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System configuration for mid-budget gaming pc

Q: System configuration for mid-budget gaming pc

Hi everyone
I'm Indrashis,I live in Kolkata(India) and I want to build a midrange gaming rig for around 26000-30000 rupees.
I have keyboards and mouse and a 16inch LCD monitor so i wont be buying those things and i will be playing Crysis,COD 6,Metro 2033 etc games.
(Also I want to have DDR3 RAM in my rig)
Please suggest accordingly.

A: System configuration for mid-budget gaming pc

Hi Indrashis95. Welcome to Techspot.

With a budget of around 30K INR you'll have to make do with an AMD dual or triple core system.

Look into the Phenom II X2 555 BE or if you can find the Phenom II X3 720. Any board with an AMD 770 / 870 chipset should do fine. You might be able to squeeze in the Phenom II X4 925 if you find a cheap enough motherboard.

As you'll be gaming on a 16" monitor I assume that your resolution will not exceed 1280x1024. A Radeon HD 5770 will be more than enough. In fact you could even consider the cheaper HD 4770 / 4850 for your system.

A 2x2GB DDR3 kit will do good. A good quality 450W PSU (with sufficient amps on the 12V rails) should run the system.

Just hunt around for the best possible prices. The vendors here are usually out to fleece you.

Incidentally, I'm also from Kolkata.

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Hey guys, first of all, im new so here by id like to say hi ^^ Anyway the reason why i decided to post here is because i have a question about a system im putting together.
Its a budget gaming system, well budget... the graphcards costed me some anyway these are the specs:

Motherboard: MSI 790GX-G65
Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.10 GHz, 3600 MHz, 2x 512kB , 6 MB, Boxed
Graphic card: Foxconn GeForce 8800 GT
RAM: Adata 2GB DDR3

Well... that are the specifications. What do you all think, is this a pretty good gaming system, so i can play for example crysis on high or call of duty modern warfare 2 and such?



A:Budget gaming system

From what I can tell you should be able to run Crysis on high. Im running a system with similar specs than that and have maxed out the graphics on Cyrsis and still ran at a very playable frame rate.
Im running:

Intel E8400 (3.0Ghz) OCC to 3.6ghz
OCZ DDR2 2 gig Dual channel kit
EVGA 9800GT 512MB - OCC a bit

But even with nothing OCC was able to run Crysis with no troubles.

Thats my 2 cents .

As for how good those brands/parts are I have no clue.

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Ok I have priced up a system that I am going to suggest to my friend that he should buy (I can build it for him if he is keen)

He currently runs an 800Mhz Athlon with 256mb PC100 and a tnt2 m64 32mb graphics card.

Now I think for the price of this it would blow his old PC away (reusing old HD, case, keyboard, mouse etc).

What are your opinions on the following idea (and what motherboard to use?):

AMD Athlon XP1800+ 1.53 GHz with heatsink and fan 61.31
MSI 745 Ultra (SiS 745 + DDR333) with Audio Or Elite (ECS) K7VTA3 (New v3.1) + Raid + Lan + Sound DDR ATA100 KT333 58.69
256Mb PC2700 (PC333) DDR Memory (Major) 57.58
350W CWT Quiet Dual Fan Version AMD/P4 Approved 34.42
64MB MSI GeForce 4 Ti4200 with TV Out 104.58
£316 with XP1800+
£329.53 with xp2000+

Other options to reduce the cost further:

£290 with XP1800+ and 128Mb PC2700 DDR 32.31
£268.95 with XP1800+, 128Mb PC2700 DDR, 128MB ATI Radeon 8500LE 83.53
£234 with XP1800+, 128mb PC2700 DDR, 64Mb ATI Radeon 7500 TV Out 49.35

Any other cheap ideas to reduce the price aside from using SDRam or reducing graphics capability any further...

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god that's so close to what I'm upgrading to its unbelievable.
You know more than me, but that looks like a good system...can you tell me where you're getting that PSU from? - oh I see, from

I should think that you don't really want to go cheaper than that for good least don't go to 128mb ram

If you want to cut costs, go for 256mb PC2100, and the Radeon 7500..i shouldn't think that he'd get much of a difference out of the faster memory.

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Hi guys,

I have £1000 Budget for a system, i`m going to be building the system specifically for running "CRYSIS" and wish for it to run with full effects, i have made some system designs, what would your ultimate pc be (parts wise) for building a pc for such a job, to run Crysis?

looking for some input for a SMOKING HOT :Kickassro PC £1000

what do you guys recon of this?

Includes 2x 80gb sata2 drives which i aim to set on Raid

works out at £1002
feedback apprechiated

EDIT EDIT EDIT ***BLUSH*** oh no i just realised i forgot the motherboard, oh no........:/ now i`ll have to start over again to re-spec lol
just realised after posting...........

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I'm looking to build a new gaming pc at a budget price.
I'm looking to spend anything under $1,200 not inculding mouse,keyboard,monitor,speakers ect.

I just want CPU, motherboard, RAM, video card, extra cooler (If needed?), system drive, case and power supply.

It doesnt matter if its US currency or Australian. Basically no difference anymore.

I play games such as crysis, CoD, GRID, Spore, Gears, Tom Clancy's and so on and i want to be able to play these at a reasonably high quality.

Just need a list of products, what site i can get them from and how much they will cost.

Anything will help. Cheers ;p

A:Solved: Building A budget gaming system

CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 945 ~ $179
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H ~ $108
RAM: G.Skill-Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1333 ~ $140
HDD: Samsung SATA 1TB ~ $89
GPU: 1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 ~ $399
Case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K58 ~ $99
PSU: Antec TP 550W ~ $119
ODD: SATA Pioneer 218 ~ $38
CPU HSF: Coolermaster Universal Hyper TX3 ~ $29

Total: $1200 Australian.

Products and prices are from MSY:

I've actually finished building a similar system for my brother, the only real difference is that the video card is a HD5770 and it runs Crysis, COD etc on the highest graphics and runs smoothly. With this system above you would have no problems at all.

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ok, so let me just throw my budget out here, est: $600

I'm not sure, i could be more or less thats just a rough idea.

MY NEED: I want it to be able to play games like HITMAN ABSOLUTION at 50% - 60% atleast. And i want it to be able to play grand theft auto v,

I need help in the costs of the parts im choosing, if it can be better then please suggest parts.

Any way, I need help in every aspect.

I know what RAM is,
Im going for 6 to 8 gb, will ddr3 do the job? how much will it cost?
I believe that a i5 should be okay, a 3.0ghz one?
its around $200 right?
Should i pick another one?
okay so currently I have in my laptop a Nvidia 410m.
Its an integrated card. I obviously want a dedicated one.
Im not sure which to pick, please recommend a card, hopefully from Nvidia.
What does 128bit, 256bit mean in GPUs?
And what memory should the card have? 2gb?

EDIT: i found this card,
its price is around $150, can i go for this?
at the time of purchase Im thinking about 2 250gb hdds because if i need more I'll simply attach more.
so thats not a problem.
I know s*it about these things. My plan is to tell my desired parts to the guy at the shop, from where im buying and getting it built (i'll just tell which parts I want). Then he'll just choose a good enough mother board for me? is this ok?
Did i miss anything? please help me

A:Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.

The only thing that's missing is the power supply (the "PSU"), but we should wait until you select a CPU and video card - especially the video card. The PSU is an investment, so we have to make sure it's a good one.



Go for a 2 x 4 GB kit or 2 x 8 GB kit. Your only choice right now is DDR3. The cost can vary from roughly $50 USD give or take $10-$20 to almost $200 USD and more.


Which i5? 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, or 4th Generation Core i5? The cost should be at around $200 give or take $10 to $20 USD.

Video card:

Try to avoid being loyal to one side or the other (NVIDIA or AMD) because some AMD GPUs are way better, but some NVIDIA GPUs are better.

The 128bit or 256bit is the bandwidth of the memory. The higher the number, the faster the memory can be in some ways.

The amount of memory you'd want is about 2GB, yeah. The more the merrier, but it mostly benefits textures.

You can go for any video card you want, but the GT 640 might not be an appreciable upgrade from the 410m. You'll notice it, but I dunno...


Yeah, this is a little bit of a personal thing because take me for example: I have two 60 GB solid state drives and it's all I need. One is for Windows and programs, and the other is for things like My Documents and even my desktop.

Like the power supply, the hard drive is a bit of an investment, so try to get good ones.


Not really. I would also like to see you build it instead of making someone do it for you.... Read more

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Hi, I need a $700 budget gaming PC that can run World of Warcraft on ultra/high settings with a high/considerable frame rate. I don't really want to build it, since I'm only 14 and pretty inexperienced with fitting all the hardware into the case. Also, the website needs to be able to ship to Australia internationally with a preferably small postage (if possible). I'm not looking for anything that's able to run Crysis on high settings, just a simple game like World of Warcraft. I've seen some pretty mediocre gaming rigs that can handle WoW on high/ultra settings with a good frame rate, so I think $700 should be enough (as long as you pick the right hardware). Here are some of my options: - I want to upgrade the RAM, which is available in the seller's description, and get a good gaming video card ($100-150, and maybe $200 if necessary), which is going to be from another source, and maybe even a HDD upgrade. Given the details in the seller's description, can upgrades of these sorts be applied? I'm not exactly certain. I'd also like to mention that the operating system, monitor, keyboard and mouse are all covered already (not inside my budget). - This is my second option. I'd like to upgrade to 4 GB of total RAM (available in the seller's description)... Read more

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This is my first time building a computer, and I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for about $400- $450. I don't play super intense games, but I do play Spore and Sims and edit videos and use Photoshop, so the graphics quality is important. This is the build I'm looking at right now:

CPU: AMD Athlon II 453
video card: Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
power supply: Thermaltake 500W PSU
RAM: 2GB DDR3 1600
hard drive: Seagate 500GB

I plan on reusing the DVD +-RW/ CD-ROM drive from my old computer, if that'll work, and using my old hard drive as the slave drive. The OS will be Windows 7.

Will this configuration work, and do you have any suggestions or improvements for it? Thanks!

A:budget gaming pc around $400

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For too long I've wanted a gaming PC so I've finally found a cheap PC that seems okay to start with but i want to know what sort of games it will run and/or its even worth getting. And by the way building a PC isn't an option because as easy as people say it is, i have no idea what I'm doing

AMD 4.1Ghz 8gb Ram 1tb HDD FTS Gaming PC Desktop Computer Galaxy 3 HDMI

A:I want to get into PC gaming but on a budget.

It's a dual core CPU, no dedicated GPU and no OS. I would look for something with at least 4 core CPU, that has a dedicated GPU and with an OS installed. That price range will be around $400 to $500 (USD). For $500 USD, you could build a very good PC for just about any computing task.

