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June 26, 2012 11:17:39 PM

This will be my first build and was just seeking some feedback. I would be playing Battlefield 3 and waswondering if it would play it at high/ultra settings.

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX550M 550W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)

Windows 7 Home Premium

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June 26, 2012 11:30:17 PM

You'll probably be able to play on high.
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June 26, 2012 11:38:18 PM

HD7770 is still quite a ways down on the GPU Hierarchy chart and the 4100 is not a great gaming cpu..Why dont you fill out the new build template - I'm sure you will have some great builds/$ shown to you.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
-Bruce
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June 27, 2012 2:59:32 AM

dish_moose said:
HD7770 is still quite a ways down on the GPU Hierarchy chart and the 4100 is not a great gaming cpu..Why dont you fill out the new build template - I'm sure you will have some great builds/$ shown to you.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
-Bruce


I would preferably like to stay with AMD so what CPU would you recommend? Preferably under $150 (can include a rebate) and what is wrong with the gpu?
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June 27, 2012 6:35:22 AM

i'd recommend buying intel processor anyway... This AMD FX-series isn't really good for gaming
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June 27, 2012 5:17:36 PM

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June 28, 2012 12:13:38 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Look here and get the best you can afford. HD7770 is a better choice than 550Ti
Although an Intel cpu/mobo combo will get better/more efficient operation an AMD build with a (955BE or higher) will still give good gaming results - especially when overclocked.
Also - please fill out the template so that we know how much of your money to spend. ;-)
-Bruce
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June 28, 2012 3:05:36 AM

dish_moose said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Look here and get the best you can afford. HD7770 is a better choice than 550Ti
Although an Intel cpu/mobo combo will get better/more efficient operation an AMD build with a (955BE or higher) will still give good gaming results - especially when overclocked.
Also - please fill out the template so that we know how much of your money to spend. ;-)
-Bruce


Thanks for the advice with the template I started a new thread and got feedback.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
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June 28, 2012 4:27:07 AM

kemperkipie said:
i'd recommend buying intel processor anyway... This AMD FX-series isn't really good for gaming

Its perfectly adequate for keeping up with a 550 TI, realistically speaking. Its not going to be a particularly powerful gaming system no matter how you slice it. A stronger CPU cannot make a weak video card more powerful.
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June 28, 2012 4:30:03 AM

fallingrock95 said:
Thanks for the advice with the template I started a new thread and got feedback.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Glad you got it sorted, yea, with a budget of $1000 you could do so much better than that configuration you originally had.
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June 28, 2012 4:59:49 AM

nekulturny said:
Glad you got it sorted, yea, with a budget of $1000 you could do so much better than that configuration you originally had.


I see that you have been in my other thread and most likely looked at the latest list of parts, so with that extra $200 what would I be looking at?
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June 28, 2012 5:23:31 AM

Loops has you on the right track (with the exception of the CoolerMaster PSU, so does G-Unit. Your first pick of power supply was actually fine, although if you want to get into overclocking the video card and processor I would step up to a Corsair TX650.

The thing about power supplies and the reason I'm so anal about them, is because I think thats a mistake a lot of first timers make, buying very nice CPU and video card, loads of ram, a fancy case and then go cheap on the power supply. The problem with a low quality power supply is if something happens and they die, its not unheard of for a crappy quality one to commit murder/suicide. In that they not only blow themselves up but take out the mobo and CPU with it. You can tell by my sig what brand I trust to power my rig, thats all I can really say about that.

As far as the parts in the other thread, the 7850 is a very good video card, at stock its about on par with the Nvidia GTX 570, but they actually have the potential to exceed the performance of the 570 due to the fact that 7850s can be overclocked quite heavily. (40 percent is not unheard of). Now you might say, "Well can't 570s be overclocked to?". Yes they can, the problem is they have zero tolerance for voltage increases, which the 7850 does, which ultimately gives the 570 a lower ceiling for stable overclocking.

As far as the CPU, if you have any desire to overclock the CPU, you need one with a "K" on the end of the model number. If your answer is "maybe" now, my advice is to get the i5-2500K Sandy Bridge. Yes it will work with the same mobos the Ivy Bridge ones do. The ivy Bridge equivalent is the 3570K, it costs more and offers no real improvement over the 2500K.
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