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Brothers first time building
04-30-2012, 01:18 PM,
#1
Brothers first time building
My brother and I are looking to play The Secret World together. He's a Macbook, I'm a standard laptop. We then learned of the SysReqs, the gaming pc world and are looking at builds.

Right now we're really only looking to the one game and would appreciate any help making sure it's able to play on what we end up building.

My build:

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
$124.99

BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$49.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL\
$41.99

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$189.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002
$79.99

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
$21.33

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
$59.99

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)
$59.99

Total is ~$630

My brother's build:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$18.99


APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
$32.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99

BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$44.99


SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$59.99


Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99
$54.99


Patriot Signature 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G13332
$21.99


AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
$79.99
Subtotal: $393.92


Any help and guidance are v. much appreciated.
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04-30-2012, 03:49 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-30-2012, 03:50 PM by Chief7285.)
#2
RE: Brothers first time building
I highly recommend your brother get your MoBo and just get a intel pentium g850 instead of the AMD CPU... It performs much better while consuming less power than the AMD X3 you listed for only $88. Down below is a performance comparison between the g850 and X3 455

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/202?vs=404
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04-30-2012, 07:58 PM,
#3
RE: Brothers first time building
Thank you, we just want to make sure the game will run. We're looking at doing our own builds, based on the above (I'll make sure he does the compare). We've also got an offer on the table from somebody who will build two systems, exactly the same, for the same cost as the two above.

Quad-Core Processor clocked at 2.9 GHZ (all-new AMD Llano A8-3850 processor)
Radeon HD 6550D Graphics (HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs)
BIOSTAR TA75M FM1 Motherboard with 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 (2 more USB 3.0 on the front of the case)
8GB of G.Skill DDR3 Ram with red heat spreader clocked at 1333 MHz
1TB of Storage Space! Seagate Barracuda (Sata 6.0 GB/s) Ask about adding in an SSD!
650w Antec EarthWatts 650 Watt Power Supply with 80+ Bronze efficiency and enough muscle to add on a massive graphics card in the future, or more storage space.
All of this wrapped up in a Rosewill Challenger case, with tons of ports on the front with each part meant to blend in with the red and black theme so this looks sick!
Also comes with GENUINE (licensed) WINDOWS 7 64Bit Professiona
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04-30-2012, 09:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-30-2012, 09:04 PM by Chief7285.)
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RE: Brothers first time building
the AMD Llano series CPUs aren't very good. I wouldnt use them but if you are on a very tight budget I guess its nice to save on the video card since it comes with one built on but remember with the upgrades i Listed above is definitely better than the build you listed with the AMD Llano
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04-30-2012, 09:46 PM,
#5
RE: Brothers first time building
Are our builds both workable builds? Decent experience for first time gamers?
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04-30-2012, 11:59 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-01-2012, 12:00 AM by Chief7285.)
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RE: Brothers first time building
yes they are very capable of gaming on a very tight budget and BTW what is the overall price for the AMD Llano build you listed
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05-01-2012, 04:49 AM,
#7
RE: Brothers first time building
The AMD build is asking $550, my brother's build at $390, mine @ $630. If we bought two, it'd be $1050. I wasn't too sure on the AMD Llano integrated video piece and, from research, I would prefer an Intel CPU. My brother and I are both older; to justify the purchase, we're looking at the builds as basically a console to play the game. He's still on the fence if he's going to build and play or not. I'm going to either build or buy, but, with the recent learning, don't want to screw it up and pay $600+ and buy a system that can't play the one game I want to play.
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05-01-2012, 05:53 AM,
#8
RE: Brothers first time building
We're also trying to cut a dif with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6883227392

Again, I appreciate any guidance and input.
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05-01-2012, 02:36 PM,
#9
RE: Brothers first time building
Well anyone who frequents here would suggest you try to build your own. A big part of it is the experience and learning. Another big advantage is the individual warranties on parts are usually at least 3 years, my power supply is 5 years (most failed part). Whereas the warranty for the newegg PC is only 1 year.

And with regards to it - you would probably be better off cutting down on the CPU and upgrading the video card. That's one of AMD's higher end CPU's but the vid card is pretty sub-par. It's up to you.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K OC to 4.5Ghz CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti Zotac AMP! SSD: Crucial M4 128GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme 4 Gen 3 RAM: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Low Profile 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 650W Seasonic 80+ Gold Sound Card: None (Integrated) Keyboard: i-rocks KR-6260 Gaming Mouse: Logitch Gaming G500 Monitor: Viewsonic 24" LED-vx2453
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05-01-2012, 03:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-01-2012, 05:06 PM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: Brothers first time building
TSW is built off the dreamworld engine as AoC with the new dx update, and server side physx.(this is one of those games where intel is going to outshine AMD)

that said AoC works better with intel chips according to the benchmarks. if it where me building a budget machine, i would do like chief said, go with the g850 and the budget gpu in the tier list. the lano or the fx-4100 will run it, but looking at the tier pricing you can get more for your money even after purchasing win7, mouse, and keyboard.

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