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Mostly to run D3 (high end) and Dragon Age Inquisition when that comes out. It's been a long time since I've built a computer and I'm really out of the loop as far as PC technology. Could you guys help me with what parts I should look at? I'd like to keep it around $600. Is that at all feasible? I really have no clue where to start on this
Ok here's what I put together http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view
It costs a little more than I had first anticipated. Any advice on something I may be able to change and save some money without suffering too much in performance?
I can't see your list but looking at that price range I'd definitely go for one of these, there are cheaper processors that will do just fine tho.
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Edit - There is also a Haswell series of this cpu and I believe it is called the 4670 k
Edited by Nastycrits#1960 on 9/7/2013 12:14 PM PDT
or this one (stock heat sink on this cpu is not very good, recommend some sort of air/liquid cooling)
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core
I would prefer the Intel one myself but my friend has this and it works great!
Assuming you already have the case and a hard drive.
Your only reasonable bet for that little is :
Asrock 990fx extreme3 motherboard
Fx 8350 processor
MSI 560gtx-ti video card
Rosewill 750W power supply
If you already have a power supply and/or want to spend a little more for a good price point performance :
Switch motherboard to Crosshair v formula-z
Video card to sapphire 7970
Get a krakenx60 cooler for the 8350 and run it @ 4.8
Ram wise just remember 8cas 1866 is superior to 10cas 2133, don't get some 1866 cas 10 BS.
Edited by Vencenzo#1510 on 9/9/2013 4:25 AM PDT
OK, let's start with a basic recommendation for your price range.
(This makes sacrifices to get in your price range.)
Now, tell us what you already have and we can cut some things and choose better processor and GPU if possible.
If you already have windows, we likely can bump you to
Getting a decent PC for $600 is doable but it requires you to build it yourself. This is not hard to do by any means and there is 1000s of tutorials/videos/guides.
Some things to look out for though if you are going to go this route are:
1: Your motherboard's CPU socket has to support the CPU you buy.
2: Your PSU has to put out enough power to power all your components. Also beware of getting a PSU that just barely gives enough power and has dual rail technology. Most dual rail PSUs end up wasting a good amount of power.
3: Don't just buy the cheapest RAM or the most expensive RAM out there. Check out the maximum speeds your motherboard can handle RAM at and buy RAM accordingly.
4: Most likely your budget will not give you the luxury of a SSD so you need a HDD. HDDs have different disk speeds. 7200RPM standard so make sure you don't buy any below that.
5: Make sure your case/tower can house your motherboard.
6: Have fun, do research get excited about stuff you can't yet afford but want to upgrade to later. It is a fun experience and allows you to understand your computer better.
NOTE: Many places that sell pre built PCs bottleneck and or don't utilize the motherboard. They will do things like give you 8 Gigs of RAM but it runs at a low speed. Or they give you a 1TB HDD at 5200RPM. If you do end up buying a premade PC look how their parts line up with my tips.
Edited by azaron#1591 on 9/12/2013 2:44 PM PDT
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