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600-650 budget gaming pc (questions on gpu and other stuff)

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July 11, 2012 7:51:38 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: next week or 2

Budget Range: 600-650 w/ rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing
Are you buying a monitor: NO


Do you need to buy OS: NO

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably newegg

Location: Hawaii, im most likely going to buy online

Parts Preferences: I have my build list down below, i just need advice/revisions

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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Ok, so im hoping for some advice on my build with this thread. I want my rig to run BF3 at least on high with avg 40-50 fps and hopefully ultra with 30-40 fps. Honestly, with the 6870 im almost sure that BF3 will NOT run smoothly on ultra. Thats why I'm considering taking out the SSD (which was a dumb idea to put in the first place, but i thought it was a good idea at first) and replacing the 6870 with the 6950. I already have a 320GB harddrive from a HP computer that my family bought around 2 years ago which was why I put in the SSD in the first place. BTW, im planning to take the optical drive and the harddrive from the computer, but will it work with my new build? Anyways, Is the 6950 going to be worth it? ALSO, is my PSU and my case ok? I just want some confirmation. Lastly (sorry this is kinda long and also kind of repetative,) but I know that BF3 on high isnt much different from BF3 on ultra. so is the extra money and taking out the SSD worth it? Or should I keep the 6850 and my current build list.
Any advice and help would be appreciated. THANKS! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :love:  :bounce:  :D  :)  :D  :D  :pt1cable: 


I wont say what i dont need to buy b/c i probably will forget some, but the list down below is what i HAVE to buy. (does that make sense?)


Heres my build:
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CPU : Core i5 2400
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COOLER : Stock
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MOTHERBOARD : Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155
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MEMORY : G.Skill NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
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HARD DRIVE : Mushkin Chronos 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
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GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
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CASE : Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case
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PSU : Apevia 500W ATX Power Supply
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Here's my list : http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

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July 11, 2012 9:44:04 AM

id say go for a Quad-SLI GTX 690. :D 
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July 11, 2012 10:17:38 AM

the apevia psu is iffy.

here's my $650 build choices:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $651.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

much better vid card and a small SSD, and assuming you reuse your 320 GB drive
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July 11, 2012 10:48:13 AM

Honestly, I would grab 8 gigs if you could. I just brought 8 gigs of Team Elite (I know. It pass several hours of MemTest though) for $31. I guess you would have to be waiting for the right deal to come along and buy it right then, and I guess you can't afford to wait if your going to build it all at once though.....

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July 12, 2012 12:58:30 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
the apevia psu is iffy.

here's my $650 build choices:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $651.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

much better vid card and a small SSD, and assuming you reuse your 320 GB drive



Thanks for the advice, I'm changing my gpu to the 7850 for the best performance in BF3, but could you explain to me the reason for the change in motherboard and case? Just want to clarify. Also, I'm planning to get the Sapphire OC Edition. I am aware that my mobo limits cpu overclocking, but I want to overclock my 7850 also. Does the mobo affect my overclocking or is the overclocking done with 3rd party sofrtware?
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July 12, 2012 7:13:46 AM

OCing a discrete GPU is independent of the mobo
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July 12, 2012 2:52:46 PM

jungkyu said:
Thanks for the advice, I'm changing my gpu to the 7850 for the best performance in BF3, but could you explain to me the reason for the change in motherboard and case? Just want to clarify. Also, I'm planning to get the Sapphire OC Edition. I am aware that my mobo limits cpu overclocking, but I want to overclock my 7850 also. Does the mobo affect my overclocking or is the overclocking done with 3rd party sofrtware?


I went with a non-overclocking quad-core processor (the 2400). the case was, at the time, the least expensive case with a 120mm fan. this week, I'd go with the Rosewill R101, $29.99 with a 15% discount and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its small (micro ATX only), and old school (screw-based HDD hold, instead of screwless, psu on top) and limited in video card size (max 9.25"), but has a 120mm fan, which is huge in this case. its drawbacks arent drawbacks -- you have a MicroATX motherboard, and your GPU is only 8.5" long.

the H61M/U3S3 is a great budget board, has USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 (2 ports each) for modern connectivity
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July 19, 2012 3:53:13 AM

Best answer selected by jungkyu.
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