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#1 Aug 04 2010 at 8:23 AM Rating: Decent
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I am going to be buying a new comp soon mainly for this awesomely fantastic game coming soon! But also cause mine is way outdated. Ive narrowed my choices down to 2 comps and need some explanation on the processor's, cause i am not very computer literate. So i am gonna list the processor, ram, and video card for both even tho the vid card is the same for both. I will also be able to upgrade these down the road as far as memory and video go but i prob wont be able to upgrade the processor as easily, so i would also like a break down of how they are different and why one would be better. Hope Ive not been to retarded, just really don't know anything bout this stuff. Thanks in Advance!!!

Comp 1
Intel Core i7-860 processor 2.66 GHz
4GB DDR3 system memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTS250


Comp 2
Intel Corei3-540 processor 3.06 GHz
8GB DDR3 system memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTS250
#2 Aug 04 2010 at 8:25 AM Rating: Good
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The consensus seems to be to go with GTX cards for Nvidia. Have you given any thought to motherboards yet. Make sure they are compatible with the processors you are looking at.
#3 Aug 04 2010 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
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I would go with the i7 processor. Even though the i3 has 3.06 GHz instead of the i7's 2.66, the i7 has twice the number of cores (4 vs. 2) so it will out perform the i3.

Also, from what I've heard, 4GB of memory should be able to run the game. I'd just worry about the GPU after that since as geffe said,
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The consensus seems to be to go with GTX cards for Nvidia
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#4 Aug 04 2010 at 8:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't know any of the other specs off hand but i could easily get them, these are prebuilt machines. Which is why i just need some help understanding the processors and if the 3ghz one with more ram would be better than the 2.66ghz one with less ram one.Cause i know core i7 is newer but it has less ghz and less ram than the i3, so my noob self just doesn't understand what exactly the difference here is or which would be better. I'm not to worried bout the graphic upgrade at this point as I'm sure that's decent enough for now and i can def do a memory and video upgrade easily down the road if i feel the need.
#5 Aug 04 2010 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
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bah sword ya snuck in on me while my slow **** was typing lol , thanks you too for the info so far!
#6 Aug 04 2010 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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Drexlin wrote:
bah sword ya snuck in on me while my slow **** was typing lol , thanks you too for the info so far!


No problem, I didn't really know that much before reading the countless computer help threads here over the last few weeks :P (I thank everyone who has provided the community with such helpful info)

I think the easiest way of thinking about the cores is that its like 4 smaller processors versus 2 slightly bigger ones. Together, the total strength of the 4 processors will be greater than that of the 2 in an i3.
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#7 Aug 04 2010 at 8:46 AM Rating: Good
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If they are pre built systems then everything is made to work together. You may be limited in the long run as far being able to uprgrade later. Some pre built systems put minimum specced power supplies. That could be different now as I haven't bought a pre built system in years. I always build my own.
#8 Aug 04 2010 at 9:02 AM Rating: Decent
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OK i think y'all have def helped me make my decision, and i really thank ya both a ton! and yes the countless help here on the forums has been immense and not what I'm used to from my WoW forums lol.And on the power supply thing this was a answer from one of the great guru's from the comp place on the i7 one, "this computer is equipped with a 700W power supply which can actually support a GTX470 or ATI Radeon HD5850." and it also says it has alot of upgrade room especially in the memory dept ~shrugs~.

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 11:03am by Drexlin
#9 Aug 04 2010 at 9:04 AM Rating: Good
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You are definitely doing the right thing in asking questions and researching. Glad to hear the power supply will be powerful enough if you decide to upgrade the video card later.
#10 Aug 04 2010 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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Drexlin,

What is your budget? I think you could find you a prebuilt PC from a place like Newegg or AVADirect that would work better for you. You will almost certainly want a better GPU than the GTS250.
#11 Aug 04 2010 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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My suggestion is searching something in the lines of "GTX 470 deals" in a search engine. I did this for about 3 weeks and found a deal for under 260$. The gts 250 is going to be a little low and you would see a sizable performance boost on dropping some coin on even a gtx460.
#12 Aug 04 2010 at 9:45 AM Rating: Decent
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How much of a performance boost does the GTX470 give over the GTX460? I'm just wondering if the performance is worth the extra $$.
#13 Aug 04 2010 at 10:00 AM Rating: Good
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-gf104-fermi,2684.html

That's a review on the 460 at Toms Hardware, from what I see there, getting a 470 would give about 33% increase in power for 50% the cost over the 460.
#14 Aug 04 2010 at 10:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the link. Can't say it enough times that you guys are the best!
#15 Aug 04 2010 at 6:07 PM Rating: Decent
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you guys are def the best, ill def do a lil more looking around before i make a final decision and weigh some options at the end of next month. Just cant say it enough...you guys rock!
#16 Aug 04 2010 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
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