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June 9, 2012 7:01:10 PM


Approximate Purchase Date:this summer

Budget Range: ~500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:p laying fps shooters such as bf3, watching videos online

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard , speakers , mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any safe cheap site

Country: usa

Parts Preferences:i prefer intel processors over amd but willing to compromise if need

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: unknown

Additional Comments: this will be my first build and no very little about pc building and choosing parts. i will probly update parts after a couple of years if i have extra money

More about : 500 gaming build

June 9, 2012 7:13:13 PM

will it be able to handle bf3?
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June 9, 2012 8:18:25 PM

It can handle BF3 fine. It's the best Dual Core you can buy.
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June 9, 2012 9:17:59 PM

what should i use for the rest of the computer
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June 9, 2012 9:26:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $524.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 17:26 EDT-0400)
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June 9, 2012 9:34:58 PM

bigcyco1 you always forget Windows 7 :D 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($90.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 17:34 EDT-0400)
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June 9, 2012 9:48:02 PM

so do you think this setup will be able to run new games coming out soon?
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June 9, 2012 10:01:07 PM

locke9342 said:
so do you think this setup will be able to run new games coming out soon?

At best, that setup can run new games at medium/low settings. If you plan on playing games coming out in 2+ years, forget it.
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June 9, 2012 10:10:35 PM

well do you think if i saved up some more money i could upgrade to the i5 2500 in a couple of years
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June 9, 2012 10:20:00 PM

locke9342 said:
well do you think if i saved up some more money i could upgrade to the i5 2500 in a couple of years

No, the CPU is not the problem, as the G630 is very capable for the price. The main thing holding you back is the GPU, the 6670. While it is (Imo) one of the best bang for buck graphics cards on the market atm. It's perfect for casual gamers that play LoL, Minecraft, Portal 2, etc. However, if you want to play graphically intensive games such as BF3 and Metro at high settings, you will need to invest more money in a better system.
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June 9, 2012 10:24:09 PM

so if i wanted it to upgrade what should i upgrade too
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June 9, 2012 10:36:02 PM

Depends on how much you're willing to spend :) 
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June 9, 2012 10:38:58 PM

locke9342 said:
so if i wanted it to upgrade what should i upgrade too

For an optimal experience at high settings, a Radeon HD 7850 at $250, but since you don't have the budget for something that powerful, try a 7770 or a 6750 if you simply cannot spend the extra $30.
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June 9, 2012 10:43:46 PM

so should i go with the i3 build or the g630?
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June 9, 2012 10:45:35 PM

Ironslice said:
bigcyco1 you always forget Windows 7 :D 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($90.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 17:34 EDT-0400)
:lol:  your right i do my bad
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June 9, 2012 10:47:21 PM

i might not need a copy of windows 7 or a optical drive. i have a lot of old computers around my house and im sure theres a cd rom i can harvest can i do that?
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June 9, 2012 10:51:21 PM

That would make a huge difference. If you don't need Windows 7 or an Optical Drive get what bigcyco1 said :D  :D 
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June 9, 2012 10:57:15 PM

but i need to know if a optical drive from a old computer would be compatatable with this system
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June 9, 2012 11:42:14 PM

1

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146061
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$14.00 Instant


$49.99
$35.99
1

HGST HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145299
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$79.99
$69.99
1

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1463-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814130664
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$179.99
$169.99
1

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371045
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$12.00 Instant


$49.99
$37.99
1

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231394
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$22.99
1

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157279
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$114.99
$104.99
1

Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G630
Item #: N82E16819116406
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


$67.99
Subtotal: $509.93 from newegg
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June 9, 2012 11:44:57 PM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $524.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 17:26 EDT-0400)


this is also a very nice build.
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June 9, 2012 11:47:00 PM

so which one is best?
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June 9, 2012 11:52:53 PM

locke9342 said:
so which one is best?



it is up to your values:

Big has a better CPU but GPU is not as good. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=543. In game, I think my build would do better in terms of FPS as I have a better gpu. Big had to put money into a CD drive tho so it is not all fair...give him the 24 bucks and see what he can do with it.

