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October 27, 2011 7:49:16 AM

I am about to build a new gaming pc. im not a massive Pc gamer because i also have a ps3 and xbox 360. this system needs to be able to play the latest games (skyrim, BF3, etc).

Should a i buy an i3 2100 and spend a little more on a better graphics card or buy a i5 2300/2400 but have much worse graphics card.
cards i am looking are 6770, gts 450, gtx 460 or 5570.
unfortuantly i cant use 2 graphics cards on my mobo.

so the choices are:
1. i5 with either 5570 or might be able to strech to a gts 450.
2. i3 with possibley any of those graphics cards.

The whole system has a budget of £350-£400, this excludes the need for the monitor, windows 7, mouse and keyboard.

I will possibley try to play games in HD, i am not shore if this makes i difference.

So guys what is the best processor and graphics card for gaming, which i can afford?
Any suggestion for other graphic cards are wellcome (try keep them around £80 price point).

Thanks

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October 27, 2011 7:57:17 AM

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October 27, 2011 8:10:39 AM

i5-2400 or 2500, dont bother with the k if you arent unlocking.

Radeon HD 6670 that's the card, doesnt even require an additional pcie power supply. Or if you can stretch it Radeon HD 5770 (Radeon HD 6770) (Same card basically).

The 450 is a dog, meaning junk.
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October 27, 2011 10:26:00 AM

It sounds as though you already have a mobo - is that the case? What are you running?

The 450 isn't a dog, and is actually a great card if you need low noise/power/temperature - but the 5/6770 is significantly better and the 460 will stomp all over it.

If your budget is fixed I'd probably opt for the i3 2100 and 460, or maybe stretch to a 6850/6870. I know in Australia I can build a balanced 2100/6870 build for a bit under $600, or just under 400 pounds. Not sure what UK prices are like.

If you're interested, that build is essentially:
Antec 300 case
Antec Neo ECO 450/520 power supply
i3 2100
AsRock H61 U3S3
Sapphire 6870
4gb DDR3-1333
500gb Hdd
DVDRW

Bear in mind that either way you're not going to have a huge upgrade path, although you could fit a 2600 and 6950 (or equivalent) further down the line.
a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:37:11 AM

buy 2500k with gtx 460 this setup is fine for gamming if you are going for 2100 with fastest card then your cpu will be slower and later do sli gtx460 with 2500k.
October 27, 2011 10:41:22 AM

What's your resolution.
October 27, 2011 10:54:43 AM

1920 x 1080 maximum resolution, does this mean i can change it to a lower resolution if needed?
October 27, 2011 10:57:43 AM

romany8806 said:
It sounds as though you already have a mobo - is that the case? What are you running?

The 450 isn't a dog, and is actually a great card if you need low noise/power/temperature - but the 5/6770 is significantly better and the 460 will stomp all over it.

If your budget is fixed I'd probably opt for the i3 2100 and 460, or maybe stretch to a 6850/6870. I know in Australia I can build a balanced 2100/6870 build for a bit under $600, or just under 400 pounds. Not sure what UK prices are like.

If you're interested, that build is essentially:
Antec 300 case
Antec Neo ECO 450/520 power supply
i3 2100
AsRock H61 U3S3
Sapphire 6870
4gb DDR3-1333
500gb Hdd
DVDRW

Bear in mind that either way you're not going to have a huge upgrade path, although you could fit a 2600 and 6950 (or equivalent) further down the line.



Im planning on upgrading the future when i can afford it, but currently i dont have a pc and sort of need one.
i have just bought a i3 2100, because someone offered me a stupidy low price for it. what graphics card to go with it?

in the UK a PC the same as one you have shown me would cost £400 but with a 6770 instead of the 6870.
a c 79 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:59:18 AM

depending on your budget, a core i5 2400 + gtx 460 will be a powerful combo for a single card, non-oc setup.
both bf3 amd skyrim recommend a quad core cpu, 4 gb ram. bf3 recommends gtx 560/radeon hd 6950 or higher and skyrim recommends gtx 260/radeon hd 4890(for playing at high settings) or higher.
if you can't get the gtx 460, the radeon hd 6770 will suffice but 6850/70 will be better.
you'd need a good 80+ psu to power the gfx cards.
edit: just saw your last post, you can use any gfx card with the core i3, 6770 and gtx 460 both will go with it.
October 27, 2011 11:09:00 AM

de5_Roy said:
depending on your budget, a core i5 2400 + gtx 460 will be a powerful combo for a single card, non-oc setup.
both bf3 amd skyrim recommend a quad core cpu, 4 gb ram. bf3 recommends gtx 560/radeon hd 6950 or higher and skyrim recommends gtx 260/radeon hd 4890(for playing at high settings) or higher.
if you can't get the gtx 460, the radeon hd 6770 will suffice but 6850/70 will be better.
you'd need a good 80+ psu to power the gfx cards.
edit: just saw your last post, you can use any gfx card with the core i3, 6770 and gtx 460 both will go with it.



i cant afford to purchase anything more than a 6770. realistly will a 6770 be able comfortable play BF3 and skyrim with a i3 2100 on medium or high will no lag?
a c 79 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 11:44:30 AM

Quote:
MJWhelan
i cant afford to purchase anything more than a 6770. realistly will a 6770 be able comfortable play BF3 and skyrim with a i3 2100 on medium or high will no lag?

the hd 6770 should be able to deliver 'Good 1920x1200 performance in most games, some with lowered detail' according to the gfx card hierarchy article.
tbh without a performance analysis or info from people who have played the games(bf3 and skyrim) with similar settings, it's hard to tell. bf3 just came out and skyrim hasn't been released yet afaik.
with lowered settings you should be able to play both games since 6770 meets minimum requirements.
October 27, 2011 12:03:37 PM

de5_Roy said:
Quote:
MJWhelan
i cant afford to purchase anything more than a 6770. realistly will a 6770 be able comfortable play BF3 and skyrim with a i3 2100 on medium or high will no lag?

the hd 6770 should be able to deliver 'Good 1920x1200 performance in most games, some with lowered detail' according to the gfx card hierarchy article.
tbh without a performance analysis or info from people who have played the games(bf3 and skyrim) with similar settings, it's hard to tell. bf3 just came out and skyrim hasn't been released yet afaik.
with lowered settings you should be able to play both games since 6770 meets minimum requirements.


Well hopefully i will get decend frame rates on medium, i guess these are two of the most demanding games of the year.
a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 1:01:21 PM

If you wanted to play games in HD resolutions then go for a Core i5 2400, and Radeon HD 6870 or 6950.......

Happy Gaming...... :hello: 

October 28, 2011 9:17:49 AM

cutebeans said:
What's your resolution.


what will the performance be like on a 20" 1600x900?
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