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Old 12-09-2011, 10:20 PM   #31
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BF3 and the other games are on a totally different levels. I guess you will want to play BF3 at the highest setting first since that's what everybody is waiting for. Your tv resolution is at 1920 x 1200? I guess a reasonable to budget with mid-top tier items will set you back by about $1.5-$2k.
sadly no. my screen only at 1366 x 768. will tat affect too?
was think if this can pull off?

Intel Core i5 2400 & BIOSTAR TP67B+ ~ $360
Kingston DDR3-1333MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $56
Sapphire HD 6950 1GB ~ $319 or Palit GTX 560 Ti 1GB ~ $300
Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB ~ $64
Sony 24x DVDRW ~ $29
FSP Aurum AU-500W ~ $115
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $988

this sound okay? 1.2 kinda steep :p
sorry if asking too much.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:52 PM   #32
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AMD Athlon II X2 250 & Biostar A880G+ ~ $143
or Intel Pentium E6500 & ASUS P5KPL-AM ~ $186
Kingston DDR3-1333MHz 4GB ~ $28
PowerColor HD5750 1GB ~ $135 or Sapphire HD 5670 512MB ~ $120
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB ~ $52
Samsung SATA 22X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Antec Neo Eco 450W PSU ~ $69
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $5XX
Hi OP, can I ask why you recommend E6500? Isn't it better to get a Sandy Bridge Pentium like G620/G840, which benches significantly better, is current-generation, and costs less?
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:26 PM   #33
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sadly no. my screen only at 1366 x 768. will tat affect too?
was think if this can pull off?

Intel Core i5 2400 & BIOSTAR TP67B+ ~ $360
Kingston DDR3-1333MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $56
Sapphire HD 6950 1GB ~ $319 or Palit GTX 560 Ti 1GB ~ $300
Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB ~ $64
Sony 24x DVDRW ~ $29
FSP Aurum AU-500W ~ $115
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $988

this sound okay? 1.2 kinda steep :p
sorry if asking too much.
Good build and good to go. If the motherboard is out of stock you can go for Asrock H61M/U3S3. Go to PCThemes if you wanna have it installed there, or Bell system and best price if you don't mind paying a bit more if PCThemes is crowded.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:28 PM   #34
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Hi OP, can I ask why you recommend E6500? Isn't it better to get a Sandy Bridge Pentium like G620/G840, which benches significantly better, is current-generation, and costs less?
Maybe he didnt update it yet.
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Old 13-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #35
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Good build and good to go. If the motherboard is out of stock you can go for Asrock H61M/U3S3. Go to PCThemes if you wanna have it installed there, or Bell system and best price if you don't mind paying a bit more if PCThemes is crowded.
Good to go for bf3? Hopeful
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Good to go for bf3? Hopeful
I don't like commenting or making promises on something that's not been released yet but you can be assure that it will run bf3 smoothly.
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Old 13-09-2011, 12:38 PM   #37
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Hi there, intend to change the mobo of my current System.
It's a compaq SR5780AP actually.
Previously i used the stock Foxconn running Core 2 Quad, then mobo and cpu fried, changed to msi p23 + pentium dual core. LGA 775 sockets.

Had a Nvidia Geforce 9300GE card inside my comp, okay if i retain it?

Choosing a core i5 2500k + asus mobo, not sure whether to buy a newer casing or to use back the aged Compaq casing. Gonna use back the same old peripherals I used with my Compaq (optical drive, HDD, graphics card and DDR3 ram) to save some $$$. As for Windows, had MSDNAA license, so can get 7 Pro academic edition at no cost.

Playing games like TF2, BS, Dragon Nest, SA, L4D2 and TS3.
Reco me a good mobo, state price so i could compare.

Advice welcomed thanks!

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Old 13-09-2011, 03:55 PM   #38
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Question Advises pls...

Hi all,

Am setting up a rig for a friend whereby her budget is <1k and needs a 24 inch monitor. Anyone can advise? Usage will be for win-office, streaming tv programs and dl movies/shows.

TIA for any help

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Old 14-09-2011, 08:16 PM   #39
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PU: i7 2600k + G1.Sniper2
RAM: 3x4gb Dominator GT with DHX Pro Connector and Airflow ll Fan 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 memory kit
ODD: HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB - WD1002FAEXx2
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" SSD 60gb
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper
CASE: Coolermaster HAF X
PSU: NZXT Hale90 850w
OS: Windows 7 64bit $112
HSF: Corsair Hydro H100
KB: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition
M: Razer Imperator
MON: Dell UltraSharp U2410
WIFI: DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter

Is this good to go? Thks
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PU: i7 2600k + G1.Sniper2
RAM: 3x4gb Dominator GT with DHX Pro Connector and Airflow ll Fan 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 memory kit
ODD: HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB - WD1002FAEXx2
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5" SSD 60gb
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper
CASE: Coolermaster HAF X
PSU: NZXT Hale90 850w
OS: Windows 7 64bit $112
HSF: Corsair Hydro H100
KB: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition
M: Razer Imperator
MON: Dell UltraSharp U2410
WIFI: DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter

Is this good to go? Thks
so ur gpu is going to be cooled by?
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so ur gpu is going to be cooled by?
err i'm not sure... this is my first build so i'm not sure on what to get.. do you have any suggestions?
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Beepx3, First rig get all up there one. Power la!
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Old 14-09-2011, 10:48 PM   #43
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Usage? Intend to OC? Need Monitors, Keyboard and/or Mouse?
for gaming, not so hardcore gamer. maybe HON, DOTA, dragon nest.

Just system with casing include Win 7.

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Beepx3, First rig get all up there one. Power la!
LOL my friend sent me the specs so i decided to buy it after exams.. but i'm not sure if the build is okay
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Old 14-09-2011, 11:31 PM   #45
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Can someone explain to me why all the higher end system posted by Adrianlee are all intel based as opposed to AMD? I was wondering if any of the 'new' mobos like the AMD A75F-A or M5A97 Evo in recent articles are worth considering?
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