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January 13, 2012 5:38:03 AM

Hey,

My friend is getting a new PC for under $800, he wants it to play most of the games on high graphics.

Games he will be playing -

Battlefield 3
League of Legends
CSS
- other high graphical games ect.

Budget is under $800
Could you recommend anything else?
Should he get the PSU separate?

Thanks, much appreciated.

Here are the components

The prices are from
www.centrecom.com.au/

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Case – Cooler Master Elite 430 - PSU Included $92.40

CPU – AMD Phenom ll X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition $138

Motherboard – ASUS M5A97 AMD Mainboard $108

Hard Disk Drive – Seagate Barracuda $74

Memory/RAM – G.Skill DDR3 8GB RAM PC-10666-1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $47.30

Video Card – ASUS NVIDIA GTX 550ti 1GB $145

Optical Drive – LG DVD Burner (GH24NS70) $25

OS – Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $109

Total Cost: $738.70
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January 13, 2012 7:07:33 AM

i3-2100, asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3.
January 13, 2012 8:59:44 AM

Lukeeey, you have not told us what resolutions he will be playing at?

Your build is looking strong only 2 things id do to change it,

1. Buy a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU cooler, as the 960t begs to be OCd to 4ghz, at this speed it easily outperforms the i3-2100

2. Ditch the 550ti, if you cant afford the 560ti, then buy the ATI 6870.
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January 13, 2012 9:10:10 AM

That is a weak GPU for a gaming PC on that budget +1 to 6870 or 560Ti
January 13, 2012 11:51:19 AM

Lukeeey said:
Hey,

My friend is getting a new PC for under $800, he wants it to play most of the games on high graphics.

Games he will be playing -

Battlefield 3
League of Legends
CSS
- other high graphical games ect.

Budget is under $800
Could you recommend anything else?
Should he get the PSU separate?

Thanks, much appreciated.

Here are the components

The prices are from
www.centrecom.com.au/

---------------------------------------------

Case – Cooler Master Elite 430 - PSU Included $92.40

CPU – AMD Phenom ll X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition $138

Motherboard – ASUS M5A97 AMD Mainboard $108

Hard Disk Drive – Seagate Barracuda $74

Memory/RAM – G.Skill DDR3 8GB RAM PC-10666-1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $47.30

Video Card – ASUS NVIDIA GTX 550ti 1GB $145

Optical Drive – LG DVD Burner (GH24NS70) $25

OS – Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $109

Total Cost: $738.70
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January 13, 2012 12:16:48 PM

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January 13, 2012 12:35:59 PM

Please avoid all Coolermaster products, to avoid supporting a dishonest business:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eX...

/rant

Ok...The PSU included in that case will be cheap junk, not capable of powering a modern gaming PC. That site's prices look high; on a budget, get this Corsair: http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/cmpsu-500cx-corsair... which will be able to power a HD6870 or GTX560. Either of those GPUs is preferable to the relatively weak GTX550Ti.
January 13, 2012 12:53:03 PM

Indeed - you will not regret buying a GTX 560Ti or HD 6870/6950. The 550Ti is weak sauce.

Also, the i3-2100/2120 will give you equivalent gaming prowess to a 3.5-3.8GHz Phenom II X4, while drawing much less power, and you don't have to worry about getting an aftermarket cooler or overclocking.

And a cheaper case would be fine. Buy the PSU separate - I recommend an Antec Earthwatts 500, but I'm biased.
January 13, 2012 12:59:06 PM

Also, the i3-2100/2120 will give you equivalent gaming prowess to a 3.5-3.8GHz Phenom II X4

What?
January 13, 2012 1:14:02 PM

Its only equivalent to a 955 at stock not when its OCd to 3.5-3.8, im not saying that the 2100 or 2120 is not a good idea, as it surely is as it enables a clear upgrade path 2500k etc etc, but the AMD at this price point can not be overlooked, anyway you would be better off with a 960t, i have one on a test bench that has 5 cores(1 unlocked) running at 4ghz.
January 13, 2012 1:49:16 PM

Uther39 said:
Its only equivalent to a 955 at stock not when its OCd to 3.5-3.8, im not saying that the 2100 or 2120 is not a good idea, as it surely is as it enables a clear upgrade path 2500k etc etc, but the AMD at this price point can not be overlooked, anyway you would be better off with a 960t, i have one on a test bench that has 5 cores(1 unlocked) running at 4ghz.

That second chart shows the i3s beating the PII X4 970 - I haven't tested the CPUs personally, but the numerous gaming benchmarks I've looked at match Tom's review.

Both would give equivalent gaming performance, and they're at the same price right now. IMO I would just go with the newer architecture and mobo because it allows for a much better upgrade path.

Agree to disagree.

Luke, both CPUs would be great budget performers.
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