Looking for a Budget Gamer Dekstop

Hey guys,

Starcraft 2 heart of the swarm is coming out and I am looking for a basic PC to play that game. Are these options any good? I am hoping to get one around the 700-800 range. Any cheaper would be good.

http://www.msy.com.au/SYSTEMS/INTELAMD-PowerValue.pdf

http://www.mrpcgeek.com.au/p/8211621/intel-quad-core-i5-3470... + upgrade to 2GB ATI HD-7850 Graphics card, + windows 8 home + upgrade mobo to z77 +wireless for 825

its that ok?

the requirements for sc2 would be
https://sea.battle.net/support/en/article/starcraft-ii-syste...

I would love it if the PC could run cod4 or any of the newer more system requirements games. but just need something basic for now.

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    You are better off with an i3 and a 7870 than an i5 and a 7850, and probably save money also.

    Sapphire 7870 XT or Powercolor MYST PCS+ 7870 are both a step above any other 7870 if you can get them.

    Having said that SC2 (and CoD4) will work just fine of a Pentium and a 7770.
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&c...
    Use the extra money to get an SSD.

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    NEVER buy the MSY pre-built systems, they give you shitty cases and power supplies.

    Best to spec your own and tell them to build it for you (via email).

    Here's what $800 will get you:

    Intel i3-3220 $119
    AsRock B75M-DGS $59
    8G Kit 1600 Patriot-S $54
    2G 7850 MSI OC $214

    Seagate SATa 1TB $69

    Case Antec One Gaming $64
    Corsair VS450 power supply $49

    Windows 7/8 $99
    Building fee +$70

    TOTALS: $797
    Prices from MSY

    You can save a lot of you build it yourself, but its up to you.

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      scrimshaw has a good system there, but I would make some alterations.

      HIS Radeon HD7950 3GB $299
      Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES $55
      Silverstone Precision PS08 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Case $49

      Get a mate to build it for you and it'll cost you $800 and kick ass for games

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        No question that the 7950 is better, but it is also $85 that you will not see any benefit from Starcraft 2 or CoD4.

        If you do want more this:
        http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/49120-sa-7870-2gd5-xt
        Is $30 cheaper and not a lot slower (uses same chipset, very confusing name).

        And a 2GB standard (OC) 7870 for $229 is exceptional for value.

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    How do I get the os for $99? i tried looking for it and it costs 200 over.

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    just a quick question, what's the difference between the Thermaltake V3 and V4?

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    Look at Crysis 3 benchmarks online - i3's are rubbish in 2013. You want an i5 minimum. Next gen consoles are all 8 core, games are increasingly multithreaded. i5 minimum.

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      Don't do this. Crysis 3 is an exception and even then, you need a top end video card (or more than one) running high detail before you need an i5.

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      Look at Crysis 3 benchmarks online

      Crysis 3 will run like shit on any system. It's an extremely unoptimised port for the PC and requires way more grunt that it should.

      Besides, the OP does not have a big enough budget to accomodate a Core i5 without lowering the GPU (which means introducing GPU bottlenecks)

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        Still defending the i3? Its far from unoptimized, like No 1, it needs grunt. Proof:

        http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2302954

        Tomb Radier too:

        http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2305791

        i3 gets 87 vs 100+ for quads.

        There are no more exceptions, duals are on the way out.

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          it doesn't really matter. Not every one needs to play the latest games at the highest settings. An i3 is fast enough for most people

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          Exactly. You just buy what you need. OP just wants

          but just need something basic for now.

          and we're here to discuss a basic SC2 PC, not something capable of running Crysis at max settings. Not every gamer is a sucker for fancy graphics.

          We do however want something that is possible to upgrade later on. It is the main reason why I've opted for a Corsair VS450 rather than a generic PSU bundled with a Thermaltake case.

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          http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2302954

          On a GTX 690.

          http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2305791

          Why would you care? Think your monitor is going to show more than 78 (actually number) FPS?

          I don't understnad why you keep repeating this unfounded rubbish. You either can't learn or are just trolling.

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          yawn

          120Hz monitor

          and the 690 removes all GPU bottlenecks

          yawn

          Duals are pointless simple. You want a 3yr PC i5. Simples.

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          I don't know if you're here to actually give advice to OP or here to start a personal debate.

          Either way, if you intend to help then provide a list of parts or a prebuilt system that actually matches the OP's budget, and with as few bottlenecks as possible.

          All you're stating is quads are better than duals with little regard of what the OP can afford to actually buy. We're discussing how to get the best bang for buck system for under $800, and that doesn't neccesarrily mean it has to have a Core i5.

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    Constrained to only sc2 WOL/HOTS/LOV the i3 setup will be ok.
    People are gaming with old e8400 setups on WOL and flying in sc2 without problems.

    But, start introducing other games and you will find that an i3 will give you lesser performance compared to an i5.
    I think it's up to you whether <50fps is playable as opposed to 90-100+ fps in other newer games.

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    Hey Champ,

    Check your Messages,
    Can build you an gaming PC with equal specs + upgrade to an Older Gen i5 for the same price.

    Cheers,
    Joran

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    what's the AMD equivalent of the i3-3225?

    and are AMD integrated graphics better than Intels?

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      what's the AMD equivalent of the i3-3225?

      No direct equivalent, but the AMD FX-4300 is close.

      and are AMD integrated graphics better than Intels?

      There is no one product for either. Intel can come with either HD2500 or HD4000 on the current models (4000 on the 3225). AMD has a huge range. Neither has any integrated graphics at the level of the rest of the options discussed here.

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    Thanks everyone guys, will probably get the pc next week!

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      Noice. How much did you end up spending?

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