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Budget Gaming Build

Alright, I am looking at putting together a decent gaming system for Battlefield 3 on a budget.

CPU: AMD FX 4100 (going to OC this thing like crazy so it actually performs!)

MB: M5A97 970

GPU: MSI 7950 (thinking about reflashing to 7970 BIOS for a better OC)

Case: NZXT TEMPEST EVO

CPU Fan: Coolermaster 212 EVO

PSU: OCZ Fatality 750W

RAM: 8 GBs of Corsair Vengance @1866

Just a note. I don't want some BS argument about AMD vs. Intel. The fact is that an OC'd FX4100 will perform pretty well for gaming, especially for BF3. Take that fan boy *** elsewhere.

Thanks for the feedback guys!
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  1. i3 with a 7850 and , well let me show you

    -mobo (solid but cheap)
    Intel BOXDH61SA LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813121550

    -cpu enough to game
    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
    Item #: N82E16819115078

    -HDD smooth on a low budget
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD3200AZRX 320GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822236181

    -PSU cheap but good enough
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139026

    -CASE simple but great airflow
    Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
    Item #: N82E16811352009

    -optical drive cheapest
    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289

    -GPU hard gaming and low power REQ
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)
    Item #: N82E16814102986

    -Memory enough to have no issues
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
    Item #: N82E16820231253

    all for 615 dlls keep in mind that better cpu or better or older gen GPU will make spend more money on PSU

    low wattage low heat and no aftermarket coolers

    i3 has good gaming and the only thing i like it better than AMD is that AMD gets really hot compared and you need an aftermarket fan

    reviews show that anything above 4gb of ram is nice (i have 8 ) but still doesnt gain a performance worthy of spending more
  2. I appreciate the reply, but your build will have lower performance than mine! I already have an aftermarket fan for my AMD so it doesn't get too hot (I plan on OCing to about 4.6 Ghz). The i3 2120 is a nice processor, but its locked and that is a real deal killer for me. The 7850 will not run BF3 on Ultra at 1920x1080, the 7950 will. The reason I went with a 750W PSU is because A. I am OCing, and B. I am considering running a dual GPU set up in the future. Also, the farther you stay away from maxing your PSU the longer it tends to last.

    Oh and I am getting a Hitachi 500 GB hard drive.
  3. ok budget you said

    hell then get a 7950 and overlock the 4100 qith a nice motherboard, my brother has a FX8120 turbo boost off with a 4.2 overlock and games really smooth with a ZALMAN performa CNPSX10
  4. Sorry, I should've been more clear! That build I listed is what I am thinking of getting, total is around 850 (budgetish IMO). I already have an OS and some optical drives lying around. I am a tad worried about my mobo and OCing, but I do really appreciate the price I can get on it at micro center. A 990 mobo would be 20 bucks more, is that worth it?
  5. Get one of these motherboards they OC on really easy and well MOBO:ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735#top

    MOBO:ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736#top


    MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128509#top

    MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514#top
  6. Thanks for the motherboard advice, I think I am going to go with the 990 FXA UD3!

    Also, I play alot of BF3 multiplayer, will an FX 4100 OC'd to 4.7 GHz throttle my 7950?
  7. jstanley11 said:
    Thanks for the motherboard advice, I think I am going to go with the 990 FXA UD3!

    Also, I play alot of BF3 multiplayer, will an FX 4100 OC'd to 4.7 GHz throttle my 7950?
    good choice and no it won't throttle
  8. Best answer
    Get this motherboard the one you picked is not very good http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 the rest of your build looks solid though good job!Actually get the i5-3570k from MC and the Z77 Pro3 Gen3 (it is $60). Here the deals from microcenter http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j357/russwood8814/Capture-35.png
  9. Best answer selected by jstanley11.
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