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Hey guys.I posted on here awhile ago about doing a cheap upgrade to my pc.Well I ended up having car troubles and couldnt get around to it.Finally I have the money/time now to do a couple things and I am once again looking for help/confirmation from people who actually have an idea what they are doing lol..anyways I have a Pentium e5400 I dont dare to clock on a GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard with a crappy radeon hd 4350 gpu.I'm strictly looking for gpu/CPU upgrades for now(im also adding 1gb ram,currently on 3gb).My current thoughts are a R7 250 or 240 gpu and Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz with the added 1gb ram.This is looking to run me about 200$ total.I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if this will be a decent budget set up or is there a better way for me to spend my 200$? I'm looking to get beamng drive to a decent frame rate(15-20 now) and possibly run some newer games (2010+) on low settings with stable frame rates.Any suggestions/criticisms on this future build are greatly appreciated as im new to this and f****** clueless,I basically pulled at straws when choosing these components.Thanks

A:Budget gaming again

The CPU is a vintage model - but probably optimal for your socket.. Can you even find a new one. Here is a refurbished one:

Refurbished: Intel E8500 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.167GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor AT80570PJ0876M -

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First, you have to give us some important information, stated as follows:

What are you going to use the PC for?
Gaming, Gameplay Recording [Playclaw], Programming, Video/Picture Editing

How much is your budget?
1,000 USD

Are you willing to buy online?

Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Monitor + Headset + Keyboard

Have you already bought any parts?

Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
Yes, Windows 7 Professional

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
It depends on if I decide to OC my CPU (assume yes for CPU)

A:Gaming rig $1,000 budget

What's wrong with the PC listed in your specs?

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I'd like some help please. I just bought a budget PC and would like to know where to look to upgrade it or if that was even possible.

Its an eMachines E4082 desktop running XP.

Intel Pentium D 820 (Each at 2.80ghz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 with available PCI Express slot (Pretty sure this is an onboard card)

Basically what I would like to find out is if I can upgrade this machine and the best places to look. How do I find out if graphics cards will be compatible? Will any DDR2 RAM work with it? Really am a newbie with PC's when it comes to the hardware side but I would like to play a few older PC games on the machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Budget PC gaming

Welcome to Tech Spot and please read through this.

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Okay, so I'm interested in putting together a PC for gaming. So, I've asked around a couple of forums, and I seemed to be getting a lot of mixed messages. Some say I can put together something for around my budget (around $600 or so), others suggest otherwise. I don't know who to listen to, but I obviously hope the former is correct. And I think they are. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I mean, I'm fine not being able to play EVERY game, just being able to play SOME is fine with me.

Now, I should mention that I'm not completely comfortable building from scratch. I am however interesting in purchasing a BareBones kit, which if I understand correctly, includes most of the parts pre-installed, and working from there. I saw one containing the case, motherboard, power supply, processor, RAM, and hard drive. So I'd imagine I just need a graphics card, operating system, cooling fan, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and... I don't know, is there anything else I'd need?

Anyway, here's the link to the one I was looking at: L

Now, again, I know very little about these things. I'm not especially tech saavy, but that seems decent, and it's only $250. It's got 512MB of RAM, what I think is a good processor (isn't it?), it supports PCI-e cards, so I figure if I got another 512MB of RAM, a good graphics card, X... Read more

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I am going to use this for gaming.
budget is 550$
located in USA
yes willing to buy online specifically newegg.
Im not sure of any parts i can use off my old rig.
Do not need mouse or keyboard. Maybe speakers.
Haven't bought any parts yet.
no os on me.
I don't know if ill need any cooling.

I need a rig that has everything i need for decent gaming including graphics card for under 550$.

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Hello Tech,
try this configuration, leaves you room for speakers,optical, etc

good for performance at 1680x1050 on high for most games

If you really need to start shaving the cost down because of peripherals, a few suggestions:
go with the 7750 or 7850 BE and OC it. (will need a different Motherboard i believe)
two, if you have a little faith the 4830 is different in two ways from the 4850 it has 4-shader clusters for 640 total, and 8 less texture units (32). the major vendors of ati cards (in order to get a competitive advantage) have turned on the 5th shader cluster, and the 8 texture units to make them effectively 4850's. and can be had for $89.00. i would also recommend the 4770, if a guy could find one.

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Hello all, I hope everyone's doing well..

I am slowly teaching myself hardware, because I want to get a gaming computer for obviously gaming, but also video editing and software development. I figure whatever can handle games well, could also handle video editing fairly well.

I need your help in deciding what I should buy, as I am building my PC from scratch (least expensive way).

What I have so far... (last updated 3/15 9:42 am)
MOBO: - $129.99
CPU: - $219.99
RAM: - $41.99
GPU: - $244.99
HDD: - $129.99
PSU: - $89.99 (changed from Builder to Gaming; +$20)
Case: - $49.99
Extra Fan: - $11.99
Disc Reader/Burner: - $20.99 (changed to Asus from LG; +$4)

Subtotal: $939.91Click to expand...

What should be changed if not everything?


Run Battlefield 3 around High (as I know Ultra requires an expensive GPU) with AA.
Play Crysis 2 on High
Minimal 35 FPS on most modern games (hopefully much higher on... Read more

A:[$1,000 UD Budget] Need Gaming PC

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I just built a new gaming rig, and plan on redesignating my older machine as a home server.

The rig I just built contains:

Athlon II X3 440 (Rana)
MSI 870A-G54 Military Class mainboard
OCZ Fatality 550w psu
Zalman CNPS9900 NT cpu cooler
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 RAM
1x 800GB WD Caviar Green
and is all wrapped up in a CoolerMaster Cosmos S

The MSI Mainboard has an "EZ Overclocking" Console that allows me to underclock it for better cooling, or Overclock it up to 7% (with the preset settings). I can also manually overclock it, though while I would like to believe I am advanced enough to do this without damaging my system, I simply am not.

I am also aware that the 440 Rana may have an unlockable 4th core, though I have been unsuccessful in all my attempts to unlock it. I haven't tried changing voltages to the cores to try stabilizing the processor as of yet.

My question is- Has anyone built a system with this MB/CPU combination, and if so, is there anyone that has been successful in unlocking the 4th core? How did you do it? Would you be willing to post voltages, clock speeds, etc?

This is the first machine I have attempted to overclock, so if anyone can help me with this I would appreciate it.

(I didn't include a graphics card in the specs because I haven't purchased one yet. I'm currently using an old Nvidia 9600gso as a stand-in)

A:New budget gaming rig

There's a reason the 4th core is locked, it was tested and concluded defective after production. Don't cause yourself more problems than solutions.

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Sub $500 build

I would like to share a build I am planning to get very soon
and you might wanna make it as a reference on your
upcoming purchase. Got these prices from newegg so
if you'll ask how much it would be on your country,
it would costs somewhere near these prices.

Cooler Master Elite 110 = $39
* One of the most cheapest ITX casing out there. Unlike Lian-Li's
and Silverstone's, you could fit a standard sized PSU in it.

Corsair CX 430 430W = $39
*430w of power is more than enough for this entire build

Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D = $69
*Cheap and has most of the features those famous brands currently has.
For this small platform, it has a good built-in audio.

Intel Pentium G3258 3.2 Ghz LGA 1150 = $69
*At $70 you get a special edition CPU from Intel. An unlocked
CPU that overclocks well with the Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D.

G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB X 2 DDR3 1600mhz = $79
*G.sKill sports a cheap and a kickass design on their
rams. 8Gb with a 1600mhz speed is good enough to play current released games.

Zotac GTX 750Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 = $139
*Sports the new Maxwell architecture. A card so powerful to handle
games like Battlefield 4, Titanfall, COD Ghosts etc. that peaks at
insanely low 75 watts.

Western Digital WD Blue 1TB SATA = $59
1Tb is I think a pretty good enough capacity for this build.

Total = $493
(monitor excluded)

A budget gaming PC that can handle latest games @ full HD.
It has a small foot print that you could put it almost anywhere
on your tab... Read more

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I want to upgrade my PC for gaming. Current specs:

Windows 7 64-bit build 7600
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.67 GHz
Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT
750W PSU

Scores at Windows Experience Index:

Processor: 7,2
RAM. 7,2
Graphics: 6,8
Game graphics: 6,8
HDD: 5,9

At the moment I can run every game except for Crysis & Warhead with everything maxed out and high resolution (1600-1200 ++) plus some AA, FPS 30-60+. I've been looking at the 1GB HD5870 card, it costs about $400 right now but prices may drop. Crysis & warhead I can run on very high/enthusiast with low resolutions (1280x1024 and lower) and no AA with 20-40 FPS.

Anyway how can I improve my gaming with a vudget of $500...?

Thanks a bunch for any help!

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I'm designing a desktop for gaming and online gaming with a strict budget and limited hardwares to choose from.

currently i have these items:

cpu: athlon AM2 X2 7750+
motherboard: ASUS M2N68-AM
graphic card: SAPPHIRE HD3650
hard disk drive: SEAGATE 16M ST2 320G
memory: KINGSTON PC800 D2 2GB
monitor: ASUS 19?VW193T
power supply: GIGABYTE SUPERB 460W
thermal solution: COOLER MASTER HYPER TX2
speaker: LOGITECH S 100 / 2 PIECE
keyboard + mouse: LOGITECH G1 DEKSTOP GAMING

are these items compatible with each other and suitable for gaming? and is it necessary for the extra cpu cooler?

A:Building a budget PC for gaming

Replace the vga, and the cpu(maybe), more ram. you should be fine then.

psu antec continuous power 650watt psu

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I'd like to update my desktop PC for gaming, but I don't know much about system specs. My maximum budget is 500 USD/300 GBP including shipping/transport, etc. I live in the UK (London, England), so if possible I'd like to buy from UK sites/stores in order to avoid shipping costs.

Current system:

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66 GHz (4 CPUs)
DirectX 11
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Unfortunately it's a Dell (I was stupid computer-wise some years ago), so I supppose I won't be able to overclock.

Thanks a lot for your help.

A:Updating my PC for gaming, budget: 500 USD

Hi and welcome to TSG.

There are quite a few UK users on here, so rather than converting the USD budget can you give an actual GBP budget?

What level of gaming are we talking about here, are you wanting to play the latest games?

Graphics card update is the most obvious choice, however that will likely also require a PSU upgrade also. With it being a Dell (or any other brand made machine) the available physical space inside the case could also be a problem.

To get some ideas here are a couple of decent UK sites that I use fairly regularly:

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Build the Best Gaming PC for Any Budget (9 web pages).

This article covers PC costs/build from $500-$1500.

