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Is this i3-2105 rig good for gaming? ($400 budget, 1st time builder)

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November 30, 2011 9:51:45 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm just wondering if this is a good initial build for gaming. I'm planning on using it for that new Star Wars MMO coming out next month.

My gaming PC build:
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Case: NZXT Source 210 -Inches ELITE-Inches Midtower Case with 3.0 USB - White
$49.99

Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-430CXV2
$44.99

RAM: Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
$24.99

Intel Core I3-2105 Processor
$134.99

ASRock LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard, Z68 PRO3-M
$109.99


I spent most of my cash on Black Friday sales, so for now I am just going to use the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics temporarily (1 month max) until I can afford a high end card. As for the harddrive I'm going to transfer my harddrive that has Windows 7 installed from my netbook to this build to save money... I also have an external DVD Drive I can use. :)  That said, everything I listed equals out to $364.95 with free shipping via Amazon.

Any tips, upgrades, advice is appreciated since this will be my first PC I've ever built. So I'm a little afraid of ordering parts that aren't compatible with each other, which in turn causes me to miss the first day of Star Wars: The Old Republic, lol. Oh, silly nerd woes :lol: 
November 30, 2011 10:03:00 PM

Doesn't the netbook only have windows 7 starter? Not only that but when you put it in your new rig your windows won't load since the motherboard is different. I also don't think your netbook came with a windows disk so you can reformat and reinstall windows.
November 30, 2011 10:28:03 PM

Oh actually I installed Windows 7 myself- I have the CD and everything
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December 1, 2011 1:53:04 PM

If you purchased the Windows license yourself you should be good to go. If it's the OEM version you might have to call microsoft to allow it on another computer something to the effect of my computer this was on is no longer working and I'd like to put it on my new built computer.
Honestly you aren't going to be doing much gaming on HD3000 especially new titles, even at 720p they can be laggy. I would save the 10 bucks and get the I3-2100. Then over the next month or so save another 90-130 bucks and get either an HD6770 of HD6850 graphics card to plug in depending on your budget constraints. You won't be using the HD2000/3000 graphics with a dedicated video card anyway.
December 1, 2011 2:06:21 PM

Processor is fine for mid-range and lower gaming, and if you are REALLY serious about a budget.... Here's the best deal for mid-range/low end gaming. ------ http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

256 bit version of the 9600 GT card. You can run things like the call of duty series and TF2 etc etc on it. My brother can run BFBC2 at medium settings with it on 1024 resolution just fine. Dont expect to run BF3 or Skyrim on it though.
December 1, 2011 2:08:37 PM

correction, it is a 128 bit card. It does seem to be on par with the 6750 though, in my experience, and for way less money.
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December 1, 2011 3:16:17 PM

Hell all that you've listed looks decent for low budget rig. As suggested above, if HD3000 doesn't get you to where you want, cheap $20 GPU might get you through several months. Otherwise, you get a good GPU and you'd be all set.

good lucks. PS> I'd recommend to do some research on whether you'd need extra cables. and did you include thermal compound?
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