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Post by xraydash on Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:59 pm

Hey guys, my lads are looking to buy a gaming computer. They want to be able to play games like Skyrim, Assassins Creed 3, and Far Cry 3 on maximum settings. I'll be honest, all of the hardware specs are gibberish to me. I only vaguely understand what stuff means. We've researched and compared but still need some reassurance that we're making a wise purchase.

Here's a summary of what we came up with from CyberPower (Holiday Special 1) at a cost of $878 with windows 7:

  • CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
  • HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
  • MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX)
  • MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD 970
    Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, 2
    Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (Pro OC Certified)
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
This all checks out with the max system requirements for the games I listed but any and all advice will be welcome!
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Re: PC buying help

Post by marmuttlebow on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:08 pm

Paging Lou and SWViper...

I have no idea myself.
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Re: PC buying help

Post by xraydash on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:13 pm

Nub's a computer guy too, right? One of those smarties will know.
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Re: PC buying help

Post by beefsupreme42 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:14 pm

xraydash wrote:

  • CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
  • HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
  • MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX)
  • MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD 970
    Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, 2
    Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (Pro OC Certified)
  • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
  • VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
this is all I could think of when I saw this post (Definitely NOT G rated, so if you see this at work, make sure to put some headphones on or turn the volume down Wink ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mDTLphIVY


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Re: PC buying help

Post by xraydash on Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:33 pm

Uh-huh. It might as well be a different language!
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Re: PC buying help

Post by BiggLou55 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:20 pm

Try this one... It's about $1k... If you don't mind building your own computer, this is a great option...

Subtotal:
Qty.ImageProduct DescriptionTotal Price
1COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseModel #:RC-912-KKN1Item #:N82E16811119233Return Policy:Iron Egg Guarantee Return PolicyIn Stock$69.99
1Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare DriveModel #:WD1002FAEXItem #:N82E16822136533Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock$109.99
1CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible ...Model #:CMPSU-650TXItem #:N82E16817139005Return Policy:Iron Egg Guarantee Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate Card$99.99
1G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXLModel #:F3-17000CL11D-8GBXLItem #:N82E16820231468Return Policy:Iron Egg Guarantee Return PolicyIn Stock$49.99
1Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450Model #:BX80637I53450Item #:N82E16819116506Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return PolicyIn Stock$194.99
1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEMModel #:GFC-02050Item #:N82E16832116986Return Policy:Software Standard Return PolicyIn Stock$99.99
1ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEMModel #:DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/ASItem #:N82E16827135204Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock$19.99
1ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardModel #:Z77 Extreme4Item #:N82E16813157293Return Policy:Standard Return PolicyIn Stock$119.99
1EVGA SSC 01G-P4-3652-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video CardModel #:01G-P4-3652-KRItem #:N82E16814130839Return Policy:Iron Egg Guarantee Return PolicyIn StockMail in Rebate Card$159.99
$924.91

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Re: PC buying help

Post by xraydash on Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:12 pm

Thanks for taking the time to do some "shopping," Lou. We'll look into this and see if they want to build it themselves.
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