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Old 07-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've no idea how much the combination of E8400/2GB DDR2/motherboard is costing you, but this will be much better:
CPU $120 - Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
RAM $21 - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
Motherboard $120 w/ rebate - Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

What's that like, compared?
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hopefully this doesn't double-post.

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Perfect! That CPU costs much less for some reason! The motherboard is more, but the one I am getting would be on Ebay, possibly used from china. Which doesn't sound like a good idea lol! I'd be glad to be getting a better one!
If I swap these 3 out with the things on my original post, will it all work together?
And be a bit better, or something? Care to elaborate a bit more on the swap, if you don't mind?
And is there anything else to upgrade/switch?
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Core 2 Duo E8400 -> i3-2100
It's just faster. Quite a lot faster (I'd say at least twice). Since it came out three years after.

2GB DDR2 -> 4GB DDR3
Twice the amount of RAM, and it's faster.

Motherboards are fairly similar but since the one I picked is newer it has newer ports, such as USB 3.0.

Other parts look fine, and will work with the parts I've selected. All cords you need should come with it. The only exception might be video cable to your monitor. What video inputs does your monitor have, and what video outputs does the GPU (graphics card) you're getting have?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am not sure what those exactly are.

But the graphics card is a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card (100315L) (150$, 135$ after rebate) from Amazon.
I'd also be happy to get a different one, but it doesn't matter since this one apparently has the potential to play BF3 and Skyrim on Max. And is a good bang for the buck or however you say it lol.

And the monitor I will be using is actually my TV right now.
I don't know much about what you are saying so I'll just say everything about the TV I can get by looking at it.
It says ToC, HDMI, 1080p full hd, 50000:1 dynamic contrast, dolby digital surround sound, hdtv.
And what I think you mean is on the back,
All the things that it says is
DVI-D IN, HDMI/PC/DVI-D AUDIO IN, PC IN, HDMI IN, COMPONENT IN, AVI IN, DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL)
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I am not sure what those exactly are.

But the graphics card is a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card (100315L) (150$, 135$ after rebate) from Amazon.
I'd also be happy to get a different one, but it doesn't matter since this one apparently has the potential to play BF3 and Skyrim on Max. And is a good bang for the buck or however you say it lol.

And the monitor I will be using is actually my TV right now.
I don't know much about what you are saying so I'll just say everything about the TV I can get by looking at it.
It says ToC, HDMI, 1080p full hd, 50000:1 dynamic contrast, dolby digital surround sound, hdtv.
And what I think you mean is on the back,
All the things that it says is
DVI-D IN, HDMI/PC/DVI-D AUDIO IN, PC IN, HDMI IN, COMPONENT IN, AVI IN, DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL)
What he's saying, the i3 setup he listed is going to be 2-3x faster than that e8400 setup in plain English.

The 6850 wont max those games at 1080p. Vanilla Skyrim sure, but if you mod it then no.
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Well as long as the GPU has HDMI, and your monitor has HDMI, then you'll be fine (assuming you have an HDMI cable).
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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That's alright. My computer for the past 6 years has barely even been able to play Counter Strike without lag.
At this point, I don't care if everything is on low settings. :P As long as I can play games without an unbelievably low fps, I think I succeeded. Especially for the nice price overall.


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6850 and i3 combo will do medium high settings at 1080p for most things long as you don't want to use AA.
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Sorry, but what is AA?
Thanks for the info by the way, I was just about to ask.



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The case I am getting has ports for USB 2.0 and the motherboard I am getting is 3.0 or something. Is this a problem? Just making sure.

And last thing, will the Optical drive (samsung dvd thing) be sufficient enough to download windows 7? Which is all i need it for. I see bad ratings and lots of terms I've never heard of like oem/eom or something.
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Any DVD drive will be fine.
AA is anti-aliasing.
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