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I just can't stand playing Dota 2 between 5 and 20 frames per second. It's time to build a desktop and throw out my laptop.

I've been pretty out of the hardware scene for a rather long time so I've no clue what to buy, I was kind of leaning toward getting old/cheap parts and just building an $800ish machine. Maybe like a 2500k and 560 SLI or something along those lines. Is that maybe a good choice or are there better options?

Would like to keep it to around $800 cause that way I can afford to start buying parts right away and hopefully have the full thing done in a month or so. I hope that can build a computer that runs most stuff well, to be honest I mostly only play Dota 2 these days so it's not a huge concern, but occasionally play more intensive stuff. Appreciate any help!
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post #2 of 17
I was going to build a computer for 850 a while back, this is what i was going to put into it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CM52
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post #3 of 17
PII 955 should be more than capable of playing Dota 2 fine, unless I misunderstood.
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by OCScrub View Post

PII 955 should be more than capable of playing Dota 2 fine, unless I misunderstood.

Ah yes, actually my sig rig is in storage (and has been for 2 years). It's in another state and it'd be more inconvenient to go get it than to build another one given school & work.
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post #5 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by AOwpr View Post

Ah yes, actually my sig rig is in storage (and has been for 2 years). It's in another state and it'd be more inconvenient to go get it than to build another one given school & work.

Ah, I see. Well if you do go with a dual-GPU setup, make sure the games that you play are fully compatible. thumb.gif
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post #6 of 17
i would ditch all the fans and get a cpu off microcenter then get a 7950.. you are not gonna play only dot2 are you?
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post #8 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramzinho View Post

i would ditch all the fans and get a cpu off microcenter then get a 7950.. you are not gonna play only dot2 are you?

Well, err, sort of actually. I never leave it idling, that's actual time played (or spectating). tongue.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gungnir View Post

Here's an Intel rig at that price point:
Intel (Click to show)
You could do better if you got some things, especially the CPU and GPU, used. However, at this price, I'd probably recommend one of these alternate AMD systems:
AMD FX (Click to show) AMD APU (Click to show)
The FX rig will do better in heavily threaded applications; however, the APU rig will allow an upgrade to Kaveri when it releases towards the end of this year.

Hmm okay, think the FX is more relevant for me, I've gotten used to minimum graphics and less than 20 fps, not being on the bleeding edge won't really kill me. To be honest though, I had a pretty bad experience with ATI maybe 4-5 years ago, are they better about driver updates and such these days? I've never really had any issues with Nvidia.
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post #9 of 17
don't go SLI. just buy a single gpu like the HD 7870 or GTX 660 Ti if you're on a budget. HD 7950 boost if you can stretch a little. i have a friend with 2x 560 Ti and we compared each others performance and mine was better. he gets 100fps+ in BF3 low settings and i get 100fps+ on ultra with no msaa.
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post #10 of 17
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Oh wow, 100 fps... I haven't even bothered to buy BF3/ME3/most new games cause I can't run them lol. I'll go single, thanks for the tip. Guess some things never change, 1 has always been more stable than 2 haha.
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