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would this be a good build for gaming?wow, splinter cell blacklist, bf3
bottleneck? 2-core or change to 4-core?

CPU: i3-3240 dual-core
Motherboard: Gigabyte H61M-S2PV
Memory: 1x 8GB DDR3-1600 CL10
Storage: SanDisk Ultra plus 64GB
Video Card: GTX 670 2GB GIGABYTE
Case: Antec GX700
Power Supply: Corsair CX500
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S224BB DVD RW
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  1. I'd get an i5 and something like a GTX 760/660 Ti instead. You're gonna want more processing power than an i3.

    EDIT: totally agree with other posters, you want 2 sticks of RAM to take advantage of dual channel, for sure. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226249
  2. change to i5-4570
    ge 2x4gb memory

    hd 7950 are cheap right now
  3. change to i5-4570
    ge 2x4gb memory

    hd 7950 are cheap right now
  4. Couple things:
    i3 has a higher performance per clock than an FX proc but its just not something I like to recommend due to system overhead and other things that require being run such as firewalls/anti virus/anything extra you might have running in the background. Though I might be wrong on this and its mostly person preference as to whether grab an i3 or an FX proc at the same price level.

    Motherboard: With an H61 you either are not going to be able to run an ivy proc or you would need a board with a bios capable of running them and hope its already updated when you get it as you can't run a bios update without a cpu in it.

    I'd just drop the SSD, 64gb isn't able hold much at all and as you get down into those 64gb drives the price to performance ratio is really bad not to mention they don't perform THAT much better than a conventional hdd to make it worth it.

    I'd try and pick up 2x4gb so you get the benefits of dual channel ram

    Might think about dropping down to a lower priced card so you can pick up better parts overall (better mobo and cpu mostly)

    No reason to grab a 670 and an i3 as in wow and BF3 (don't know about splinter cell) the i3 will bottleneck things pretty hard.
  5. +1 to the 7950 idea. I just got this thing when it was at $200 and I love it http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R795WF3-3GD/dp/B007581QHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379975328&sr=8-1&keywords=gigabyte+7950

    Also, I sincerely hope you plan on getting more storage than that. You'll fit your OS, and that's about it on 64GB
  6. can i use an extenral drive 1TB and make it work only with a 64gb internal drive?
  7. magicnumber69 said:
    can i use an extenral drive 1TB and make it work only with a 64gb internal drive?


    Uhm yes, you might have trouble installing games to the external, I've never tried that. But at worst you can just take the drive out of the enclosure and use it as an internal drive. If you do that you might need to get a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter depending on drive size.
  8. i have tried playing wow on the external and it worked but don't know what problems may occur on the long term...
  9. magicnumber69 said:
    i have tried playing wow on the external and it worked but don't know what problems may occur on the long term...


    Nothing really.
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