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First gaming PC and what I need

Hey I was just looking for some advice on my first gaming PC. I have all the parts, which will be listed, but don't know if they will be good enough. Right now i just want a PC with the maximum capabilities to run BF3 on Ultra settings which seems to be a good mile stone. I just want to know if there is anything I need to add or if there are better choices. I do kinda have a budget I really don't want to go to much over the price that is goes with the parts that I have in the list.

CPU Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $200.98

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $32.99

Memory Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $88.50

Storage Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $75.24

Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $179.99

Case Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case $40.98

Power Supply Corsair RM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99

Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.98

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    2nd generation i5 is dead, better take haswell i5 4440 $195
    motherboard: at least b85 chipset $75
    that psu it's expensive, better a 500w corsair cx500 at $50
  2. Why the i5 2400? Its already a few years old.

    What's your total budget? Do you already have windows?
  3. BF3 is an older game. The 7870 will probably be fine on the highest settings at 1920x1080.
    Far Cry 3 has been around for a while too, but the Ultra preset will make the 7870 struggle.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/far-cry-3-performance-benchmark,3379-6.html
    It's not always necessary to choose the highest settings anyway, often "High" or "Very High" looks almost as good.

    Your choice of power supply is a bit low for this system, but a good choice of model.
    Choose a 500W power supply or higher for this system if you can.
    The Corsair RM 550W would be perfect.
    The CX models are not as good.
  4. Thanks for the feedback. The reason I chose BF3 is because I don't really want a PC to run the newest games because that would be to expensive and I thought it would be good for my first PC seeing how I am still learning. About the power supply the CX 500W is more in my price range then the RM 550W but and you guys said that it would be good if I got a 500W so I think that I will be going with the CX. My price range would be 700 or below but if I have to go over I will but not by that much. And thanks again for the feedback
  5. Juicstice said:
    Thanks for the feedback. The reason I chose BF3 is because I don't really want a PC to run the newest games because that would be to expensive and I thought it would be good for my first PC seeing how I am still learning. About the power supply the CX 500W is more in my price range then the RM 550W but and you guys said that it would be good if I got a 500W so I think that I will be going with the CX. My price range would be 700 or below but if I have to go over I will but not by that much. And thanks again for the feedback


    See what you can get an Antec HCG-520 power supply for. Only bronze rated but better than the Corsair CX series.
  6. I've found a pretty favourable review for the CX series.
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/corsair-builder-series-modular-cx600m-psu-review/
    I guess they are better than some of Corsair's budget supplies in the past.
    Based on that, I think the CX-500 would be fine.
  7. What kind of cpu should I get if the i5 2400 is lacking. The haswell i5 4440 is not compatible with the build that I have
  8. Juicstice said:
    What kind of cpu should I get if the i5 2400 is lacking. The haswell i5 4440 is not compatible with the build that I have


    Don't think that the i5-2400 is bad, it's just a couple generations behind.
    Core i5-2XXX is sandy bridge
    Core i5-3XXX is ivy bridge
    Core i5-4XXX is haswell

    The RAM you have chosen will work with any of these.
    The motherboard you have chosen is socket 1155 and will support core i5-2XXX or i5-3XXX.
    Haswell requires a socket 1150 motherboard, so you need to change you motherboard to support core i5-4XXX.
  9. So this is the list that I have now is there still anything that would make the price go down with out it losing anything major. The price did go down so thanks this really helped a lot.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $189.98


    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $72.99

    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $88.50

    Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

    Video Card : XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $179.99

    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case $40.98

    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99

    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.98
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