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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
Please help for New desktop for arma 2 dayz

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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago

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How much do you want to spend is the first question?
Second question - do you need to include new keyboard, mouse, monitor?
3rd question, what?
I know for sure you'll need a decent graphics card to get the best out of Arma 2. I have Arma 3 and with a good card the graphics are stunning!
If your budget is around £500 not including monitor then you are cooking with gas
it's 300, I've seen builds with A8's for 249. and 309 with FX6'S.

I'm happy for it to be low to medium graphics and build from there.
You haven't said if you need monitor, KB, mouse. Do you have any components you could put in to save a few bob? Like HDD? You will want to drop a ton minimum on your gpu, otherwise you might as well not bother. That leaves you £200 to play with. Lemme see what that gets you
Intel i3 4150 CPU
4GB DDR3 1600Mhz Memory
Intel H81 Chipset motherboard
Novatech Shield Mid Tower Black Case 500w PSU
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6GB/s 8.5ms 7200rpm - OEM
Samsung 224DB 24x DVD Re-Writer - SATA - Black - OEM

Assuming you can 'acquire' yourself a free copy of windows 7 the above will set you back just shy of £350, though if I were you I would save a bit longer and try and stick and i5 in there instead.
Make sure you get a branded bronze rated PSU! Also, as you're on a budget go for AMD and overclock the processor. Try an fx 6300, great for overclocking. You'll be better off getting a motherboard with at least a 6+2 power phase do that it's a stable overclock. Cheapest options will be the m5a97 r2 evo or the 970a ud3p (the latter is better for overclocking as it has 8+2 power phase) - both have VRM cooling.

Edited By: rikkif1990 on Jun 29, 2014 18:06
sorry forgot to say. I don't need a mouse but a keyboard I can think about separately. that's a good build. where is cheapest in finding parts for you? I'm considering overclockers as there cheap normaly. I don't need a monitor aswell As I can use my tv while I save for a pc monitor.
hmm that's a great idea. not overclocked before so kinda nervous about that
hmm that's a great idea. not overclocked before so kinda nervous about that

It's really simple, it's all done in the BIOS with a few clicks.

If you got the fx 6300 and one of the above processors, you'd be able to get to 4Ghz with the stock cooler. The processor is about £73 and motherboard you're looking at about £63. I know the ud3p is about that price on Amazon. I think something like a Corsair CX500 PSU would be fine as well.

After factoring the cost of a case, hdd and gpu, your £300 is a bit short.
Also, if you're going to be using the computer for more demanding games I recommend you get 8GB RAM.

Edited By: rikkif1990 on Jun 29, 2014 18:42: .
that's rely great. thanks alot. I will have a look and price it all up. I will only be playing dayz for the mean time as I have a PS4 for high spec games. I will however get at least 4gbs of ram
I priced my build up at Novatech. Just bear in mind with overclocking you will need to invest in an after market cooler therefore pushing your budget higher, and it is already a struggle keeping to your £300 limit.
I don't mind investing more as I go alot over a few months. so would it be possible to overclock after and then buy parts? also do you play games at all?
Are you intending on playing the mod or the stand alone? The stand alone is better optimised but has less content. The mod is fairly cpu intensive, as is ArmA in general! Saying that, back when the mod first came out I ran it on a HD 7770 4 gigs of ram and a AMD Athlon x4! Albeit at some wonky frame rates from time to time to time, but still very playable. Even managed to record in fraps at the same time while playing! Obviously handles much better on my new setup though :D
Yes it's definitely possible to get an after market cooler down the line. You will need to be comfortable fitting it though. Most people brush that kind of thing off as a non issue, I am still not a fan though. Gotta clean off thermal paste and apply new stuff. I am lazy and find it a ball ache. But then again I am not a hardware enthusiast, I am just a game enthusiast :)
haha that's great. I will be playing the mod as I know the players on the standalone are more banditey lol. are you playing dayz at all. I've been searching for a game like it for ages
You can buy parts down the line, with a decent motherboard you won't need one if you keep it at 3.8-4Ghz anyway. But, fitting an aftermarket cooler is easy enough, I fitted my first one about a month ago and it took me under 30 minutes. It was the Seidon 120V water cooler, which is impressive for the price.

Edited By: rikkif1990 on Jun 29, 2014 19:48
I love fiddling with hardware. it's great fun. it's been something I've waited to-do for ages and buying a low model and upgrading. I'm so sad lol
how much did you pay for that one? 4.2 is impressive even today and it's rely expensive to get that with an Intel chipset
how much did you pay for that one? 4.2 is impressive even today and it's rely expensive to get that with an Intel chipset

If you was asking me, the cooler was £36.50 but it's £35 now on Amazon.
wow that is great.
do you like AMD or Intel?
do you like AMD or Intel?

I haven't built an Intel system so I cannot really compare.

I went for AMD because I was on a budget and the processor was the best value/performance processor available, and still is:

Edited By: rikkif1990 on Jun 29, 2014 20:02
that's very impressive, thanks for all your help.
thanks, I will go for AMD. if you ever wanna play dayz just give me a shout when I get my pc and I'll be happy to
I know your mind it set on AMD now but for a bit extra you could get a better performing chip as in an Intel i5 2500k. So you won't be able to buy a new one but they usually sell on eBay for around £100. Yes the FX6300 is a good performing chip but I was blown away with the 2500k. In the past I've always built AMD systems but not anymore.
that's great advice, at least for now. I will built on AMD for this build but when I have more money I will go.for something.g rely powerful like the 4th gen i5's. they are rely good but come overpriced witch is a shame. I've gone through most websites and they are all at least 50 to 100 more than the AMD counterpart.
Yep that's the only problem with Intel chip compared to AMD. If you're on a budget than Intel isn't for you unless you go for an older chip.
lol yep I wish. saw this i7 setup on overclock for 10k

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