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July 17, 2013 3:19:46 PM

So, not having much knowledge on PCs, would this PC be decent for gaming?
I am also on a budget of $590 - $400

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Help and advice would be awesome! :D 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 3:24:26 PM

Build your own.

That PC has a pretty poor CPU, and the GPU is awful. It would probably play BF3 on low settings, at 720p - which is rubbish.

For the same price, you could build a PC that would run BF3 on medium or high settings, at 1080p resolution.
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July 17, 2013 3:26:10 PM

JRAtk94 said:
Build your own.

That PC has a pretty poor CPU, and the GPU is awful. It would probably play BF3 on low settings, at 720p - which is rubbish.

For the same price, you could build a PC that would run BF3 on medium or high settings, at 1080p resolution.


Can you recommend some parts? I'm new to this. :??: 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 3:36:08 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $596.46

6$ over your budget, but absolutely miles better than that CyberPower PC.

If you want evidence, check these comparisons:-
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-vs-AMD-FX-...
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7770-vs-GeForce-GT-61...

The CPU I've included is around 10% better than the CPU in the CyberPower.
However, the GPU I've included is at least 5 times more powerful than the one in the CyberPower.
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July 17, 2013 3:41:01 PM

JRAtk94 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $596.46

6$ over your budget, but absolutely miles better than that CyberPower PC.

If you want evidence, check these comparisons:-
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965-vs-AMD-FX-...
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7770-vs-GeForce-GT-61...


Wow! Thanks! What kind of games will this build be able to run?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 3:43:07 PM

BF3 on high settings (No or low AA) @ 1080p resolution.
Metro Last Light on medium settings @ 1080p resolution.
Skyrim on high or ultra settings @ 1080p resolution.
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July 17, 2013 3:44:33 PM

JRAtk94 said:
BF3 on high settings (No or low AA) @ 1080p resolution.
Metro Last Light on medium settings @ 1080p resolution.
Skyrim on high or ultra settings @ 1080p resolution.


Cool, is GTA 4 able to run?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 3:45:04 PM

Yes, it'll run GTA 4 easily :) 
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July 17, 2013 3:48:31 PM

JRAtk94 said:
Yes, it'll run GTA 4 easily :) 


Thanks, how do you close this thread?
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