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You can pick up a 580 a little cheaper than that. I might be selling mine soon aswell.

You'd want to upgrade that RAM to DDR3.

 

TBH you can get better quality for your money. I helped build someone a pc for £700 that had all new up to date parts that ran ARMA2 fine.

Was only running a 560 if i can remember. prices have probably dropped since then so you could probably get something a bit higher.

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Cant just upgrade the ram to DDR3, you have to get a new motherboard.

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Then do that :P

TBH i would not spend £600+ on a pc thats not "newish". PC's seem expensive but their often cheaper than you think.

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Good job I'm not buying it then! I is not a mug.

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i got a gaming pc with:

case: cooler master CM storm enforcer

an i5 3.5 ghz (overclocked)

nvidia geforce gtx 670

sb recon3d soundcard

8gb of RAM

HX 750 gold powersuply

120 ssd (for now)

xigmatek dark knight knight hawk cpu cooler

asus sabertooth Z77 motherboard

peripherals:

razer NAGA molten mouse

razer black widow ultimate keyboard

razer tiamat 7.1 headset

panasonic surround sound system ( when not using headset)

only 2 screens :( 3 soon!

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The more I watch DayZ videos on YouTube, the more I want to build a gaming PC. I need to spend lots of money on a good system either way.

 

Anyone want to buy a PTW? And a Kidney?

DayZ is a good reason to get into PC gaming, the game is awesome. Should expect the standalone to come out the start of next year with all hope.

 

DayZ is a good reason... If you use a private hive. I havent been on it in months because the devs refuse to deal with hackers. And admins are banned from banning hackers. So yeah. SCREW DAYZ MOD! ahah. Private hive and mod it or wait for the standalone. Public DayZ is just... awful. Or play the actual ARMA II MP. It's real fun!

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Mines reasonably powered, and before anyone pipes up with the "No one needs more than 4GB of RAM" argument, I do actually need it, regularly use it all, and hence have justification for it.

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K @ 5GHz

Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3

RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz

GPU: 2x EVGA 4GB GTX680

SSD: Intel 520 480GB (Win7/OSX10.8 Partitions)

HDD: 4x Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB

PSU: Corsair Pro Gold AX1200

Case: Silverstone TJ08-E

 

I do Digital design, hence the power.

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Just thought I'd post this up:

 

 

As a console player, it's pretty intriguing. Though the build stage seems confusing and scary as hell.

 

The results are impressive though. Especially considering I was going to budget myself around £800 to build a PC.

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Just thought I'd post this up:

 

 

As a console player, it's pretty intriguing. Though the build stage seems confusing and scary as hell.

 

The results are impressive though. Especially considering I was going to budget myself around £800 to build a PC.

 

Thats a really good video Ed! I will use this when more new people ask me about a first PC build :)

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Nice find ed..

Would personally spend the extra few quid for a more reputable PSU though.

 

Shows how easy it actually is. Making a better PC would just involve more expensive parts, nothing more :)

Personally i can't play anything on low settings :P

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Thats why I'm happy I made the switch from console to PC =] Its more expensive but the console is effectively displaying the game on low settings in sub HD ratios that have been upscaled, plus some games are limited to 30fps. I see this build as more of an upgradable console, rather than a gaming PC. Which I think is the whole point of Steambox?

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Yeah, basically what he's done is see that Valve are apparently producing a living room style, gaming PC. A sort of bridge over the gap between consoles and PCs.

 

So this project he's done was to find out if it was possible to build a reasonable gaming PC, within the price bracket consoles are generally sold for on release.

 

I think he's shown it can be done quite effectively at low cost, but I'm still put off by the build section of it. I wouldn't have a clue what to plug in where, even with the video. What if my parts and case etc are different? I'd need someone else to assemble it for me.

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PC Specialist have some awesome rigs on their site... Sooo tempting! Reckon there'll be january sales for these?

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Intel i5 Quad Core

NVIDIA GTX 660

8GB Ripjaw DDR3 RAM

Antec Power Supply

Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Case

1TB HDD

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Keyboard

CM Storm Mouse

37 inch Samsung Tv (can't remember model)

GIGABYE Z77-D3H Motherboard

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Just thought I'd post this up:

 

 

As a console player, it's pretty intriguing. Though the build stage seems confusing and scary as hell.

