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November 13, 2012 1:38:48 AM

I'm doing my first build, and my budget is $500. I'm planning to eventually upgrade my computer slowly over time, but this is it for now. I want the cheapest setup possible that can run Arma II. I don't know anything at all on what motherboards, graphics cards, or PSUs I should get. Help?

Case:
http://microcenter.com/product/383014/Commander_MS-I_Sn...

RAM:
http://microcenter.com/product/380719/4GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL11_UDIMM_Desktop_Memory_Module

Processor:
http://microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K_33G...

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:???

Graphics Card: One that can run Arma II. Fast GPU (Nvidia Geforce 8800GT or ATI Radeon 4850 or faster) with Shader Model 3 and 512 or more MB(I have no clue on what this is)

PSU:???

Also, is there anything else I'm missing? Thanks.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 1:50:59 AM

arma II is one of the most unoptimized and trainreck of coding that you will ever see... even if you had a gtx 680 you would still get bad fps in some areas(dayz mostly)

where are you located?
also what is your budget on the gpu? or i guess how much more can you spend?
my god are those used parts their selling? those are some amazing deals!

I will edit this as soon as i find a nice gpu for you sorry i just wanted to see where your located
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 190 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
November 13, 2012 2:25:56 AM

The 2500K is not one I would recommend, only because I'm pretty sure they actually don't make it anymore. May as well just get the newest one.

Arma II is very terribly coded. It even runs slow on my computer, even when I had my Radeon HD6950.

Do you need Windows for the computer?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 2:27:21 AM

really! my god what does cut it?
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 190 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
November 13, 2012 3:33:38 AM

Well, I meant go for the 3570K instead, since its just newer tech.

My 6950 was able to run it on pretty darn high settings no doubt, but not on the highest.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2012 3:42:32 AM

my 6850 could run it maxed... that game is just one pile of dog **** when it comes to the coding so its different on every system
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 190 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
November 13, 2012 4:44:54 PM

My 460 can run it like on norma or so. I think Radeon cards handle it better actually.
November 13, 2012 7:06:40 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
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where are you located?
also what is your budget on the gpu? or i guess how much more can you spend?
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With the GPU, I'm thinking something that can run games, but I don't need an insanely good and expensive gpu that can handle all of those crazy insane lighting mods. With that said, I recently bought Magicka on steam, wanting to play it, when the game wouldn't even open because my graphics card was so bad.

I just want to play games. I don't want the best graphics, I can always upgrade later if I do want those.

That being said, I want the graphics cards that are cheap, but at least can run games on medium to low graphics settings.

I have $250 left, and I still need to get a motherboard, a PSU, and a graphics card. (I have windows 7 already)
November 13, 2012 7:09:45 PM

Deemo13 said:
The 2500K is not one I would recommend, only because I'm pretty sure they actually don't make it anymore.
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Do you need Windows for the computer?


I'm pretty sure they still make 2500k's. I also just want a cheap *ss set-up, something that can run games at 30 fps on medium to low graphics settings. I can upgrade later when I have more money to spend.

I have windows 7.
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