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November 17, 2011 2:13:21 AM

Hello,
I'm building a rig for the first time and here are the parts which I intend to buy.

Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz
Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3-B3
Cosair XMS3 2x4GB 1333
Radeon HD 5570

Question is whether I can play recent games(Skyrim, AC:R, MW3. BF3) on mid or mid/high settings. And can I get better parts for the same price as these?

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November 17, 2011 2:24:11 AM

your processor, memory, and board will serve you well for gaming. But your graphics card is a weak choice. What resolution will you be gaming at? That makes all the difference. The HD 5570 will do fair to OK with mid-settings @ 1680x1050 and below. But the games you mentioned will need even more graphics horsepower.
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November 17, 2011 5:26:32 AM

Yes, I'll probably be playing at that resolution or lower than that cause my monitor isn't very big(It's square, not widescreen).
I know playing BF3 needs a good card but can't I even play AC:Revelations?
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November 17, 2011 5:39:43 AM

I would get a 6770 at the least with todays games. That 5570 won't last for 1 year. It's even weaker than my card which is 3 years old.

Drop your Ram to 4gb to be able to get the 6770. You don't need more than 4gb anyway.
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November 17, 2011 2:22:03 PM

Kanra said:
Yes, I'll probably be playing at that resolution or lower than that cause my monitor isn't very big(It's square, not widescreen).
I know playing BF3 needs a good card but can't I even play AC:Revelations?

Sure, you can play any of those games. Just not at very high resolutions. And with a minimal amount of eye candy turned on. If you try to use higher resolutions, your framerate will drop to where the games will be unplayable. I agree with cutebeans, use the savings in dropping your memory to 4GB, and put it towards a better card.

The higher the resolution (the more pixels and texels the card has to address), the more work the card is expected to do. Right-click on the Desktop and click on 'Screen resolution' to check what you are using.
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November 17, 2011 3:54:00 PM

What resolution is your monitor?

The weak part of that system is by far the gpu. But if you have a very low resolution, your just wasting your money buying anything more than what you picked, so, my suggestion would be to upgrade your monitor first.

22"/1920x1080 is the standard size. There is no more gratifying upgrade than a monitor, and they are pretty darn cheap, I saw a 24" LED LCD today for under $180. Just upgrading from a 19" to a 22" is like night and day. You'll be drooling at your desk for weeks, trust me.

I would also spend the extra $5 on the i3-2120, it's 200mhz faster. It may not be needed now, but if you plan on keeping your cpu a few years, that extra 200mhz will come in handy down the road when you pop in a big fat GTX600.
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November 17, 2011 4:37:53 PM

If a 1920x1080 monitor is too expensive for your budget, look into a 22" 1680x1050 monitor. You still get widescreen gaming (a must-have) without breaking the bank. I use one for my 2nd desktop and don't feel I lose a thing over the 1920x1080 on my main machine... except that I don't need as powerfull a card to get all the eye candy. ;) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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November 17, 2011 8:49:40 PM

I don't think they make 1680x1050 22" monitors anymore. The standard is 1920x1080.
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November 17, 2011 11:04:56 PM

geekapproved said:
I don't think they make 1680x1050 22" monitors anymore. The standard is 1920x1080.

Follow the link...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Granted, they are "only" 1680x1050. But at only 22", they provide a good wide screen gaming experience at low cost. And you can enjoy gaming @ high settings and w/all the eye candy... and do it with a mid-range or lower card.
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November 17, 2011 11:06:23 PM

Yeah. If only people sold them here in my country. :(  oh well, I'm going to buy 1600 x 900 then.
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November 17, 2011 11:07:50 PM

cutebeans said:
Yeah. If only people sold them here in my country. :(  oh well, I'm going to buy 1600 x 900 then.

Where is your country?
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November 18, 2011 12:37:16 AM

Thanks for the replies.
My current monitor is 14"x10".
I don't have a job(I'm only 13) so I only have a very small budget for this. Local shops don't have the latest computer hardware as the latest graphics card I saw was from HD4000 series. So havee to order them from somewhere else. So I buy these stuff from Amazon as Newegg does not have international shipping.

Problem is, I've received the video card before I posted this thread. I ordered the video card fist cause it is compatible with my current rig but when I installed it, the power supply died.

I plan on getting a better card and monitor after getting some money.
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November 18, 2011 12:48:22 AM

In that case, replace your failed PSU and enjoy the HD 5570 for now. At the minimal resolution of your 14x10 monitor, you will be able to game very good. That resolution won't demand too much graphics power. The HD 5570 should serve you well until you upgrade to a higher rez monitor. Enjoy :) 
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November 18, 2011 1:05:22 AM

Can I play the games on 1024x768 or 1280x800 resolution?
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November 18, 2011 1:09:16 AM

Kanra said:
Can I play the games on 1024x768 or 1280x800 resolution?

Certainly. Why would you think not?
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November 18, 2011 1:14:11 AM

Yes the 5570 will handle those resolutions nicely.
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November 18, 2011 1:16:37 AM

Thanks a lot for all the replies.
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November 19, 2011 3:26:22 AM

I have a question, will overclocking the HD5570 allow me to increase the resolution/details?
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November 19, 2011 3:39:20 PM

You don't increase resolution. You run whatever the native resolution of your monitor is. Period.

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November 19, 2011 4:39:00 PM

geekapproved said:
You don't increase resolution. You run whatever the native resolution of your monitor is. Period.

Agreed. But, I believe that would only apply to today's flat panel monitors. LCDs, etc. If he is still using an old CRT monitor (he mentioned 1024x768 on a sq. 14x10 monitor), he could actually use whatever resolution the display will generate.
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November 20, 2011 2:03:27 PM

No, my monitor is flat. LCD.
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November 20, 2011 4:21:42 PM

Kanra said:
No, my monitor is flat. LCD.

Then follow geekapprovec's advice...
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November 20, 2011 4:43:30 PM

If you don't run the native resolution of your monitor, the picture won't look it's best.
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November 30, 2011 1:44:47 AM

Best answer selected by Kanra.
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