Need Advice (I'm a novice at this)

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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  1. Do this

    i5-3570k

    GA-Z77-UD3H

    radeon 6950
    with the rest of your build an it will play like a charm.
  2. 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.
  3. Lots of advice in my signature :)

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

    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.
  4. Mine should play it on high with crazy frame rates.
  5. The guy has a £600 budget. In UK component prices that's about $800-850 USD.
  6. Is mine too high?? If so then keep your gpu and xfire when you can.
  7. Proximon said:
    The guy has a £600 budget. In UK component prices that's about $800-850 USD.


    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-851.jpg

    Another forum user posted this setup and i was wondering if it was decent. Also need a sound card aswell as a network card any other recommendations?
  8. this is also cheaper which suits me better
  9. Do this your build except the mobo I posted above the i3-2120 and a 6950 and you are set to go.
  10. 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
  11. unsure sorry* i know the purpose of the sound card but don't know a reasonable one
  12. Get a corsair 600watt and that will more than power it
  13. 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-premium-64-bit-sp1-operating-system-single-oem
  14. 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?
  15. 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 :)
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Oh I didnt know there were that many things usb 3.0 so op get a 3.0 case.
  20. Proximon, so which is better the system that i came together with or the one that you suggested earlier?
  21. well better value for money and can you recommend a cheap case that will fit my build? thanks
  22. The last system you posted is very nice, as long as it fits your budget.

    It would be nice to get a better case. I doubt the fans will last too long in that one and it has no USB 3... but it's cheap and may be your best value at that price.

    This is a compelling case for a bit more
    http://www.ebuyer.com/368038-in-win-mana-137-case-mana-137

    Then there is this Zalman
    http://www.dabs.com/products/zalman-z11-plus-high-performance-mid-tower-case-82RX.html?src=3
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. I thought it would be best to have quad core cpu for bf3 multiplayer-its been very well optimized for quad cores
  27. 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
  28. 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-graphics-performance,3063-13.html
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. can you confirm this proximon?
  34. Yeah it should work fine Is that cpu a 3rd gen?? If not then do this

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=796021&CatId=6982
  35. i'm not sure if it is.
  36. whats wrong with the one that i put up?
  37. The build as listed is great. Tigerdirect does not work in the UK :)
  38. Oh then the one you listed is great!
  39. 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
  40. i've seen the inwin 136 case which I like :)
  41. I think i'm all set, gonna order it in the next few days
  42. Keep us posted
  43. no worries i will :)
  44. waiting on the parts :)
  45. Dont forget to choose a best answer ;)
  46. back again :P

    is there anywhere cheap that I can buy windows 7 operating system (full)
  47. anywhere cheap* sorry
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