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July 2, 2012 12:48:42 PM

Hello followers of tomshardware forum. :) 

I havent had a computer for ages.. been using an ipad and a laptop the last couple of years.

I've come up with this setup;

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
GPU: MSI R6850-PM2D1GD5/OC
MB: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V (rev. 2.0)
RAM: Corsair DDR3 PC3-1333 4GB CL9 kit XMS3
HDD1: Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B
HDD2: Samsung F1 1TB
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2
Tower: BitFenix Merc Alpha - Miditower

I will be running this together with my old Samsung 22" 2232BW 2MS. (Running 1680x1050)

Will this build be sufficient for BattleField 3, Modern Warfare 3, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3?

Also, is it future save? I picked the i5 3570k because of previous experience with Duo Core 2 E6600 CPU that I had for ages (And regret I sold).. Will it hold just as good?

I hope you guys can give me advice and check if the computer is good enough.

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July 2, 2012 12:53:18 PM

Get 8Gb RAM and a case from a brand with good reputation. (coolermaster, corsair and the like.) Are you planning to OC/Xfire? If not, I wouldnt go with a K chip. And yes, the i5 will hold MUCH more better than your old Duo Core.
Oh, and: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
Laaaaast thing: budget, monitor resolution and preferred website?
July 2, 2012 1:45:47 PM

Good looking build but a few comments:

Firstly you have an sandy bridge H61 chipset motherboard with an ivy bridge K processor. The problem being that the board may not be compatible as I don't know if it will get the bios upgrade required to work with ivy. Also you cannot overclock on H61.

As Nw333 said go to 8GB of RAM if you can afford it.

Disagree totally on the case as Bitfenix is a great make.

As we don't know your usage or price range for this PC it makes it difficult to properly say what to get. Assuming a gaming rig it may be worth getting only a 500GB HDD and putting the money saved into a better GPU as games like BF3 will want for alot more than an HD 6850.
Also buying a slower CPU like an i5 2300 would free up extra cash for the GPU upgrade.
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July 2, 2012 1:49:03 PM

Have you got a specific budget just so we can check if your getting the best for the money. Apart from that the builds not too bad at all; might be worth dropping the SSD for now and getting a better GPU. Only because the SSD is still kind of an afterthought than a core component in my opinion just due to pricing and space.
July 2, 2012 1:52:44 PM

metal orient said:
Good looking build but a few comments:

Firstly you have an sandy bridge H61 chipset motherboard with an ivy bridge K processor. The problem being that the board may not be compatible as I don't know if it will get the bios upgrade required to work with ivy. Also you cannot overclock on H61.

As Nw333 said go to 8GB of RAM if you can afford it.

Disagree totally on the case as Bitfenix is a great make.

As we don't know your usage or price range for this PC it makes it difficult to properly say what to get. Assuming a gaming rig it may be worth getting only a 500GB HDD and putting the money saved into a better GPU as games like BF3 will want for alot more than an HD 6850.
Also buying a slower CPU like an i5 2300 would free up extra cash for the GPU upgrade.


Ive never heard of Bitfenix, so yeah :)  my bad.
July 2, 2012 1:53:15 PM

Thank you all for your reply. I appreciate the tips and input.

The Samsung F1 spinpoint harddrive I already have, from an old computer.

Secondly, I'm positive it says on Gigabyte homepage that it works with an i5 3570k. Pheew, I'm getting nervous now.

I've skipped the 4GB ram and went with 8GB.

My budget is already stretched far beyond what I should spend.

I'm ordering from www.computersalg.dk - It's danish tho.
July 2, 2012 1:59:03 PM

How about, downgrading to an i5 2500K and getting a 6870. I cant use danish sites as im not danish XD
July 2, 2012 2:06:15 PM

Okay. My budget is around 4500 DKKR.

http://www.computersalg.dk/g/193

If you go to that page, you can figure out since the names of hardware are english.

Ram, cpu etc.

I've deleted my order and I will do a new one, since I want to be sure to have the right things.

Any suggestions? ;) 
July 2, 2012 2:07:39 PM

Id find you stuff but I have school xD
July 2, 2012 2:09:36 PM

it is supported just make sure the bios revision is F4 as listed
July 2, 2012 3:22:02 PM

Good research on the motherboard, certainly looks like it will work as long as it has the F4 bios, as St4rwind said.

Put this build together on the site (not the best designed site i've ever seen)

Core i5 3450 (not overclockable)
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/767011/intel-core-i5...

Gigabyte H61 D3V (you picked it already and i think it's fantastic for the money)
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/534446/gigabyte-gah6...

8Gb corsair LP
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/741146/corsair-venge...
or perhaps a cheaper set
8GB Geil Black dragon:
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/892657/geil-dragon-r...

Gigabyte GTX 560 (better than an HD 6850 by a smal margin)
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/783816/gigabyte-gtx5...

Corsair CX500 Cheap but decent PSU
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/557336/corsair-build...
or
XFX Core 450W (you won't use over 300W with this system)
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/559032/xfx-core-edit...

Bitfenix Merc
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/961781/bitfenix-merc...
or
Antec 302 if you want a bit nicer case
http://www.computersalg.dk/produkt/728423/antec-three-h...

If you go with all the cheapest components it costs 4190.44 Kroner if you choose all the more expensive ones just under 4500 Kroner.
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