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First time builder looking for opinions if my build is good for gaming

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July 6, 2013 12:37:46 AM

This is my first build so any suggestions or help would be good. Just wondering if this will be able to play games like battlefield 3 at high settings, and if it will play rome total war 2 that is set to come out later this year.

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July 6, 2013 1:05:56 AM

Let me ask you a few questions if I may. What is your current budget looking at. Also I know you probably didn't mean to do this but you put a 200mm fan in your build when your case does not support it.
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July 6, 2013 1:21:28 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Let me ask you a few questions if I may. What is your current budget looking at. Also I know you probably didn't mean to do this but you put a 200mm fan in your build when your case does not support it.


Sorry about the 200 mm fan accident but i would say my budget is around $850
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July 6, 2013 1:30:20 AM

kennykop said:
This is my first build so any suggestions or help would be good. Just wondering if this will be able to play games like battlefield 3 at high settings, and if it will play rome total war 2 that is set to come out later this year.

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This should be a good build.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dLlP
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July 6, 2013 1:37:10 AM

Thank you!
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July 6, 2013 1:57:33 AM

Here is a haswell build if you find yourself able to pay a little extra.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G300 Wired Optical Mouse ($31.08 @ Amazon)
Total: $857.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 04:57 EDT-0400)
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July 6, 2013 2:45:42 AM

Better get this build. Better graphics card, better case, better PSU and a little inferior CPU
But if you are not into Video Editing, Software Compiling and other CPU Intensive tasks you won't ever notice the difference. If gaming is what you mostly to do and you are not into Video Editing kind of stuff then nothing can beat this build for the price.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $829.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 05:43 EDT-0400)

And considering that you want a build for gaming, then definitely go for this one. I am sure that you will like it. :D 
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July 6, 2013 3:00:59 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
Better get this build. Better graphics card, better case, better PSU and a little inferior CPU
But if you are not into Video Editing, Software Compiling and other CPU Intensive tasks you won't ever notice the difference. If gaming is what you mostly to do and you are not into Video Editing kind of stuff then nothing can beat this build for the price.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $829.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 05:43 EDT-0400)

And considering that you want a build for gaming, then definitely go for this one. I am sure that you will like it. :D 


You only changed items didn't deduct things that mattered.

Firstly again he doesn't need a 200mm fan. Secondly he doesn't need a 750 watt power supply. Thirdly the i5 4670k and 3570k are pretty far ahead of the 6300.
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July 6, 2013 3:57:45 AM

****** Ignore this post, this came off as an accidental repeat. ********
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July 6, 2013 4:18:46 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
Better get this build. Better graphics card, better case, better PSU and a little inferior CPU
But if you are not into Video Editing, Software Compiling and other CPU Intensive tasks you won't ever notice the difference. If gaming is what you mostly to do and you are not into Video Editing kind of stuff then nothing can beat this build for the price.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.20 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $829.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 05:43 EDT-0400)

And considering that you want a build for gaming, then definitely go for this one. I am sure that you will like it. :D 


You only changed items didn't deduct things that mattered.

Firstly again he doesn't need a 200mm fan. Secondly he doesn't need a 750 watt power supply. Thirdly the i5 4670k and 3570k are pretty far ahead of the 6300.


Deduct things that matter? GPU matters more in gaming than the CPU. If he thinks it is problem then he can go for the 8320, no problem. But the 6300 is a damn fine CPU for gaming and other general stuff when a person is not into much CPU intensive tasks like Video Editing and other stuff. And it will not bottleneck a 7970 for sure. It might but that would not be much.

The thing that matters the most for gaming is the FPS. The end result would be much better FPS than the i5 + 760 combo.

Okay, so he does not need a 200mm fan. So he can change things very easily. Sure, get two 120 mm fans. Is that in any way a problem??

He does not need a 750W PSU. Okay he does not but when such a good power supply available for so cheap then why not go for it. Having extra wattage is never a bad thing. It ensures better efficiency in most cases and also ensures more space the upgrade in the future so no problem here.

Ofcourse, the i5's are far ahead, but we are talking gaming here, so CPU does not hold much in there. The GPU surely does.

Anyways, i am giving him another option. Change the CPU to 8320 and the GPU to 7950, it would be similar performance if you want a better CPU for almost the same price. Now no problem at all.
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July 6, 2013 12:54:17 PM

Considering the games that he after playing it makes more sense for him to get a i5 rather then a 6300 because a AMD 7970 is overkill for the games that he is after playing. If you were going to go with a AMD graphics card sure you could go with something like a 7950 which is bit cheaper and be fine or the 760 he wanted originally is between the 660Ti and the 670.
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July 6, 2013 11:35:58 PM

Thanks to everyone sorry didn't mean to start an argument
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July 7, 2013 1:50:54 PM

kennykop said:
Thanks to everyone sorry didn't mean to start an argument


Nono! Yea I wasn't meaning for one either. I just wanted to make sure that there was actually something being contributed. I feel that the only thing really changed was the graphics card and the motherboard and cpu from the other build without taking note of the other comments in the thread. I wanted you to get the best help you could.
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