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How to Build a PC! 2011 Style Part 2

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This is essentially the same card I bought last year for $285.

New Egg has this for $150:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348&cm_re=hd6850_1gb-_-14-161-348-_-Product

...and it has the faster 6870 for about $170:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&cm_re=hd_6870-_-14-161-349-_-Product



Conclusion for the Core and Card

Looks like we are hovering around $425 to $500. That's pretty good to run at full settings on a 1920 x 1080 monitor.

If you choose to run at a lower resolution... YOU WILL STILL BE RUNNING HIGHER THAN CONSOLE... and can knock this down by about $100. If you want to build a larger system you can still kick this down by another $50. This is not using crap parts but highly rated and quality stuff.

I ran for years at 1680 x 1050 resolution and I was very happy with great graphics on a 8800GT video card which now sells for less than $75 dollars. I only upgraded about 18 months ago and then was over driving that monitor until i upgraded that.

The stated system above should last for between 4 to 6 years and if you upgrade the video card can last longer. You can essentially thank the console market for retarding game graphics for that. Also 1920 x 1080 is HD and this is what many games are trying to optomize for.

In Part 3 I will go over all the other machine crap.
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About Lockeone of us since 11:35 PM on 10.20.2009

I am a PC gamer. I have a water cool completely custom case that I hand crafted from raw materials and PC DIY parts. The case is one of the smallest 3 120mm radiator cases that exists. I have a modest computer inside. The non-water cooling parts cost about $650 dollars and I upgrade the system about every 3 years and the video card about every 2 years.

I have been gaming all my life. I started with simple LCD portable games and we eventually got an Atari which I played the dickens out of. NES was too played until my fingers had blisters. I bought a PC in 1988 and have not looked back since (well except to play karaoke with my ex-wife). Games like Civilization, Battle of Britain, Ultima IV, Leisure Suit Larry, and Wing Commander took my heart.

Sytems I have owned:
Atari 2600
Atari 7200
Nintendo NES
X-Box
PC
Wii

I am also an avid technical scuba diver and have logged dives at 170' deep. I play paintball, softball, football, and all sorts of table tops games that include DnD and Axis and Allies. I am also in the process of writing my own table top RPG and have spent three years working on it. I have a woodworking shop and can make furniture, picture frames and the like.

I have a degree in Industrial Design. This makes me a designer of products, architectural way finding, POP displays, and user interfaces. I have also taught design at the college level.
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