Advice for New Budget Build for gaming

Hi to all,

I want to build a new PC for gaming and chosen these components :

Mobo : Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H (rev. 1.2)
CPU : intel sandy-bridge I5-2300
Ram : 2x2Go ddr3 1333
GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 470 ENGTX470
PSU : BFG MX Series 550W PSU
Seagate 500GB
Monitor : Samsung 23'' B2330

I have my old HP case that i will use :whistle:

I don't overclock and don't think to go SLI.

1 - Any thought about the mobo?
2- will the the CPU bottleneck the GPU?

Thanks !
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  1. Its ok. You have nothing to be bottleneck in your build.
    All mobos are good, depends on the luck not to be DOA.
  2. Looks ok here also.
    Unless you want to play monster games at ultra you should get high or better on most.

    Only slight doubt is the PSU in the case. You may want to replace that too.
  3. Thanks for replies!
    For the PSU i can go for the OCZ ZT Series 650w.
    What do you think of going down to i3 2100 and upgrading GPU to 570gtx or a 6970?
  4. nonolet said:
    Thanks for replies!
    For the PSU i can go for the OCZ ZT Series 650w.
    What do you think of going down to i3 2100 and upgrading GPU to 570gtx or a 6970?


    Well, good choices all round. As always better GPU is main thing if CPU doesn't bottleneck.
    How about i3 and 560ti?
  5. i think that i3+560ti will perform less than an i5+470gtw!

    I thought to downgrade from i5 to i3 to be able to upgrade GPU.
    Do u think that the i3-2100 will bottlenneck the 470gtx on BF3 ?
  6. I think the 560 will be better in any event, regardless of CPU but it's not going to be a massive difference. I also assumed the 470 would be cheaper. Therefore I thought you could spend a little less on CPU and more on 560. i3 and 560 seems to be the budget sweet spot at the moment.
  7. Ok!

    What do you think of the EVGA 560ti SOC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

    With a i3-2100 it will be a decent gaming build?
  8. Even better if you can still go with the i5. Sorry to take you in circles.
    But yes, it will game well.
  9. Ok, i found an i5-2400 with a 10$ diff with the 2300.

    So the config will be :

    Mobo : Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H (rev. 1.2)
    CPU : intel sandy-bridge I5-2400
    Ram : 2x2Go ddr3 1333
    GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 470 ENGTX470 or a EVGA 560ti SOC or Sapphire 5850 Toxic Edition (I still hesitate since i've never bought an ATI GPU :) )
    PSU : OCZ ZT Series 650w
    Seagate 500GB
    Monitor : Samsung 23'' B2330

    Advices with ht eGPU ?
  10. nonolet said:
    Ok, i found an i5-2400 with a 10$ diff with the 2300.

    So the config will be :

    Mobo : Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H (rev. 1.2)
    CPU : intel sandy-bridge I5-2400
    Ram : 2x2Go ddr3 1333
    GPU : ASUS GeForce GTX 470 ENGTX470 or a EVGA 560ti SOC or Sapphire 5850 Toxic Edition (I still hesitate since i've never bought an ATI GPU :) )
    PSU : OCZ ZT Series 650w
    Seagate 500GB
    Monitor : Samsung 23'' B2330

    Advices with ht eGPU ?


    I recently saw an EVGA gtx 560ti with 448 cores for $250 on newegg, though it was for the weekend only... if the deal is still on you would be getting a great deal there since that is basically a GTX 570 minus 32 cores, with faster clock speeds...
  11. I am in Tunisia so no chance newegg will deliver :)

    Here are approximative prices of the GPU that i can grab :

    - ASUS GeForce GTX 470 ENGTX470 : 200 €
    - Sapphire 5850 Toxic Edition : 230 €
    - Sapphire 6950 : 240 €
    - EVGA 560ti SOC : 265 €
  12. ^I would go for the 6950 if its 25 euros cheaper.
  13. The 6950 is out of stock!!! :(
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