-- Tom

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Looking for budget processor for gaming; my current setup involves
an Intel DG31PR(LGA775 socket) main board
9800 GT 1GB, but my current processor is embarrasing..
a Pentium Dual Core E2180.

I live in the Philippines.....

I wanna get the potential of my 9800 GT and some acceptable performance in Crysis and Mass Effect by upgrading my processor.

My budget is up to 5,500 PHP(our currency)

I'm most interested in the Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.66 ghz which is 3500 PHP; but I am also interested in the:
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 2.7 ghz ...3700 PHP
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8 ghz ...4000 PHP
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93 ghz ...4160 PHP
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.9 ghz which is ...5,450 PHP

My goal is to get something within my price range and VERY hopefully below 4,500 PHP that can run Crysis and Mass Effect at high with atleast 1152 pixel resolution with my current setup.

I am sorry for the inconvenience of makin u guyz think about the currency being in PHP but if you guyz refer, just post so and I can convert every one of those to USD...

Ryt now with my current E2180 setup Crysis runs at 1152 res with 27-60 FPS....27 in complex situations with lots of enemies and exploding....35 in usual..sometimes 40 and 60 indoors.....

I set the

textures to high

shadows to medium

water to high

no AA

Shaders tweaked between high and very high and all others at low...

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A:Looking for budget processor for gaming

Judging by your pricing I'd probably go with the E6500. Except for the lower L2 cache (2mb) compared to the E7500's 3mb the CPU's are identical except that the E6500 is branded "Dual Core" and the E7500 is a "Core 2 Duo". Both are Wolfdale (Penryn 45nm) CPU's.
Theoretically the E7500's larger cache should make it faster in some applications, but the E6500 should still provide 90-95% of the E7500's performance .
This review of 131 CPU's includes all the processors you have listed, and as an added bonus includes a Crysis benchmark. The only downside is that the review is in French, although Google translate might help you out. The graphs of course are self explanatory.
Here is a Crysis optimization guide to help get the best out of the game should you need it.

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Yeah. >_>

Anyway, the computer will primarily be used for internet surfing *coughcough*, gaming, music downloading, and the other random crap I do. Also, if anyone knows of a good, cheap DSL/Satellite (cable doesn't run out here) broadband service that runs most anywhere, that would appreciated, since I'm not having any luck finding one.

Now, for what you've ALL been waiting for, Pengy/Rawk's... uh... computer? Also, all of this is from Newegg.


AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego ($233.00)

~Mother Board~

DFI LanParty NF4 ($196.00)

~Video Card~

SAPPHIRE Radeon X800PRO ($196.00)


Patriot 1GB 184-pin DDR SDRAM ($126.33)


OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 ($167.41)

~Hard Drive~

Western Digital Caviar SE16 ($115.00)

~DVD Burner~

Plextor Black IDE ($45.99)


Sunbeam Transformer ($98.99)


ASPIRE X-Super Alien ($152.99)


Logitech MX518 ($32.87)


Saitek Black Eclipse ($41.99)


NEC Display Solutions FE772 ($164.99)

A:Building a gaming PC on a budget, need help.


i would change the graphics card to a NVIDIA because ata readeon has a problem working with AMD im not really shore weather are not sapphire readon is the same and get a big monitor i know new egg has cheap monitors that are big but what do i know

(i think intel last longer then AMD)but i have an AMD 64
get a really cool looking tower with alot of power.........
hope everything will turn out...........

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Hey guys. Anyone who's seen my other thread can guess whats coming (if you didnt get it from Budget Gaming Card ) Anyhow, I'm building myself virtually a new system, and have ~£75 (~$135) to spend on a graphics card. I'm hoping to play the likes of Half Life 2 at a good level (who isnt?) and was hoping someone in here might know which card I should buy. If possible (really pushing it now), I'd like the card to last a couple of years, cos being a student I don't know when I'll be able to afford another upgrade. Also, I'm in the UK, so newegg and zipflyzoom are out of the question, but I'm gunna order a bunch of stuff off Novatechs' website, cos they're the cheapest I could find, with a frankly brilliant reputation.

My build will hopefully look something like this:
CPU: £76.36
AMD Athlon 64 3000 Venice Core 512k 90nm Socket 939Pin
RAM: £31.73
400MHz 184Pin 512MB PC3200 DDR RAM DIMM 2.5V 3.2Gb/Sec
MoBo: £57.28
Foxconn nForce4 Socket 939 PCI-E Dual DDR400 5.1Sound GB LAN SATA Raid, ATA
What does Micro ATX mean btw?
PSU*: £14.10
400W ATX Is apparently quite noisy, but I'm not too worried about getting a silent rig.
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Hey thats a pretty good system...But i'd recommand you get a atleast 1 gig ram and as far as a good video card is concerned you can either get a Geforce 6600 GT but if your willing to spend a Few extra bucks not much though you can get a Geforce 6800 128 mb ( plays bf2, doom 3, and hl2 on high settings on my computer....But if you have a 1 gig ram )which is a really good card and they are pretty cheap aswell.. OR if you want any ATI video cards and you have a PCI-e i'd go for the Radeon X800 pro or X800 XL but i think those are really expensive as compared to the budget you stated so i would go with the Radeon X700 XT ....

well the conclusion....I'd go with the Geforce 6800 (Vanilla) ..its much better than Geforce 6600 GT

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I have used your information here and there and generally find you guys are spot on so decided to sign up & ask some qs before i put my bjs down! hope you guys can help!

I am currently upgrading my machine to win7 64 and just bought a new hdd(2Tb) to go with it, funds are tight though so im still running my original mobo ( asus m2n32 sli-deluxe) and my amd athlon 6000 (3ghz) with 6 g Ram.

My basic question is, with new games coming out would i be better running another 280 gtx in sli ( and will it cope?) or should i go for a 460 gtx which appears to bench about the same!

I know i should go full overhaul with proc and mobbo but wedding this year and a massive surfing habit means death to money already so im budgetting £200 ( hd & dvdrw has just cost me £115!) so far my gtx 280 has done me proud but not sure if overclocking or sli is a better ( cheaper?) option than full blown upgradings. I always used to think an "80" was better than a "60 or 75" whatever the number at the front, i hope im still on the right lines!

Any help greatly appreciated!! Cheers mech

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Ps i have a Tagan PSU which is 530 W or "max output current of 20A 20A over 33A" ? If that makes any sense at all!

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Hi guys! as a general novice to computers, I jumped in at the deep end, and will try to build a gaming pc (or at least be shown to by my dad!). but as a novice, I would like some suggestion on what bits of kit to buy, with a few requirements:
EVERYTHING must play nice with each other
it must be capable to run diablo 3, guild wars, minecraft/tekkit, gnomoria, and TF2
the maximum budget would be around £300.

Any and all suggestion will be appreciated, and thanks in advance

PS: sorry if this is in the wrong place, rather noobish to this site

A:Trying to build a gaming PC on a budget

Hey mate.

First thing's first, £300 is a pretty damn tight budget for any computer, let alone a gaming pc, so don't be expecting anything too mind-blowing.
to get you started, I'm gonna assume you live in the UK so we'll be using for your purchases.

Before we go any further, could you tell us a few things:
- Do you already own peripherals? (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers)
- Do you have a copy of windows, or will we need to buy one?
- Do you have any parts you can re-use from elsewhere? (HDD, Optical drive, etc.)
- Is there any way you can raise your budget? like I said before, £300 is pretty darn tight.

Try to give us as much information as possible - help us help you

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I am going to be building a new computer on a budget. I was wondering if anyone could suggest bits of hardware to include in the build. Only AMD parts please. Things I need are:

Video Card
Hard Drives (or SSD)
Power Supply
(Sound Card?)
Budget is anywhere between 400 - 600 pounds.

Thanks in advance.

A:AMD Budget Gaming Build

You've already posted this:

Closing duplicate thread.

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Anyone had any kind of experience with Medion computers? I'm looking for a gaming laptop with a budget around 1k?..and this Medion Erazer X7830 is looking really really solid for the price you pay. I can get one for 999? and the specs are:
43.9cm (17.3") full HD LED (1920x1080)
Intel Core i7 4710MQ (4th generation, 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.5 GHz)
1TB Hard Drive
64 GB SSD Hard Drive
9-cell Li-ion power battery
Intel ? Wireless-N 7260 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 function
HD Audio with 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer

what do you guys think? Any other recommendations for a gaming laptop around 1000??
Thanks in advance

A:Budget gaming laptop

I don't know Medion but if you're willing to spend 1k more then I'd recommend any MSI laptops they have pretty good specs and are far cheaper than an AlienWare and what not.

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I am going to be building a new computer on a budget. I was wondering if anyone could suggest bits of hardware to include in the build. Only AMD parts please. Things I need are:

Video Card
Hard Drives (or SSD)
Power Supply
(Sound Card?)
Budget is anywhere between 400 - 600 pounds.

Thanks in advance.

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Alright. I decided that I want to build a gaming computer. Something about building one myself will give me more satisfaction than just buying one as I'm sure most of you agree. My question is, whats a good Intel processor that I should consider getting. I'm consider getting a XFX nForce 680i SLI Motherboard along with a XFX GeForce 8800 GTS Extreme Video Card. Haven't decided on the RAM and what not. I can't afford the new Intel Extremes. Looking to spend maybe $200, possibly $300 but thats a last resort. Any suggestions?

A:Budget gaming cpu advice

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What are you going to use the PC for?
PC is going to be used for gaming. Currently I don't play any graphic demanding games currently (Starcraft 2, League of Legends, and Dota 2) but I intend to keep this build for awhile so I want it to be able to play some future games at a decent setting. Other than that the computer will be used for videos streaming, like Hulu, Youtube, Netflix etc.

How much is your budget?
Budget is maximum 700 so I think aiming for around 650 without taxes would be perfect.

Where are you located and what sort of system do you currently have, if any? (I.e. fill out your profile)
I am currently located in California.

Are you going to buy online or from a retail store? (be sure to think about shipping costs in this case)
I would be buying online only, preferably Newegg.

Are you going to re-use anything from your current rig?
Nothing is being is re-used.

Do you need peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, amongst others?
I have every peripheral except for a mouse. I'll probably just be buying a cheap $10 mouse.

Have you already bought any components?
No components have been bought.

Do you already have an Operating System (OS) or will you be buying one? (this may add a significant amount of cost to a low-budget system)
No OS is necessary as my school gives out free Windows.

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
No aftermarket cooling will be necessary or watercooling.

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Recently I decided to build myself a new system primarily for gaming and basic computer work and I just wanted someone else's opinion and input all opinion's are welcome and all help will be massively appreciated!



