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Please allow me to give you some history. I don't have much computer experience. I currently own a netbook that I added 2gb of ram to and it runs WOW pretty good on the lowest possible settings. My problem, is that I just purchased SWTOR thinking that the lowest settings would run ok, sadly, they do not. So the only games I want to play are SWTOR and Diablo III whenever that decides to come out. I don't have a lot of money, ~$500, and don't even need the setup to run these games on the highest possible settings. But not having to run on the lowest settings would be a HUGE upgrade for me, lol. I plan on buying a nice monitor later once I save up some more, but is there a pc I could get that would meet the outlined requirements? Feel free to post replies as if you were talking to someone who knows very little about computers... thanks
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what country u live in cuz different prices in every country
    
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I live in the US
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Wow... Where to start!

Are you looking to get a laptop? If so i can't give much feedback.

For a budget build desktop, amd is going to be your best bet. I am on my phone right now, so i can't link a bunch of newegg stuff.

When i built my Sig rig I hunted through the marketplace on this site and got a lot of stuff on the cheap. My rig runs everything very well (d2 beta sure looks sweet). I will check this thread later and try to give more specific advice.

Oh, and welcome to the site!!
     
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Thanks for the start of your advice. I'm going to assume you meant the d3 demo, as I'm sure the d2 beta would run ok on my net book. Lol. Anyway, I'm definitely looking for a desktop and I wouldn't really know how to put pieces together unless it was easy as googling it and following instructions. Also, it just so happens I live in Orem! Reppin the 801!
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Thanks for the start of your advice. I'm going to assume you meant the d3 demo, as I'm sure the d2 beta would run ok on my net book. Lol. Anyway, I'm definitely looking for a desktop and I wouldn't really know how to put pieces together unless it was easy as googling it and following instructions. Also, it just so happens I live in Orem! Reppin the 801!

Haha definitely meant the D3 beta!!!

As for putting the PC together, this was also my first time doing anything like that and yes, it is as easy as googling it! You wouldnt believe how fun it is to buy everything separate and then put it all together just to fire it up and have everything work.

If that doesnt interest you, people do sell full systems on here as well. Think of this as a car enthusiast site. People run their rigs to the max, but they arent mistreated and you can bet you get a better product here than an out of box system or something from KSL. Im about to head to bed (classes...) but when I get some time I will put something together in your pricerange.

Glad to see there are some other Utah Valley OCN members!


edit:: something like this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1224791/sig-rig-amd-960t-unlockable-x6-full-system-best-offer-takes-it-now

Is absolutely amazing for the price. You would just need to add a hard drive and OS and you are set for a long while
Edited by DCSRM - 3/5/12 at 8:59pm
     
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Cool man, thanks! I took a look at that build and I don't know what any of it means but I did get a tech-erection. I don't think I would need a giant hard drive, I'd probably be ok with 250gb to be honest. What would the added cost be of a smaller hard drive and regular, no-frills OS?
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What do you need? Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS (Windows), speakers/headphones? Total budget for everything?
Edited by sepheroth003 - 3/5/12 at 10:34pm
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Hey Steve!
(its Adam)
Good to see you!

OCN is a great place to learn.

If you have $500 im sure we can come up with something pretty good for you. thumb.gif

If you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse we may be able to get you into an Intel build, but off the top of my head an AMD A6-3650 Llano processor with 8GB of Memory and a GTX560 or a Radeon HD 6870 is a good place to start.
Take that with a grain of salt however, as ive been out of the hardware game for a little while due to my programming focus, so others will probably have a better idea than I do.

Right now Hard Drives are really expensive due to flooding in Taiwan a while back, so If you already have one you are willing to cannibalize I recommend it.
As for the OS, a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 is $99 on Newegg.com, and can be found for less in other places.
I think Microsoft offers it for $70 with a student discount.
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