As for mine, you get a good gpu/and mobo the cpu is very able but you can think of it as a place holder...i5 later.
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June 9, 2012 11:56:49 PM

Depends on how strict your budget is and whether you can find an optical drive and windows 7. If you can spend a little more or can find a copy of Windows 7 then go with cyco's build, if not then go with slices build. Also, a good upgrade if you want to spend a little more on the GPU would be the 7770, very capable card at only around 150$.
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June 9, 2012 11:59:27 PM

what if i get rid of the optical drive in bigs build and then upgrade the gpu to the 7770 would that work?
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June 10, 2012 12:05:10 AM

The 6850 is better than the 7770. What optical drive do you have?
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June 10, 2012 12:07:59 AM

locke9342 said:
what if i get rid of the optical drive in bigs build and then upgrade the gpu to the 7770 would that work?



The 560 card i linked would be better.

30 fps is one target to aim for but in FPS games you tend to want higher rates to ensure a smooth run. Dips happen and you want a card that will keep you above 30 fps in the games you play.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=543

560 > 7770

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=543

560 > 6850
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June 10, 2012 12:12:00 AM

o i thought it was a upgrade because of wat elias said. and idk what optical drive i have i have a lot of old computers around the house that i can harvest for parts
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June 10, 2012 12:15:33 AM

locke9342 said:
o i thought it was a upgrade because of wat elias said. and idk what optical drive i have i have a lot of old computers around the house that i can harvest for parts


90% chance those old optical drives uses Parallel ATA ie ATA 100, not SATA. If your mainboard still has the PATA connector, it will work.
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June 10, 2012 12:17:33 AM

locke9342 said:
o i thought it was a upgrade because of wat elias said. and idk what optical drive i have i have a lot of old computers around the house that i can harvest for parts



Like it was said, its about what you can reuse. At 500 bucks every every lil dollar counts.

If big had the extra 25 bucks he could also have picked this card:

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

A good card. the 6870 is on par with the 560. But I would still think the card I picked would be just a hair better. The other thing to think about is upgrades. I'd rather drop an i5 into the mobo I picked rather than bigs.
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June 10, 2012 12:17:38 AM

if it dosnt can i buy some sort of adapter
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June 10, 2012 12:19:17 AM

locke9342 said:
if it dosnt can i buy some sort of adapter

you can get a drive for 17 bucks. its not that much.
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June 10, 2012 12:20:23 AM

if i end up getting a i5 later how do i replace a processor for an upgrade?
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June 10, 2012 12:26:54 AM

locke9342 said:
if i end up getting a i5 later how do i replace a processor for an upgrade?



Take off the cooler open the latch and take the chip out. Drop in i5 close latch and add cooler.
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June 10, 2012 12:29:24 AM

If you can try buying it from amazon because you won't have to pay sales tax and that can mean a lot when you have to pay a large amount.
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June 10, 2012 12:36:43 AM

is that as good as the builds on this post?
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June 10, 2012 12:51:05 AM

locke9342 said:
is that as good as the builds on this post?

That build would yield the most FPS out of all of the builds on this thread, as the GTX 560 Ti is superior to the GTX 560 and the 6850. However, it assumes you have an OS, and gives up a lot of CPU power to get the 560 Ti.
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June 10, 2012 12:52:19 AM

do you think i should get it?
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June 10, 2012 1:01:01 AM

locke9342 said:
do you think i should get it?



with the goals that you have, yes it is a fine build.
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June 10, 2012 1:01:44 AM

later should i upgrade to a i5?
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June 10, 2012 1:02:44 AM

locke9342 said:
do you think i should get it?

I would go with bigcyco's build personally, as the i3 helps to make the PC better all-around. If what you want is to play BF3 at the highest settings possible as soon as you can TH's build is better, but bigcyco's build future-proofs you a bit longer.

Edit: Definitely go for an i5 if you have the money for one within 6 months, if not, get intel's next line of processors in 2013.
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June 10, 2012 1:06:11 AM

To be honest, I would save more money and wait couple more months and get a better gaming system, 500 is very limited and is not worth it. If you have a PS3 or Xbox, play BF3 on it since it would be the same playing BF3 on low settings with a 500 dollars gaming rig.
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June 10, 2012 1:26:45 AM

i have a ps3 but my tv is broken:( 
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June 10, 2012 1:27:00 AM

im selling it if anyone wants it
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June 10, 2012 1:31:26 AM

is the 560 compatable with bigs build because i think i can find some extra money
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June 10, 2012 1:39:27 AM

locke9342 said:
is the 560 compatable with bigs build because i think i can find some extra money

The 560 or the 560 Ti? Either will be compatible though.
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June 10, 2012 1:40:01 AM

which one is better?
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June 10, 2012 1:46:14 AM

locke9342 said:
which one is better?

Ti is better.
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June 10, 2012 1:51:28 AM

would 2 regular 560s be better?
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