Could you guys tell me what you think? Anyone have an idea of what kind of performance i'd get out of this machine?
What kind of fps would I be getting out of say Fallout 4 on medium settings i'm not that fussed about ultra settings as I know this machine wont do ultra.
Thankyou In advance.

A:Budget gaming pc - opinions?

For a basic PC that's for general computing that will be just for a gaming rig....not so good. You'll have issues with the CPU and GPU, both are low end components. For decent gaming experience I would opt for the i5 4590 (preferably the 4690) CPU. Then get a GTX 960 GPU.

Components, CPUs / Processors, Processors - Desktops, LGA 1150, Core i5 -

Components, Video Cards & Video Devices, Desktop Graphics Cards, GeForce GTX 960 -

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I am in the process of helping a friend build a budget gaming rig. We are trying to keep the rig in the $800-$1000 range. Here are the parts that we have come up with, please let me know what your thoughts are.

In addition, we are planning to overclock the Intel processor, since I hear this is a great one to OC. Does anyone have a website or other info on people who have overclocked that processor?

Here are the specs:

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Power Supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 485W Power Supply 115/230 V UL

CPU: Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 533MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core,EM64T

Memory: G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) Dual Channel Kit

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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Hello again,

I have posted previously on potential setups and I guess I never fully explained what I will be using my new noob owning machine for. I know this could draw heat, but I don't game on PC. The only gaming I do is with my xbox, so now that I got that out of the way, what is the best stuff for things like burning DVDs and encoding movies to ipod format. It is mostly for every day use, but at times I get out of control and have to push it to its limits. Here is what I am planning on putting together:

Pentium 4, 3.0GHZ HT Prescott
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000G ATX Intel Motherboard
1GB Kingston ValueRAM 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB (already purchased for 80, good deal?)
Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s
Rosewill TU-155 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Rosewill ATX12V 400W with P4 support Power Supply
ZALMAN CNPS7000B-ALCU 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan

Shall this suffice in terms of staying cool? Also, is the RAM decent, or shall I go with Corsair. Your thoughts are most appreciated as always.

A:Best setup for non-gaming on a budget

Well, I have a Radeon X800 PRO 256MB PCI-e in my pc, which I use for gaming. So you might want to buy a cheap pos card instead of that card, because you can probably save some money.

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Hey all, I am getting a new laptop in a few days, and my budget is $400. I want one fit for gaming, but not going above $400 dollars. I would like something with atleast a 2.0 GHz and atleast 4 or more GB of RAM. I saw some on best buy, but they were all out of stock (I wonder why? A laptop like that for $400 would obviously be a GREAT choice!). If you guys could recommend me something I can buy online, that would be GREAT! Thanks!


A:$400 Budget for a laptop fit for gaming

Fit for what games?

At what settings?

What are your hopes? What are your expectations? I'm wondering about the difference between the two.

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I decided to spend my money on another computer, but I am low on money so I decided I was going to make a budget computer. I want it to be able to play most games, now I don't mind if the graphics have to be set to medium because most games I play I don't see that much of a difference between the setting of medium and high. Now my budget is 275 - 300 US dollars. That is for the case, motherboard, cpu/fan, power supply, memory, graphics card, cd drive, hard drive, floppy drive, all including shipping. I have a keyboard, mouse and monitor so I don't have to buy them. I also have an operating system cd. I don't want a barebone because those are to easy, I want to put the parts in myself. Here is my pick of what I was planning to get. Case Motherboard Cpu Cpu fan memory graphics card Cd drive hard drive floppy drive networ... Read more

A:Budget Gaming Computer

what kind of games are you playing, thats not gonna et u play HL2 or Doom3

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Hey guys, was just browsing ebay looking at pc components and saw how cheap some are getting, if i am not mistaken it is possible to make a decent, overclocked gaming system for around £150-300

Here is one of my possible setups

AMD Sempron 140 2.70GHz
Asus M4N68T-M LE NForce 630a
2-4GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz
WD 500GB Sata
Some type of akasa 600watt ish PSU
Decent £30 gaming case from ebay
Any ideas on budget graphics cards? was thinking GTX 260 or maybe less
oh and dvd drives are dirt cheap now as i believe

This is just a random idea, cause i know a few people looking to buy gaming pc's, was wondering if it would be worth while building them to sell on for a small profit? even if i bought parts in bulk or job lots etc

Any thoughts, ideas, comments or opinions, post please, constructive only please, no flaming

A:Budget Gaming PC's To Sell?

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A:New gaming PC ~700 euro budget

I built my brother-in-law a gaming rig earlier this year utilizing the AMD hexacore 1055T with 8 gigs of G.Skill RAM. He is very, very pleased.

As for the OS go with the Windows 7 64-bit. Yes, it runs older games.

As for the power supply, don't go cheap. It is the backbone of all systems. There are several good psu manufacture's but I like what Corsair offers. Depending on your final build a 650 watt or 750 watt psu should do you fine.

* There will be other contributors that regular post here that will probably answer giving excellent advice.

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Hello everyone, Im new here, and I just wanted to know If you guys would help me in getting a good gaming pc made from scratch.

First things first, as directed by the thread made by Rage_3K_Moiz, I'll tell you that my budget should be around 1.3 to 1.5k dollars to make a gaming pc from zero, capable of playing some of the most newer games out there with good resolutions (nothing crazy but above average).

My knowledge of the subject isnt what it used to be, back in the days when you only had to worry about P4 and stuff, so forgive me if I end up asking too much questions,

My original idea was to get some quad core processors with 2gb gpu and a few more things, maybe im doint it wrong, but thats why im here asking for your help.

Now, im from mexico, so a few parts may or may not be as easy to get as back in the US, but any and all help wouldbe appreciated, thank you.

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Hello guys I was talking to my parents and they said for my birthday in august they might give me $200 for a budget gaming pc build I already have the case, DVD drive, hdd's, and I need somthing that can play BO2 I need a Mobo, PSU, CPU, GPU, I think thats all what could you guys reccomend me some parts?

EDIT: Oh and I need to stay with DDR3 ram I already have tons of ddr3 ram

A:Parts for a budget gaming PC

Man, $200 isn't really enough to get yourself a proper build, even without the parts you listed. If I were you, I'd wait until I had a good $400-500 dollars before you begin to think about a gaming PC.

If that isn't possible, for whatever reason, check out teksyndicate's cheap *** gaming rig.

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Hello, everyone. I've been looking around for a new monitor. I'm on a budget. I've found some list websites like Best Gaming Monitor 2016 - Budget, G-Sync and 4K Monitors & Best Gaming Monitors of 2016 - that say the BenQ RL2455HM is the best budget monitor. What do you guys think?


A:Best budget gaming monitor?

I have only had one expierience with a benQ but it was many many years ago and I wasn't at all impressed, AsRock used to be a low end MB company and now make some really good MB's so maybe they've ranked up, just keep researching and see as many reviews as you can when you find a model you like in your budget.

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To be quite frank, I'm not exactly in a wealth of money at the moment, being 15 and all. I'm not asking for some 1337, i7 2600k 16GB DDR3 RAM with a 4gb ATI pwn GFX Uber system, Just something that'll run modern-ish games, and be useful as a basis to upgrade on.

Computer I'm thinking of..

AMD, obviously Budget is the first thing that slaps you in the face, but I'm not trying to run Crysis 2 - More like Minecraft, Battlefield 2.. If I'm lucky with an upgrade here or there, Battlefield 3 when it releases in Autumn. I'm strapped for cash at the moment.. but my Birthday's coming up in august, and I'm saving and getting a job so.. My future plans are *Currently*

Purchase said Desktop
Potentially upgrade to a higher-end Phenom X4, or an X6.
Debate on upgrading much else..

Also - I literally just need raw hardware. Providing the BIOS is already sorted (Never installed a new MoBo, about all my experience lacks) I don't need any form of OS pre-installed.

Thanks.. PPS - Not sure if it's the right section, I've looked :-)

A:Budget Gaming Suggestion..

How much of a budget are we talking about, $400, $800, $1200?

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Okay guys, instead of upgrading my pc, im going to build a budget gaming pc.
My current choices are,




OS- Windows 7 64bit

RAM- i need a good(cheap) price on 4 Gigs of RAM, that fits this motherboard. Link please?

HDD- Does fit the motherboard? if not,
Can someone please give me a link on what HDD fits, thats around 500GB and in between $50-$100?

I cant think of anything else besides a video card that i need, anything else thats cheap and will make the build better will be very helpful.

A:Budget Gaming PC Build

Why not get everything from newegg, comes with the same single shipping costs, also lower prices... The same hard drive:

You will need a power supply, and on deciding what kind of one, we'd need to know what kind of a graphics card you're going to use. Without knowing, I'd just recommend something that will power just about anything you might have:

If you don't absolutely want an orange case, you could cut 10$ off by getting the black version:
And here's another orange case you might want to take a peek at: (also availabe in other colors, just see cases, Raidmax)

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I'm building a gaming rig for my friend's bro, and he's looking to spend about 500$, including the OS, and he already has a keyboard, monitor and speakers. He will be using it for mostly gaming, but he also uses high end beat making software a lot.

I was thinking something like this:


Video Card

really any 4 gig set would work. I'm not really sure which brands are the best though.

Hard Drive

I'm not sure if this is enough, but I think I've seen Rage recommend this for a build with a 4850.


I have no idea. Doesn't have to be flashy, just functional.


A:Budget Gaming Build

I would recommend this build instead:

Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 AMD 740G uATX Motherboard - Retail - $52.99 + free shipping
AMD Athlon X2 7850 Kuma 2.8GHz Black Edition CPU - Retail - $60.00 + free shipping
G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz Dual-Channel Kit - Retail - $46.99 + free shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Graphics Card - Retail - $93.24 + free shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $56.99 + free shipping
Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $39.99 + free shipping
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - OEM - $99.99 + free shipping
Grand Total = $500 approximately. Everything ships free.

If your friend can stretch their budget a bit, I recommend this card instead of the HD 4830.

Also, look at this page to see if and how your friend can get their copy of the Windows 7 equivalent of Vista Home Premium, for only the cost of S&H ($9.99). I'm not sure whether or not that particular version of Vista is eligible, but if it is, then your friend's in luck.

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Hello hello. I'm new to this site and well.. I've never done research into computers before. I game when I can but i kind of make due with what I have and I'd like to put an end to that and buy something more for me.

I'm going to a gaming school next term. I will be using some demanding 3d programs for modeling as well as using it for gaming and then some more gaming.
My total budget is around 1000 dollars but I can manage 1200 or so.
I live in the U.S, Pennsylvania. Will be moving to pittsburgh soon.
I'm always busy so I do not have time to sit down and build a computer. I wish I did. More so than anything I'd like to know what specs to look for in a computer above others.

