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so i've wanted to do a low budget gaming rig build for quite a while. here's the parts i've got ready to go into a cart.....

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108383

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138330

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103942

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233184

HARD DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136771

GPU FOR "DUAL GRAPHICS":
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150545


the monitor i'll be using with this setup is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236072

all of this from newegg after CA tax and shipping is just $671.27

will i be able to run most new games on max settings at 1440x900 resolution at a 40+ fps average??
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If you are looking to game I think you are hitching your horse to the wrong wagon here. You are getting a fairly slow cpu and most games still rely on 1 core, so CPU speed does matter. The integrated GPU sounds like you are getting a bargian, but are you really? It does not include memory like a GPU card does, so it draws off of your system memory, and this is relatively slow and takes away from what your system has available in total. You could get the same system I have with a 955 instead of a 555 and you would be WAY better off and it would cost less.
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i'll be playing SW:TOR, Diablo 3, and Counter-Strike:Global Offensive when they come out. for now i pretty much just play League of Legends.

and coming from an old 2.6ghz core 2 duo, 4gigs of ddr2, and a 512gb geforce card i dont think this setup is going to disappoint me. if anything this setup is going to be MUCH faster than what i had before.

i was just curious to see what kind of frame rates people have been getting on the graphically high-end games with the a8-3850/hd6670 combo. if this setup is running games like BC2/COD:BO at decent frame rates (40+) then i'm sure i'll be more than satisfied with the games i plan on playing with this build.
Edited by mchlmacdonald - 8/19/11 at 1:53pm
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This is what I'd go for (and it's got plenty of power for 1080i gaming too)

CASE & POWER SUPPLY = Rosewill w/ 450w PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147091

$49.99 with "RWCASEAUG" coupon

MOTHERBOARD = Biostar H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138313

$49.99

CPU = i3 2100
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...155-CPU-Retail

$102.99 with "DEALMONGO" coupon

RAM = 4GB DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161279

$25.99

HARD DRIVE Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

$59.99

GPU = EVGA GTX 560


$184.88

This would be an outstanding gaming PC that would easily play BF3 and any game out there.

all for $474

enjoy

with the monitor you chose it would be under $600

Total with monitor

$587
Edited by adjas - 8/19/11 at 2:25pm
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looking at it again I'd change the monitor to a 23" full HD, will set you back $56 more, but would be a super screen.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236052

$169

so $474 + $169 =

$643

for full HD gaming, still under $650
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Totally agree with adjas. His system pwns OP's system and costs less.
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512gb geforce card
What card specifically?
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Originally Posted by Jagged_Steel View Post
If you are looking to game I think you are hitching your horse to the wrong wagon here. You are getting a fairly slow cpu and most games still rely on 1 core, so CPU speed does matter. The integrated GPU sounds like you are getting a bargian, but are you really? It does not include memory like a GPU card does, so it draws off of your system memory, and this is relatively slow and takes away from what your system has available in total. You could get the same system I have with a 955 instead of a 555 and you would be WAY better off and it would cost less.
I believe bottle necking your gpu is the most important factor in choosing your cpu when it comes to gaming rigs.

To the OP you can build a gaming rig for even less then that if you don't shoot for the stars. I can add a 560gtx to the system I just built for lan party's hit the $450 dollar mark on the head.
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What card specifically?
it is an old xfx geforce 9800gt.

as for my original post, i guess i should change the thread title to I3 sandybridge gaming rig. i thought AMD was the way to go for cheap gaming builds, but i guess i was just proved wrong. haha. how big of a difference in performance should i be expecting coming from an old 2.6ghz core 2 duo???
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Originally Posted by mchlmacdonald View Post
i'll be playing SW:TOR, Diablo 3, and Counter-Strike:Global Offensive when they come out. for now i pretty much just play League of Legends.

and coming from an old 2.6ghz core 2 duo, 4gigs of ddr2, and a 512gb geforce card i dont think this setup is going to disappoint me. if anything this setup is going to be MUCH faster than what i had before.

i was just curious to see what kind of frame rates people have been getting on the graphically high-end games with the a8-3850/hd6670 combo. if this setup is running games like BC2/COD:BO at decent frame rates (40+) then i'm sure i'll be more than satisfied with the games i plan on playing with this build.
The system I just built gets anywhere between 30-50 fps in aion max settings cryengine II with a 8800gts g92 (OC about 5%)

system is using:
phenom II 840x4
g-skill ripsaw 1600mhz 2 x 8g mem
sata 500g hd
msi 880GM-E35 mobo
ocz 600w modular psu
NZXT vulcan

My main pc is another story but the above specs cost me $338. Throw in a video card and you will hit $450.
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