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Will this build be able to play games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on high settings?

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April 11, 2013 7:40:04 AM

I am new to all of this and would appreciate some help on choosing the best custom build for under $600 (not including a monitor and an OS). I would like to be able to play games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Crysis on higher settings. To give you an idea of where I stand performance wise, I am used to playing on console and would like to see better performance out of the game that I mentioned above. Will this be hard to attain? Now, I have been looking around the forums and other websites and have found mixed responses when it comes to the best budget build. Once again, the monitor and OS does not need to be included. I have a question on upgradability. Whatever the best build is for under $600, will I be able to upgrade that build in the future or will I run into compatibility issues? I would like to buy a decent performing PC now, but also continue to evolve it as technology improves. So here is the build I was looking at:
CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)

Ok, so this build actually falls around $450. My max is $600. So how would you go about improving this build with an extra $150 to spend. Or would you recommend something totally different. Remember, I would like to upgrade freely in the future. If I were come to a decision on a PC, I would not want to stuck with the same hardware for 5 years without a chance for upgrades.
April 11, 2013 7:47:49 AM

short answer, no
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April 11, 2013 7:54:44 AM

Two ways you can go with this for upgradeability:

1)Take the $150 you have left in the budget and sink it into a better video card and you'll be running on high with just about everything at a playable frame rate. Get an EVGA GTX 660ti Superclocked. Get an i5-3570 when you can.

2) Take the $150 you have left in the budget and get an i5-3570 processor now and pick up a better video card later.
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April 11, 2013 8:17:31 AM

You forgot RAM.

Your G processer will bottleneck, You probably want an I5 like the 2500k or so... add a compatable motherboard. The HD7850 would do, then add 8 GB of RAM and a 500w power supply


Hay you know, they did an artical on a $600 Gaming rig, it has skyrim and Battlfield benchmarks - use it as a guide line.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pc-gaming-overclock...


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April 11, 2013 8:21:14 AM

lolplanet and missopium, can you please elaborate?
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April 11, 2013 8:25:23 AM

So, if I were to step up my CPU, then will the build be able to do what I said? Or would I want to step up my GPU like ubercake said?
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April 11, 2013 8:28:23 AM



This article does really depict the processor bottleneck well. I'd say take option two from my suggestion above. Get the i5-3570 upfront. You won't need to overclock the better processor, but the K edition is overclockable, only $10 more and will give you better resale value at some point: i5-3570K.
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April 11, 2013 8:36:55 AM

Price wise the 3350P is the best purchase since a none "K" version or a motherboard other than Z75, Z77, Z68 or P67 will not allow overclock 0.3GHz going up to 3570 is not going to deliver 10% increase in gaming performance since that depends on the GPU as well. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
HD7850 is a very good mid range card and is fine for your build.
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April 11, 2013 8:38:07 AM

I am really liking the build featured in the article. Here it is:

CPU Intel Core i5-3350P (Ivy Bridge): 3.1 GHz Base Clock Rate, 3.3 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB Shared L3 Cache
$180
CPU Cooler Intel Boxed Heat Sink and Fan
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Motherboard ASRock Z75 Pro3: LGA 1155, Intel Z75 Express
$85
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $30
Graphics HIS H785F1G2M: Radeon HD 7850 1 GB
$165
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002: 500 GB, 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive
$60
Case Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 ATX Mid-Tower $34
Power Supply
Antec Neo Eco 400C 400 W $30
Optical Samsung DVD Burner 24x SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS $16

Will this be able to play Battlefield 4 and other future titles? Once again, if I needed to upgrade something to be able to run a game, will this build allow me to do so without any hassle? Thanks for the link.
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April 11, 2013 8:42:00 AM

That is a fine build and the only upgrade needed would be GPU and possibly PSU when doing so. If you can start with the HD7850 2GB then the better.
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April 11, 2013 9:09:46 AM

Will this build be able to run Bioshock Infinite?
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April 11, 2013 10:47:00 AM

The bigest future upgrade would be the video card, in that case you may need a 500 or 600 W power supply.
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April 11, 2013 2:19:41 PM

IrishJibber said:
Will this build be able to run Bioshock Infinite?


Yes!
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April 11, 2013 7:02:35 PM

That case is OK for the price.
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April 13, 2013 6:14:05 AM

I am wondering. Would it be better to buy the Radeon HD 7870 with my build. I would like this build to outperform the PS4. Is a 7850 sufficient enough or do you think I would have to upgrade when the PS4 comes out? I haven't found any baseline specs for next gen console yet. That's why I am asking.
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April 13, 2013 8:30:50 AM

If you get the HD7870 then you simply have a better gaming system. Comparing consoles and PC never works at least with PC´s you can upgrade.
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April 13, 2013 12:33:16 PM

I think that I be better off waiting until the PS4 hits the shelves, then upgrading to a 7970 when I have enough funds.
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