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post #1 of 12
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I'm not sure if my laptop will be capable. I was thinking of purchasing a new hd since the original is only 4200rpm. In addition, im running Win7 and i still cant find a few misc drivers for it. The last time I tried to make a bargain build, i ended up spending more than I wanted to and it ended up frying when there was a power shortage.
post #2 of 12
You are going to be best bang for your buck by gaming on a desktop. Try to avoid laptop gaming if at all possible, It will be a very expensive machine.

What are you looking to spend on a desktop? I am sure some of us members can help you with a potential shopping list.
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post #3 of 12
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In a desktop,
dual, preferably quad-core amd...
>=7200rpm hd, sata is fine
6-8gb, 4x slots would be nice, DDR3
sufficient video card, possibly crossfire capable, DX 11 capability as it might be needed..
ive for a pretty good soundcard still..
I think thats it.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Ryanrocks714 View Post

In a desktop,
dual, preferably quad-core amd...
>=7200rpm hd, sata is fine
6-8gb, 4x slots would be nice, DDR3
sufficient video card, possibly crossfire capable, DX 11 capability as it might be needed..
ive for a pretty good soundcard still..
I think thats it.

yes but how much are you willing to spend on it? tongue.gif Like a max budget wink.gif

EDIT: Sorry i didnt see the $500 in your first post, but you also said you are willing to wait, to buy a desktop, what would be the maximum you would like to spend?

And do you have a microcenter or frys nearby? And are you from the US?
Edited by Ironman517 - 12/1/11 at 1:08pm
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post #5 of 12
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southern california. frys is close. microcenter is a drive. I guess $500 for cpu, motherboard, memory, and a hard drive...i think i can scrounge up the rest. Its tough since I kinda missed all the black friday/cyber monday stuff but I just came back from vegas and it was a good trip..thumb.gif
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southern california. frys is close. microcenter is a drive. I guess $500 for cpu, motherboard, memory, and a hard drive...i think i can scrounge up the rest. Its tough since I kinda missed all the black friday/cyber monday stuff but I just came back from vegas and it was a good trip..thumb.gif

well welcome back, what about a GPU and PSU, will that be included in the $500 too?

And the reason I am asking mainly about Microcenter is because they have a deal on the i5-2500k where you get $60 off a P67/Z68 mobo. Which will mean you can get a CPU + mobo for about $260ish. That is a rough estimate, you can always grab an i3-2100 and an H61/H67 board. With HT the i3 is as fast as a quad core.

As for a GPU you should look into getting a HD 6790, 6850 or above, whatever your budget can handle. You should have no problem then play SWTOR.

For memory, grab 2x4GB 1600MHz CL9 RAM and a 7200RPM HDD. This HDD at bestbuy can be taken apart and used in a desktop computer
Edited by Ironman517 - 12/1/11 at 1:54pm
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post #7 of 12
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I think I'll be alright. i have a 600w Silverstone and an older video card but its pci-e.
post #8 of 12
Laptop for gaming is always bad for the wallet. Making everything small has a price, and you might not get top end gear, or even decent gear unless you customize (like 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM paired with an i7 CPU and chugging along with a 5400 RPM HDD)

Any Phenom II x4 would serve you well in games. The x4 955 is cheap and mighty.

A cooler you might want to take a shot at are the A50 and A70 from Corsair. Cheap and good. Otherwise the Cooler Master 212+ is still a cheap alternative along with the Sunbeam Twister.

These are newegg prices, but can give an idea of what is needed

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU $125
- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard $123.50
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 RAM $44
- Sunbeam Twister 120 CPU cooler $31.56
- Western Digital Blue 320 GB HDD $102.28

Right there amounts to $428. As you already have a nice PSU, maybe a video card on top of that would be a decent and cheap gaming rig.
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post #9 of 12
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I think I'll be alright. i have a 600w Silverstone and an older video card but its pci-e.

Sorry didnt see the GPU remark, I edited my other post before I saw this, What GPU is it exactly though?
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post #10 of 12
You should be able to get about $250-300 for that laptop, if that changes your budget. Looks like that Vaio has an 8400M? Intel HD 3000 graphics are faster, and those come on any 2nd-gen i3/i5 laptop (cost, $400-500). AMD A6-3400M is even better, by about 30%. But you won't get a decent gaming laptop for less than about $600-700, Nvidia 540M is the GPU to look for. Otherwise, Nvidia GTX 460 for like $100 used, I suppose a 965, $80 motherboard (no point throwing away money on motherboards - better to go with 1156 or 1155 and a cheap board, ask the hundreds who did so on a 990FX just to see Bulldozer flop.). External HDD, or internal HDD if you can find one cheap.

8GB DDR3: $30-40
965: $110
880G motherboard: $80
2TB external: $90 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+2TB+External+USB+2.0+and+eSATA+Hard+Drive/9680907.p?id=1218145920970&skuId=9680907&st=9680907&cp=1&lp=1
GTX 460, used: $100 (maybe $130ish new, or a 6850 for a similar price, or 5850)
Total $420ish.
 
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