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Building a very cheap PC for SW:ToR

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Building a very cheap PC for SW:ToR

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translucentwolf
06.18.2013 , 10:24 AM | #11
Check Ebay. There are some deals to be found there, if you hunt around a bit. Just be comfy fixing things yourself, as you'll want to do an os reinstall when you get the box.
That which does not kill you merely postpones the inevitable.

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darkacetone
06.18.2013 , 01:10 PM | #12
I used to know a lot about PCs, just went out of the loop for few years, mostly working and playing on consoles in what free time I had. I won't have a problem with putting all the pieces together. Also I already have an OS and did hundreds of system installs.
After few hours of intense searching, it turns out I can build an acceptable PC that should run SWToR with high details, maybe even in 1080p. I will post the specs, just note that I really cannot go even 5 pounds above what those parts cost, I'm already stretching my tight budget as it is. If you have any suggestions, it has to be exactly the same price point or cheaper.
- Athlon II x2 270
- MSI Radeon HD 6770 (15 pounds more, but way more FPS in most tests)
- 4GB Corsair 1600 DDR3

What do you guys think about this setup? Of course there will be some bottle-necking, but it is probably the best I can do with this budget. It should run SWToR nicely and some Blizzard games like StarCraft II.

Now gotta find a motherboard and a case. Which MoBo do you recommend? Will 500W PSU be enough?

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darkacetone
06.18.2013 , 01:14 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Quantum View Post
I'm on a 5770 run everything in High and have no issues except when it's crowded on Fleet.
I read that 6770 is basically a renamed 5770. If that's the same card, then it's great, because that's the most I can afford. What CPU do you have?

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Nydus
06.18.2013 , 03:18 PM | #14
I don't understand how people are having trouble playing this game. I have 4-5 year old computer running things in a high resolution and on high detail...

I don't remember spending more than a grand on the computer either.

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Sphinxes
06.18.2013 , 07:03 PM | #15
I played the game with 2GB RAM for about 2 months, <walked 100 feet waited for it to catch up>, cheapest way is to look up your motherboard on-line and see the max it will take for RAM - I went to 4GB <the max for the board I had at the time> and if was fine except for flashpoints which I didn't dare do without understanding guildies...
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darkacetone
06.19.2013 , 07:28 AM | #16
I ordered the parts I listed few posts above, they should run SW:ToR well for now. You really helped me guys, thank you.
"Have no way as a way."

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Lowyjowylof
06.19.2013 , 08:00 AM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by darkacetone View Post
I used to know a lot about PCs, just went out of the loop for few years, mostly working and playing on consoles in what free time I had. I won't have a problem with putting all the pieces together. Also I already have an OS and did hundreds of system installs.
After few hours of intense searching, it turns out I can build an acceptable PC that should run SWToR with high details, maybe even in 1080p. I will post the specs, just note that I really cannot go even 5 pounds above what those parts cost, I'm already stretching my tight budget as it is. If you have any suggestions, it has to be exactly the same price point or cheaper.
- Athlon II x2 270
- MSI Radeon HD 6770 (15 pounds more, but way more FPS in most tests)
- 4GB Corsair 1600 DDR3

What do you guys think about this setup? Of course there will be some bottle-necking, but it is probably the best I can do with this budget. It should run SWToR nicely and some Blizzard games like StarCraft II.

Now gotta find a motherboard and a case. Which MoBo do you recommend? Will 500W PSU be enough?
I'd recommend looking at refurbished/Open Box parts from a reputable dealer (Newegg/Tiger Direct) or a DIY combo deal. I just pulled the below link from Newegg. At 219 USD, that would leave a nice chunk left for a video card. Plus you'd have everything you need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...=Combo.1291148
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darkacetone
06.23.2013 , 05:16 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by Lowyjowylof View Post
I'd recommend looking at refurbished/Open Box parts from a reputable dealer (Newegg/Tiger Direct) or a DIY combo deal. I just pulled the below link from Newegg. At 219 USD, that would leave a nice chunk left for a video card. Plus you'd have everything you need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...=Combo.1291148
Well, they don't send to UK and I never ever buy any piece of technology that isn't brand new and factory sealed. You can end up paying more if it proves faulty, and even if it has some warranty, you waste your time exchanging it.
"Have no way as a way."

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evodude
06.23.2013 , 05:49 PM | #19
very very limited resources here myself m8 so i feel yer pain

that aside i bought a 2nd hand machine of Gumtree

Intel core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0ghz
6 gig memory
Win 7
graphics are pretty rubbish only nvidia 9300 GE so i need to upgrade that

got flatscreen mouse n keyboard with it aswell all for 100 which i thought to be a deal.

Reason i mention this is look on gumtree and look on ebay there some cracking deals there an could save yourself a fortune plus get a no bad rig to play swtor

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Leafy_Bug
06.24.2013 , 05:13 AM | #20
No matter what PC you get, SWTOR will run like trash most of the time. Hardware does what programming tells it and if you got crap programming like SWTOR is, hardware won't run it.

1. Bad engine is bad. I got 4 graphics cards and enabling the shadows burries my frame rate. These must be some UBER shadows because I do that in any other game, playing over 5k res and i have no issues.

2. Long Loading screens. 2 SSD raid arrays here with Samsung 840 PRO drives, loading screens are long as always.


3. Memory leak. I have three rigs with RAM from 6 GB to 24 GB, all of them have issues and require me to restart the game after a few hours.


4. SWTOR keeps in your RAM every planet you visit and constantly adds to your RAM information. Would be nice if the planets in your RAM would actually load faster but its the same **** loading time. So again benefit to hog my RAM is zero, i end up loading the whole planet again anyways but with a twist: more consumed RAM than before. So if you load Coruscant and you get X ram used, load it again and you get X +30 RAM used.

For those who play SWTOR everyday, any small improvement in performance is godsend. For those who play other MMOs and come back to swtor for a while, the performance makes them laugh. Takes 2 seconds for the speeder to spawn. Run 16 man raids and half the raid group has to reduce graphics, take off nameplates, lol, just lol. Land on makeb, you have 100 FPS, do the dailies help people level all of a sudden your FPS drops to 15-20 with such bad framing you get epilepsy. Its funny to hear that all the people in teamspeak have the same issue and say 'damn the lag'!