So, basically i'm an artist who doesn't know the first thing about computers other than how to use them. The game I plan on getting into when I move out is final fantasy 14. if my new pc can at least run that smoothly on pretty high settings I'll be more than content.

The reason I came to this site is to maybe open my eyes a little bit and send me in the right direction (to help me avoid spending too much or too little) I wont expect someone to do research for me, though that would be nice. Some general computer brand/models suggestions and your ideas on them would be awesome.

thank you ahead of time. I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, though it seems like the right one.

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A:~1000 budget for gaming pc. Need your opinions!

I'm always busy so I do not have time to sit down and build a computer. I wish I did. More so than anything I'd like to know what specs to look for in a computer above others.Click to expand...

Takes less than two hours first time off, from my experience. IMO well worth it, and much faster than any prebuil system under $1300 USD.

What size harddrive? What size monitor (also widescreen or no)? Would you like to include an OS/software/peripherals?

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1600C6LV4GK
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Since you seem to pressed for time, I'll recommend the Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case case as a capable and affordable case, but you can pick whatever.

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A challage to build a budget gaming pc

He is an idea I thought would be a challage for some. Make a budget gaming system for under $300. Thats what I am working on right now. So far I am under buget with some decent parts. Maybe not top of the line but usable for mild gaming.

A:A challenge to build a budget gaming pc

are semperons good for mild gaming

I am trying to build a budget pc using the semperon, 512mb of ram and 128mb 275mhz graphics card. I just wanted to know if this setup would play most games out today like ut 2004, underground 2, half life 2, swat 4 on decent performance settings.

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Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz E4500-(2MB L2 cache 800MHz)

Intel DG965RYCK Intelģ G965 Express Chip 1066 FSB

Transcend DDR2 2GB (1GB x 2) 800Mhz

Western Digital Sata 2 320 GB (7200.10 RPM)

XFX 8600GT 512MB DDR3

Samsung LCD 19 '' 920 NW

Lite - On 20X With Light Scribe

Logitech Wired Keyboard + Mouse Set

Cabinate With 500W SMPS

Any 600VA UPS

i'll have the speakers so don't bother about that exept from that

Need more recomendations within this range.

any modifcations in this config....

A:Budget Gaming PC Config...!Need more recomendations

Only things that's I'd say really is that I would get a slightly more powerful PSU. (I'm guessing by SMPS you mean switching mode power supply or something similar?) It would be worth getting a 550W PSU (power supply unit) in my opinion, because there's no such thing as having too much power as the PSU only supplies what the PC needs.

Also, i've heard that Light Scribe is overrated as it takes a long time to burn the picture and it only does black and white. I think the discs are quite expensive too.

The 8600GT is an ok card but get a higher model if you can afford it. You might even consider a high 7 series model unless you're going to be running Vista, e.g. the 7900GS or 7950GT if you can find one.

If you get some Arctic Silver thermal paste then you could probably OC the CPU on the stock heatsink if you wanted to and understood enough about OC'ing. Let me know if you are interested in this.

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hey there,
hoping to build it all for around £400 - 700-800 USD
here are my plans:-

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-N650SLI-DS4

CPU - Intel Core2Duo E4300

Graphics - XFX 8400GS x 2

Ram - 2GB PC6400

i'm not sure whether to go with 2 lower 8000 series as above, or somrthin like 2 7300gt

any advice is very welcome, cheers

A:Building a gaming/performance PC on a budget

The 8400GS is a piece of crap. And 2 of them?

Check this link out, you could probably shave $100-200 off to get you to $800.00

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Hi guys, I am soon going to start deciding, purcasing and building a pc!​
I have about 900-1100 bucks and i want a gamer system​
all of this is just first glance type of decision making and i wanted to know if anyone has recommendations, problems with hardware, or advice to give a novice builder =]​
what i have "decided" so far is that i want it based from Nvidia video cards, possibly this:, SLI if $ is good and if i want to run SLI i will probably wait and do it later​
with a midrange i7 processor:​
possibly with this Micro ATX LGA 1156 mobo:​
This Rosewill case:​
Crucial Ram: ​
i already have a few SATA HDDs and opticals/peripherals and a USB 2.0 PCI express card hub-thing​
anything i am not right about or need to change? compatibilty issues i don't know about or any thoughts on better opportunities for the money?​
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Hi guys thanks for looking specs for my new pc below just wanted a second, third and fourth opinion.

Processor: I5 750
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D
Cooler: Corsair H50
Ram: 4GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz (2X2GB)
Gcard: XFX ATI RADEON 5770
Psu: OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Psu
HDD: 1TB Samsung F3

it comes to £530-ish all parts from ebuyer but processor from pc world.

so would this be ok or any serious improvements needed

A:Budget gaming computer, any good?

Graphics card is rather weak compared to everything else.

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Alright, This is what ive put together so far, for my gaming build. : Monitor : Optical Drive :Hard Drive SU : MOBO : Case : RAM : CPU HD 4850 : X2 GPU

That's everything i need, i already have all other peripherals and OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit)
My expectations are to be able to play the majority of modern games, on decent to good settings. So my question for you all is- Are there any changes i can make to save some $$ or just more practical modifications. All those things came up to about 920$ before taxes and as you can see all I'm working is 1,000$

Soo! All advice is appreciated.

A:New gaming build - $1000 budget

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Totals ? $800 USD.

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Hello, right now i'm aiming at the Asrock z77 extreme4 it has a nice 8+4 power phase, pci-e 3.0 support, pretty nice overclocking board. The question, is there a better opinion for a bit lower price? I won't use crossfire or sli, so it seems useless for me on this board so if there is a better opinion it can be without sli/crossfire.

A:Choosing budget Gaming motherboard

I go to for a quick look at what's currently available. (Unfortunately, they only do business in the USA and Canada.)

It appears that the best bargain in a Z77 board is the ASRock Z77 Pro3. It has slightly unusual dimensions (30.5X19.3cm, rather than 30.5X24.4cm for a full-sized ATX board), but it's not microATX. I'm not sure what you give up with it, but it has favorable reviews for a "budget" board. At Newegg, it's considerably less expensive than the Extreme4.

I've not used one.

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building a comp for a friend, doesnt have too much money
tell me what you think

A:building a budget gaming comp

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Hard Drive Capacity: 1TB Model: Savage8
Operating System: Windows
MPN: SAV8 1017 B-KMMH Monitor Keyboard Mouse Headset
Operating System Edition: Windows 7
Graphics Processing Type: Integrated/On-Board Graphics Processor Type: AMD A-Series 7650K
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R7 Series Processor Speed: 4.2GHz Overclocked
Processor Cores: Quad Core Memory: 8GB
Memory Speed: 1600MHz

A:Budget Gaming PC specs, What games could it run

Can I just clarify that that's an AMD 7650K APU, with 8GB RAM?

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For quite some time I have been wanting to build a new desktop gaming computer so I could play games like The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout series, Just Cause 2, GTA, and other such games the way they were meant to be played. Ever since I got into playing video games back when I was 7 or 8, I have always been on consoles. Until this March, I never even had a computer that was capable of playing much at all.

This cruddy laptop only cost me $299, but it can play a lot of decent games on medium settings. I got it for my birthday in March from a combination of family members. We've never really had a lot of money to throw around on recreational things, but times have changed somewhat. I graduated high school in May, and since June I have been working at FedEx. The first $2,500 I made I didn't even keep a cent of it. I gave it all to my mom to help out with the family, but FedEx's peak season finally ended last Friday, and I made quite a bit of money.

I figure it's finally time to treat myself to the dream PC that I have always wanted. My budget is loosely based on about $1,200, but I do not want to spend that much at all if I don't have to, but I will spend a bit more if it means avoiding corner-cutting performance in favor of price.

-Be able to play Skyrim on Ultra (maxed out) settings
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A:Looking to build a gaming rig for Skyrim within a $1,200 budget. Any help?

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Budget: $500


SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $86

Antec Sonata Designer 500 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W - $80


Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB - $99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache - $120

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 45)? and the HDD 1 TB, i can get cheaper but it would be either 16 mb or it would run at 5400 rpm.

So please, any tips and advice i would gladly take. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks a bunch.

A:Building a gaming PC, budget $500. Help needed

Very good post! Possibly the best i've seen all month.

Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70 to expand...

Very good choice, but its actually $100, you can go for a gigabyte P43 for about $85 if your pressed for money. Asus P5Q and P5Q SE are very good boards, with a minor $2 price difference the last time i checked.

Everything looks good except I think it would be wiser to go for 4770, though that 4850 is ridiculously cheep. Are you in factoring mail in rebates? The 4770 is maybe the better deal.

Take a set of OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail for $21,
or PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667 - Retail at $37,
and for the power supply, an Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70,
or a CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail at $75.

Do you know what OS you are using? This of couse, does not include a mouse, monitor, keyboard, speaker(s), or cd/dvd drive, and I haven't the time to add up all the prices.

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 4... Read more

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This is going to be used for gaming, such as MMOs like WoW (Like! I don't play but this is an example ), FPS like Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, CS:S, and for Video Editing or Video Watching (Movies?), My Dream for this PC is to make it able to run Crysis around medium (I researched that Crysis has one of the best graphics in gaming ) Also, I am building this due to the fact that my brother has the family Xbox in his room and doesn't allow me to play it, and it seems really fun to do with my friend.

My Budget is around 450$-500$ (PC, Not Including Monitor, Keyboard, or Speakers I plan on using the Dell Default ones I am on now and not including OS).

I am in Northern New Jersey, Bergen County If you must

I can buy online but really prefer not to if I am capable of getting the other parts faster. The only thing I expect to buy online would be the case, which I can buy 1st.

I have a Dell Vostro 200 Slim, My Friend tells me that it is not very good and is amazed that I can run a game like Maplestory or Team Fortress 2, so no, BUT I will scrap the 2 1GB Ram I put in before, maybe give to my brother for his PC or sell.

