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Will this PC run modern games well?

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December 7, 2011 1:47:28 AM



Video Card
Radeon HD 6870
Motherboard
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO USB3 Motherboard
CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor
RAM
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 XMS 8GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 2x 4GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
DVD Burner
Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS Internal 24x CD/DVD Drive
Case
Cooler Master RC-310-RWN1-GP Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case ($40)
Power Supply
Cooler Master GX Series 650W

Will this setup run modern games (battlefield 3/Call of duty etc.) at high settings at 1920/1080?

Not sure if motherboard is compatible either.
I was thinking the intel i5 2500, but seems a little overkill with what I want to do. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!


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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2011 4:35:02 AM

It'll be OK and it all looks compatible, but unless cheapness is your main priority, you're going down a dead end. The i5-2500k is easily the best gaming CPU for the money out there right now. AMD 955 is OK for now, but it'll be showing its age WAY before Sandy Bridge and you'll have no way to upgrade with that AM3 socket.

Trust me - spend the money for the i5-2500k and you will be happy you did later.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2011 10:38:18 AM

I agree with taco, You can however, go with an Am3+ motherboard and have an upgrade choice in the future for the newer FX CPUs. Also the gfx card won't last too long, and it probably won't be able to play BF3 on ultra at 1920x1080. To do that, I recommend the gtx 560ti or Radeon 6950
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December 7, 2011 10:49:38 AM

yes, it can run but not on ultra or highest.on medium-high
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December 13, 2011 11:34:11 PM

I'm actually thinking of getting the I was using Biostar 790GX. Is this upgradable? And the 2500 seems overkill for me.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 13, 2011 11:39:09 PM

No the socket AM2 and AM2+ are outdated. AMD is now using the socket AM3+ for its FX line of CPUs. If you believe the i5 2500k is overkill, you can go with the $125 i3 2100. It's a great CPU that supports hyperthreading (means that you get to run 4 threads at once) and is the best bang for your buck as of now.
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December 14, 2011 12:03:23 AM

But I thought since it only has 2 cores that it lacks in performance with newer games
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December 14, 2011 12:31:47 AM

i5 2500k is in no way "overkill" an i7 3960x is overkill....anyways check this out and see for your self how better is an i5 2500k compared to a 955
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=288

that pc you are planing on building "can" run modern games in 1080p with low-mid settings, for future games you might need to lower the resolution but, the i5 will help you a lot as you can see in the benchmark (51 vs 78.9 F/S in farcry)
and then later you can buy a second 6870 and get better frame rates than a gtx 580
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December 14, 2011 12:36:30 AM

I'm trying to keep my pc at around 680 dollars. The i5 will make it almost 800. Can you find any ways to be able to have a pc with a 2500 at around 700? If you can't, then I'll probably just go with the 955.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 2:55:22 PM

No, the 955 is actually worse than the i3. The i3 has better cores each AND has hyperthreading, which simulates 4 cores.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 4:09:18 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
No the socket AM2 and AM2+ are outdated. AMD is now using the socket AM3+ for its FX line of CPUs. If you believe the i5 2500k is overkill, you can go with the $125 i3 2100. It's a great CPU that supports hyperthreading (means that you get to run 4 threads at once) and is the best bang for your buck as of now.


AM3 is on the way out too. It's AM3+ that will have an upgrade path. But his original board was plain AM3.

Not that I'm sure it even matters, considering how disappointing AMD's first round of Bulldozer CPUs was. Going with an AM3+ socket would be banking on the fact that AMD is going to turn Bulldozer around into something that's competitive for gaming ... which is a BIG if right now.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2011 4:19:52 PM

TheSecludedRabbit said:
I'm trying to keep my pc at around 680 dollars. The i5 will make it almost 800. Can you find any ways to be able to have a pc with a 2500 at around 700? If you can't, then I'll probably just go with the 955.


Yes, two ways. First, you can save $20-$30 by looking for a CPU/mobo combination like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also, right now you're paying about $100 more for a hard drive than you're supposed to. A Seagate Barracuda 1TB normally costs about $55, as low as $40 if on sale. Hard drive prices have tripled in the last two months thanks to the flooding in Asia that knocked out about a quarter of worldwide production. So you can easily save $100 there in one of three ways: a) Wait until about March for prices to come back down; b) Cannibalize a hard drive from your old machine, then get a new one when prices come down; c) Find someone who doesn't know any better who's selling or giving away an old computer, and take the hard drive from that.

Normally I wouldn't recommend relying on an old hard drive for too long, but with the current situation being as weird as it is, making do for 6 months will save you a ton of money.
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December 14, 2011 8:40:24 PM

Yeah I saw that major price incline. For that bundle thing, is that motherboard good? Also do you know of a good bundle with the 2500, I'm not interested in overclocking. But thanks man.
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December 22, 2011 11:07:42 PM

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