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November 24, 2012 9:56:22 PM

I need some advice on a pc I've been working on. I've been trying to keep the price around $300 ($400 with the monitor). If anyone has an idea on how this will run, let me know. I want to be able to run games like Battle Field 3 on medium or low graphic settings. Here is the link to the pc http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pg1t

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November 24, 2012 10:27:40 PM

This will be tough - $300 computers were not meant to run games, much less one of the most demanding games out there...

Here's a better and cheaper version of that card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Though I highly advise stretching for this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That monitor will be absolutely terrible for gaming. Your best bet is a refurb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That mobo is out of stock and probably terrible - get one from a reputable manufacturer if you have to cheap out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 24, 2012 10:41:26 PM

jessterman21 said:
This will be tough - $300 computers were not meant to run games, much less one of the most demanding games out there...

Here's a better and cheaper version of that card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Though I highly advise stretching for this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That monitor will be absolutely terrible for gaming. Your best bet is a refurb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That mobo is out of stock and probably terrible - get one from a reputable manufacturer if you have to cheap out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the advice. I changed the video card, mobo, and the monitor. Here is the link to the pc http://pcpartpicker.com/p/piML and how do you think the performance will be for a pc like this? What do you think it can run?
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November 24, 2012 11:20:21 PM

Fwizzle said:
Thanks for the advice. I changed the video card, mobo, and the monitor. Here is the link to the pc http://pcpartpicker.com/p/piML and how do you think the performance will be for a pc like this? What do you think it can run?

Most games on High settings, but you'll probably have to turn demanding games like Battlefield 3 down to Medium.

This will give you a decent idea of performance in various types of games: http://www.techspot.com/review/392-budget-gpu-compariso...
You'll run games in between the 1280x800 and the 1440x900 performance results seen here.
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November 24, 2012 11:37:40 PM

jessterman21 said:
Most games on High settings, but you'll probably have to turn demanding games like Battlefield 3 down to Medium.

This will give you a decent idea of performance in various types of games: http://www.techspot.com/review/392-budget-gpu-compariso...
You'll run games in between the 1280x800 and the 1440x900 performance results seen here.

I was hoping to run battlefield 3 on medium graphics anyways. Since you saved me some money, should I try to get a better CPU for the pc?
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November 25, 2012 1:13:07 AM

Fwizzle said:
I was hoping to run battlefield 3 on medium graphics anyways. Since you saved me some money, should I try to get a better CPU for the pc?

No, unless you can stretch and get the cheapest i3. Which I highly recommend - its a good bit more, but games are starting to use more than 2 threads, especially DX11 games, so I'm not sure how much longer even a strong dual core will keep games smooth.
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November 25, 2012 1:19:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $363.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 22:19 EST-0500)

This would be better with everything. :) .

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S22B150N 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $372.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 22:21 EST-0500)

If you can spare $10 for a better monitor then get it.

Don't get your initial build, it isn't getting you most for your dollar.
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November 25, 2012 1:56:42 AM

cutebeans said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $363.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 22:19 EST-0500)

This would be better with everything. :) .

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S22B150N 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $372.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 22:21 EST-0500)

If you can spare $10 for a better monitor then get it.

Don't get your initial build, it isn't getting you most for your dollar.


This is the PC I've set up so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pe0M How is it? What and how well do you think it can run?
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November 25, 2012 2:12:50 AM

Get the 1920 x 1080 monitor. There is no reason for you to get that 18.5 monitor when a better resolution monitor is only $5 away.

Get my Sapphire 7750 which would save you $10. :) 

Will run games decently.

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November 25, 2012 2:29:27 AM

jessterman21 said:
No, unless you can stretch and get the cheapest i3. Which I highly recommend - its a good bit more, but games are starting to use more than 2 threads, especially DX11 games, so I'm not sure how much longer even a strong dual core will keep games smooth.

I took your advice on getting the i3. It will make the pc last longer before I upgrade. Right now I'm sitting at $421. Is there anyway I could bring down the price? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pl07
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November 25, 2012 4:33:42 PM

Fwizzle said:
I took your advice on getting the i3. It will make the pc last longer before I upgrade. Right now I'm sitting at $421. Is there anyway I could bring down the price? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pl07

Nope - sorry. Unless you drop to a lesser GPU or CPU. But don't.
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November 25, 2012 4:48:10 PM

jessterman21 said:
Nope - sorry. Unless you drop to a lesser GPU or CPU. But don't.

ok, so this is the best PC i can get for the price I'm paying and all the parts will work together right?
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November 25, 2012 7:09:32 PM

That case is sold out - and you'll need a copy of Windows, of course.

Looks good - you won't regret a penny.
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