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January 3, 2012 3:56:25 AM

Hello everybody, im new to building a pc and looking build to game one. I would like someone to look over the parts i picked so far and comment on what should be changed.

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of March

Budget Range: 550-620 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming, some web browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Win7 OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, us.ncix.com

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel cpu if possible

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: I want to be able to run Saint's row 3 and Skyrim at high settings on my monitor's naive resolution. I would so like to know if i should use a different hard drive for my build, this one is more expensive then i like it to be.

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H67M (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($147.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AL/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $588.03 (after rebate)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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January 3, 2012 4:30:39 AM

Skyrim is by far one of the more cpu intensive titles out today. The build looks solid but the 2100 is going to struggle at ultra settings. At high settings and at your sub 1080 resolution is should hold its own however.

You can see in this review the 2100 is averaging 46fps at 1920x1080. That's on ultra and as the article states once you start scaling back the settings the i3 handles the game fine.

Enjoy your build.
January 3, 2012 4:48:00 AM

Yeah thats a low resolution. I sure don't see any problems, but with current ram prices I'd get an 8GB kit. That way when you are ready to drop in a quad core, you'll be pretty set.
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January 3, 2012 5:06:43 AM

If you could spare some extra cash, shell out some more and get an i5-2400.
January 3, 2012 5:11:31 AM

If you are building in march, pick your parts at the end of February the earliest. There is a whole new series of AMD graphics cards coming out by then plus general price levels tend to drop and newer products become available. By then, you could/should be looking at a HD7850.
January 3, 2012 10:12:22 PM

ahh, thanks for all the insight, i do hope prices go down a bit as well. MY friend also recommends i get a hdmi capable moniter down the road. (The one being used in this build does not support hdmi)
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