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vekkth's Avatar

01.04.2012 , 12:44 AM | #11
OP, are you the same guy who did specs for mmo-champion? do you realize that your sub 600 configs both wont draw more then 350 watts from outlet performing at their hardest? that a 400-450 watt PSU would be more then enough?

also for all those who actually care, go to anandtech forums, find a monitor thread. read it, get a point why the author of this thread is a rather clueless person, and make up your mind. since he didnt suggest a single proper LCD monitor for gaming.

wow, you suggest 850 watt psu for a machine without CF/SLI and no raid, and you suggest a premanufactured watercooling system also.

dude, really. educate yourself a bit before suggesting to others.

_GhostBuster_'s Avatar

01.07.2012 , 02:52 AM | #12
I'd like to point out your harddrive prices are way off the mark from you links due to the global hard drive shortage driving up prices, you've got drives marked there for $64 going for 3 times that now. It will be very misleading for most.

Youcantforceme's Avatar

01.11.2012 , 06:54 PM | #13
i am about to order this pc package and thought id put it here and get any feedback. Bascailly i just want a nice powerful pc that will run max graphics (with a bit of overkill) and i am aiming for around $2000 (this is currently quoted at about $2400 so i really cant add/upgrade anything else. Any tech experts got any opinions on this?

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-D3 Motherboard
NZXT Hale82 650W Power Supply
Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD
Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard
Aerocool VX-E Pro Limited Edition Case
Pioneer BDR-206 Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM
ICY BOX 3.5in Multiport Panel with Card Reader
Scythe Kaze Master Ace 5.25" Fan Controller Black
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 23.6in LED Monitor
Razer Orochi Black Chrome Bluetooth Gaming Mouse
D-Link RangeBooster N 650 Desktop Adapter
ROCCAT Sense Glacier Softpad Fiber Coated Mousepad
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
Logitech LS21 2.1 Speaker System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
Intel Core i7 2600K
VTX3D Radeon HD6970 2GB X-Edition
Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS
LG E2441V-BN 24inch LED Widescreen Monitor

Sorry about the possibly confusing order of the list, ive changed/added/removed stuff from the cart and this is the current list.

PS does it seem like everything will actually work together? (i.e. im not trying to match oranges with apples?)

SirBlueUk's Avatar

01.25.2012 , 07:35 AM | #14
i everyone, I am hoping to get some help.

So I am looking to upgrade my Graphics card as it is awful, It is a Hd 5450, So I am looking to upgrade it to either the Ati Radeon 6850 or 6870 are these good cards are they worth the price?

So My motherboard is a ASrock M3A UCC hope that helps.

I need to upgrade my psu as I need one that has 2 external power cables to plug into the graphics cards, so what is the most cost effective one?

also I have 4gb ram looking to upgrade it, is it worth it.

Any help would be great.


Tiam's Avatar

01.25.2012 , 07:42 AM | #15
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SirBlueUk's Avatar

01.26.2012 , 01:48 PM | #16
Decided to buy these items from

MSI HD 6870 ATI - AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 1GB
R6870-2PM2D1GD5/OC - 1GB MSI HD 6870, 4200MHz GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, 1120 Stream Processors, DVI-D/ DLDVI-I/ HDMI/ 2x Mini DP

Corsair Memory XMS3 8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop
CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-10600 (1333), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V

Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 CMPSU-650TXV2UK 650W Power Supply (PSU)
CMPSU-650TXV2UK - 650W PSU, Corsair Enthusiast Series 650TXV2UK, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31

SilverStone AP121 120mm Fan Silver
SST-AP121-BL - 120mm SilverStone AP121 Air Penetrator 1500rpm FDB Blue LED Fan

I use Windows 7 64-bit
My motherboard is a ASrock M3A UCC
the motherboard can be upgraded to 16 gb ram (Special board)


BlownSi's Avatar

01.26.2012 , 02:04 PM | #17
Here is the system I built for SWTOR:

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Case - $100
Intel Core i5-2400 CPU - $190 (This is running stable at 3.9GHz)
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Micro ATX Mobo - $170
ASUS GTX 550 Ti GPU - #130
G.Skill RIPJAW Series 8GB (2x4GB) PC 12800 RAM - $44
Diablotek UL Series 775W PSU - $71
Samsung CD/DVD Burner - $18
Cooler Master HYPER 212 EVO Heat Sink - $34
Mushkin Callisto 120GB SATA II SSD - $130

I already had a 24" ASUS LCD monitor and G15 keyboard with a decent mouse. Up until 1.1. patch, I was able to run everything at max and see 65-90 FPS depending on the area. Shadows have been playing havoc since 1.1 so they are at low setting along with AA. This keeps me in the same 65-90 FPS range at all times, except for certain places on the Fleet.

Temperature is never an issue even after 6-7 hours of continuous play, which is very rare anyway. Just for some comparison MW3, which really is the only other game I play on the PC runs at or over 60 FPS without question. Don't have Skryim so I have no comparison there.

Edit: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit running @ 1920x1080 Resolution in-game.
Harmeggido - J'anin - Zophie - Kaase
DaMG - The Shadowlands

Kylar_AcDule's Avatar

01.31.2012 , 03:35 PM | #18
if you alread own a computer but want to update it or get a new one you can save a ton of money by salvaging parts from the old computer.

i had a laptop that i had upgraded the hard drive in and had two externals for, all of these are now internals in my desk top as well a a solid state (which i run programs off of).

if you already have a desk top then there probably isn't any real need to buy a new monitor/mouse/keyboard.

you probably can salvage the disk drive the memory and network card out of your existing desktop.

also for those of you who are looking to build/upgrade your rig is amazing for purchasing parts. as mentioned before i had a laptop(mind you the screen keyboard and trackpad were all broken so externals had already been purchased) but i spent around 670 this past summer on my desktop. i can run everything but the shadows on high and have zero lag. i can also run skyrim on ultra settings with no problems, and it looks twice as good then on a console.

Wreckcenter's Avatar

02.08.2012 , 02:51 PM | #19
Sorry about the hijack, but I created a thread around the same time as this one (and also v1.0 before the forum reset) for the sole purpose of building a budget PC capable of playing SWTOR at high to maximum settings. I, along with contributors, have done the hard work of finding the lowest prices already.

I would encourage people to post additional builds and vendors. We especially need help from people outside the U.S.

Neuromann's Avatar

02.08.2012 , 04:14 PM | #20
So I got this as a christmas gift two years ago:

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q8300 [2.5GHz, 4MB L2, 1333MHz FSB]
640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports

The main problem is that it was a gift, obviously it wasn't built. It is *gasp* an HP PC. Now I'm wondering if any of you tech guru's can tell me if there is any way to upgrade this sucker to get better FPS in this game? The main issue I have is certain areas where there is fog/gas and my frames just instantly drop to ~10. Also obviously Ilum is practically unplayable.

Is there anything I can do?