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need help to choose parts for budget gaming pc.

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April 6, 2013 12:04:47 PM

hi, im new here. recently im planning to build a mid level gaming pc. i have chosen the following components for my build. can anyone please check if everything is ok or i need to change anything..

processor - Intel 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Core i5 3550 Processor
cabinet - BitFenix Merc Alpha
gpu - Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
optical drive - HP dvd1260i DVD Burner Internal Optical Drive
hdd - Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST31000524AS)
psu - Corsair VS550 550 Watt PSU
ram - G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 2 GB (2 x 2 GB) PC RAM (F3-10666CL9S-2GBXL)
motherboard - Intel DH61HO Motherboard (Intel H61 Chipset)

thank you :) 
April 6, 2013 12:32:55 PM

hmm better take the i5 3570k, it costs almost the same as a 3550 but has better performances...
and i would go for an Asus motherboard with a different chipset...Z77 :) 
all the other parts looks ok :D 
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April 6, 2013 6:15:21 PM

Those components are good and will game decently if you don't want to overclock your CPU or crossfire your graphics card. I personally don't have an overclockable CPU nor do I crossfire and I don't find problems running games on decent settings (on 1080p res.).

I would go for a B75 or H77 motherboard instead of that H61 as it is previous generation. You'll only spend $5-$10 or so more, anyway.

If you want to overclock, buy an i5 3570K with a Z77 motherboard. If you want to crossfire in the future consider a 700W PSU (that's 80+ certified, of course).

In summary, your PC build is great with the motherboard as an exception. You'd play most games on high on 1080p at 50+ FPS.
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