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post #11 of 23
get an i3 2100t
and one of these open box msi's before they run out

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...45%2fP55%2fP67


the ram cheapest you can like ochtohedron said

the case oh man you could build such a sick woden case for free( if you have the tools for it )
if not 25 total for the cutting tools maybe free if you borrow from somebody

psu would say get something that will be at about 65 bucks this is a good one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171031
was trying to find the gx450 but unable
Edited by odin2free - 4/20/11 at 8:49am
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post #12 of 23
you want at least a 3 or 4 core CPU, a slow quad core will be a lot better than a fast dual core for BC2
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post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by CarlosSpiceyWeiner View Post
Out of curiosity how much would this CPU hold you back?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103903

I know there is no L3 cache, but would it work?
That would be a severe bottleneck. My triple core is such a bottleneck in BC2 my GPU usage never goes above 50% forcing me to play on the lowest settings to get a playable frame rate. If I unlock the 4th core then I can max it out easily though I haven't checked the usage.

Edit: Just noticed the low GPU usage was because of playing on low settings. Got about the same frame rate maxed out but my usage went up to around 70%.
Edited by KillingTheSilence - 4/20/11 at 9:29am
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post #14 of 23
why are people saying intel?
best bang for buck is certainly amd, if he waits till the Bulldozer CPU's come out then the price of phenom II quads will go down quite abit so then jsut get one of them with a cheap am2+/am3 socket mobo and some cheap ddr3 as prices are falling so quickly.
small sata 2 hdd nice and cheap aswell.
as for case less than 50 for one with a psu,
GPU... hardest choice depends how much money he has left, if he can get a DX11 card, this is the area to splash out so you can plan for the future
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post #15 of 23
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tell him to aim for this actually
http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-M...00-77418.shtml

go straight pimp
A Core 2 Duo cpu you say? Sold!
 
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post #16 of 23
Because for the price of an intel set up now he can get a better cpu and gpu later down the road
sure goes for the amd platforms BUT
gaming wise specially for bf3 or bc2 intel ( better overall performance)

Its up to him though just throwing out ideas.....
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post #17 of 23
Honestly for extreme budget rigs like this, I often find it's more cost effective to take a cheap pre-built and upgrade the PSU + GPU. Manufacturers tend to eat the cost of Windows 7, and thats like literally 1/5 of your budget.

It all depends if your friend is looking at this as a 1 shot purchase or is planning to be able to upgrade it some down the road.
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post #18 of 23
Go for an AMD tri-core and spend the most on a GPU.
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post #19 of 23
I *think* this build will work for you. Just configured it at 'da egg.

DVD: Lite-On 24X SATA Bulk ($19.99, maybe you could find cheaper)

Case: APEX BLack Steel ATX Mid Tower ($19.99, but a cardboard box would work just as well..)

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 320GB 7,200RPM ($36.99)

Mobo: Biostar A780L3L AM3 760G m-ATX ($49.99, one PCIe slot)

GPU: Sapphire 100282XTREME Radeon 5850 Xtreme 1GB ($144.99)

Silverstone STrider Essential Series 600W ($69.99)

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1066 ($39.99)

CPU: Athlon II X4 640 Propus @ 3.0GHz ($99.99)

Total, $481.92 before shipping. Prices and items taken from dat egg (USD).

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