 

The results are impressive though. Especially considering I was going to budget myself around £800 to build a PC.

 

very impressive yes... especially when the clip of DayZ popped up at the end, good FPS rates for it.

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Right... Question time again.

 

Is it possible to put two GPUs in the same PC and have them working in harmony on games? If so, how?

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Yes it is.

 

Called SLI for Nvidia cards, and CrossFire for ATI/AMD cards.

 

Will need a SLI/Crossfire suitable motherboard, and 2 identical cards.

 

Will also need to think about how powerful the PSU is and how much room you have in your case.

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For your first build I wouldn't really recommend it as it gives you more to think about. It often means you have to get 2 lesser cards. It'd be better to get 1 more expensive card. Then at a later date if you feel you really want SLI you can have 2 better cards.

 

That said when most people get to that stage they just upgrade to the latest best single card. Some games don't work that great with 2 cards (some, not all). You have been warned :)

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On the base of it, 1 card is usually better than 2 regardless of the situation. With 2, I am having to update the drivers every few weeks just to keep current games running at optimum performance (as the game dev's release patches). The question you've got to ask yourself when even considering 2 is "Will I ever fully use both cards simultaneously?" More often than not the answer will be no. A single GTX680 will run BF3 @ 120fps+ on Maximum Settings at 1920x1080. To put that into perspective, your average PC monitor can only reproduce 60-75fps so the rest is a waste, which thoroughly points to what the high end cards are really for, which is the ultra high resolution monitors. So having 2 is frivolous unless you have something that equals or exceeds 2560x1440.

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To be honest people who run cards in SLI or Crossfire have a lot of problems. You can buy cards that are basically two GPUs in one, meaning they are already SLI, but updating drivers very often is what you will have to deal with. Also sometimes you will have to disable one card in order to get your games or programs to work properly. Dual GPU's arent really necessary. I have a single GTX 670 and it runs BF3 on high 50-60FPS whilst I'm recording. If I had a better CPU it would be a constant 60+FPS whilst recording. In my opinion dual GPUs wont be properly utilized for another few years, same as the 8 core processor. So just go for a powerful single GPU ;) you will save yourself money and power... And your PC will be a lot quieter!

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Sorted, Gents. A single 'greased weasel sh*t' GPU is the way ahead then!

 

As an aside, I managed to get DayZ running on my macbook pro today. Running a little slow, but I'm hooked.

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Sorted, Gents. A single 'greased weasel sh*t' GPU is the way ahead then!

 

As an aside, I managed to get DayZ running on my macbook pro today. Running a little slow, but I'm hooked.

 

You really got it running on a MBP? I bet your fan goes NUTS! My fan makes a huge noise when I load up Minecraft haha! Only other time it done that was when I used to render videos.

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Just a little bit, mate. I'm using Parallels with Windows 8 to run DayZ and ArmA 2 with the BAF and PMC add ons if anyone was wondering how I did it. It's not the mist high-end model either, the basic 15" MBP with the 500GB HDD and 4GB RAM, so it's not built for this level of gaming and it shows (I only bought it for the video/photo editing etc. And as an end of Herrick present to myself).

 

As for the DayZ game itself, the graphics have had to be turned down to low and it does goes mental (i.e.: slower) when I go near buildings. So I'm staying away from places like Cherno until my gaming PC is built, which will hopefully be next week when the parts turn up, but I am impressed with it so far. Only stuck to minimally populated servers at the moment so I don't bump into any potential bandits and get f*cked over. Found a shotgun too. No ammo though, which is pants. I'm going to try and head over to one of the airfields (It's f*cking miles away, I spawned outside of Electro and have run to the hills by the Dam to the north) and see if I can find some decent loot...

 

Does this make me an official Bambi now?

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xfx 7870 card arrived the other day, really happy with it, not loud at all, and made a highly noticeable difference from the iGP, the Intel HD Graphics 4000!!

As soon as it was in, everything in the video settings went right up...Metro 2033 is now a playable game rather than a slideshow! :P

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