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May 19, 2012 1:16:10 AM

Hey everyone! Summer is starting soon so I plan on passing my time playing some pc games like guild wars 2 and diablo. I also want to play games like the witcher 2, dragon age, etc.

Parts:
Mobo/CPU combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?SID...
$90 after rebate

Radeon 6870- will buy on eBay for $140

Cool master case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99 after coupon

4gb ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.99

Samsung DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99

Windows 7 OS-already have

PSU-already have a fairly new antec 420 earthwatts PSU- is this enough for is build?

Hard drive- undecided (help me choose one please!)

Monitor- (1440x900 monitor)

So will I be able to run most of the games mentioned above at the highest settings with at a resolution of 1440x900? Any suggestions are appreciated.

May 19, 2012 1:36:35 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. It is a 420 watts PSU. Right now I have it paired with a 5670 and Athlon x2 processor and seems to work perfectly when I play diablo. I don't know if that will change if I get the 6870. It seems like it will work but not sure.
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May 19, 2012 1:41:51 AM

Nah the 420 Earthwatts is a good psu, and will be more than enough to power that system.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

In the above article, they built a computer that has similar power needs to your own, and they used an Antec Earthwatts 430. 650 watts would be complete overkill, since your proposed build won't be able to pull anywhere near that much even under full load.
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May 19, 2012 1:44:17 AM

Would the chipset get into the 6870's way?
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May 19, 2012 1:45:15 AM

And yes at 1440 x 900, a 6870 will be able to power even the latest games with at least good graphics settings. I have a 6870, and with lowering only the AA and AF a little, I was getting 30+ fps on Battlefield 3 using a 1920 x 1080 monitor.
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May 19, 2012 1:52:06 AM

Okay so are all of the parts I mentioned compatible with eachother? About to pull the trigger. Any better deal I can get? I also have a microcenter near me.
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May 19, 2012 1:56:48 AM

Yeah everything should be compatible. The only thing you might need to consider is that the 6870 needs two auxiliary 6-pin power connectors from the power supply, and I think yours may only have one, so you'll need an adapter to get the other 6-pin connector.
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May 19, 2012 2:41:08 AM

By how much with the 8gb ram increase performance? Also one more question, how long should this build last? At least a good two years before I won't be able to run anything?
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May 19, 2012 3:35:22 AM

Alright everyone I ordered the g850 Mobo combo, case, and the 8gb ram. Total came out to be $210 but with rebate will come down to $170. Still need to order the HDD, DVD drive, and graphics card. If anyone can find a good DVD drive/HDD combo please let me know.
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May 19, 2012 3:01:57 PM

8gb of ram over 4 isn't going to show hardly any performance increase in most applications, but ram is so cheap right now that there's no real reason not to get at least 8gb. As far as the longevity of the build, the biggest risk you have for being held back would be the G850, since it's a dual core. But most applications these days favor instructions per cycle instead of multiple cores, so even a dual shouldn't be that big of a deal for a year or two. And the Sandy Bridge architecture will be fast for a few years as well. So yeah, at least two good years of decent performance.
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