Building a gaming computer

April 25, 2009 at 23:49:36
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I am want to build a gaming computer that would also work as a computer for college.
Budget: $700
Will probably use a barebone kit.
I play Mount7Blade and Rome Total War.

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April 26, 2009 at 00:35:30
I'd look at
I don't really understand the question though...
Also, are you going to be playing newer games when they come out? It sounds like you're not even going to touch on FPS games, is that also correct?

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April 26, 2009 at 01:49:11
I don't play fps' and I probably wouldn't get any new games unless I maybe get medieval total war II.
My question is sort of: What specs should I get? or Specific names of components that work well for low end gaming?

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April 26, 2009 at 08:06:12
"I don't play fps'"

Who doesn't play shooter games??

"Will probably use a barebone kit"

I would avoid TigerD. And if you're capable of building your own system, I suggest you buy the parts individually rather than a kit. I can recommend the main components to build off of...the rest is up to you:

CPU - X2 7750 Kuma - $59

ASRock AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G/SB710 motherboard - $70

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-1066 - $34 after rebate

CORSAIR 400W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified PSU - $40 after rebate

You have a few choices for the graphics. The 780G motherboard has the best integrated graphics currently available so it *may* be all you need. If you feel you need a little more power, you can either install a discrete Radeon HD3450 & team it up in with the onboard graphics using "hybrid crossfire" mode, or you can get an even better discrete card, in which case I recommend a Radeon HD4670. Here are two possibilities:

ASUS Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 - $24 after rebate

MSI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 - $53 after rebate

Depending on which video card route you take, the above will cost you $203 for just the base unit with no video card, $227 for the Hybrid Crossfire setup, or $256 for the discrete video card setup. Plus applicable shipping, of course.

The choice of the case, optical drive(s), HDD(s), floppy (yes, I recommend a floppy drive), monitor, speakers, etc would be up to you, but I see no reason why you couldn't build the entire system for under $600.

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April 26, 2009 at 12:34:06
Normally I would agree with jam about tigerdirect, but this bare bones kit is almost too hard to pass up.

EVGA 790i Ultra SLI Barebone Kit - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 OEM, 4GB OCZ Fatal1ty DDR3-1333, 1TB SATA2, Clear Side ATX Case, 550 Watts


ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler


All you need is a decent graphics card. Like a ATI Radeon 4670 that you can pick up on for 70 bucks and you are set.

SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card


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April 27, 2009 at 05:35:35
I rarely look at what TigerD has to offer. I can't argue that the system posted by Cobra_R is a decent deal though.

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April 27, 2009 at 15:58:58
Me either. I normally don't go to tigerdirect to buy anything from them because they are overpriced on many of their products that I can get from newegg much cheaper, but they do have great deals on bare bone kits, which is the only thing they have over newegg.

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