 7:39:00 PM

the link you have is not bad but the power supply brand is know to not be real good.
there a lot of bad you tube reviews of that power supply. I would sit down with a cup of joe and ask yourself how long do you want this new pc. are you going to replace it with a newer pc in a year or two or do you want it for a few years. if i was building a cheap gaming system i would use a intel 630 celeron or the 8xx cpu. I would use a msi g45 micro atx or a z77 micro atx board that around 70-90. the z77 will let you drop in any sb or ib chip if you need more cpu power. i would drop in a 550ti or 640/650 card. there not high end gaming cards the issue and i seen it with my older 250 nvidia card and city of hero's is on a map with very few players...great fps. get into a fight with 10-20 players or av and your frame rate is crawling. your better off paying a little extra for a gpu or a amd cpu with the 7000 line of gpu built in. you dont need an 8 core cpu a 2 or 4 core cpu are fine. try pick up a know good name power supply like cosiar or a seasonic re branded power supply. if the ps fails it can take out your rig.at worst you have to do a rma and ship the ps back. for ram make sure it 1600 speed. and that it a name brand ram. memory like gskill and other have life time warranty on the ram. on amd the new fm-2 motherboard and cpu there faster then the intel i3 cpu but not as fast as the i5. if i was building a build that i was pinching$$$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 12, 2012 8:16:35 PM

Best answer selected by chain220.
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November 13, 2012 1:29:07 AM

smorizio said:
the link you have is not bad but the power supply brand is know to not be real good.
there a lot of bad you tube reviews of that power supply. I would sit down with a cup of joe and ask yourself how long do you want this new pc. are you going to replace it with a newer pc in a year or two or do you want it for a few years. if i was building a cheap gaming system i would use a intel 630 celeron or the 8xx cpu. I would use a msi g45 micro atx or a z77 micro atx board that around 70-90. the z77 will let you drop in any sb or ib chip if you need more cpu power. i would drop in a 550ti or 640/650 card. there not high end gaming cards the issue and i seen it with my older 250 nvidia card and city of hero's is on a map with very few players...great fps. get into a fight with 10-20 players or av and your frame rate is crawling. your better off paying a little extra for a gpu or a amd cpu with the 7000 line of gpu built in. you dont need an 8 core cpu a 2 or 4 core cpu are fine. try pick up a know good name power supply like cosiar or a seasonic re branded power supply. if the ps fails it can take out your rig.at worst you have to do a rma and ship the ps back. for ram make sure it 1600 speed. and that it a name brand ram. memory like gskill and other have life time warranty on the ram. on amd the new fm-2 motherboard and cpu there faster then the intel i3 cpu but not as fast as the i5. if i was building a build that i was pinching$$$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Too much to read and grammar is not very good. Get to the point, don't really feel like sitting here for 10 minutes. ahaha, and how would you say antic is not a good brand? Stop...
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November 13, 2012 1:31:13 AM

chain220 said:
Thanks, lchrisk.

How would one exactly go about ;) 'ing an OS..? I've done it on an older PC that had Windows XP, and put 7 on it.. is it basically any different than that process? I appreciate the build, and the help.

Probably gonna get banned on here for saying this, but there are things called cough *torrents* cough. You could also get a free linux cd, but cmon, who uses linux anyways?
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November 13, 2012 1:50:01 AM

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You could also get a free linux cd, but cmon, who uses linux anyways?

Xubuntu (Linux) is fabulous and free. I and many others use it for everything except the Windows-only games that don't work on Linux with the Windows emulator called WINE. I'm surprised you would recommend against Linux usage.
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November 13, 2012 1:28:50 PM

spankmon said:
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You could also get a free linux cd, but cmon, who uses linux anyways?

Xubuntu (Linux) is fabulous and free. I and many others use it for everything except the Windows-only games that don't work on Linux with the Windows emulator called WINE. I'm surprised you would recommend against Linux usage.

I just personally don't like it. It's cool that you can edit any way you like it, but I just like the way windows is built.
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November 13, 2012 8:15:00 PM

spankmon said:
Xubuntu (Linux) is fabulous and free. I and many others use it for everything except the Windows-only games that don't work on Linux with the Windows emulator called WINE. I'm surprised you would recommend against Linux usage.


I've never used or tried Linux, though I suppose a simple try can't hurt anything.. I'm definitely going to look into it. Would it be a good idea as a standalone OS on this new PC?

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Probably gonna get banned on here for saying this, but there are things called cough *torrents* cough.


Yeah I kinda knew that. I just meant the specifics, but I think I've got it figured out anyway. Thanks.
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