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January 1, 2014 2:18:57 PM

I have choosen some parts for a pc that I want to build for casual gaming like CODmw3 or Assasins Creed etc, with potential for upgrading and I wanted to ask if they are reliable and ok for what I want them: (Case and optical drive are not included)

Corsair Builder Series CX600 600W PSU 80+ Bronze
Core i3-4130 (3.4GHz,3mb) CPU
Gigabyte B85-HD3 Motherboard
Corsair DDR3 8GB (2x4)Kit 1600MHz Vengeance RAM
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1ΤB HDD

1) I will not put a graphics card right now but it is a future plan. Could these things play games in medium settings or I need to upgrade CPU?
2) Is the power supply enough, or is it too much (I won't use crossfire)?

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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 2:29:59 PM

If you can afford an i5, go for one. The power supply isn't the best but it's good enough
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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:00:35 PM

For "casual" gaming, and especially if you're talking about games like these, that are not particularly system demanding, there is no real need for an i5. COD has used the same gaming engine since COD2. the i3 is more than powerful enough. Actually, for games like COD and Assassins creed, you could probably get away with no discrete graphics card at all and go with an AMD APU (which has better onboard graphics than the i3) and just call the system complete.

Power supply is actually overpowered for the purpose. You could get away with a Corsair CX-430 and add a moderate graphics card later. Something along the lines of a GTX 750, 760 or a Radeon equivilent. I've got a home server/HTPC with a Phenom II 975, and a Nvidia 550 TI in it with the Corsair CX430 in it.. Even that graphics card thats a couple generations old could max out MW3 pretty easily.
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