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April 17, 2013 7:59:24 PM

Hi everyone. I am new here and need some advice. Ive been playing games on consoles for as long as I can remember. However, everytime I see PC footage of the gameplay, it looks so much better. I want to buy a prebuilt gaming rig or all the components (CPU, RAM, MOBO, etc.) whichever is cheaper. My question is can anyone please recommend a prebuilt pc or some Mobo, graphic card, ram, cpu combos that will run Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, and some newer games that has yet to be released? Thank You all for taking time and helping me. I can work with about 600 - 800 dollars. Or is it worth upgrading my system I have now? (I think my current PC is on the weak side haha). Here is the specs to my current system.

AMD Phenom II X3 705e Processor
4 GB DDR2 Ram
Nvidia Geforce 210 512 mb
Biostar Mobo old geforce 8100 chipset (CRAP I KNOW)
a b 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 8:32:56 PM

How are these?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $761.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 17, 2013 9:07:02 PM

ksham said:
How are these?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $761.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks for your response. That CPU is Dual Core? I thought maybe a multi core would be a littler better? It there something special about that CPU. Sorry for being a noob.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 9:09:14 PM

Dual Core is multi-core.
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April 17, 2013 9:21:06 PM

ksham said:
Dual Core is multi-core.


Yes but I meant maybe like a Quad Core? Is that Dual Core Comparable or better than some AMD Quad Cores? As for the PSU I already have an ANTEC 520W. I guess that PSU is good enough.
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 9:29:32 PM

ksham said:
How are these?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $761.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


These are a mess. Why would you ever pair an APU with a strong GPU. These should be changed to fx-6300. APUs are built for low budget systems with no dedicated graphics card. They will bottleneck high end GPUs.
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 9:38:34 PM

For BF3 and BF4 you want to be looking at something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($235.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $770.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 00:38 EDT-0400)

BF games are very CPU intensive. The AUP's above will not do. Its a 4-core use game. The i5 is king here. The 7870xt will also have no problem with max settings. This is the system to get.
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April 17, 2013 9:44:14 PM

tiny voices said:
ksham said:
How are these?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $761.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.24 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


These are a mess. Why would you ever pair an APU with a strong GPU. These should be changed to fx-6300. APUs are built for low budget systems with no dedicated graphics card. They will bottleneck high end GPUs.


Ahhh I see CPU and GPU together on one die. So Intel is definitely the way to go for best performance huh? And the build you recommended seems very good. The CD/DVD drive is not necessary I have a sata DVD Drive already. Do you think a SSD would be better or I wont really see a difference with that 1TB drive?
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 9:46:21 PM

Take a look at the build I posted. It is more geared towards what you want the system to do.
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April 17, 2013 9:52:50 PM

tiny voices said:
Take a look at the build I posted. It is more geared towards what you want the system to do.


So Intel is definitely the way to go for best performance huh? And the build you recommended seems very good. The CD/DVD drive is not necessary I have a sata DVD Drive already. Do you think a SSD would be better or I wont really see a difference with that 1TB drive?
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 9:55:27 PM

In gaming? No difference at all. Load screens will be faster when playing offline, computer will boot up faster, programs will launch a bit faster. But, no, no gaming performance increase at all from an SSD.

For a game like BF3 yes, an i5 is the way to go for sure. I don't know what that other guy was trying to do. Those CPU's are meant for very low budget builds with no dedicated graphics card at all. They would struggle HARD with BF3.
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April 17, 2013 10:21:55 PM

tiny voices said:
In gaming? No difference at all. Load screens will be faster when playing offline, computer will boot up faster, programs will launch a bit faster. But, no, no gaming performance increase at all from an SSD.

For a game like BF3 yes, an i5 is the way to go for sure. I don't know what that other guy was trying to do. Those CPU's are meant for very low budget builds with no dedicated graphics card at all. They would struggle HARD with BF3.


Ok thanks. I appreciate your help. I definitely will buy these parts this weekend. One last question, is the 550W PSU necessary for this build? I already have a 520W ANTEC
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 17, 2013 10:27:42 PM

Your PSU should work just fine as long as it has 2 PCI 6-pin connectors for the GPU.
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April 18, 2013 4:23:36 PM

tiny voices said:
Your PSU should work just fine as long as it has 2 PCI 6-pin connectors for the GPU.


Thanks yes it does. I appreciate the help. Will be ordering these this weekend.
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 18, 2013 4:27:13 PM

Always glad to be able to help.
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April 19, 2013 12:28:55 PM

tiny voices said:
Always glad to be able to help.


Hey. One more question. I was talking to my friend and showed him the build you suggested. He said it was fine but he suggested to save a little more money, I could maybe go with a top line AMD board and CPU. What do you think? Will it be a huge performance drop from using intel. If not what AMD build would you recommend (if you do recommend a AMD build for gaming)?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 12:33:54 PM

The build tiny voices posted is very solid. I'd stick with it.
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a c 436 4 Gaming
April 19, 2013 3:56:16 PM

Getting an AMD 8350 will cost as much or more as this i5. Just stick with my build.
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