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? Nope

Have you already bought any parts? No D:

Do you have an Operating System (OS)? Windows 7 probably 64-bit *NOTE: Not including in my Parts Cost)

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A:Need Assistance with: budget gaming PC + Case Help

you are missing a video card, without that you wont be going any game other that maybe css

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so about a year or so ago i started to build a computer and kinda stopped quickly got into some debt got other toys insted and now im trying to finish what i started and what better place to waste time than at work. so far here is what i have

case cant remeber brand but its a mid tower atx

psu again cant remeber brand its and 80 bronze certified 800W or 850W all i know is im sure its enough

hdd its a WD want to say 500 gb right around there

graphics i know its out of date but an EVGA 9800gts

core amd phenom II 955 or 965 black edition doesnt matter i plan on OC

keyboard and mouse i have

i know the gpu is out of date but money is tight and i plan on an upgrade once the money fairy leaves some cash under my pillow set a budget of $500US any input would be nice and if i am in the wrong area for this post please move

A:Building a budget gaming computer

so once i got home i started looking around and i was thinking of this set up

the 990 sabertooth mobo
8gb (2x4gb) gskill ddr3
and gtx460 and a little later on get a second one in sli

so any thoughts would be great

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Hey everyone, I am building a budget AMD gaming computer for less >$1100. I am willing to buy online, preferably on Newegg. I will be reusing my mouse and keyboard, as well as speakers. I have not bought parts or an OS but will most likely use the Windows 7 RC. I'm not sure if I will need aftermarket cooling, but I'm not sure. One thing to keep in mind... I make $8.55 an hour

Here's what I am thinking about as of now:

AMD Phenom II 955 @3.2 GHZ $199.99
MSI 770-C45 AM3 DDR3 $79.99
Corsair 650TX 650W $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb $69.99
MSi GTX275 OC'd Edition $234.99
mushkin 2x2GB DDR3 1600 ([email protected]) $118.99
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $49.99
LG 22X DVD Burner $29.99
Scythe 120MM Slipstream Case Fan $8.99
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" Monitor $169.99

Now, for questions.
Are all of these parts compatible? Should I buy 8Gb of cheaper ram or 4Gb of expensive mushkin ram? Can I buy a better monitor for around the same price?
Would you recommend any different component?

Thank you.

A:Building budget AMD gaming computer

i would suggest these parts to add to what you have
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB $74.99 Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X $126.99 ($111.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
XFX GX275XAHFF GeForce GTX 275 896MB $217.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $79.99 Free Shipping*

i think these will be more to your liking for gaming and the video card has a lifetime warranty i dont trust MSI brand stuff so these options are a little better.

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Let me first say that this will be the first computer that I personally built. I was going to go with a Alienware, but it looks like I can save a lot of money building it myself.

CPU - AMD 5000+
Motherboard - Not sure yet, I'll need suggestions I don't know much about motherboards.
RAM - 1GB - 2GB of Dual Channel DDR2 PC6400 or PC8000
Hard Drive - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB 7200-16MB-ATA133
Video Cards - 2 BFG Geforce 7950 GX2 1GB for SLI (I know drivers aren't available yet)


I really like the NZXT cases and the Asus Vento.

I want to purchase my Motherboard and CPU in a Combo so that the CPU is already installed to the Motherboard.
Motherboard and AMD Athlon X2 5000+ AM2 Combo
I select the AMD 5000+, but I'm not sure which motherboard I should get from the selection?

So, will this setup have to be watercooled? I just feel uneasy about watercooling. I probably won't be Overclocking anything.

My budget is about $3000 (more, or less if possible lol) with 17" Monitor. I'm looking to purchase from MonarchComputer, Tigerdirect, Newegg, and maybe Ebay.

This is going to be a Gaming Computer, so if I've overlooked something, like making a bad processor choice or something let me know.


A:Will I Have To WaterCool?? $3000 Gaming Computer Budget

hi mstpaintball,

I want to purchase my Motherboard and CPU in a Combo so that the CPU is already installed to the MotherboardClick to expand...

I would recommend doing it yourself. otherwise you will be paying them money to do less than 1 minute worth of work (unless you pay them even more money to use generic thermal grease instead of the stock thermal pad that comes with it).

If you're concerned about damaging it... don't worry. Althon64's have a large metal heatspreader over the CPU die, so it's not like the old socket-A processors with an exposed die that you could damage very easily.

So, will this setup have to be watercooled? I just feel uneasy about watercooling. I probably won't be Overclocking anything.Click to expand...

no, it doesn't have to be watercooled. if you planned on overclocking or you want a silent computer then that's another story. but you will be fine with the stock cooling (if you don't mind the noise)

This is going to be a Gaming Computer, so if I've overlooked something, like making a bad processor choice or something let me knowClick to expand...

1. the only thing I would say that you overlooked is the power supply. that's going to be a powerful system, and will need a quality PSU that can deliver solid, clean power and protection for your expensive components. I would recommend a 500w or higher PSU from a reputable company like OCZ, Antec, Enermax, Fortro... Read more

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Hey everyone, first post here.

Just thought I would drop in and share this with everyone and see what they think.

Firstly, I am a gamer and play the latest high end games. I also record guitar and vocals through a USB interface into an audio suite and mix and produce (or try to and pretend I know what I'm doing, anyhow).

Right now I am running:

Intel Core2Duo @ 1.8ghz
Seagate 720GB
Nvidia GTS 250
Vista 64

I am looking at getting into a nice cheap upgrade that looks something like this:

AMD Phenom X4 965 @ 3.4ghz
Radeon 5770
Win 7 64

My questions are:

1. If I have a 80mm (I think) fan on the side of my case, one (60mm?) in the back, and obviously the PSU fan and heatsink fan, should I take any other heat dissipation measures to accomodate the increase in hardware?

2. Is the jump from DDR2 to DDR3 drastic in normal computing/multitasking/processing? In gaming?

3. Would I see $70-$100 worth of performance to jump to an i5 with an 8mb cache? This would obviously alter my Radeon decision and my mobo selection.

4. I can pull this off under $400 shipped. I suppose im looking for a little comfort pat on the back saying "hell no, theres not THAT much of a difference going with Intel given this price to performance ratio."

Thanks in advance.

A:New budget rig. Gaming and audio. How drastic will the gains be?

In a few months people keep saying there will be all sorts of new video cards released which will in turn make all other cards a lot cheaper, so if you are not having any trouble with what ya go I would hold off on upgrading. It looks like whats holding you back is your processor, replacing that alone would probably let you play any current game on max settings no problem.

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As far as my knowledge can take me, I'm still a noob compared to the collective knowledge of my fellow tech spot members, who, after a year of membership and advice, I call my friends.

Te help I request is as you may have guessed, I am look thinking of building a gaming PC, with a low budget.

My budget is :
Currently : £160 - £160
(-£40 for holiday) - £120
+£40 August pocket money - £160
+ (£250-300) Results Day - £410-460
+£40 September pocket money - £450-500
+£40 October £490-540
+£40 November £530-580
+£40 December £570-620
(-£120 for GF Christmas+Birthday) £450-500
(+£100-150) Christmas £550-650

Sorry, had to do the math and thought I'd share it with you!

So I could potentially have anywhere between £550 and £650

Now for my minimal specs :
Any Graphics Card above 1000 (
At least a quad core
Water cooled
Sound card not too important

If anyone finds a setup that fits this then thank you so much for your time and effort!

A:Requesting advice for building a budget gaming PC

I vote for the graphics adapter as being the single most important factor in a gaming PC.

Out of your choices the monitor would be the second most important. However without adequate power to the graphics card it would be rendered useless, so I believe the Power Supply would be the second most important factor in gaming.

With CPU gaining in performance and becoming less of a factor in gaming, I would give the CPU the third most important position.

If you had included the Power Supply and CPU in your pole above, I would have made the monitor fourth most important factor. After all what good is being able to view a good picture if you can't produce the picture with better quality parts listed in the top three I mentioned above.

In my opinion RAM and Sound Cards would have very little importance as RAM is not all that expensive to purchase and on-board sound is usually sufficient.

I noticed you are looking for a gaming card and referenced to the Passmark benchmarks of 1000 as a recommended score. You might should consider looking at cards that will score at least 2000.

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Hi all

I had some fab help here when I built my PC back in 2008, it has run like a charm and been a fab machine

The graphics card has given up on me though so looking for a replacement. It is ATI Radeon 4670.

Here are my specs etc:

Asus P5Q Motherboard
Windows XP Home Edition (SP3)
3gb RAM
Intel Core Due E8400, core speed 2051.7mhz
Antec Neo HE 430 GB High Efficiency 430W PSU

The games we play are Dragon Age Series (me) and Sims 3 (teenage kids). I'm looking at spending no more than £80. I'm in the UK.

Hope I haven't missed anything, and thanks

A:Video card upgrade -- budget/gaming

Here's a card within your budget: XFX HD 6770 AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB

If you want better performance for your budget you can try picking up a used Radeon 6850 or GTX 460 1GB (non-SE) on eBay.

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Hi guys. I'm building a new computer. I enjoy gaming and watching videos. I'm ordering all the parts from this site ( This place was recommended to me by a coworker.

Here's the current build list:

? Case: Antec Six Hundred No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case
? CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 2.93GHz 1066MHz 3MB LGA775 CPU, Retail
? Motherboard: Asus P5N-D Core 2 Quad/ nForce 750i SLI/ DDR2-800/ SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
? Memory: Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G DDR2-1066 4GB HyperX Memory Kit
? Video Card: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD4550 512MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
? Hard Drive: Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive
? Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software
? Power Supply: Topower/Epower ZUMAX ZU-500W 500W 20/24pin ATX V2.0 Power Supply
? Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
? Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit(1-Pack), OEM
? Monitor: Acer V193WEJbd 19 inch Widescreen 50000:1 5ms DVI(HDCP) LCD Monitor (Black)

Any advice on that would be appreciated.

A:$800 budget for my first Intel Core gaming computer

I'd highly recommend an E8400 processor and to not go with the P5N-D... horrible board

also, HD48xx cards are selling pretty cheap these days... i would probably recommend at least a 4850 for DX10 gaming

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what is the best gaming graphics card that i could buy for a price around ?100 (bit more or less) bearing in mind the power supplier i currently have is a 400w power supplier

thank you

A:recommendation for budget gaming graphics card

You are likely more limited by a 400W PSU than your budget. First check you vendor and sort by price, then check the specs for the one with 400W or less minimum PSU.
An nVIDIA 650 of some kind may fit you well.

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OK I have the following hardware,I am wanting to make the best setup I can. I retrieved this information with Aida64, but I plan to start from scratch, and I am not married to anything except the Software, listed below for design courses. And also I usually keep 1 game on my comp. just to play once in a while if I get fed up with school. Usually along the lines of Assassins Creed, or similar.

If anyone could help me I just need to know the best setup available to me. I back up my computer often, and since its just my school comp, I don't worry about drive failure as much. OK here is what I have to work with.

And thanks anyone who takes the time, I have honestly been working on and messing this up since Nov.

