Looking for advice on a new PC build

If I’m in the wrong topic please let me know, it seemed liked the best one.

Ok I need help, please. My current PC crapped out on Thanksgiving. I can still get on the internet but ever since Thanksgiving (I live in the USA) Eve Suddenly became Extremely laggy and even on the lowest settings its become un playable. I did everything on my computer to try to improve performance but I just believe my current 6 year old computer, even with updating everything, just cant handle Eve any more. I’m not a computer genius, really don’t know much, except how to follow the instructions I kept finding online to do a factory wipe, and run all different types of anti virus and anti malware, ect. Nothing has worked…

Long story short… I need to buy a new computer and I’m looking for some input on what to get. Like from Walmart, Best Buy, something like that… I have a budget of $500 to $700-ish US dollars. It a Christmas gift to myself. I want to buy something that can play EVE with good settings and not have a problem in that budget range. If cheaper is possible… even better. In the mean time I have about 30ish days of skills training on my character so atleast I’ll have skills learned by the time i get a new computer and get back to Flying.

Thanks for any help.

For a desktop don’t buy, build instead!

Easy to do in a few hours for a first time builder.
Also allows you to get beefier pc for less.

Check out the pc building community on reddit at r/buildapc

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Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $129.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B350M GAMING PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $78.91 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $91.99 @ Amazon
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $162.06 @ Amazon
Case Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.92 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $647.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-12-02 21:09 EST-0500

Try starting out here. This thing while budget friendly can play current titles as well as play eve with a ton of clients.

But ask around on the sub reddit, they love helping answer questions.


When your computer suddenly starts to be slower gamewise, without any updates hinting at increased use of horsepower, then you shouldn’t buy a new computer, but instead figure out what’s going on. Computers do not slow down magically all by themselves, there must be a reason for this.


Hope this can help to inform and form opinion on your purchase before you spend your money.

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id go to a computer store, no not best buy or walmart but a legit place that knows a bunch about gameing computers, and talk to them about your situation and ask them if it will be cheaper to upgrade your current system or cheaper to just buy a new computer.


Yeah. Hands off discount-PCs. Go to a usefull specialist store or build it yourself out of parts. At least at that point you know whose fault it is.

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Guaranteed its not your computer. I run Eve on a super old computer that is over 13 years old still and it works fine. Its not top shelf like my newest build but itll do the job.

Yellow Parasol likely has it right computers dont do that just cuz, especially with an older game like Eve.

That being said it often is an easier route to buy new, but as for hardware and such even a 6 year old computer is more than adequate and you shouldnt have too.

Good luck shopping though. Lots of nifty stuff to buy and consider.

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Clickbait is the devil. Don’t do it on the forums.

Also, moved your thread to Out of Pod Experience.

Sorry to hear about your rig - there are fewer day to day issues more annoying than a borked PC :frowning:

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I would also say build it yourself, in the long run you will save money and it will last longer…

Now my machine is not fast but it does me…

I have always gone for AMD and at the moment i have a AMD Phenom II X4 965 running at 3.4mhz
Motherboard at the moment is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 yes it is not the latest board but it does me
Memory is DDR3 with 8gb i want to upgrade this to 16gb but i am not in a rush lol
Video card is also a bit out of date but you don’t need the latest I have a MSI Nvida GTX 760 with 2gb Ram

Defiantly get a SSD adds more speed to your startup and programs/games run faster. I also have a 3Gb normal SATA drive which i use for storage.

There are so many cases out there, all you got to remember is allow plenty of space for upgrade and make sure you have good airflow, my case has 5 fans now you could go for Water cooled but you don’t have to…

Anyway Good luck its fun building your own!

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I agree with the build your own crowd. Its actually really easy. Every part can only fit one way. The only two to be certain that are being installed correctly are the processor and memory. Line up the slots on the memory and the dots on the proc. Everything will go smooth. Even installing OS’s is a breeze these days.


I appreciate the responses and links to some videos. I’m probably just going to go to a computer store. When you all talk about building my own and what parts you have in yours, well… I don’t understand any of it. It’s a foreign language to me basically. I will take the minimum requirements a pc needs to run eve and tell what ever computer store I go to I need better than that. I work way too much and with family I don’t have the time to figure out how to build my own pc. I’d rather just go buy something, plug it in, and play. Much simpler to me. So computer store it is.

As far as figuring out whats wrong with my computer… I’ve done everything I can figure out via the internet. Such as factory reset and wiped it clean, paid for driver updates, virus/malware scanners/protection and messing with settings to get every thing to run for the best performance. Something happened to it on Thanksgiving after my daughter was playing minecraft and havent been able to get it to run Eve or minecraft properly since.

I’ve been wanting a new computer for a while anyway, this just gives me a reason to go buy one. So yea, I’ll go to some local computer stores and lets those that do this kind of thing for a living sell me something.

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Meet them half-way: you select the components, and they build it. My guys only knock off 30 USD if I offer to build it myself, and I don’t want to risk dropping the GPU onto the motherboard or something. Let them sit through the windows installation (although the bastards never do service packs, or set things like the clock sync properly, so check that sort of thing).

Picking out your own components is fun.

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