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CHatton
04.27.2013 , 03:12 PM | #1
What type of computer should I get between $500 and $800 that can run this game decently?

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MSchuyler
04.27.2013 , 04:38 PM | #2
That's gonna be rough. A decent GPU costs $500 all by itself. I'll be interested to see the replies. I have a Toshiba satellite I bought for about $600 that does okay, but the graphics are on the lowest possible setting. I can't recommend it.

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CHatton
04.27.2013 , 04:53 PM | #3
Ok, thanks. Can anyone make a recommendation for a computer between $800 and $1000?

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falcon_Xtreme
04.27.2013 , 05:21 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by CHatton View Post
Ok, thanks. Can anyone make a recommendation for a computer between $800 and $1000?
if you have existing components. such as a hard drive with windows on it and screen mouse keyboard etc, you can do a reasonable build yourself for about 780 -850 . so your basically just building a tower. reuse what you can from a old or existing pc.

I managed...

a ok looking black tower. all the usual crap on it.
8 gb ram <-- make sure you have windows 64-bit system 32-bit win systems only supports 4gb.
quad core i5 2320 3.2 gh sandy bridge.
gigabyte H67MA-USB3-B3 motherboard
and i started off with a GT 450 (as i was out of money)

it ran star wars absolutely fine, and as advised by the pc guys, down the line i replaced the graphics card to a Geforce Gtx 660 for 299 dollars, and i now pee on star wars, far cry 3, bf3 and the likes... but a entry level graphics card will tie you over until you save up those pennys .furthermore if i had of known then what i know now . i could have taken another 150-200 dollars of the price.. turns out the pc shop i went to wasn't the cheapest so it pays to find decent supplier at discount prices.

if you don't want to go the way of a desktop you could easily find a laptop for 1000 dollars that would run star wars absolutely fine, when buying a laptop make sure you check that the graphics are not integrated. (on board) you want a laptop that actually has a graphics card in it, that combined with quad core or even a decent duo core will see you having no problems.
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MSchuyler
04.27.2013 , 06:05 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by falcon_Xtreme View Post
if you don't want to go the way of a desktop you could easily find a laptop for 1000 dollars that would run star wars absolutely fine, when buying a laptop make sure you check that the graphics are not integrated. (on board) you want a laptop that actually has a graphics card in it, that combined with quad core or even a decent duo core will see you having no problems.
Good post. This is a point worth emphasizing. On my Toshiba, mentioned above, the "graphics" is done with the system memory and the CPU itself. This is NOT GOOD because it's using some of your precious memory and CPU speed to run the graphics, and not very well at that. That's why gaming machines, such as Alienware or similar, are built around the graphics card because the card has all its own memory and processing power. It's not stealing power from the CPU itself.

But BE SURE and check if your graphics card of choice has the correct connection to the buss of the mother board. I screwed that up once and still have a card that doesn't fit any mother board I have. I keep it so I can remind myself not to be stupid.

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CHatton
04.27.2013 , 08:26 PM | #6
How much more than $1,000 would it take to get a system that can decently run the game?

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falcon_Xtreme
04.28.2013 , 02:16 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by CHatton View Post
How much more than $1,000 would it take to get a system that can decently run the game?
please re-read what we wrote. you dont need more than 1000 to buy a pc to play this game.
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RaineyDaze
04.28.2013 , 10:52 AM | #8
Also look into AMD cores. Much cheaper for comperable core and AMD cores are actually designed to process graphics.
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franknelson
04.28.2013 , 11:02 AM | #9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230580

That will run it on maxed gfx no problem. I have the model before this, the Asus g74 which i have owned for about 18 months. It runs in high around 30-40fps. I use it with a 24" LED monitor now but i used just the laptop for close to a year. I really wouldn't mind having that exact laptop myself.

Oh and yes i do realize this is refurb, mine was as well. No problems whatsoever in 18 months. =]
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LordBarok
04.28.2013 , 01:12 PM | #10
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