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Motherboard Name Asus F2A85-V Pro
CPU Type DualCore AMD A6-5400K, 4300 MHz (43 x 100)
System Memory: 15655 MB (DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Kingston ACR512X64D3U16C11G 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM
DIMM2: A-Data EL64C1C1624Z1 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM
DIMM3 & DIMM 4: Crucial BLS4G3D1609DS1S00. 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM (BLUE DIMMS)

I HAVE A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)

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A:Help Setting up Graphic Design/ Gaming Combo... on a budget

you should use intel for speed, amd is known for graphics and intel is known for it's speed

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As the title states I trying to find the perfect non-bottleneck formula. Currently starting from scratch and building a compuer( Minus throwing in my old old hard drive,RAM, and psu).
I cannot stress this enough, I need a cheap but very efficient mid-range computer. I am simply having trouble picking the right card/cpu combo. If I can less than what I am currently building that would be great!
This computer needs to be able to handle powerful games at a 1920x1080 resolution.

An Idea of what I want(around 400-550$ range).

Current pc:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p7-1254
BIOS: Ver: HOL_715.ROM vHOL7.15
Processor: AMD A8-3850 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8178MB RAM
Page File: 3204MB used, 13151MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
GPU: Geforce Gtx 560

A:Trying to build budget gaming computer w/o bottleneck. Need Insight

So what's the problem with your current PC? Your partlist isn't working by the way, take a screenshot.

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Hey guys I am a complete noob when it comes to computers and I am trying to build a computer for gaming. Currently I have a pre-assembled desktop computer from best buy (VAIO) from about 5 years ago.
CPU: Pentium 4 3ghz
RAM: 1gb of ram
GPU: Radeon x800
Vaio Case
crap power suply

As you can see, I have a crap computer. With this, I can barely run games like L4D2 or TF2 at very low settings. To play bioshock, I have to set everything low which makes the game just pitch black and unplayable. I was wondering if it is possible to build a computer (motherboard, case, psu, cpu, gpu) that is decent for gaming and under 550$. I am not looking for a hardcore gaming computer... just enough to run the games I have such as CSS, L4D2, TF2, Bioshock, Atlantica Online, at medium to high settings.

I tried to research about computers on my own but it just seems like there are too many things to know about when building a computer. That is the reason why I joined this forum for suggestions.

I was wondering if you guys can help me build a decent gaming computer by pointing out which things to buy for optimal performance with a 550$ budget limit. (lower the better of course )

I know this is asking a lot and I'm sure if I researched hard enough I would be able to do so myself... but I would really appreciate it if you guys help me out here.

Thank you very much!

A:Building a gaming computer $550 budget. Total Noob.

It is possible, albeit hard and you take some chances buying not brand name stuff.

graphics card: radeon hd 4670


cpu: core 2 duo e5300

ram: 2x1gb

psu: 500w+

hdd: 500gb


ODD: dvd burner

With the stuff I picked out, it is well under-budget, but the off brands may not be as good.
It comes to about $350 or so.

EDIT: forgot OS

And that brings it to about $460

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Hey, people, i want to build a gaming PC. So far, i don't know to much about computers. I need you guys to tell me what parts to buy, and i got a friend who can help me put the stuff together.

My budget lies around 1000-1400$. Include everything, from BASE, to i don't know xD. I got monitor, speakers,mouse, and stuff like that.
Also is it hard to build it ?
I wish my computer can last for at least 4 years. Im prepared to blow all the CASH xD ^^

Also friend of mine told me AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, and the i7 are good ones, but idk which one to choose, and don't see this questions as i HAVE to choose one of these. Your free to suggest whatever processor you want
Or should i rebuild the computer i have right now, i can tell you the specs, but idk how to get all of them.
Please include if there is any command or any program i can use, to get my specs tell me so i can throw them in.

If u want me to add something just tell me ill be checking this thread alot when im not in school xD.

Finally figured out how to get all the specs xD
So should i UPGRADE instead or build a new pc from scratch ?

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A:First time building gaming PC, $1000-1400 budget

First, how old is your old computer?

Second, what do you want to do with this new build, i.e. gaming, video editing, media, etc?

We're going to assume you'll be running Windows 7 64, correct?

* A number of regular posters here should step up in an hour or two and you'll get great advice. By the way, once you see how it is done building a PC really isn't that hard to do.

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I am trying to build a moderately decent gaming computer for my son and have a few questions if someone wouldn't mind helping out. 1. What is the strongest CPU it can handle?  It currently has the Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz) and I've been told that my particular board will only support dual-core processors.  I've been told the Intel Core2 Duo E8600 SLB9L (3.33GHz) 6MB-FSU with 1333MHz L2 Cache will work just fine.
2.  Regarding the PSU:  Are there any specifications I need to be aware of regarding the form factor?  Will the Inspiron 530 allow for an ATX Power supply WITH a I/O button?  What wattage and voltage would be best for this endeavor (accounting for a good budget GPU)?  This leads to my next question.
3.  What's the best PCI GPU can I get for the system that won't be severely hampered by the obvious bottlenecking I'll experience? 
4.  I have the latest available bios upgrade and know my system can handle 8GB of ram running at 800MHz.  Best brand for the buy? 
I am aware that this system has limitations, but I've seen far older systems with less capabilities be quite capable of playing recently developed games.  
Idealistically, I'd like for my son to be able to play games where he can average 60-70+ FPS (I know how important this is for first-person-shooter games). 
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Hey, I was looking into making/buying a new pc that can run all the new stuff pretty well, and something that will last me the next 3 years for gaming, then through college for around $1600. Is it cheaper to build my own computer, or buy one from a manufacturer? I've been doing a lot of shopping but thereís so many acronyms and different stuff and it drives me crazy! I don't have any experience building computers, but I've heard it isnít that hard, I've been attempting to educate myself about it.

If, which i probably will, I build my own computer, what's the best place to shop for parts? I've been looking at; I'm wondering if there's somewhere better.

Please post your advice, rig setups etc, and thanks for your help, i appreciate it!

A:What's the cheepest high level gaming pc with about a $1600 budget?

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Hello all,

Please feel free to comment on this hardware list.
Use : as above in title
No: O/C,SLI,Crossfire,movie downloads,on line games, etc.
Have: 1440x900 flat screen,mouse,keyboard,speakers
Budget;< $600

Thanks in advance for your kind input.

ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM H61 DDR3 LGA1155 mATX PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI VGA DVI B3 Motherboard

Intel Pentium Dual Core G620 Processor LGA1155 2.6GHZ 3MB Retail Box

Powercolor Radeon HD 6770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card

Kingston 4GB Kit 2X2GB 1333MHz DDR3 240PIN DIMM Unbuffered CL9 1.5V Memory Kit

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM 3.5IN SATA Internal Hard Drive OEM

LG GH22NS70 Super Multi 22X SATA DVD Writer Black OEM

Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

A:Budget new build for home/office/casual gaming

Nice build

The Radeon HD 6770 has a requirement of "450 Watt or greater power supply"

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Hello, I have been learning about how to build my own pc recently. I am very new so I don't know what I should do yet.
Is AMD 64 the best way to go? I'd like to build a machine as cheaply as possible while getting the most bang for my buck.

I am upgrading from a 2001 eMachine so it won't take a lot to blow me away. The main thing I guess is being able to play the newest games at decent graphics settings while maintaining good frames per secs.

I've been told that AMD 64 is much better and it doesn't seem a lot more expensive. I see the front side bus and memory used for AMD 64 mobos are better. And if I want to go PCI Express I think that's the only way. On the other hand I've read that very few programs are 64 bit and I wonder how many games are utilizing the 64 bit technology at the present? Or how much that effects speeds.

If I get a 64 bit system, I won't be able to afford anything other than Win XP Home. I'm not sure what that will mean. I'm hoping I can find one for around 60 bucks.
I'm going to be on a very limited budget for the foreseeable future. Though, I don't want to make a decision that I will regret later on either.
Of course it would be good not to have to upgrade in a year.

I've been trying to learn about AMD 64 technology and just how much better it is than 32.
The AMD 64 3000 is listed at 1.8 Ghz freq:

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A:Gaming Machine/first build----AMD 32 or 64?? Fairly limited budget...Advice?

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I have a budget around 600-900

Some musts I guess are a decent video card, (i prefer 8800) idc what company or brand
19 inch monitor, (lcd) I'm using a AL19W Acer, wouldn't mind getting a second one
Blu ray drive? lol ( prolly takes this way outa my money range)
If not, any 2 drives would work fine for me (dvd of course, budget xD)
IDC about hard drive space, i don't have that much crap, (250gb would probably be more than enough)
EDIT:: o yeah, I like vista (i know i'm wierd) it will probably require 2gb ram like my current

Games i'm looking to play are HL2 mods etc., call of duty 4, diablo, starcraft, counter strike

Help me! thanks.

I'll check forums often to answer questions

I don't mind newegg purchases although i would prefer amazon (since no tax for CA residents)


A:Looking to build decent budget gaming computer [Hope this is the correct forum]

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I apologize if this is not the right section, this seemed to be the most suitable.
I am using a 3D Connexion mouse and when I try to execute an executable file for the software configuration, I get the following error?
"Exception: Unable to cast object of type 'System.Configuration.Internal.ConfigurationManagerInternal' to type 'System.Configuration.Internal.IConfigSystem'"
I've talked with the mouse vendor and they have no idea.  My OS is Win7 64.  Does anybody know what this is?

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Hi all,

I'm looking to build a PC for a friend of mine. He will use it primarily for gaming, but he is on a budget.. would like to play all modern games, but want to keep it under $1000. Last time I built a computer was about five years ago, so I'm definitely out of the loop when it comes to latest hardware... would such thing even be possible?

Any suggestions on configuration? Many thanks!!!

A:Gaming PC configuration?

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I had a question about what the best network set and configuration was for my home we do a lot if gaming and I want to make sure we are taking advantage of our 150Mbps speeds I have two routers my main is an Asus Tm Ac1900(in main office) and the second I would like to use as a repeater or additional access point is a Tp link router (front room) what would be the best recommend set up and configuration for these routers

A:Best network set up and configuration for gaming

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I made my first configuration on click here want to know is this configuration good for gaming click here not what would you change.
Thank you

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I own a PC with the following specs presently:
Motherboard - Intel D945GCR, Processors - Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s),Graphics Card - Nvidia Geforce GT430, RAM - 2GB DDR2, SMPS - Intex 400W
I am planning to upgrade my PC after six long years to be able to play games like Max Payne3, Far Cry3, Crysis3 etc. in high graphics settings without any hitch.I am not looking to upgrade again after this for another 3-4 years. What will be the best configuration for me within a budget of around Rs.30000?

A:Best PC configuration for gaming within Rs.30000/-

You will probably have to start from scratch for the most part. You can probably reuse things like: keyboard,mouse,HDD ,monitor and your optical drive. However, to get to the performance you want. You will need a new MOBO,CPU,GPU and PSU. If you could tell me where you would possibly be buying these parts. I could try and help configure the build for you. Since, I am not familiar with your currency. I have no idea where to look for parts for you.

