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Buying some used parts -- need advice on build. <3

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April 2, 2012 4:55:00 PM

The goal of this build is to play BF3 on High-ish. Budget is $300-350.

I already have a 500GB HDD, disc drive, case, etc. Want to upgrade mobo, RAM, CPU, and GPU.

I have a 500 watt modular PSU. I'm pretty sure it can handle newer parts but if not please let me know! :D 

I am planning on buying some used parts off a friend.
He is offering the following for $100.00.

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (barely used)

My main concern is the micro-atx motherboard. I am pretty sure it will fit in my case but not positive? I've never used micro-atx.

The processor seems decent. I've found processors in that range selling for about $100 new.

I'm looking to buy a new GPU.

If those used parts are good then I'm considering buying:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or something similar

If I have to buy a new mobo or something:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or something similar.

Thanks guys!

Edit
I found a GTX 480 used for 200 bucks. That seems like it might be the right buy.
April 2, 2012 6:23:24 PM

A micro ATX board will fit in your case. You will have to move/remove a couple of the little brass standoffs in you case and it will fit fine.

That is a fairly budget Board and CPU and Ram.

Should still work for what your budget is.
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April 2, 2012 11:19:40 PM

Will I have any cooling issues with a micro ATX?

Do you think the GTX 480 will fit in fine etc?

Am I going to bottleneck?
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April 3, 2012 12:09:53 AM

There should be no cooling issues with a micro ATX board. And yes a GTX 480 will fit.

As far as bottlenecking.... I doubt it. Only testing will show that. Maybe someone with more personal experience on one of them can enlighten us....
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April 3, 2012 12:45:39 AM

My friend is convinced that I can't mount a GPU on the micro ATX board.

You're saying it should be fine?

thinking about buying an http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GPU

and a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
board.

Thoughts? Is the cheaper build (with the micro ATX board) a better deal? I could probably get the used processor and the RAM for $50.

It might be worth mentioning that I realized that the mobo isn't compatible with DX11. I'm trying to find one that is.
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April 3, 2012 2:49:41 AM

Here are your specs:

Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2

Brand
GIGABYTE

Model
GA-M68MT-S2

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+

CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series

FSB
1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)

Chipsets

North Bridge
NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
2×240pin

Memory Standard
DDR3 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800

Maximum Memory Supported
8GB

Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16 This is the 1 slot for a GPU
1


PCI Express x1
2

PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4

SATA RAID
0/1/5/10/JBOD

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
NVIDIA GeForce 7025

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC887

Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8211CL

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
2

COM
1

Video Ports
D-Sub

USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0

Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0

Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x CPU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x parallel port connector
1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Micro ATX

Dimensions
9.6" x 8.07"

Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU

Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU

On/Off Charge Technology

Core Boost Support

NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a GPU

DualBIOS - Dual Hardware BIOS Protection

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April 3, 2012 2:57:56 AM

Yes that ASUS board is nicer.. the GPU is a little slower then a GTX 480 (according to toms anyway. I have not tested it)

It all depends on your budget.

The 3 items you listed in your first post will all combine to make a functioning computer. Yes there is much better parts out there, But if your on a budget you are on a budget.

I have personally used a micro ATX board with a dual slot GPU before. That will work.
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April 11, 2012 4:17:10 PM

If I had to get a new PSU what would you recommend?

The Tom's round up lists the 7850 as being a sweet deal. At $260 that's all my budget so I'd be using those cheap used parts.

My concern is that the cheap cpu/mobo might make getting a card that powerful worthless by holding it back its performance. Will I be able to get the same FPS in BF3 as the benchmarks on Tom's? (50ish on high?)

If the 7850 won't work well then I could probably settle with a 6870.
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