Budget pc upgrade ($300 budget need opinions)

So I have a friend who wants to upgrade his computer so he can run modern games, he has a tight budget of $300 and this is what he plans to purchase:

Gigabyte GeForce GT 630 2GB
ASRock 880GM-LE FX Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 945
G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT (2x4GB) DDR3

I/he would like to know how this upgrade could run modern games like:
Battlefield 3
Diablo 3
Strategy games
etc.

Any other opinions and advice would be super helpful :)

Thanks in advance for any responses
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  1. Depends on what resolution he'll be using. However, I'm going to say he should be able to do medium, sometimes high settings. Based on tom's little hierarchy chart, its the same tier as a 8800 GT 256 MB. I have the 8800 GT 512 MB, and I was gaming on medium to ultra on modern games.
  2. Minimum FPS is 31 for the GTX 640 on medium settings at 1280 x 1024, with 36 FPS being average. That is pretty playable. Straight from the link you posted. Though the 440 (which is the 630) is definitely having problems with it on medium settings, so in that respect it wouldn't be a very good card at all...
  3. Hybrid crossfire might be good at this budget

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($117.99 @ eCost)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75M-S2V Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $279.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIYnfaL0IX4 not a brilliant quality vid but shows the platform's performance
  4. FinneousPJ said:
    Hybrid crossfire might be good at this budget

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($117.99 @ eCost)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75M-S2V Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $279.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIYnfaL0IX4 not a brilliant quality vid but shows the platform's performance


    Good one, But how about lowering RAM down to 4GB then get the HD 7750 over HD 6670.
  5. for gaming the GTX 560se is so far above a 6670 or 7750 even using hybrid CF.
  6. phyco126 said:
    Minimum FPS is 31 for the GTX 640 on medium settings at 1280 x 1024, with 36 FPS being average. That is pretty playable. Straight from the link you posted. Though the 440 (which is the 630) is definitely having problems with it on medium settings, so in that respect it wouldn't be a very good card at all...


    Thanks for pointing that out, I was more referring to the more common gaming resolutions of 1680x1080 and 1920x1080. the card sucks for gaming without a doubt.
  7. jerreddredd said:
    Thanks for pointing that out, I was more referring to the more common gaming resolutions of 1680x1080 and 1920x1080. the card sucks for gaming without a doubt.


    Ha, indeed.
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