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Windows 7: Modest Gaming Setup?


02 Jul 2012   #1
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Modest Gaming Setup?

Looking for a modest gaming setup. Mostly Sims 3 and Mafia II. Maybe a few other games. Nothing that special. Under 450 maybe? Only other thing I'll be doing is Photoshoping and Video Editing for YouTube. Thanks. I might try my hand at a Hackintosh. Will probably Dual Boot 7/Vista. If I get OS X working, then OS X/Vista.

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02 Jul 2012   #2

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Do you have any parts you can use? It will be hard to build a rig that can do video editing and gaming for $450.
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02 Jul 2012   #3
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Do you have any parts you can use? It will be hard to build a rig that can do video editing and gaming for $450.
I've got a SATA hard drive, like 320 gigs. And I have a Intel Core 2 Duo, I doubt that'd be enough for some games though. But I'm ready to spend up to 600.
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02 Jul 2012   #4

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Not a recomendation but a starting point. You may look for something along these lines, but you will need a graphics card to go with it.
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03 Jul 2012   #5
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Hmmm. Not bad. I may get that. Is this a good card? I really know nothing about graphics cards. CPU's, RAM, and Photoshop are my level of expertise
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03 Jul 2012   #6

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There is no graphics card or PSU in that package. It uses on board graphics, which you will want better. I just threw that out as a starting point. You can start there and substitute or remove some items and add others. Before you buy anything, I would suggest you look at each item and read all the user feedback on each item. It will give you a good idea of whether it is reliable and will suit your purposes.
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03 Jul 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
Will probably Dual Boot 7/Vista.
What would be the purpose of this? All you'd do is add more variables for something to go wrong, and use extra disk space.
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03 Jul 2012   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
Will probably Dual Boot 7/Vista.
What would be the purpose of this? All you'd do is add more variables for something to go wrong, and use extra disk space.
I'm currently doing it on a low end eMachines laptop with no problems. The laptop in my specs to be exact. Reason for Vista-I like it better Reason for 7-It's newer.
Problem?
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03 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ubunturules View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Do you have any parts you can use? It will be hard to build a rig that can do video editing and gaming for $450.
I've got a SATA hard drive, like 320 gigs. And I have a Intel Core 2 Duo, I doubt that'd be enough for some games though. But I'm ready to spend up to 600.
Since you're at $600,
Asus P6T + I7-920 + 16 Gb Kingston Hyper-X DDR3-1600 w/ SilenX Cooler + Fan | eBay
and
EVGA Corporation NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1 GB 01G-P3-1158-TR 0843368011758 | eBay

You'll have what I have, but with more memory and less drive space.
Plays every game I've thrown at it.
Add a case w/psu and a DVD R/W. Cheap KB/mouse. Should be close to $600.
You didn't mention monitor, so that could put you past your line.
And you didn't even have to think much.
But you asked a question that has a million answers.
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03 Jul 2012   #10
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

^I'll look at that. I have already have keyboard, mouse, and monitor, so I'm good there.
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