Build-gaming-computers.com suggested builds

Hello, my name is Sam
and I am looking to build my first gaming computer. I have been looking at the suggested builds on this website
http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/gaming-desktop-computer.html
And I am wondering how the budget build would hold up in games such as Skyrim, Arma 2, The Witcher, etc. as compared to the suggested mid range build on the same link. I need to keep my budget around a thousand so the mid range is pushing it with the monitor, keyboard and mouse
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  1. What year are those builds from? That AMD + 550TI combo would be incredibly sluggish in games like BF3 and Arma 2. Oh and you should look at the $900 build - the fact that they recommended an Ultra (garbage) PSU and a sound card that is not needed - that's pretty much a fail right there.

    For $600 - this is a far better budget build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $596.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-03 17:58 EDT-0400)
  2. Thanks for the reply. The site claims the builds are kept up to date. Cant be sure though so i brought my questions here. So what kind of settings could i run in various games and at what fps with this build?
  3. Lotsofleaves said:
    Thanks for the reply. The site claims the builds are kept up to date. Cant be sure though so i brought my questions here. So what kind of settings could i run in various games and at what fps with this build?


    Depends on the resolution but the Radeon 6850 is a much more capable card than the 550TI is. If you're willing to go higher (~$750 range), I'd adjust with a better GPU, and a quad core CPU.
  4. I usually play at 1280X720, no AA. Any idea what fps that will get?
  5. Lotsofleaves said:
    I usually play at 1280X720, no AA. Any idea what fps that will get?


    If I had to ballpark - probably 30 - 35FPS.

    This build will allow you to go higher:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($258.15 @ Mwave)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $728.58
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-03 18:48 EDT-0400)
  6. do you happen to have a nearby frys or microcenter, microcenter normally has cheaper cpus+mobo combo but frys just had a hot deal right now with 118$+tax for an i5-2400 store pickup only, which is probably the absolute best deal right now
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