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AlphaicX
10-03-2009, 12:37 PM
What would be the best computer for running TOB and TF2 under $1000?

violencejr123
10-03-2009, 12:39 PM
Spyputer awesome with a knife inside including blood.

AlphaicX
10-03-2009, 12:41 PM
Spyputer awesome with a knife inside including blood.

I think not....... ;)

RyderX
10-03-2009, 12:44 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229126

i7 and an awesome GPU.

AlphaicX
10-03-2009, 12:48 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229126

i7 and an awesome GPU.

Dowant :O

However I will wait for more people to post. I think there are cheaper computers out there that can run TOB without lots of lag.

Buff
10-03-2009, 12:53 PM
The best choice would be to build it yourself, and to ask this in the Hardware subsection (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=39).

And yes, I suggest going socket 1156.

AlphaicX
10-03-2009, 12:55 PM
The best choice would be to build it yourself, and to ask this in the Hardware subsection (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=39).

And yes, I suggest going socket 1156.

Didn't see it there. This forum has so many topics <_>

Combat Medic
10-03-2009, 01:03 PM
This should work http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229061 but honestly why not just build your own?

DarkWasp
10-03-2009, 03:19 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229126

i7 and an awesome GPU.

This one actually has great value, hard to find a better deal even if building from scratch.

steveroger
10-03-2009, 03:36 PM
Since the i7 ibuypower PC for $964.98 was too expensive how about:

Gateway SX2800-03 Core 2 Quad Q8200(2.33GHz) 4GB DDR3 640GB Intel GMA X4500 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113111) $449.99 plus $19.99 shipping = $469.98

and you buy an upgraded video card like this one:

XFX 4870 1GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436) Free shipping $139.99 ($20 rebate not included)

total = $589.98

Which beats the heck out of this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229061) which came to $724.98. Which has a 4850 and smaller hard drive.

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Remember, I am just trying to find the least expensive pre-built PC that could run TF2 and Orange Box. The processor might be a little weak, but I would like know whether this is good for the price and TF2 and Orange Box.

lhwj
10-03-2009, 03:42 PM
What about a proper power supply though? You will need a decent 400-500 watt to run that 4870.

Luke

steveroger
10-03-2009, 04:02 PM
What about a proper power supply though? You will need a decent 400-500 watt to run that 4870.

Luke

Can you recommend him one? The 220W won't run much at all. LOL. But what do you think is it a good deal? I suppose you could put a cheaper video card in it, but why?

lhwj
10-03-2009, 04:16 PM
I am puzzled by the lack of affordable (but quality) power supplies in the 500-600 watt range (ideal for running a single high end GPU). The Corsair 400 watt is $49.99, but the 450 watt model is $75, $100 for 550 watts. Similarly, PC Power & Cooling has a huge gap between the 420 watt Silencer ($50) and a 750 watt model ($120).

The PC could get by with either the 400 watt Corsair (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008) or PCP&P (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703017), but I suppose it's good to have a little headroom.

This 500 watt Seasonic is decent, and has the two PCIe connectors necessary for the 4870, unlike the ones above. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151069

For slightly more this Antec Earthwatts (500 watt too) is also good, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007 It's probably based on the Seasonic model above.

Luke

steveroger
10-03-2009, 05:08 PM
There are a number of people in the newegg.com review section claiming that the 400 watt Corsair (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008) is handling their 4870's just fine.

DarkWasp
10-03-2009, 05:24 PM
There are a number of people in the newegg.com review section claiming that the 400 watt Corsair (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008) is handling their 4870's just fine.

I wouldn't doubt it, its packin' quite a 12v.

AlphaicX
10-03-2009, 05:42 PM
Forgot to mention, needs to be sold at Best Buy, because I have a gift coupon for there.

steveroger
10-03-2009, 06:06 PM
Forgot to mention, needs to be sold at Best Buy, because I have a gift coupon for there.

I don't know if you could do the same thing with this one (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9013907&type=product&id=1218008371945&IcsCsid=2-39-496-25-5-33841-17723-25-496-131-25-496-673-0-1) or this one (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9013907&type=product&id=1218008371945&IcsCsid=2-39-496-25-5-33841-17723-25-496-131-25-496-673-0-1), as I previously recommended.

What kind of coupon do you have? Best Buy is not often a place recommended around here, but sometimes. You could buy a monitor and the PC somewhere else or do you have other conditions that you "forgot" to mention. I have to admit at first I laughed and then I felt annoyed to find this out now. Next time be upfront about what you want and the conditions surronding the purchase, otherwise you are just wasting our time.:o

Tufelhunden
10-03-2009, 06:20 PM
In that case, as we are stuck with Best Buy, I would suggest this laptop.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9366651&type=product&id=1218092150636

Centrino 2.0 and GT260M Solid little rig, for right at $1000.

Or you could buy this desktop http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9999116700050014&type=product&id=pcmprd116800050014

And possibly replace the GPU later.

steveroger
10-03-2009, 06:25 PM
Good question, is this for a laptop, desktop, do you have an operating system, keyboard, mouse, monitor? What exactly do you need and what exactly is your budget?

lhwj
10-04-2009, 12:56 AM
There are a number of people in the newegg.com review section claiming that the 400 watt Corsair (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008) is handling their 4870's just fine.

In fact in January this year I built a PC for my friend, with the 400 watt Corsair, an E7300 processor and a 512 MB 4870. Still works fine today :)

I think the extra 30 watts of the Q8200's TDP shouldn't be an issue.

But what do you think is it a good deal? I suppose you could put a cheaper video card in it, but why?

It's a good point you brought up. For TF2 and the Orange Box games if the OP is running anything like 1680x1050 or below, a 4850 could easily max out the settings and maintain a very playable framerate, for about $40 less. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131162 . But if the OP wants to play more demanding stuff like Crysis etc then I guess the 4870 would be worth the extra money.

Luke