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November 7, 2011 9:56:21 PM

Hello, I want to have a PC that can run Battlefield 3 or Crysis on max settings smoothly with 1600x900 resolution. Are these parts good enough or more than enough? I would prefer that the price is $700 or under. Luckily, I already have an HDD and ODD, so I wont be needing those.

Case: NZXT Gamma
Motherboard: Biostar A870
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
RAM: G. Skill Value 4GB
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X
SSD: OCZ Onyx 32GB
PSU: Raidmax 730W PSU

Is there any part that needs to be changed or that can be cheaper? Thank you.

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2011 11:09:14 PM

Much better power supply
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the phenom 955 instead . Same part clocked a little lower and easy to reset to 965 speed or above . Its a small saving , but it is a saving

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is a much better motherboard and will be able to be upgraded , so though it costs more now it may save you later on .

This
HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB $150 [after rebate ] will perform identically
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using one 4 gig stick of RAM instead of 2 x2 gig cuts the size of the pipeline to the RAM in half and will kill performance
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 7, 2011 11:34:28 PM

The reason why I chose the 965 instead of the 955 is because the 965 on Amazon is actually cheaper than the 955 on Newegg. Also, I've been thinking about the SSD. Do I really need it? I know it increases boot time by a lot, but is it really worth the extra $55?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 1:10:48 AM

Its also only 32 gig so all you'd be able to install would be windows and BF3 .

I assumed you'd use the pc for nothing else .

Id rather have the motherboard I suggested and a mechanical hard drive than such a limited SSD .
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 1:15:38 AM

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November 8, 2011 2:24:27 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. I have one last question. Is there a better case than the one I chose that doesn't cost that much?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 2:46:36 AM

You dont really want to go cheaper then that then you just start getting crappy quality
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November 8, 2011 3:00:28 AM

Emelth said:
You dont really want to go cheaper then that then you just start getting crappy quality

Oh, I didn't say it can't be a higher price than the Gamma. As long as it's under $70, it's fine.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 3:06:38 AM

ah got plenty of them then, Roswell got a $49 and $59 that you should look at
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 8, 2011 4:32:12 AM

The Antec 300 is a little more expensive but is a quality case with great cooling

Likewise the coolermaster HAF 912

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November 8, 2011 5:12:32 AM

Rosewill, Antec, and Cooler Master all have nice looking cases with great airflow for $70 and under.

I would second the CoolerMaster HAF 912, it's a beastly case, my original choice for my build, but I wanted something $50 at most.
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