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February 12, 2012 2:59:47 AM

Well i finally got my income tax in and its time to do one last check on my system and make sure it will work fine.

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 - $69.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB - $134.99 with $15 MIR

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W - $79.99

Intel Pentium G620 - $69.99

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $23.99

Final price - $378.95

Case, HDD, disc drive, and OS are already acquired.

This is my absolute max budget.

I plan on playing Skyrim, CoD 5 WaW, BF2 BC, and several other games on high - ultra settings with low AA and AF at 1024 until i can get a better monitor.

Will this be possible with this set up?

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2012 5:02:37 AM

That's pretty decent. Here's a couple that will be a bit more powerful for you. The first might run a tad over budget but not much and will give you a far more well rounded system. The second lacks a GPU but the onboard video will do until you can upgrade to one.

Option 1:

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Corsair CX500 - $59.99
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel BOXDH67BG - $89.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i3-2100 - $124.99
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Sapphire Radeon 6770 - $99.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333MHz - $19.99

Total: $399.55 -

With this build the video card isn't as good but the CPU is far more powerful, and you get a full size ATX board as opposed to a micro ATX board.

Option 2:

PSU: Same as above - $59.99
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H - $114.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - AMD A8-3860K - $139.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Crucial Ballistix 1333 MHz - $59.99

Total: $369.45

This build gives you a quad core unlocked CPU that can be overclocked (which will be better for Skyrim on high-ultra), a really good onboard GPU (which will suffice until you can afford a better GPU, and WAY better RAM.
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February 12, 2012 12:10:38 PM

What if i swap out the mobo and cpu for the BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 and the Intel Pentium G850? The G850 is said to be as good as the i3 2100 but without hyper threading. and it puts me a few dollars cheaper than my original plan.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2012 5:11:00 PM

charon711 said:
What if i swap out the mobo and cpu for the BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 and the Intel Pentium G850? The G850 is said to be as good as the i3 2100 but without hyper threading. and it puts me a few dollars cheaper than my original plan.


I'd really hesitate to recommend Biostar - Asus and Gigabyte would be the best, Asrock is pretty decent.
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February 12, 2012 6:25:46 PM

yeah i know, trying to figure out a way to increase my budget.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2012 12:48:38 AM

charon711 said:
yeah i know, trying to figure out a way to increase my budget.


I wouldn't recommend skipping on the motherboard especially if you plan to expand later on (SLI or Crossfire, things of that nature). The i3-2120 is one of the best CPUs on the market that you can get in it's price range.
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