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  1. With apologies for resurrecting a dead thread... TL:DR; use a Radeon HD 7870 for this build. Avoid the Nvidia 7xx cards. I built another machine using an MSI GTX 760 instead of the Radeon HD 7870. Specs are roughly the same otherwise (will post shortly). The results for Shadow of the Tomb Raider were disappointing: at low graphics, 1080p, my average FPS was only 29 and my minimum was 13 FPS. I had to decrease the resolution on Shadow of the Tomb Raider to 720p, still at low graphics, to get my minimum FPS to 31. At these settings, the game was only 70% GPU bound. Cinebe
  2. RE the adapter, I know for my build, I needed 2x PCIE 6 pin power connectors for the video card. The workstation power supplies we're talking about usually have the 500 watts of power to run fancy video cards, but they may not include two 6 pin connectors. I actually have a Dell T3500 here that I'm using as a server, and the stock power supply pushes 525w but only includes one 6 pin PCIE power output, so I would need a Molex to PCIE adapter for the second PCIE six pin power output. Perhaps that's the adapter we're talking about?
  3. Benchmarks complete! Both ran successfully. The results aren't all that amazing, but that's not surprising given the age of the hardware. Time Spy Graphics Score: 1599 Time Spy CPU Score: 2273 Cinebench CPU Score: 893 Your GPUs did significantly better, though our similar CPUs look like they produced similar results.
  4. Nice! I hadn't thought of using workstations. They definitely support the Xeon CPUs and I am jealous of all the extra RAM slots. Plus, you wouldn't need to buy a power supply upgrade.
  5. Like the title says, I wanted to see if I could build a PC for $200 that would run Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p resolution. TL:DR; my upgraded Optiplex 390 runs the benchmark (on low settings of course) at an average of 42FPS with a floor of 33FPS. Success!!! Parts List and Prices Base PC: Dell Optiplex 390 Mini Tower - $52.50 on eBay CPU: Xeon E3-1225 at 3.1GHz (this is the gen 1 LGA1155 version) - $19 on eBay Motherboard: Dell M5dcd - included with base PC Case: Dell Optiplex 390 - included with base PC CPU Cooler: Stock Intel cooler - included wit