A PC for you to build under $300
So I see many people asking if their PC can run DotA 2 in DotA chat. Of course the game is currently on beta and has not been optimized at all. By the time DotA 2 is officially launch I am pretty sure there would be lower settings for weaker comp and also ultra settings for better graphics.
If you guys are seeking to build a budget PC that can run the current DotA 2 beta at max with good fps, here is my suggestion.
I would like to start off with the processor:
AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE (In my opinion this is the best processor for the buck. It has 2 cores, and runs around 3.0-3.1 and can be easily overclocked to 3.8. The reason that this is one of the best processor is because there is a possibility to unlock the 2 other cores that has been disabled by AMD. If you purchase the right motherboard and have the right BIOS, you can easily unlock those core making this processor a Quad Core and you can still overclock it, thus making this processor worth the price of a high end one.)
The cost is: $90, but I did some research around and you can find for $70. If you wish to have a cheaper processor than this, there are also other models, cheaper and good that can unlock into total of 3 cores or 4 cores but lower successful rate and can be unstable (research around).
Motherboard: I forgot the model, but most Asus motherboard, BioStar, GigaByte are known for good quality and also features, especially for overclocking. The good thing is that most of their motherboards models has the capability to unlock the cores. Motherboard can range from $30-120 (just buy the cheapest if you don't need all the features and check if it can unlock.)
Graphic Card: Now, this is the most important piece. There are various models around and here are my favorites so far: Radeon HD 6850, 6870, 6670, 6770, 6790, 6450, 6570, 5550.
The 6670 and 6770 ranges around from $60-120. All has 1 GB DDR3 or DDR5.
The 6850 and 6870 are a bit higher end and can range from $120-190.
The 6790 is a really good badass graphic ranging from $130-160.
Finally a bit lower end, 6450, 6570, 5550 $35-80. Now, the 6450 can run Crysis 2 on high settings, 1280x720 at an average of 24.7 FPS. The 5550 same specs at 31.6 FPS. The 6570 at 1280x1024 can run at 41.2. Remember the higher the resolution, the lower FPS you will get. If you can run Crysis 2 on high setting at a good resolution, obviously you can run DotA 2 in high resolution with awesome FPS. Also you can overclock those graphic cards making it even better. I would suggest buying with the specs, 1GB and DDR5. Sapphire is the best brand (for me).
RAM: 8 GB DDR 3 1330 MHZ for 20 bucks.
HD: With the flooding in Thailand and scarce HD, I would suggest to use your old HD.
Case: Any cheap generic, not too cheap or else your PC can collapse.
PSU: This is important, buy a brand name with good review. There are always promotions online for PSU, so shop around. I found a CoolerMaster or Corsair for around $20.
MOBO (Motherboard): $40
Graphic Card: $70 (If you got extra bucks to spend, buy a better one, for future games)
HD: Old HD
Total: $240 Without tax. This is a rough estimate, you can either get it for cheaper or more expensive.
If you would like, buy extra cooler for better air flow in the PC and also get a aftermarket heat-sinker, they can make a difference.
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