Anyways. I have managed to scrape together around $350-400 for a desktop since my laptop won't play the game in all likelyhood. If I was in the beta I'd try it out but a dual core at 2GHz isn't likely to do it.
So, I was looking for a deal on CL and I found this used computer.
Now... the CPU is anemic but the motherboard looks like it can support a newer GPU like an GTX560ti which aren't that unreasonable if bought used ($160-180ish) and can overclock as far as I can tell.
So... I figure that if I can buy it and replace the CPU with a phenom ii x4 965 or get lucky and grab something better off ebay I should have something decent for $400 since I can get a copy of Win 7 x64 from the university for $20.
This of course depends on the power supply in the case which if it's low maybe I can sell the old CPU for $40 or something and maybe negotiate a lower price.
It won't be cutting edge or anything it should do the job and it's only a motherboard+CPU upgrade away from being pretty close to modern so when I scrape some more money together in a year or so I can upgrade to whatever is the best bang for buck at that time.
I also considered purchasing a used workstation with a dual CPU socket motherboard but only one CPU and upgrade the GPU and later add more Xeon CPUs since they seem to be reasonably priced and I do 6-10 solidworks projects a year but I can't really find any in my price range.
I am also open to suggestions on how to get better bang for my rather limited buck but remember I do need everything since I haven't had a desktop in over 6 years. Oh, and I will be going past a microcenter near the end of the month if that helps.
Thanks for your help.
Edited by Narcissistic Martyr, 03 July 2012 - 07:28 AM.