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#1 Aug 24 2010 at 3:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Alright so bear with me, I know we're all tired of these threads but I need help as I'm about to buy 2 of these + 2 video cards plus 2 power supplies so both me and my girlfriend can play 14.

The computer:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Factory-Refurbished+Pavilion+Desktop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Quad+Processor+/+7GB+Memory+/+1TB+Hard+Drive/1014586.p?skuId=1014586&productCategoryId=pcmcat212600050009&id=1218208321474

Processor
Intel® Core™2 Quad

Ram
7 GB of DDR3 SDRAM

The GPU:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+5750+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/9748922.p?skuId=9748922&productCategoryId=pcmcat182300050008&id=1218166511483

Asus ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card


And I'm gonna grab 2 600 watt 6 pin power supplies, the computer is only 300 watt. I just want ot be sure this will all work together nicely. The computer has 1 available PCI Express slot 16X for the card too.

Sadly it's an hp but if all goes well this will be a pretty decent to good ff rig for 700ish dollars.
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#2 Aug 24 2010 at 4:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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Yes it will play. HOWEVER, if you're forking out ~$700 on this might you take some things into consideration?

Do you HAVE to buy from Best Buy?

Check other places around to see if you can get better deals. Check small computer shops too, they might have custom deals for cheap, and they may be able to accommodate for this game. If you were spending maybe $200-$300 total then I'd say "Eh go for it," but $700 is a pretty nice chunk of change to be paying for something that won't play the game stellar, but OK. I'm hinting at your processor.

The Core 2 line of processor is still around, but Intel is starting to phase them out. The new stuff is the i3, i5, i7 and etc...

For this game MY minimum recommendation is:

Dual-core 2.4Ghz
2GB RAM
512MB, 256-bit Video Card

And this is to get ~2500 on the benchmark and runs OK with the beta test. It may slow down in heavily populated areas, rain, or dust storms.


Personally I'd recommend for this game:

i5-750 Quad-Core 2.66Ghz
4GB RAM
1GB, 256-bit Video Card

It's a bit lower than the super computers everyone's running, but bang for buck it works with pretty decent settings and also it won't break the bank too much.

Everyone recommends the HD 5770, but personally I don't really like the 128-bit (64x2) BUS that it has. I'd prefer something with a 256-bit (32x8) BUS, but that's just me (though you won't notice a difference really). The 5770 is DirectX 11 ready which is a major selling point so...up to you really.
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#3 Aug 24 2010 at 7:03 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm not sure how tech savvy you are but I personally recommend not buying pre-built systems like this and prefer to put together the system myself. Typically these rigs pump up the things you don't need as much (big hdd) and skimp on the things you do need for gaming (cpu/gfx card). Putting together a pc is really not that difficult and there are plenty of resources all over the web (guides/videos) to help you out. Typically you can get a much better system for your money. I just put together a rig for my cousin that cost about $700 that would out perform that system.

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i5-750 Quad-Core 2.66Ghz
4GB RAM
1GB, 256-bit Video Card


I would recommend these parts for a build as well.
#4 Aug 24 2010 at 12:16 PM Rating: Decent
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The only reason I'm getting it from best buy (and very begrudgingly) is they offer 0% apr financing for 18 months. If i had the cash I would very much prefer to build a system.

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#5 Aug 24 2010 at 12:29 PM Rating: Good
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Newegg offers No Interest payments if paid in full within 12 months for purchases over $500. I don't know what their credit requirements are, but it might be something worth looking into if 0% is the only thing attracting you to BB. You might even be able to find a nicer pre-built on their site for your budget.

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEPA/PA06/index.html
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Rotz wrote:
Newegg offers No Interest payments if paid in full within 12 months for purchases over $500. I don't know what their credit requirements are, but it might be something worth looking into if 0% is the only thing attracting you to BB. You might even be able to find a nicer pre-built on their site for your budget.

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEPA/PA06/index.html


I did not know about this. You are my hero.

Edited, Aug 24th 2010 4:45pm by Louiscool
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#7 Aug 24 2010 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah you gotta pay in full within 12 months though, otherwise the interest is something un-godly like 21.8% :(
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#8 Aug 24 2010 at 6:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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My hubby found my comp through http://www.slickdeals.net and also my video card. He got two really great deals. Mind you it took him a couple months of checking the site though...
#9 Aug 25 2010 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent
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i think....the first one, from bestbuy has an integrated graphics card it says 32 for video memory, extendible, you might as well buy a 5970 graphics card, and build your own computer it willl be cheaper! read my thread
#10 Aug 25 2010 at 12:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah it has an integrated gpu but also has a spare x16 pci slot. I'm not the msot knowledgable abotu building computers but doesnt that mean I can use the 5750 in it instead of the onboard gpu?
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