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#1 hortino


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

So here's my deal, I've got a laptop that I got when I graduated high school about 3 years ago, its great for school and watching movies, but I run around 15 fps standing still, 2-8 in combat, lowest settings, in windowed mode, playing WoW. Obviously this really sucks, and has dicouraged me from branching out and exploring more intense games. Now, I'm not trying to get something that will run me 60fps w/ Skyrim and WoW on ultra running at the same time before my graphics card fan comes on. I want something that will give me a smooth framerate playing WoW on high-ultra settings, and won't blow up on my running some of the higher ends games.


That being said, I'm not sure if its of any consequence, but I'm keeping my laptop and will use it for music, movies, entertainment, etc... So the above build would be used almost exclusively for gaming. I should also mention, I know close to nothing about computer parts and builds.


What I'm asking of some helpful soul out there is, a build that would meet my gaming needs. So I guess a bare minimum gaming grade desktop. I really just need a list of parts, I can do additional research on my own, I just don't really know where to start. And I'm trying to keep it as low as possible, $500ish is about my cap. Thank you in advance.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

The rig I currently use was built for gaming, I had a couple of hiccups on the way, admittedly, but in the end I now have a rig capable of running Battlefield 3 on Ultra (2xAA, 4xMSAA), at 45-50fps most of the time. It can also run PlanetSide 2 on max at ~30-40fps, and offers great upgrade-ability in the future (Up to 32GB RAM, CrossFire, Steamroller CPU etc). It is an AMD build so if you particularly want to go Intel, it's probably not the build for you;


PSU - $50: Cooler Master Elite 500W - Stable, cheap, and from a reputable brand (Don't cut corners with this, one mistake I made)

CPU - $105 w/discount: AMD FX-6100 - 6-cores of Bulldozer goodness (You could probably go for a FX-6300 if you wanted, but the GPU is the bottleneck anyway)

RAM - $40: 8GB Corsair Vengeance - Decent RAM and enough for all current-gen games, and probably most next-gen too (Another thing not to cut corners on)

GPU - £100 w/discount: Sapphire Radeon HD7770 - Possibly the lower end of gaming GPUs, but it runs games on high with reasonable FPS (If you have a bit of extra cash, you could get a HD7850/7870)

HDD - $45: 250GB 7200.8 - Cheap and reasonable storage (The sky is the limit here, depends on what you need. You could even go for a 60 or 120GB SSD for boot, and a 1TB HDD for storage)

Case - $55: Random Case (You can go for whatever here, providing it has ATX motherboard support)

Motherboard - $80 w/rebate: GA-970A-DS3 - Solid board, good socket, good RAM support, what more could you want? (I would really recommend sticking with this board, but you could get a GA-990FXA-UD3 or something like that if you really wanted)


Total: $475 w/discounts & rebate (without RAM offer, with RAM offer, $435)


If you go for the motherboard, you won't have to buy the Corsair RAM, as it comes with some already :D

Edited by EuroFight, 28 January 2013 - 11:02 AM.

Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Core 2 Duo Dual-core, 1.6GHz
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz >  Crucial 3GB DDR3 1066MHz
Graphics Radeon HD7770 + Radeon HD5570 > Intel 3000 Integrated Graphics
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude XT2 Motherboard Socket P
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Samsung 64GB SSD SATA 3Gbps
Power Supply Cooler Master Elite ATX 500W > OEM Dell Power Supply 90W
Case Zalman Z11 Plus 4x 120mm fans, 3x 80mm > OEM Dell Latitude XT Case
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

A better and cheaper PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371031

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:34 AM

Might as well beef up the GPU a bit and get the GA-970A-UD3 since it also comes with free RAMs.. Give you a better chance in overclocking should you want to.

Adding Mythos' PSU, I'll throw in some of my own:



CPU: AMD FX 6300 (Vishera) - $129.99

GPU: Sapphire 7770 Vapor-X - $139.99

_____________Save $9_____________ $260.98 ($245.98 after $15 MIR)


MB: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 - $114.99

RAM: G.Skill Value Series 2x4GB 1600MHz - Free

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB - $59.99 (There's a 500GB for $59.99 on Shell Shocker, dunno till when)

PSU: Antec Neo 620C - $49.99 ($29.99 after $20 MIR)

Case: NZXT Source 210 - $39.99 ($31.99 after 20% off w/ promo code, end 1/30)


Total: $525.94 ($482.94 after MIR and Discount)



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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

A better and cheaper PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371031


Unbeatable price after rebate. Additionally it is 80+ certified.