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July 9, 2012 8:04:51 PM

I've been looking around on google/youtube aswell as looking at reviews and came up with the list of items and well was wondering if it is capable of running diablo 3 and battlefield on decent settings.


Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 SKT-AM3+ Motherboard (Rev 1.0)

750w Sata Power Supply

Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

LG GH22NS 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black

Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower PC Computer Case 4 Blue LED Fans and Card Reader

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )

Additional Information:

Also looking for a sound card/network card as well as installing a windows 7 operating system

My price range is about £600 and i'm just wanting to know if this will work tbh. I'm new to this and any advice will be appreciated

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July 9, 2012 9:06:14 PM

Do this

i5-3570k

GA-Z77-UD3H

radeon 6950
with the rest of your build an it will play like a charm.
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July 9, 2012 9:06:30 PM

mattmilne94 said:
I've been looking around on google/youtube aswell as looking at reviews and came up with the list of items and well was wondering if it is capable of running diablo 3 and battlefield on decent settings.


Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 SKT-AM3+ Motherboard (Rev 1.0)

750w Sata Power Supply

Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

LG GH22NS 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black

Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower PC Computer Case 4 Blue LED Fans and Card Reader

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )

Additional Information:

Also looking for a sound card/network card as well as installing a windows 7 operating system

My price range is about £600 and i'm just wanting to know if this will work tbh. I'm new to this and any advice will be appreciated


Yes, the hardware components you have setup will run Diablo 3 and Battlefield at Decent settings. And do install Windows 7 OS, the 64-bit version. 2fast4thetown_down also suggests a better Intel alternative.
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July 9, 2012 9:09:17 PM

Lots of advice in my signature :) 

A bit more info:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

You probably need a better PSU. There is no brand listed so I can't say for sure. If it's generic then it's trash and will harm your parts.

Normally AMD would not be your budget choice. Unless you have a very good deal on it and intend to overclock a lot... and being new that's not a good idea.
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July 9, 2012 9:10:10 PM

Mine should play it on high with crazy frame rates.
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July 9, 2012 9:12:42 PM

The guy has a £600 budget. In UK component prices that's about $800-850 USD.
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July 9, 2012 9:14:25 PM

Is mine too high?? If so then keep your gpu and xfire when you can.
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July 9, 2012 9:18:36 PM

this is also cheaper which suits me better
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July 9, 2012 9:20:56 PM

Do this your build except the mobo I posted above the i3-2120 and a 6950 and you are set to go.
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July 9, 2012 9:31:05 PM

ok, proximon queried the power supply it is a

ACE 750W Power Supply with PCI-Express 4x SATA 3x Molex & 20/24 pin - Great Value for Money Power Supply by Ace

wil that be powerful enough, i'm also sure about a sound card and a network card and its purpose
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July 9, 2012 9:31:35 PM

unsure sorry* i know the purpose of the sound card but don't know a reasonable one
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July 9, 2012 9:32:11 PM

Get a corsair 600watt and that will more than power it
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July 9, 2012 9:52:57 PM

No, that's a very poor choice. let me just visit Scan and see what we can do:

Here is the list at scan

http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware

i3 2100
Asus P8H77-V LE
InWin MaNa 134 Black
600W Corsair Builder Series
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-10600 (1333), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V
2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 Overclocked, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 975MHz, DL DVI/HDMI/mDP+Free Dirt:Showdown*
500GB Seagate ST500DM002
Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE

Total W/VAT £558.23

Add Win 7
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/microsoft-windows-7-home...
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July 9, 2012 9:59:49 PM

Ok so after that my system would consist of :


XFX ATI Radeon HD6950 XXX Dual Fan Graphics Card (PCI-e 2GB, GDDR5 Memory Dual-DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDMI)

Intel i3-2120 Sandybridge Core i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed"

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort 8 Channel Audio ATX

Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E

Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

LG GH22NS 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black

Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower PC Computer Case 4 Blue LED Fans and Card Reader

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )

Questions:

Is it worth getting the motherboard with wifi or buying a network card sepreately.

With operating system included that comes to £670 without a soundcard, any recommendations on a soundcard that will keep the price below £700?



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July 9, 2012 10:01:35 PM

mattmilne94 said:
Ok so after that my system would consist of :


XFX ATI Radeon HD6950 XXX Dual Fan Graphics Card (PCI-e 2GB, GDDR5 Memory Dual-DVI HDMI DisplayPort HDMI)

Intel i3-2120 Sandybridge Core i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed"

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI DisplayPort 8 Channel Audio ATX

Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU - 6x SATA 2x PCI-E

Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

LG GH22NS 22x SATA DVDRW Drive - Bare Black

Vantage Black Midi Gaming Tower PC Computer Case 4 Blue LED Fans and Card Reader

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz ( PC3-12800 )

Questions:

Is it worth getting the motherboard with wifi or buying a network card sepreately.

With operating system included that comes to £670 without a soundcard, any recommendations on a soundcard that will keep the price below £700?


Looks like a really cool gaming rig it will do what you want and exceed all expectations :) 
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July 9, 2012 10:05:37 PM

You won't need an extra sound card at that budget. Onboard is fine.

