Lt. Commander
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# 11
01-12-2010, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain_Tom View Post
If I did want to build my own, what are good components?

I see people seem to be raving about Antec cases. Also, I'm guessing a good 700 watt power supply for future upgradability, especially with higher end video cards and in some cases dual video cards. Asus motherboards still seem to be a standard.

Thanks.
I would start with an i7 920 processor. I have a Gigabyte X58 UD5 board in my rig right now. I moved over from ASUS awhile back and I have not regretted it. You can stick any memory into this thing and it knows where to clock it on Auto. I would go with 6GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 and a single GTX 285. I am not a fan of ATI cards and I never recommend them. I think their drivers are absolute garbage and there are tons of conflicts with numerous games. I went to Nvidia with the 8800 series and never looked back. Anyway, round it out with a nice Antec full tower, 850W PSU, pair of 1TB HDDs and any DVD drive you want (Newegg has 100s). Would run you about $1400 and it would definately run this game + anything else for the next year or two.

My personal machine specs are in my sig.
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# 12
01-12-2010, 07:35 PM
You should go and check if anyone aroung you builds computers; family, friends, etc. Im in an A+ class at my high school, thats where I built my i7-920 computer, on a msi pro-e x58 mobo, cost me around 850-900. only down fall of mine is that I only have 3gb of ddr3, and a older 9600gt.

Otherwise I would go for an i7 in the 1366 socket.(I spent 3 months debating between the 1366 (i7-920) and 1156 (i7-860) socket.)
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# 13
01-12-2010, 07:41 PM
wouldnt you know got up this morning and my xp os drive quit. long story short went to best buy and picked up an asus desktop for 1k. it has a rampage II mb. i7-920. 9gb of ddr3 ram and a 1tb harddrive and gtx 260 videocard. pretty good deal. everything is running fine at 1680x1050 under windows 7.
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# 14
01-13-2010, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by col.neville View Post
wouldnt you know got up this morning and my xp os drive quit. long story short went to best buy and picked up an asus desktop for 1k. it has a rampage II mb. i7-920. 9gb of ddr3 ram and a 1tb harddrive and gtx 260 videocard. pretty good deal. everything is running fine at 1680x1050 under windows 7.
I didn't see that one there when I was shopping. I wonder if it is a regional thing?
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# 15
01-13-2010, 02:13 PM
Well, I think I am going to build my own. There is a microcenter close by to me and I am going to stop up there tomorrow. Interestingly, after downloading the game, even knowing my computer wasn't supported, I thought I would give it a try anyways and low-and-behold it actually works, although a little choppy, its hard to manuever my character around. I currently have a dell optiplex 745 with P4 and a generic mobo intel nic, lol. I thought for sure it would crap out but it runs!!

Anyways, here is what I think I am going to buy, love to hear any comments.

core i7 860 @ $229
6 gig DDR3 @ $139 after rebate
WD 1TB sata drive, 3.0 gb/s, 7200rpm, 32mb cache @ $99
Antec 300 case @ $49
Asus P7P55D mobo with all the goodies @ $149 after rebate
ATI Radeon 5750 @ $159
Corsair 650 watt power supply @ 114.99 after rebate

Total price after rebate ~$939

They also have a 12 month same as cash deal for in store customers.
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# 16
01-13-2010, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain_Tom View Post
Hi everyone.

I haven't bought a computer in soooo long. I'm not much of a game player but I really want to play this game. Anyways, I went to Best Buy today to checkout what's new and exciting. I sure would appreciate your comments and advice. Here is the two computers I am looking at.

HP Phenom II X4 910 (model E9220Y)
$799
Windows 7 Home 64bit
AMD quad core
8 gig DDR3
1TB hard drive (5400rpm)
DVD writer w/lightscribe
Radeon 4350 w/ HDMI, 512MB

Dell core i7 860
$1119
Windows 7 Home 64bit
Intel quad core 2.8ghz
8 gig DDR3
1 TB hard drive 7200rpm
DVD writer
Nvidia GTS240 w/ HDMI, 1024MB

Thanks for any advice, feel free recommend your own.
I will say.. one very good brand... BYO.
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# 17
01-13-2010, 02:49 PM
I would just build your own using an atx mid sized case, asus LGA 1566 socket with a core i7 920 and an NVIDA GTX 260 factory overclocked graphics card. and make sure the power supply is at least 800 watts or you wont have the power you need and if you can find the 920 rev: d model of the processor go with it the revison c has had some issues i bieve. also if you check out my companies webpage www.biycomputers.com it has some pre built systems the you may like or to at least give you an idea of what you would like to build....
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# 18
01-13-2010, 06:46 PM
Ok, not to start a holy war, but which would you choose of these 2 video cards. I'm clueless on this stuff.

BFG Technologies GeForceŽ GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55 896MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card @ $169.99

or

Visiontek Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics Card @ $289.99

Obviously a large price diff but the next nvidia based card up is almost $100 more.
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# 19 8gb Wtf?
01-13-2010, 07:30 PM
You have ZERO reason to have 8GB of ram , even with x64 windows 7!
=
get a Nvidia GTS250/260/275
or ATI 4770/5770/5850
basic Core series cpu, like Core I5 750/860
or AM3 945/955/965

checkout a system like this:

http://www.gigaparts.com/store.php?a...=SY0329-7HP-64
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# 20
01-15-2010, 07:04 AM
Well, I put together a new system yesterday. Bought all the parts and spent a few hours putting it together. Here is what I bought. Total price came to just under $1000 before about $150 in rebates.

Antec 300 case
Intel i7 860 cpu
Asus P7P55D mobo
(2) WD 1TB 7200 sata drives w/ 32mb cache each in raid1
OCZtech 700watt PSU
XFX HD 5770 video card w/HDMI
4 gig DDR3 CL8 ram

I am going to buy a new TV today for my desk, probably somewhere between 26-30 inches. I'll be using the HDMI port on the video card. This will be nice because I can get the speakers off of my desk.

Thanks for everyones help.
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