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Old 02-13-2012, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Modest Gaming PC help, completely lacking in being tech savy

I'll try to keep the intro brief: I would like a Gaming PC and realize with some research that trying to upgrade my Compaq Presario CQ5700F is out of the question so I need to start brand new from the ground up.

I'm not trying to run Crysis, Battlefield, or what have you at fullscreen, 3D, super high settings. I usually play games Windowed since I Alt-tab between surfing the net, Winamp, or whatever. The two upcoming games I want to play are some dinky little MMOs that from reading comments about them apparently aren't that intense in graphics or processing power but my old Compaq can't even pass the Minimum requirements.

These are the requirements of the two:

Game 1
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  • Minimum Requirements
    • Windows XP 32bit Japanese Language
    • Windows Vista / 7 32bit or 64bit Japanese Language
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 or higher
    • RAM: Windows XP 1.5GB or higher
    • RAM: Windows Vista / 7 2GB or higher
    • HDD: 8GB or higher
    • Resolution: 1280720 or higher
    • NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT or similar graphics card or higher
    • DirectX 9.0c or higher
    • Broadband connection
Game 2
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[TABLE="width: 1040"]
[TR]
[TD]Specification[/TD]
[TD] Minimum Requirements[/TD]
[TD] Recommended Requirements[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Operating System[/TD]
[TD] Windows XP, Vista, or 7
(Latest Service Pack)[/TD]
[TD] Windows XP, Vista, or 7
(Latest Service Pack)[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Processor Speed[/TD]
[TD] AMD Athlon64 3200+ or,
INTEL Pentium4 3.20GHZ[/TD]
[TD] AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or,
INTEL Core2 Duo E6750[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Video Card[/TD]
[TD] ATI Radeon X1600XT or,
NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT[/TD]
[TD] ATI Radeon HD 3870 or,
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Memory (RAM)[/TD]
[TD]2GB[/TD]
[TD]4GB[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DirectX Version[/TD]
[TD]9.0C or Greater[/TD]
[TD]9.0C or Greater[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Hard Drive Space[/TD]
[TD]30GB Free[/TD]
[TD]30GB Free[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Optical Drive[/TD]
[TD]DVD-ROM Drive[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
I would prefer not to blow $1000+, I mean are those above requirements really that demanding on the wallet, is it possible make a workable Gaming PC for those two games around $600-800 or so? I was using PCPartPicker.com because the newbie friendly layout for putting parts together and was matching up some parts in terms of Video card, RAM, and Processor in a build but completely unsure how Power Supplies, Coolers, and Motherboards come into play. I would cross-reference the parts at Newegg since that seems to be the place everyone refers to. My goal is to be the most inexpensive in being able to play those two games, that's all I want to do.

Could the more experience tech people here help me with my goal?
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Newegg.com - ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 631 Propus 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor AD631XWNGXBOX

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Newegg.com - Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard

Newegg.com - Rosewill RM-C2U 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse

Newegg.com - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - Speakers

Discount from Promo Code EMCNHJN69 -$10.50

Discount from Promo Code EMCNHJN65 -$15.00

Discount from Promo Code EMCNHJN52 -$5.00

Subtotal: $816.37

How to: put it together


you could re-use the hard drive and dvd burner from your Compaq Presario CQ5700F to potentially save over $100. or just pass the Compaq to your parents/sibling?
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Ok looking over the lists the both of you provided I came out with this:


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 631 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Just gonna rip the one from this Compaq out and put in new rig. It has 7200RPM.
Keyboard: N/A (already have)
Mouse: Same
Monitor: Same
Total: $560.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Does this sound good to go? Did I miss any important parts? Any incompatible combinations?
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Your CPU and motherboard are incompatible.
Use this motherboard instead.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Despite the board being AM3+, it supports many AM3 processors. Here is the CPU support list to the motherboard I listed.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Socket AM3+ - AMD 970 - GA-970A-D3 (rev. 1.x)
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Your CPU and motherboard are incompatible.
The X4 631 is socket FM1, I did a double-take as well.
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So does that mean everything is good to go then?
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Here's my take:

CPU/MOBO combo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
GPU: Newegg.com - HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
ODD: Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners
Case: Newegg.com - NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case
HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OS: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems
RAM: Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

Total: $807.91

I realize the motherboard is mATX, so I picked an mATX case to go with it. And while this build is more expensive, it has a better GPU and a newer CPU.
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