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Kotaku - Building a gaming PC for under $700


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Posted on Feb 12, 2013 11:02:43 AM PST
I don't understand. Where are you guys getting one of these for $100?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130794

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:12:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:14:14 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
The GTX680 is literally for extremists, and can be found for $459 on the same site.

It is also the most powerful single GPU card on the market and will continue to be until Q4 of this year. Outside of the upcoming Geforce Titan and official Radeon 7990 dual GPU setups set to release in the unknown future, nothing is coming out for another half year or more to replace an already year old chipset.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:16:59 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition 1GB GDDR5 OC 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N650TI PE 1GD5/OC

That's $150 and plays Sleeping Dogs in 1080p on high settings at 30-40 fps.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 11:17:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:21:04 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
To be frank, tests have shown there is little to nothing to gain from the 2GB and 4GB models even on higher res.

The law of diminishing returns.

For the kind of money and looking to run higher resolutions/surround , i would do a HD7970 Ghz Edition for $100 less than that 680. Last i checked this one stole the big Kahuna from the GTX680.

I felt an OC'd 670/7950 was a safer bet than either the 7970Ghz and 680 because their high res improvements were not 'that great' to warrant the premium.

I'll wait for that next eclipse. You know, when the Titan/690/7990 levels of performance are available for $400-$500 and can do justice to 2k, Eyefinity etc...and maybe by then there would be better optimized games.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:22:07 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
30 FPS is so console.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:23:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:24:03 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
But 1080p isn't! And neither are high graphics settings!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:28:36 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
To a true PC master, FPS is king.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:30:30 AM PST
As long as it's over 30, it's playable and I'm fine with it. :D

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 11:31:34 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Does anyone have any tips for using a mouse and keyboard from a couch?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:32:24 AM PST
Why would you ever want to waste that much money?

A card at half that price will still run every single game on the market in the highest settings with no slowdown for the next two years minimum.

My $200 HD 6870 BE runs every single game I play in high. BF3 I get solid FPS running on max. I even ran the C3 alpha on high and was fine if I toned the shadows down slightly.

Unless you're running on multiple monitors in 3D, there's absolutely no reason to spend over $250 or even $300 on a single GPU.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:33:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:33:53 AM PST
Balance the keyboard on your left leg/right knee and a mouse pad on the right thigh.

At least, that's what I've always done. I made a little "table" for my mouse pad made out of cardboard that keeps the pad level when I'm gaming.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:33:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:37:34 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Yep. Even then you can dial down the non essential to gain frames.

For instance in Crysis 2, i can't tell the difference between EXTREME preset and ULTRA visually, but i did see a nice 15-20+ fps difference between them on my 560Ti.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:34:16 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Maybe try one of those grandma knee pillows with a flat surface so they can crochette while watching their soaps.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:34:24 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
I don't think my legs are big enough for that.

... fatty.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:34:51 AM PST
Exactly.

Anything over medium looks amazing and most $100+ cards can do that with ease.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:35:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:42:09 AM PST
Hah! Hence the 'table'. I actually have pretty skinny legs. My thighs are pretty muscular though. I grew up on skis. ;)

Whenever I take my hand off my mouse though it still starts to slip off, so I need to balance it while typing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:43:07 AM PST
I'm sorry Capt., but that's where I have to disagree. I guarantee there's a very noticeable difference between a $200 vid card and the $550 680. And a hugely noticeable difference between Radeon and GeForce.

I used to be an AMD fan years ago, but I just could not get anywhere near the same performance in-game out an AMD rig that I can out of an Intel/GeForce rig.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:45:52 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
I agree, my 160 dollar 6870 runs FC3 is ultra with AA turned off and AT turned at 8x. Runs sleeping dogs at max with AA turned off. Runs BF3 at ultra with AA turned to 2x-4x. etc etc

My next upgrade is going to be a 2GB GTX 660ti so I can do project shield.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:52:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:52:39 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
There is a no difference between AMD & Nvidia beyond developers that specialize in one architecture or the other and typical Red Vs Green fanthings.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:54:22 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
" I guarantee there's a very noticeable difference between a $200 vid card and the $550 680. "

I don't think that's what he's saying.

And there is hardly a different between a AMD vs Intel rig. Well, price is a big difference. We are talking gaming wise.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:54:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:55:16 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
I'd reasonably see where you are going with the $200-$550 thing, with people gaming at 120hz and higher res and ultra settings and what not, but the Radeon vs GeForce thing really comes down to PhysX titles and Driver experience. They both make kick snot cards at every price point.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:55:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 11:57:26 AM PST
In real world applications the human eye cannot discern the difference in frame rate between something running at 60 fps or 90fps.

Considering running anything over 60fps on a standard TV gives you horrible tearing, there's no reason to go above that. Sure, a 120hz monitor can support 120 frames. If $300+ is worth that to you, fine, but they look the same to the average gamer.

If a game will run 60+fps on a $200 card at max settings, you won't see a single difference between that and the $550 680.

The effects are already maxed, so they aren't going to get any nicer. Assuming a game is optimized correctly, a $200 GPU will run a game that looks just as nice as a $550 GPU.

The only time you'd want the more expensive GPU is if you're running a multiple monitor setup or are trying to beat crazy benchmark numbers for some weird satisfaction. In gaming it won't make a difference at all. Both games will look identical running side by side on a 24" monitor or a 40" TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 11:59:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2013 12:12:34 PM PST
But if a game is already running at 60+fps on ultra with a $200 card, it's going to look the exact same running on a $550 card.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 12:10:55 PM PST
John Galt says:
Is Titan a new architect/series or is it a replacement for the very high end?

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 12:11:52 PM PST
Sars says:
I paid 1700 for my pc so take that lol.
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