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Hey I want to assemble a cpu under 30000 with 3rd gen i5 and 2gb graphic card. I will be purchasing from delhi so tell me the best configuration I can have in this budget........

A:Another best PC configuration for gaming within Rs.30000/-

Where will you be purchasing the parts from? Flipkart? Also, it my be hard to build a PC in that price range when you are buying in Rupees. The costs will be inflated due to imports and such.

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Guys,I asked this question just out of curisioty.I want to know that what would be the world most powerful gaming pc.Budget is unlimited cause we no one getting to buy it .But the config would be in 2 types ​1.Normal which is not OC'ED.The speed,memory speed provided by vendor. ​2.This is OC'ED version of pc.any thing can be oc even if mouse,monitor,keyboard,speaker(I know it can't be done) :kaola: :kaola: :kaola: ​Conditions: ​1.should have everything which a gaming pc have even headphone,casing,speaker,keyboard,mouse,pad etc ​2.No SLI /CROSSFIRE.Just only 1 gpu phiscally . ​3.We want performance not brand names. ​We all gaming people want to know that. :bounce: :bounce: ​Thanks​

A:What is the world's most powerful gaming PC configuration?

I7 3960X @ stock
16GB of RAM (32 will be overkill)
A GTX Titan or GTX 690 (690 is 2 680s on 1 board)

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I can't seem tomake up my mind as to what i should go out and spend my $$ on today! As my $$ are somewhat limited, I submit for your review the following configs. If you ahve any comments/recommendations let me know.
I heard that via / sis chipsets are somewhat garbage. Also I am unsure of whether or put up with the integrated Vid card or to add a basic 128mb.
I will install win 2003 as the OS

I use this for MS Office; internet; and 2D Autocad (no rendering).
There should be a flopy drive. Added to the following:
thks in advance for ya help!

ECS 741GXM 333MHz FSB SocketA
WD/Samsung 40GB 7200rpm
256MB PC3200 DDR400 RAM (add another 256MB) 28$
LG 52x32x52x CDRW W/Nero
Integrated Enhanced 64MB AGP
Integrated 3D Sound Card
10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Card
MT-5062 350W 17" Tower Case
Aopen Windows KB & Wheel Mouse
Aopen 30W PC Stereo Speaker
6 USB 2.0 Ports / 2 Front USB / Support 8x AGP / Up to 2GB DDR

AMD XP 2600+ / 2800+ ............ $369/$389
Sempron 2500+ / 2800+ .............. $335/$359

OR Basic #2:
Intel Celeron or Pentium 4 CPU
WD/Samsung 80GB 7200rpm
256MB PC3200 DDR400 RAM (add another 256MB) 28$
LG 52x32x52x CDRW W/Nero
Integrated Enhanced 64MB AGP
Integrated 3D Sound Card
10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Card
MT-5062 350W 17" Tower Case
Aopen Windows KB & Wheel Mouse
Aopen 30W PC Stereo Speaker
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A:Trying to buy a budget/good system.. HELP!

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I'm anticipating putting a versatile machine together that will check and scan HDs, virus and malware removal and also serve as a remote access machine (remotely servicing other machines).

I will be using Win 7 pro as my OS. I will be using mutliple boot drives (i.e., one for scanning HDs and virus removal, a separate system HD for Remote Access usage).

I will need only to buy a cpu, mainboard and RAM. Reliability and function are priority, but so is budget. I have been Intel only for several years, but am not opposed to AMD if it meets all of my requirements.

The above said, I am hoping for recommendations for the cpu and mainboard.

Given that I will generally be using this machine for singular functions at any given time, I assume that Hyper-threading will not be important?

The parts I'm considering:

Gigabyte Intel H81 Motherboard

Intel Pentium G3220


Intel G3420

I have not used AMD for many years, so I'm not familiar with the possibilities and savings of today.

The above components would run me around $150. I don't want a "bare minimum" machine and am not opposed to spending more, but would like to spend as little as possible for what will easily meet my needs above. The one thing I don't want is slow scans and Remote Access lag (internet is 50/5mbps and should not be a bottleneck).

Thanks for any ideas.

A:Utility system on a budget

So in a nutshell you want a test machine that you can slip drives into or hook up to others etc etc?? I am only asking because you may be wanting to do something that I did and that is have a tester machine I can try out different programs and hardware etc on??

for that I just refurbished an older machine that I got for nothing it has a fairly decent CPU and even with DDR2 RAM but it does just about anything I ask of it.
You may be able to pick up one and do that with it.

But if you are like me and only have access to retail priced stuff then it is going to cost around $500 - out here at least I don't know where you are without going and looking and it does depend on the retail situation where you are and what quality you want to build into it.

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I have a pretty good pc, or at least i think i do. It cost me £620 and was fitted by a dude at a computer fair. Now im thinking how much i could save if i made one myself. I'd be buying everything from the computer fair since savings are at the very least 25%. Any tips on what are the best components i can buy?

A:With a budget of £600 whats the best system i can get?

Wrong forum, sir, but anyways...

But for £600, you could build a fairly decent system, especially if you choose a mid-class XP over a mid-class p4 (will give you ample room to go better on the video card).

If you don't mind purchasing generic things such as a generic case, generic keyboard/mouse/speakers, et cetera, you can easily give yourself another $75-150 to indulge on the much more important aspects, CPU/Ram/Motherboard.

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OK, I'll give a brief overview of what I'm working with and then describe my problem. I have a relatively new notebook (bought it about 2 months ago, I wouldn't think the exact specs are necessary but if they are let me know), a DSL connection and I have a Linksys Wireless-G router.

I've attempted to play two games online with a friend (Age of Empires 3 and Diablo 2), both of which resulted in nothing by headaches. In both games we attempted to directly connect to each other via IP. He also has a notebook and is using a wireless router. We've tried it both ways; me trying to connect to him and vice versa, same problem both times.

Now, I don't know a whole lot of anything about networking and routers and the such, but I'll put in what I do know. When I try hosting a Direct IP game, both games listed an IP at the top of the screen, but it wasn't my IP, it was what I think is called the local IP? It's; now I know that's the address to the router and if I type that in my browser address bar I can access the router's configuration and all that good stuff. I also noticed that if i go to that address one of the options under the router configuration is "Applications and Gaming". When I go there it lists a bunch of stuff about opening ports and triggering ports and some other stuff that I've never heard of.

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A:Online Gaming/Router Configuration Problems

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items from bestbuy have nice rebates on them.... comments or suggestions welcome.....thx!

A:putting together budget system...comments?

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Hey guys,

Basically my current PC runs the only game I play, World of Warcraft, poorly. I have a poor framerate even with the settings on low and with the graphic enhancement in the new exansion I'm guessing it'll get worse. I also have a dream of maybe trying some titles a little more ambitious like MW2 and SW:ToR.

Anyway I've managed to save myself £600, or $900 for my friends across the pond and I was wondering if that sounds enough to build a system that will run WoW on max settings without a hiccup but at the same time leaving room to allow the system to be updated with even better hardware as more money becomes available through my new job.

I'd appreciate it if anyone could advise me on a system for £600 or less I could buy to match my criteria or even better point me in the direction of an even cheaper system that would play WoW flawlessly for the time being.

I don't know if this info will help (cos I'm a PC newb) but I already have a "22 widescreen monitor.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Building a budget games system

It will be possible depending on what you can reuse, eg case,psu, optical drives etc..
Go to an online retailer and create a wish list and post it here, you will get more feed back this way.
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As I've test the incompatibilities, patches, and scripts on my virtual machine, I have made tweaks to this configuration both concerning system and settings. The tweaks I've made to this system are critical and will cause system instability if not configure automatically. In addition to that, I've made custom scripts made with AutoHotkey to optimize the compatibility of some of my security software. These scripts are unique to each software and are converted to an executable. If you wish to copy my configuration, PM me or do extensive research as the scripts and settings that I made for my configuration are critical to compatibility and optimization.


My goal is to achieve a high level of security without compromising usability and comfort.


Droid4x (For android emulation)
VirtualBox (For Windows emulation, Ubuntu emulation, Kali Linux emulation)
AOMEI Backupper (For backups)
AOMEI Partition Assistant (For managing partitions)
EagleGet (For managing downloads)
AutoHotkey (For automation)
Pulover's Macro Creator (For automation)
Cheat Engine (For modding)
Classic Shell (For shell customization)
ShareX (For sharing basically everything)
Patch My PC (For updating)
Iobit Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
Revo Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
...and more

I virtualize everything except for updating and gaming.
I might have forget my other stuff since I test software too much and busy with school.
Androi... Read more

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Forgot to mention that this configuration uses very little system resources

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Feel free to recommend free security softwares in the comments section!

A:XavierGaming's Free Gaming Optimized Configuration - UPDATE 4

Forgot to mention that this configuration uses very little system resources

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My goal is to achieve a high level of security without compromising usability and comfort.


Droid4x (For android emulation)
VirtualBox (For Windows emulation, Ubuntu emulation, Kali Linux emulation)
AOMEI Backupper (For backups)
AOMEI Partition Assistant (For managing partitions)
EagleGet (For managing downloads)
AutoHotkey (For automation)
Pulover's Macro Creator (For automation)
Cheat Engine (For modding)
Classic Shell (For shell customization)
ShareX (For sharing basically everything)
Patch My PC (For updating)
Iobit Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
Revo Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
...and more

I virtualize everything except for updating and gaming.
I might have forget my other stuff since I test software too much and busy with school.
Android OS is Cyanogen.
I have a backup schedule every month.
System is backed up by AOMEI Backupper.

Stable release of NVT ERP free!




A:XavierGaming's Free Gaming Optimized Configuration - UPDATE 9

Forgot to mention that this configuration uses very little system resources

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Droid4x (For android emulation)
VirtualBox (For Windows emulation, Ubuntu emulation, Kali Linux emulation)
AOMEI Backupper (For backups)
AOMEI Partition Assistant (For managing partitions)
EagleGet (For managing downloads)
AutoHotkey (For automation)
Pulover's Macro Creator (For automation)
Cheat Engine (For modding)
Classic Shell (For shell customization)
ShareX (For sharing basically everything)
Patch My PC (For updating)
Iobit Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
Revo Uninstaller Portable (For uninstalling)
...and more

I virtualize everything except for updating and gaming.
I might have forget my other stuff since I test software too much and busy with school.
Android OS is Cyanogen.
I have a backup schedule every month.
System is backed up by AOMEI Backupper.

Stable release of NVT ERP free!


A:XavierGaming's Free Gaming Optimized Configuration - UPDATE 6

Forgot to mention that this configuration uses very little system resources

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