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With a ~$150 Graphic card, can an intel core i3 run mw3?

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February 28, 2012 11:49:31 PM

Or should i get a pc with the core i5, thanks
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February 28, 2012 11:52:35 PM

Hi :) 

It will run it easily, just dont plan on high settings....

All the best Brett :) 
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February 28, 2012 11:53:54 PM

Those are two different questions lol.

Yes, an i3 can run MW3 very well, very well indeed. With a 6850 or 6870 an i3 should run MW3 on high and get very good FPS marks. I don't know if you are under the impression that the i3's are pieces of crap, but they are not.

Now, should you get an i5? Hells yeah you should. Quad cores are the future, and the i5's are the best value CPU going. Unless you just can't afford one, they are worth it.

If you just can't swing the budget for an i5 though, an i3 2100 or 2120 can handle any games from 2011 without much problem.

Source: I have an i3 2120 with Radeon 6870 and 8GB of RAM, and can run BF3 on high settings at around 40fps. I assume it would do even better on MW3.
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February 29, 2012 12:05:03 AM

hardeho said:
Those are two different questions lol.

Yes, an i3 can run MW3 very well, very well indeed. With a 6850 or 6870 an i3 should run MW3 on high and get very good FPS marks. I don't know if you are under the impression that the i3's are pieces of crap, but they are not.

Now, should you get an i5? Hells yeah you should. Quad cores are the future, and the i5's are the best value CPU going. Unless you just can't afford one, they are worth it.

If you just can't swing the budget for an i5 though, an i3 2100 or 2120 can handle any games from 2011 without much problem.

Source: I have an i3 2120 with Radeon 6870 and 8GB of RAM, and can run BF3 on high settings at around 40fps. I assume it would do even better on MW3.


Thanks guys, hardeho: I was under the impression, not that the i3 was bad, but that the i5 was much better, which is true. Now, the only problem i am having is finding a pc under $580 with 8gb ram and a core i5 processor online, i plan to buy it prebuilt and upgrade the graphics and power from there. Any ideas on which i should get? Thanks!
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February 29, 2012 12:18:22 AM

A pre-built? I considered the same thing before i built the i3 systems. Keep in mind you would have to upgrade the power supply, since the stock will most likely be a 300w with no PCIe power plugs to run a $150 card. So figure another $75 into your budget unless you get a card with no power supply requirements. And in that case you'd be better off with an i3 with a better card.

I don't think upgrading a store bought is the best option, but I do understand building it yourself can be intimidating. I had no idea how to build a PC before I bought mine, and my only experience with hardware was upgrading a power supply and doing a few video cards. I bought all my parts of Newegg for about ~600, and it went from the UPS box to first boot in less than 3 hours. I plan to never buy a pre-built PC again.
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February 29, 2012 12:22:31 AM

I am really stuck as i want to make the decision within the next week. I am willing to spend around $700 in total, including the Windows 7, so parts for $600. I am imitated by building my own pc as well. I Dont understand how a power supply, 8gb ram, graphics card, cpu, HDD and all that stuff can be around $600, i haven't found anyone yet who is willing to help me through this whole process and i am not willing to have a computer guy help me with this.

Im not sure on what to do because i felt like buying a pc with 8gb ram and the core i5 and buying a gpu was a better idea. I'm not sure what to do.
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February 29, 2012 12:31:47 AM

Go to newegg, they have DIY building video's hoste4d by youtube. I can give you a quick rundown of what I bought. I'll list MSRP, and if I got a discount i'll put my price in () marks.

Case: Anatec 300 - $65
Power Supply - Corsair GS 600 - ($70 got a sale at Best Buy) $90 on newegg
Motherboard - Asus P8Z68- LE - $130
CPU - i3 2120 - $130
Video card - Radeon 6870-$160 (used from Ebay)
Ram - G Skill 8GB DDR3- $37
windows 7 64 bit - ($10 off code on newegg) $100

I already had a keyboard and mouse.

Thats $692, but I didn't buy the video card until later because I already had a 6750 to use while I saved money for a better one.
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February 29, 2012 12:54:38 AM

Thank you very much, i appreciate it. I will let you know how im doing tomorrow for now im off to sleep. I really do appreciate your help!
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February 29, 2012 1:01:17 AM

For the case, anatec 300, can you link me the one you have? I see a few and want to make sure it is the right size. Also, do i need to buy standoffs?
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February 29, 2012 1:08:10 AM

I got this anatec 300.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It may not be the best $60 case out there on all the review sites, but I'm happy with it. And no, I did not need any standoffs. All that stuff came with either the case or the motherboard, i don't remember.

also, read Toms $600 build, they update it very quarter I think. Other tech sites such as Anandtech and PCGamer also do builds at different price points, with $500 or $600 being a common price for a budget box.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...
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February 29, 2012 1:34:47 AM

My pc has a GT430 GPu which is $110 and it runs mw3 on high with good fps I have an i5 2500 with 4gb ram runs mw3 on high quite well around 70-90 fps
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