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Is my new intel build good for playing games on medium-high settings?

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August 31, 2011 3:42:48 PM

Just figuring out my new build, this is what I have as an idea so far. I would like to play games in the medium to high range, so decent-good performance overall and upgrade over time. Specifically, I would like to upgrade to the i7 and Radeon HD 6990 in a few years, or the new Radeon HD 7xxx series when they are released. Here is my build.

Parts not needed: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Processor: Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core - $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TH67B LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 (Comes with free Shogun 2 game coupon) - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws series 4GB 240 Pin DDR3 1333 SDRAM - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $73.48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model
(Combo, see Hard Drive)

Case: Rosewill Challenger, Mid tower, 3 fans (1 top, 1 rear, 1 front), ATX/ Micro ATX Motherboard Support - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter: TP-Link up to 300Mbps, 802.11b/g/n - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight LCD Monitor - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - OEM - $12.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Shipping: $4.84

Total Cost: $656.23


So would this build work out for playing games in mid-high settings and be good for future upgradeability? Also, any way to get the price lower for equal performance?
August 31, 2011 3:57:37 PM

Monitor is a crappy one that has 1600x900 resolution. Spend more on your monitor because it's the one you'll have for years!
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August 31, 2011 3:59:00 PM

What monitor would you suggest than can run 1900x1080 resolution?
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August 31, 2011 4:02:14 PM

fallout3masseffect2 said:
What monitor would you suggest than can run 1900x1080 resolution?


Ideally an IPS Panel one, with FULL HD resolution (1920x1080) and quick response time!

ASUS ML239H Black 23" 5ms IPS Panel Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 (3,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But still searching, because that is ~ 1/3 of your budget
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August 31, 2011 4:02:22 PM

Apart from the MoBo all seems OK. I wouldn't get anything other than a Asus/Gigabyte/ASRock unit.

You could get a HD 6850 for a few bucks more.
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August 31, 2011 4:43:06 PM

@008Rohit , I saw an ASRock MoBo that was $75, pretty much the same exact thing as the Biostar one except the ASRock one sacrificed 2 channels of RAM for 2 USB 3.0 Ports. Think I should get that instead? It didn't get as good as good reviews as the Biostar one.

@michxymi , how's this monitor?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It got a 5 egg average, 21.5", 5ms response time, 1920x1080 recommended resolution
$120
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August 31, 2011 5:43:26 PM

Well, I haven't read any bad reviews of Biostar boards either. So you can try it for once. :) 
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August 31, 2011 8:33:53 PM

Yeah, I think I will. But for that, if I want 4GB of RAM, can I do one stick of 4GB, or do I need 2x2GB since it's dual channel?
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August 31, 2011 8:47:34 PM

i would go with 2x2gb just to be safe anyway
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September 1, 2011 3:59:46 AM

I'd go for 1x4 as you can add another 4 in future and they'll work in dual channel THEN.
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