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mizer67 #1 Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:27 PM

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I've been playing the game on a relatively new "gaming" laptop but it can't run the game on medium settings without dropping to ~15-20 FPS.

At low settings I get around 60 FPS or so on most maps consistently, with drops into the 30s'.

However, I am considering upgrading to a real gaming desktop. I have a hard time seeing what directions planes are travelling at times in low resolution with my settings, even in the target lock window sometimes if they're all one color.

Can someone direct me towards speficications for a pre-built to shoot for with a ~$1500 +/- budget including a new monitor?

Panzer_Leader_3 #2 Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:28 PM

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Well,I play on a Windows 8 Samsung Notebook model NP550P5CL which runs the game very well and is multipurpose,but with that budget,you could get a MacBook Pro with the Retina display or a low price Alienware.

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Bear_82 #3 Posted 18 October 2013 - 03:42 PM

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I know you said pre-built, but take a look at the maximumpc baseline build for September. The $1135 shown doesn't include keyboard, mouse or monitor, so your budget of $1500 should easily allow you to do something like that.

mizer67 #4 Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:02 PM

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View PostBear_82, on 18 October 2013 - 03:42 PM, said:

I know you said pre-built, but take a look at the maximumpc baseline build for September. The $1135 shown doesn't include keyboard, mouse or monitor, so your budget of $1500 should easily allow you to do something like that.

So I've been contemplating building now because of your advice. Building seems basically plug and play so even a ham-fisted monkey like me could probably manage it without too many issues (thanks to youtube).

Could someone critique my parts and let me know if anything is out of place or where I could change or reduce requirements and still get a system with some future-proofing?
  • MSI Gaming ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 Gaming  $153.99
  • Intel Liquid Cooling Kit  $47.19
  • Samsung 840 SSD 120GB  $100.97
  • Seagate 1TB HD 7200  $67.19
  • CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower  $69.99
  • Asus 24X DVD  $21.95
  • Logitec Wired Keyboard  $10.63
  • Corsair builders series ATX80 750W PSU  $83.24
  • Crucial Ballistix Sport (2X8GB) DDR3 1600  $119.99
  • MSI AMD Radeon 7950 OC Boost 3 GB  $264.72
  • Intel 4770K 3.5 Ghz  $338.94
  • Logitec 2.1 Speakers  $22.99
  • Win 7 OEM  $89.00
  • Monitor ASUS 23.6" VS247H-P  $163.98


Bear_82 #5 Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:45 PM

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By coincidence, the Dec issue of MaximumPC showed up in my Kindle yesterday. In reading it, the build from above hasn't changed.

There are entire forums dedicated to debating the merits/shortcomings of part x vs part y. Really, get something you'll be happy with, knowing that in 6 weeks it may be outdated because something new came along. But as long as you're satisfied, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

It looks like you've got a good system there, that should keep you running for some time, with a decent upgrade path when you feel the need.

petersleepy #6 Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:51 PM

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View Postmizer67, on 22 October 2013 - 09:02 PM, said:

So I've been contemplating building now because of your advice. Building seems basically plug and play so even a ham-fisted monkey like me could probably manage it without too many issues (thanks to youtube).

Could someone critique my parts and let me know if anything is out of place or where I could change or reduce requirements and still get a system with some future-proofing?
  • MSI Gaming ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 Gaming  $153.99
  • Intel Liquid Cooling Kit  $47.19
  • Samsung 840 SSD 120GB  $100.97
  • Seagate 1TB HD 7200  $67.19
  • CM Storm Enforcer Mid Tower  $69.99
  • Asus 24X DVD  $21.95
  • Logitec Wired Keyboard  $10.63
  • Corsair builders series ATX80 750W PSU  $83.24
  • Crucial Ballistix Sport (2X8GB) DDR3 1600  $119.99
  • MSI AMD Radeon 7950 OC Boost 3 GB  $264.72
  • Intel 4770K 3.5 Ghz  $338.94
  • Logitec 2.1 Speakers  $22.99
  • Win 7 OEM  $89.00
  • Monitor ASUS 23.6" VS247H-P  $163.98
I would drop the memory to 8GB, saving you about $50 which you can spend to upgrade to a r9 280x, which is essentially a 7970 Ghz edition at $300. Besides, unless you are going to be doing heavy video editing, you won't be needing any more than 8GB.

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MrGuvernment #7 Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:37 AM

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save some money and get the i5, you don't need the i7. i would suggest a gigabyte board myself or Asus, MSI is "okay"

take that money you save and get the 256G SSD, you will be thankful in the long run with the added space

SkyWolf__WM #8 Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:25 PM

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If you don't want to build then these are decent machines.

http://www.newegg.co...Cat/ID-12046-10
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mizer67 #9 Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:37 AM

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Thanks everyone.

Just finished my build on Saturday and had WoWP running on my new system by Sunday!

I took your suggestions and dropped to the i5 and to 8GB of RAM, I did buy a GTX 760 in place of the Radeon card to save ~$60 vs. the 280X.

Bear_82 #10 Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:35 PM

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nice job

it's a good feeling when you build your first box, and it works!

EspressoForHammy #11 Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:41 PM

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I built mine 2 years ago for $450. I run WoWP on medium/high custom settings at 35 FPS. The trick is knowing WHICH settings to lower/turn off...

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mizer67 #12 Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:47 PM

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View PostBear_82, on 04 November 2013 - 06:35 PM, said:

nice job

it's a good feeling when you build your first box, and it works!

Yes, the moment of truth when I first turned it on was a little scary. I was very afraid I was going to end up with a ~$1,100 paperweight.

However, I wanted to be the "master of my own domain" so to speak, despite being a little intimidated.




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