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Can this computer run games like BF3 or Guild Wars 2?

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October 2, 2012 12:55:38 PM

I'm new, i want to build a gaming computer that is less the $700 maximum.

Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+ ($65)

CPU

AMD FX-6100 ($120)

RAM

Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3 (1333 Mhz) ($20)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1GB) ($110)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($55)

Optical Drive

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer ($18)

Case

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ($40)

Power Supply

Cooler Master Elite Series 460 Watts ($25)


Total Cost: $453 (USD)
October 2, 2012 1:30:34 PM

will it run those games? yes it will. will they run well or look pretty? no
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October 2, 2012 1:35:24 PM

AntiZig said:
will it run those games? yes it will. will they run well or look pretty? no

is there anything i can do to make this much better? my cap is $700. I want to keep this as low as possible. I'm sorry I'm such a noob, I'm still learning on building a desktop.
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October 2, 2012 2:02:57 PM

Go with Intel for CPU and AMD for graphics?

My old core2duo 8400 and 6850 played BL2 and Diablo3 fine at 1080p
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October 2, 2012 2:39:39 PM

Get a ivy bridge i3 or i5 and a Radeon 7850 or better
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October 2, 2012 10:16:00 PM

You didn't list OS cost in your OP, so I didn't include it in this, but take a look:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.76 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $613.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 2, 2012 10:32:33 PM

Hi :) 

You need to spend at least DOUBLE preferably TREBLE on the video card....that one is LOW END to say the least...

All the best Brett :) 
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October 3, 2012 1:11:20 AM

AntiZig said:
You didn't list OS cost in your OP, so I didn't include it in this, but take a look:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.76 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $613.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is awesome, thanks a lot. If you had a $700 ~ $800 budget to build a gaming computer, what would put in?
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October 3, 2012 1:58:03 PM

I'd step it up to 7870, because I game at 1920x1080 resolution, and if you still have enough money after that get an i5 instead of i3. That's all.

But don't forget that if you don't have a copy of win7 available, you need to factor in about $90-100 for OS cost.
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October 3, 2012 2:56:24 PM

Hi i made this build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $760.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It's a lot morefull than the one you made and also a pretty significant upgrade from the one made by AntiZig.Compared to yours it's about 2-3 times more powerfull and compared to his...Depending on the game 20-40%.
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October 3, 2012 3:56:59 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Hi i made this build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $760.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It's a lot morefull than the one you made and also a pretty significant upgrade from the one made by AntiZig.Compared to yours it's about 2-3 times more powerfull and compared to his...Depending on the game 20-40%.


A Good solid build! worth the extra money!
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October 3, 2012 4:47:18 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Hi i made this build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $760.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It's a lot morefull than the one you made and also a pretty significant upgrade from the one made by AntiZig.Compared to yours it's about 2-3 times more powerfull and compared to his...Depending on the game 20-40%.

Thanks a lot also! I love the input, very helpful. Will this be easy to build? are there anyways to make it better? Thanks once again. I'm really looking forward to build a gaming computer. Any advise btw?
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October 3, 2012 5:48:21 PM

I really don't get why people stick 750w PSUs into 400W rigs...

GW2 will benefit from i5 greatly, as I've already mentioned above. BF3 though, not so much.

But if he can spend more than $700, your build is obviously better.
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October 13, 2012 8:48:02 AM

Best answer selected by gambitd.
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October 15, 2012 6:50:05 PM

Uhm sorry im so late to answer but ok ill try making th build a bit better.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($165.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.75 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $779.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

As you've probably noticed there was a serious shortage of HD 7870's which caused their price to rise by about 25 dolars so i switched the card with a faster model which is also a bit more expensive.The prices on Intel's core i5 processors also rose a bit so i tried to keep the costs down and switched the CPU to a slightly slower model (this will NOT have any negative effect on the PC's gaming performance).
I also switched the power supply to the Antec High Current Gamer 750W as it's an amazing power supply.It does not feature a modualr design, but under load it can provide up to 1000W power!

And to AntiZig the reason i included this power supply is because power supplies age very well so if he buys a good one now he shouldn't need to buy another one when he builds a new PC.

But yeah if you don't really care about future proofing you can go with this one instead.It packs plenty of power for a fair price.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-neoeco5...

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