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#1 Apr 12 2014 at 10:03 AM Rating: Good
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Not for me.

Friend said he wants to drop a paycheck on a new box for ESO. I'd be happy to build it for him but he doesn't want to go that route. And he wants it, like, tomorrow.

So I suggested this guy from Best Buy, if they've got it in stores. Thing is, while the specs on the machine itself are great, that video card is **** and he'll need a new video card. He is getting my old PSU that could not handle the GTX 770, so as long as he keeps it a generation or two back, he'll be fine even if the box has a weak PSU.

ESO minimum specs says GTX 8800, and recommended is a 560 Ti. Ideally he could keep the cost of the card at about $90 or so. I'm thinking of suggesting the Radeon 7770 since I had good luck with it before, but does anyone who actually plays ESO have any recommendations?
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#2 Apr 12 2014 at 10:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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Ugh, I'm not blaming you for playing with the hand you're dealt but that's a terrible deal. Price aside, you're buying more processor and memory than you need while getting a crap video card.

Should I assume Best Buy is the only game in town for you?
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#3 Apr 12 2014 at 10:23 AM Rating: Good
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Ugh, I'm not blaming you for playing with the hand you're dealt but that's a terrible deal. Price aside, you're buying more processor and memory than you need while getting a crap video card.

Should I assume Best Buy is the only game in town for you?


Hey, I offered to hand build it but he said no. Smiley: laugh

And yeah, BB is the only option. No Fred's or Comp USA or whatever else. There is the Korean owned parts shop a few minutes away but we'd still be hand building a system. (Which he said no to.....) Anything else requires at least an hour drive to Atlanta. Actually, there is a Tiger Direct about 40 minutes away, but I was really disappointed at their PC selection last time I was there.

As for the memory/video card thing, that was what we planned to do. Buy a good base system that he can use as the bones of later upgrades. That 4770 will last for years.
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#4 Apr 12 2014 at 2:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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it comes with a 320 watt PSU? LOL. Oh well. Case looks like it has adequate internal room to fit a larger card, and the specificatiosn from Asus indicate it could have shipped with up to a 760 GTX or an AMD 8750 Radeon.

Having more processor and ram than you need at bare minimum never really hurts if you plan to upgrade the other components someday. but lots of bottlenecks in that existing system before you can make use of it.
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#5 Apr 12 2014 at 3:34 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah if he buys the box tomorrow, and the new card, like he plans, I'll be dropping in my (not so) old 850 watt PSU. It was either that or recycle it.

I'm thinking of suggestion a Radeon 7770, but again, I don't play ESO so I have no idea how that card will perform.
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Thayos wrote:
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Having more processor and ram than you need at bare minimum never really hurts if you plan to upgrade the other components someday. but lots of bottlenecks in that existing system before you can make use of it.

Yeah, that's just it. I have nothing against a lot of RAM or an i7 but for gaming that system is kind of like a car with leather interior and a V8 engine and two out of four wheels.
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#7 Apr 13 2014 at 6:05 PM Rating: Good
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After a bit of arguing from me and another PC enthusiast friend of ours, he has decided to go with a self-build after all.

Thanks anyway!
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#8 Apr 13 2014 at 6:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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Good plan. I knew a guy who ordered a thousand dollar computer from some Cyberpower PC place and, three weeks later, they just sent him a box filled with spiders and bees. True story.
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