Is this a good enough gaming PC?

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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  1. What case do you have? Need to see if stuff can actually fit in it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Actually, try to wait for Ivy Bridge.
  5. 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.
  6. is it worth trading dx11?(i don't really know what direct x really does sorry noob question)
  7. selling mine for cheap if you wanna look at it.
  8. 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).
  9. i think im gona stick below the 300$ prices and with dx11 on GPU how about this GPU?
  10. austin4189 said:
    i think im gona stick below the 300$ prices and with dx11 on GPU how about this GPU?

    That's the same one I linked to - good choice. I have the 7870 version and it is pretty killer.
  11. still deciding on weather to go with amd or intel on the processor :P if the zambezi is bad would a phenom II x4 be good?
  12. 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.
  13. k i think im decided on an intel! thanks for all the feedback guys!
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