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Buying a Gaming Computer Overkill For Watching High-def Sports?

I watch a lot of high-def 1080p Rugby Union and NFL videos usually around 5GB in size and about 2 hours in length. I've experienced problems over the years lately watching sports on a crappy Compaq laptop with only 2GB of memory. I am thinking that maybe I should get a mid-range custom built gaming rig to eliminate all previous glitches. But I was hoping that folks out there could tell me whether or not this is overkill.
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  1. Just need a low end gpu and a desktop after 2009 4gb ram minimum 2 cpu cores.
    Don't waste you money on a gaming pc if you not into gaming.
  2. Martin1982 said:
    Just need a low end gpu and a desktop after 2009 4gb ram minimum 2 cpu cores.
    Don't waste you money on a gaming pc if you not into gaming.

    Thanks for the info :)
  3. Here are 2 builds i've came up with, for 1080p sports, and 4k sports:

    1080p Sports:

    Graphics: Asus GeForce 9600GT Silent Edition, 512MB: https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/EN9600GT_SILENTHTDI512M/
    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100, 3,1GHz Dual Core: http://ark.intel.com/products/53422/Intel-Core-i3-2100-Processor-3M-Cache-3_10-GHz
    RAM: 4GB DDR3, whatever brand suits you.
    Mobo: Asus P5QL-E: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5QLE/
    PSU: Minimum of 400 watts.
    case: mini-ATX Equivalent case

    4k sports:
    Graphics: Gainward GeForce GTX 750ti
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k, 3.7GHz Quad Core
    RAM: 8GB DDR3, whatever brand.
    Mobo: Asrock B85m Pro3
    PSU: more then 600w
    case: ATX Equivelent case
  4. It would probably be harder to find a 2500k and matching motherboard in this day and age over a newer pentium, let alone that 9600GT silent edition. This hardware is considered ancient at this point. That 9600GT is almost prehistoric.

    Not everyone is savvy enough to piece together an ebay build that actually works. They're probably asking here because they aren't.

    Why a 750ti? Its spiritual replacement, the 1050ti, is here, costs about the same as a 750ti, and is wayyyyyy faster. Also, Gainward is not available stateside. It's called PNY here.
  5. amtseung said:
    It would probably be harder to find a 2500k and matching motherboard in this day and age over a newer pentium, let alone that 9600GT silent edition. This hardware is considered ancient at this point. That 9600GT is almost prehistoric.

    Not everyone is savvy enough to piece together an ebay build that actually works. They're probably asking here because they aren't.

    Why a 750ti? Its spiritual replacement, the 1050ti, is here, costs about the same as a 750ti, and is wayyyyyy faster. Also, Gainward is not available stateside. It's called PNY here.


    Meh. I'm here in the netherlands, and i dont really consider the 9600GT silent prehistoric: i have one and runs GTA V fine on medium, 720p. average of 30fps.
  6. Best answer
    Thanks for the info. For about $150 U.S. (4500 Taiwan Dollars) I ended up with this refurbished Lenovo and it's taking care of my footy viewing needs.

    https://tw.bid.yahoo.com/item/%E8%98%86%E6%B4%B2%E5%B0%8F%E8%99%8E%E9%9B%BB%E8%85%A6-%E9%AC%A5%E9%99%A3%E7%89%B9%E6%94%BB-LOL-CS-%E6%AD%A3%E7%89%88WIN7%E5%9B%9B%E6%A0%B8%E5%BF%83%E9%81%8A%E6%88%B2%E6%A9%9FI-100120271427
  7. hey by the way, theres a new way: Intel NUC. Buy one. 100 euros, i got an i3 one which handles 4K60fps video smoothly. Heres an ideal one(i3 dual core, 8GB RAM, HD graphics 5500), google this: Intel Nuc5i3ryk
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