Hey folks, I posted a thread requesting a build for an $850 budget build not too long ago, but sadly, my budget cap has been lowered now to $720 (shipping/tax included) and would like to get a 2nd opinion if anyone's up for the challenge.
So, to give you all some background on what i'm looking for; all I RELY need is something that can handle recording (with fraps) Guild Wars 2 at >47 fps 720p on low settings (I don't care much for the art style of the higher settings in this game). I'm going to be working with some large video files, so a sizable hdd would be great if you can fit it in without compromising gpu/cpu too much. I think anything over ~3.5 ghz is overkill for CPU, I don't care too much for a flashy case, and the only thing I will be using an optical drive for is loading windows(already have, don't include in budget)/drivers. I also have plans to play Elder Scrolls Online Beta in the future (press access sup ;p), so perhaps a little headroom for that would be nice, although that game should play pretty similarly to GW2.
And for perspective, I currently play on an Acer Aspire 5560-Sb653 laptop with the resolution toned down to 1280x720. I can record 720p on this system and get around 20-27 steady fps, but it can be rely sketchy sometimes and will drop to like >10 fps for a few seconds, that combined with the fact that I've got <10gb left on my C: drive; It's not exactly filling the role that I need it to.
Suggestions/example builds would be greatly appreciated, I know the budget is a bit on the lower end of the spectrum as far as gaming PC budgets go, but I'm hoping you guys can work some magic and bring me some kickass builds for that price range. I'd like to end this thread by saying how much I love this community and how great you all are at helping derps like me not get scammed into buying stock pc's, your feedback is greatly valued and I have tremendous respect and admiration for you all!
My current laptop specs: CPU: AMD Quad-Core A6-3400m -up to 2.3 ghz GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6520G, 512mb gsm RAM: 6GB DDR3 HDD: 500GB 15.6" display 1366x768 native resolution (I turn it down to 1280x720).
if you live near a microcenter go with camohannas build, because that's a hel of a deal on that cpu! (50$ off)
Wish I didn't live 5 hours from the closest one. They have the best deals.
Sadly, I live in Washington state and we have no Microcenters up here either . How big is the difference in performance between the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 and the 7850? I could probably shell out the extra $45 if you think it would be worth it. Thanks for your reply by the way!
haha, do you know how to get free shipping on newegg? a lot of the parts I selected said free shipping, when I get to checkout it gives me option to calculate shipping cost and says like $13 or something, thanks for the build by the way; I'll probably end up going with it!
The total cost is 607$ The prices are rounded to the nearest tenth, some prices have decreased as well.
I actually own that cooler haha, it's nice, but I would recommend getting a gpu with 2gb onboard vram. What I would do is wait for the next sale on a 7850 2gb card, with MIR you could probably get it for the $150 price point. If you're in a rush though, you could always just wait to get that cpu cooler later, that cpu has no business being OC'd anyways, so the stock fan should be fine for the time being.