Your list looks good, except for the case. Make sure you are getting a case with USB 3 front ports.
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July 9, 2012 10:08:20 PM

But nothing uses usb 3.0 yet it will be a couple years before it is used and he can buy a port to put on the front :p 
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July 9, 2012 11:03:02 PM

You get better transfers even with USB 2 devices, usually. I don't know where you got that idea. Most modern USB hard drives are USB 3, Flash drives are USB 3. I own both and have for about a year... it's not new tech.
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July 9, 2012 11:04:35 PM

Oh I didnt know there were that many things usb 3.0 so op get a 3.0 case.
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July 10, 2012 10:21:43 AM

Proximon, so which is better the system that i came together with or the one that you suggested earlier?
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July 10, 2012 10:23:07 AM

well better value for money and can you recommend a cheap case that will fit my build? thanks
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July 10, 2012 11:31:25 AM

i'd prefer to have the cheaper one that you suggested, will this be able to run games like battelfield 3 and diablo 3 on high settings?
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July 10, 2012 11:34:58 AM

Yes no problems. You won't max out BF3 settings at 1920x1080... but neither will the other build.

If you have a good price on that i3 2120 it would be a good upgrade.
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July 10, 2012 11:40:48 AM

Sorry i am a bit confused should i get the i3 2120 or the i3 2100 which you said to get earlier, i will most likely be going with the build that you suggested

The price of the i3 2120 is £90
The price of the i3 2100 is £90

so which one is better? sorry i'm a newb :S



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July 10, 2012 1:16:27 PM

I thought it would be best to have quad core cpu for bf3 multiplayer-its been very well optimized for quad cores
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July 10, 2012 4:06:54 PM

can someone help me out with the processor, is i3 2120 better than i3 2100 for the system which proximon suggested.

i3 2100 or i3 2120?
Asus P8H77-V LE
InWin MaNa 134 Black
600W Corsair Builder Series
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-10600 (1333), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V
2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 Overclocked, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 975MHz, DL DVI/HDMI/mDP+Free Dirt:Showdown*
500GB Seagate ST500DM002
Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE
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July 10, 2012 9:55:43 PM

The i3 2130 is the faster CPU by a little bit. If it is the same price then it's a no-brainer.

As to the whole quad core thing, it's mostly a myth as far as I have seen. YES, BF3 will USE as many cores as you throw at it... but that does NOT mean that performance will improve, especially at higher resolutions.



Image from
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graph...

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July 11, 2012 7:46:26 PM

ok thanks for all your help guys I think i;m gonna go with that build :)  wish me luck :D  hopefully it won't explode :p 
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July 12, 2012 9:37:49 AM

They are both £89

Intel i3-2100 SandybridgeCore i3 Quad-Core Processor ? 3.10GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed

OR

Intel i3-2120 Sandybridge Core i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed

Which one is better because the dual core has higher GHz and well the other one is a quadcore


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July 12, 2012 10:10:19 AM

That is a misprint. They are both dual core CPUs, and the 2130 is the one you want.

That's what an i3 is. There is no such thing as a quad core i3... Quad cores are i5 or i7.

Here is the correct description of the i3-2100
http://ark.intel.com/products/53422/
4th line: # of cores 2
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July 12, 2012 10:54:00 AM

ok thanks my total build comes to £648 which i am willing to spend :) 

Just so I am clear this system will run well:


2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 Overclocked, 4800MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 975MHz, DL DVI/HDMI/mDP+Free Dirt:Showdown*

Intel Core i3 2130 3.4 GHz Processor with Socket 1155, L3 3Mb, Sandy Bridge, 32nm by Intel

 Asus P8H77-V LE, Intel H77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, PCIe 3.0 (x16), USB 3.0 D-Sub (VGA) / DVI-D / HDMI, ATX

 600W Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2UK, 80% Eff', 80 PLUS, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.3, PSU

 500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ

Samsung WriteMaster SH-S222BB/BEBE 

InWin MaNa 134 Black Mid Tower Performance Gaming Case Side Mesh with USB 3.0 w/o PSU

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM Operating System

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-10600 (1333), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V

Thanks for all your help proximon
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July 12, 2012 3:51:27 PM

can you confirm this proximon?
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July 12, 2012 4:21:45 PM

i'm not sure if it is.
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July 12, 2012 7:14:30 PM

whats wrong with the one that i put up?
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July 12, 2012 7:52:37 PM

The build as listed is great. Tigerdirect does not work in the UK :) 
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July 13, 2012 9:04:59 AM

Can anyone recommend a decent case for around the £40 work that works as well as the:

InWin MaNa 134 Black Mid Tower Performance Gaming Case Side Mesh with USB 3.0 w/o PSU

I'm just not fond of that case :S
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July 13, 2012 7:42:58 PM

i've seen the inwin 136 case which I like :) 
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July 13, 2012 9:02:17 PM

I think i'm all set, gonna order it in the next few days
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July 14, 2012 12:19:37 PM

no worries i will :) 
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July 17, 2012 11:25:29 AM

waiting on the parts :) 
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July 22, 2012 1:15:19 AM

Dont forget to choose a best answer ;) 
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July 22, 2012 6:08:39 PM

back again :p 

is there anywhere cheap that I can buy windows 7 operating system (full)
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July 22, 2012 6:09:04 PM

anywhere cheap* sorry
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