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April 9, 2012 5:02:49 AM

I am building a pc and seeing if this is a good build. is it compatible? can it run games like skyrim or battlefield so that i can least play them on moderate settings. could you guys give me some recommendations also. thanks in advance

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:04:48 AM

Thats not the CPU I'd use if you want a Phenom II build.

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

or

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

Technically what you have chosen is compatible, however, for a modern system, a quad core is the way to go, anything less is not a good pair with such a powerful video card. I'm sure someone will come along and tell you to buy an i3. (we get that on this forum alot) If you want to go with an Intel build, don't let anyone talk you into an i3. Step up to a quad core i5 if you go that route. An i3 is a dual core that pretends to have 4 cores, its good at that, but again, not proper with a high power video card like that.

Also the PSU is very chinsy. I wouldn't use it as a boat anchor. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Buy quality or you will be sorry.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 10:42:27 AM

nekulturny is right about two things:
1. That is not a particularly balanced build.
2. Raidmax is, as a whole, not a particularly good power supply brand.

You would be better off just posting your budget, purpose, and any preferences for your build and see what the people here who have been building for years come up with.

And if you are new to building, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
Build it yourself:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
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April 9, 2012 12:08:58 PM

My budget is about $900 and my purpose for this build is to play modern games at least moderately. and i have no particular preferences, I just want a good pc.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 7:39:55 PM

unapply said:
My budget is about $900 and my purpose for this build is to play modern games at least moderately. and i have no particular preferences, I just want a good pc.



Well with a Phenom II 975 BE CPU with the PSU I recommended and all of your other chosen parts, I come up with $852 and its a pretty decent build for the money.

Having said that, I'm not too thrilled with Gigabyte motherboards. I personally would change out to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

By my count that puts the total at $886 before tax and shipping. And yes, its a decent build.

You could do an Intel i5 2500k based build, but that would put you over your budget. But here it is just for the sake of alternative:

Change motherboard for this: $122 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change CPU for this: $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That brings the total to $924

Both systems should be able to handle modern games, better than moderately.
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