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Is this a good enough gaming PC?

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April 17, 2012 9:38:05 PM

Budget 600-700$
Looking for a decent gaming PC and decided on building my own so I want to get your guys opinion. :) 

Graphics Card :
Case : Already Have
Hard Drive : Already Have
Optical Drive : Already Have

Thanks in advance! :D 

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April 17, 2012 10:00:01 PM

What case do you have? Need to see if stuff can actually fit in it.
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April 17, 2012 10:14:45 PM

If gaming is the primary focus - Zambezi is not good. There's too many problems associated with it to recommend it.

Here's what I would recommend for $600 - $700:

PSU: - Seasonic M12 II 620W
Motherboard: - Asrock Z77 Pro 4
CPU: - 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400
RAM: - 8GB Kingston Hyper X 1600MHz 1.5V
GPU: - Sapphire Radeon HD 7850

Total: $719.92

A little over budget but it will be far worth it in the long run over any Zambezi build.
April 17, 2012 10:16:07 PM

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($137.49 @ CompUSA)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($289.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $740.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-17 18:16 EDT-0400)
April 17, 2012 10:16:36 PM

Actually, try to wait for Ivy Bridge.
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April 17, 2012 10:21:10 PM

The 6 cores won't benefit gaming. I'd suggest either an fx-4100 or a x4 965 BE (if you want to stick with AMD), or an i3-2120 if you'd like to try intel. Put the extra money towads a 7850, 6970, 570, or 480.

or if you're willing to trade dx11 support for ridiculous performance, a pair of these.

two of those put up numbers like a 6990, and will only run you $320.

It's a refurb'd card, but it comes with a free 1 year warranty, which is better than most new cards, except of course for EVGA who has limited lifetime warranties.

Make sure you have a strong 12v rail for the x2's, though. each card can draw 265w under load. (a 4870x2 is basically 2 4870's, so 2 of those is like running quad 4870's, except you have more useable ram with the x2's)

That Antec you picked has 3 relatively weak 12v rails. Even if you don't use the 4870x2's you should get a PSU with a single strong 12v rail over that. (though @ 264w, each rail could handle a 7000 series card; but only because the series is low power)

here's a few options:

*however, none of those will support 2 4870x2's. you'll need a 12v rail with at *least* 55a for xfire'ing a pair of those.
April 17, 2012 10:44:00 PM

is it worth trading dx11?(i don't really know what direct x really does sorry noob question)
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April 17, 2012 10:46:35 PM

You'd have to look up directx 11 for a more detailed description of all the big-word features of the API, but here's a video of dx 9, 10, and 11 compared in Metro 2033. (the 4870x2 is a Dx 10.1 card).
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April 18, 2012 12:10:43 AM

I'm typing this on my AMD 955 BE and it's not nearly as pleasurable compared to my 3 year old i7-930 OCed to 3.9GHz. The Intel solution will work better at everything else not just gaming. The AMD route will work fine for gaming but IMHO there just isn't a great upgrade path. AMD is rarely recommended for budget builds - it only gets honorable mentions. Most people don't realize how much Horse Power is needed to give a great gaming experience - far above consoles.
April 18, 2012 12:19:49 AM

k i think im decided on an intel! thanks for all the feedback guys!