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PC Died, hoping for advice...

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MoxieMicho
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Posted On: 01/12/2014 at 10:13 AM

Hi all!

My 5 year old "gaming" PC's system board & power supply died last week, which is why I have been absent from GW2.

I can re-use my monitor, sound system, keys & mouse.

the video card is also reusable.  nVidia GTS 450 which has had a history of gaming hangs over time.

I Have a hardware tech background (25 years)  but have not kept up with manufacturing trends for about 5 years.

Unfortunately, I am on a budget of about $1,000

What video systems work well for GW2 and Elder Scrolls?

I could order online or go to the local Best Buy store.  Where should I source my new gaming PC?

Thank you!

Bryan

(Moxie Micho)

 

 

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Karbonatom
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 12:29 PM PST

HUZZAH! I can help you in this manner. You are looking for a mid range PC that can still perform great without breaking your bank. May I suggest this build.

 

Here is the link http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Karbonatom/saved/3pRX You can use this as a guide and you should be able to cobble it together for around 1000$ You can get under 1000$ by using G.Skill Ram just make sure its the same setup as corsair and you can get computer cases for 30$ that is if you really need a case. The core guts though are the most important for you it looks like so here you go. I hope that helps.  And if you are wondering why I5 instead of I7 well gaming you can get away with just the straight 4 cores and I7 gets into the virtual cores which is more money. etc etc I5 is good enough.



» Edited on: 2014-01-12 12:30:45

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MoxieMicho
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 01:16 PM PST

Thank you, Karbonatom.

Would a performance comparable AMD processor work just as well, since they tend to be less expensive?

 

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Karbonatom
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 01:34 PM PST

AMD is ok and great for budget PC's but with intels comparability and help processing with nvidia you are are going to want to keep the intel/nvidia build. If you go AMD you should get a ATI card as they have compatibilities built between them. I have a AMD build I can suggest if you would like.

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Karbonatom
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 01:53 PM PST
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MoxieMicho
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 01:54 PM PST

I wasn't aware of the Intel/nVidia synergy, since I prefer nVidia, I will build around an Intel CPU.

What do you recommend for an OS, Win-7 or Win-8, I prefer performance and the apps I run will run on either one.

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Karbonatom
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Replied On: 01/12/2014 at 01:55 PM PST

My personal pref is Win 7 windows 8 is ok I just hate the tablet interface they have taken on.  (Win 7 Ultimate) totally worth the money and get your self the OEM version if you do buy it and save your self some cash, I suggest Newegg.com or Mwave.com for that. ORRRRRRR if you are a student you can use your student email and get win 7 pro for about 50$ - 80$ on the microsoft student portal. - Note student portal is Win 8 only for 109$.



» Edited on: 2014-01-12 14:00:05

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Dirkdaring
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Replied On: 01/20/2014 at 07:28 PM PST
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