Gaming Build - 600$ - Help

I am looking to build a new desktop that will be capable of playing high-end games. I am not a competitive gamer, but I do enjoy good graphics in my RPG / Single-player games. I am looking for the best performance in that area. Skyrim, Bioshock games, other prominent games.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or two.

Budget Range: $600-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games and general light-use.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.

Country: United states.

Parts Preferences: AMD


I am hoping to incorporate the following:
But if cheaper parts of equal quality / use for my purposes are available I am open to suggestions. I am looking to cut back where I can and not sacrifice graphics/smoothness.

Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102924
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Is this all compatible, and will it suffice to play games effectively? My budget is around 700. Not including a case (one picked for 75, though)

Or, would this be just as viable for gaming:

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144205
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
Mother
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

PS! - I have a pair of Sennheiser PC360s, what sound card should I get down the road to get a good quality out of those?
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  2. Personally, I think he would be better off with a more powerful CPU. I have the Intel Core i5-2500K (@4.4GHz) with an MSI Cyclone 6850 PE/OC (@975/1150MHz) and the performance is very good in Battlefield 3. I mean good on a 120Hz monitor, which means I'm getting 60+ FPS at 1680x1050. (estimate, I can't check FRAPS right now)

    Also, buy more memory; don't skimp on that. Battlefield 3 easily eats up 4 GB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426 This is the set I bought, and I recently bought another for a grand total of16GB. It's cheap considering it's 8GB. Also, the memory speed won't affect it that much, but at least get DDR3 1333MHz because it's the industry standard, and if you go lower, your memory will quickly become outdated. Remember, the resource usage of games is skyrocketing. If you only have 4 GB, you will have to use your paging file a lot. (stutter, lag, not smooth

    What resolution is your monitor/ what will you be playing at? Do you want to max out your games smoothly, or simply play on high - very high smoothly? The 6850 can push 1080p games easily, but a 6970 may be overkill for what you are doing. Just because it is a gaming pc it doesn't mean you have to have an unbalanced system. Don't ignore your memory and hard drive just for a better graphics card.
  3. How would a Phenom 960t fair with a 6850 sapphire. I am jumping for the 8gb of DDR3 memory and 500gb 6.0/s HD.

    I will be playing games in 1080p on a 42"/60hz (tech for 120hz) 1080p samsung. I hope to be able to max them out smoothly.
  4. if all he does is gaming, i3 + 6970 > i5 + 6850.

    there are tons of people with phenom II x4 955 + 6970 and i3 2100 > 955 in gaming. enough said.

    i'm just trying to squeeze out as much performance as he can get with the budget. as far as i can see, it's a pretty balanced build for a sub $700 system. you probably can add another 4gb of ram and still stays under $700.
  5. I tend to agree that a smaller processor (at this price range) will probably perform just as well with my games for the time. I was once fixated on the i5-2500k, but recently adjusted my focus to something less expensive and just as viable for games.

    There is not going to be a lot of CPU-intensive things used with this computer. Mostly games and the typical light web browsing.
  6. Celilofalls said:
    How would a Phenom 960t fair with a 6850 sapphire. I am jumping for the 8gb of DDR3 memory and 500gb 6.0/s HD.

    I will be playing games in 1080p on a 42"/60hz (tech for 120hz) 1080p samsung. I hope to be able to max them out smoothly.

    SATA III (6.0 GB/s) will offer you no advantage whatsoever on a normal HDD. Save your money and get an regular one. However, if you are planning on buying a SSD, then you will see the improvement (I speak from experience -just got my ssd today).

    But if you are going to do one, do i5-2500k and hd6850. But it is true, the i3 will be a better purchase than the amd system
  7. Celilofalls said:
    I tend to agree that a smaller processor (at this price range) will probably perform just as well with my games for the time. I was once fixated on the i5-2500k, but recently adjusted my focus to something less expensive and just as viable for games.

    There is not going to be a lot of CPU-intensive things used with this computer. Mostly games and the typical light web browsing.

    In battlefield 3 I see heavy CPU usage. But the less powerful CPUs should be able to handle it. The real problem is for the future.
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