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An Updated Look At My Future PC

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ati-logoHaving purchased Torchlight and looking ahead towards Mass Effect 2, I began contemplating building my PC once again.

The last time I thought this over, I was looking for a Micro ATX PC for the sake of downsizing, but now I want this PC to be small enough for the home theater set up. I want to turn this PC into a console if it needs to be; playing PC games with the Xbox 360 controller if I can. The Antec Mini P180 can still achieve this sitting beside the HDTV; that’s not a problem. The problem, as always, is the amount I wish to spend on a video card.

  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 (~$114)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz (~$220)
  • Video Card: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (~$320)
  • Case: Antec Mini P180 in White (~$90)
  • PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W (~$90)
  • Memory: 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 (~$100)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB – 1TB SATA HDD (~$60 – $100)
  • Optical Drive: Most likely none

The Radeon HD 5850 costs approximately $320. That’s more than a console and while the video card can mop the floor with this generation’s console, from a purely entertainment standpoint, I cannot justify that price. I do have a solution to this problem though. I either wait for price drops or I settle for a AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5770 which I can get for about $175.

Decisions. Decisions.

What is it that I wish to play though? Mass Effect 2? It’s coming to the Xbox 360 as well and by the time I’m finished with that there’s a whole lot of other games coming out to consoles. Was this all for nothing then? Nah. If I keep going through this exercise enough times, I’ll eventually find enough reasons to pull the trigger. But for now, I will go play Torchlight. If only more games ran on older hardware like this game.

  1. TC
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    atta boy, dont pull the trigger until something PC-exclusive comes out… i.e. SC2

    p.p.s. dont forget I want to order together with you so we can save on shipping and what not.

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