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April 20, 2013 1:32:39 PM

I've been looking to upgrade my PC for a while and have budgeted for around £500, but I have some wiggle room on that. I want something that will be able to run something like BF3, DayZ, the new company of heroes game. So with tha in mind my local indy computer shop has offered the following for around £450:

Quad Core AMD 5800k Black
FM2 A55M
8G Ram
1Tb HDD
24 x DVD RW
Vantage Case
850 PSU
Windows 8
AMD HD 6670 2 Gb Asus Card

Is it worth it? Will it run the things I wont it to?

Appreciate all help in advance.

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April 20, 2013 1:42:19 PM
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The 6670 will run BF3 at barely serviceable rates (30FPS @ 1650x1050, High Preset) and the 5800K isn't the best choice for DayZ either.

My recommendations:
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: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($175.38 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $703.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 16:41 EDT-0400)

Edit: I didn't include the case, because PCPartPicker doesn't have any listing for a "Vantage" case. Try not to cheap out on the case though, since they can last you through multiple builds. Anything less than $40/£25 tends to be crap.
April 20, 2013 1:42:58 PM

Hi yeah you won't be running BF3 nicely with the 6670. Try get the GTX 650Ti or GTX 650Ti Boost if you have enough money. The 6670 is reallyyyyy rubbish. Plus your 850W power supply is overkill and you need a good branded power supply otherwise it'll just blow eventually.
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April 20, 2013 1:53:17 PM

The sum of the parts comes to about £450 so it would seem the value is there. The graphics card is a little on the weak side and if there's any one particular issue I might have it would be that. The make and model of the PSU would be good info since it is a critical part of the computer
April 20, 2013 1:54:39 PM

Thanks guys.
I thought the psu was on the high side, but the last time I did any thing with my PC was around 4 years ago and I'm seriously outta the loop.
April 20, 2013 1:56:59 PM

Monkeymanbob said:
Thanks guys.
I thought the psu was on the high side, but the last time I did any thing with my PC was around 4 years ago and I'm seriously outta the loop.


850W tends to be appropriate for a build with a top-tier graphics card, like a 7970 or 680. For a budget build like this one, it's hardly necessary, and as others have noted, it must be from a reputable brand (SeaSonic, Corsair, OCZ, Thermaltake to a lesser extent, and a few others) or else you risk some severe degradation over time.

C12Friedman said:
The sum of the parts comes to about £450 so it would seem the value is there.


Also, the sum of those parts most definitely does NOT add up to £450. It's more around £350...
April 20, 2013 2:02:16 PM

Change to a newer efficient Corsair Powersupply such as the 750CXM or even 650CXM. Also get a stronger GPU
April 20, 2013 2:08:07 PM

C12Friedman said:
xomm said:


Also, the sum of those parts most definitely does NOT add up to £450. It's more around £350...


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/RWOW


Ack, my bad. Didn't notice the OCZ PSU I put in was over 50% off...
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