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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #860 on: January 09, 2014, 04:36:49 PM »

No, I mean lower-end than this one.
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #861 on: January 09, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »

I'm also hoping to run something like Assassin's Creed IV.
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #862 on: January 09, 2014, 10:04:49 PM »

Buy a PS3
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #863 on: January 10, 2014, 03:27:10 AM »

If you took that rig right there, and made some tweaks, you could get some stuff that would give you a pretty reasonable rig right now.

Keep the case: $40
Keep power supply: $45
Keep the processor: $125

That's $210 right there.

I'd sub the motherboard for ASRock B75 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel - $65 (+ 17): This would allow you upgrade RAM later on.
Sub the RAM for 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $80 (+ 50): 4GB of RAM won't get you anywhere for gaming and most stuff. 8gb is where it's at.
Upgrade the HDD to 1TB Western Digital - $60 (same price!): There's not much point to getting a lower GB HDD, unless it's super cheap. If you upgrade to an SSD later, you can just switch the HDD to backup/media/extra games and apps.

That right there is $415 without a graphics card. Now, you can keep that $90 card to push it up to $505, which would still give you a pretty good gaming rig with much less waste in the future. The first thing I'd target for upgrade would be the graphics card, because that'll do most of the heavy lifting. Though if sound quality were a thing, you could also drop in a Sound Blaster X-Fi for pretty cheap. Further in the future you could grab another 8gb of RAM to bring it up to 16gb, replace your disk drive with an SDD (while still keeping the HDD!), and even bump the processor up to an i7 for the amount of processing power than a gaming rig will need for probably half a decade or more.

With that, if you replace the CPU/Graphics Card, you could pick up other, cheaper parts to build a pretty reliable HTPC/Home server.

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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #864 on: January 10, 2014, 04:54:46 AM »

I thought the LGA 1155 socket was at the end of it's support cycle?
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #865 on: January 10, 2014, 05:01:04 AM »

I strongly advise against going cheap on a power supply, as a bad power supply can kill every other component.

Could always use pcpartspicker.com to try to build something in your price range or plan accordingly. That's how I built my newest rig last year.
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #866 on: January 10, 2014, 05:03:31 AM »

I strongly advise against going cheap on a power supply, as a bad power supply can kill every other component.

I may not know a lot about building comps, but this this this this this this.
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #867 on: January 10, 2014, 05:08:22 AM »

I thought the LGA 1155 socket was at the end of it's support cycle?

Intel has both Sandy and Haswell, but they're not much of performance gains for what they are right now. A Core i7 is a good investment right now and would hold up for quite some time; if it comes down in price any time soon it'd be a steal. CPU power isn't THAT important in gaming these days.

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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #868 on: January 10, 2014, 05:30:42 AM »

And you're betting that improvements in things like RAM, are going to bring about mobo obsolescence before he'll want to swap CPUs?
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Re: Internet Superstore
« Reply #869 on: January 10, 2014, 05:50:23 AM »

Yes?
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