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New GAMING build help ?

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August 6, 2012 3:41:36 AM

What do you guys think of

CPU:Intel Core I3 2120 3.3Ghz
Motherboard:Asrock Z77-PRO3
Ram:4GB - 1600mhz
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 7850
Idk if I'm missing anything I'm very computer savvy.

Would this be able to run BF3, Diablo 3, WoW and GTA IV on Ultra Settings w/ no lag ?

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August 6, 2012 3:56:49 AM

Only BF3 you might have to use high settings to get good fps.
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August 6, 2012 4:04:49 AM

Are you taking recommendations on psu/case/hard drive/etc as well or are you gutting a previous build? What resolution are you intending to game at?

BF3 is very CPU intensive and on ultra you will be much better off with a 2500k. The 2120 can handle it, but it isn't perfect.

I'm not a radeon fan right now primarily because of price/performance. The 560 ti offers 90% of the 7850's performance for 80% of the price. The 7950 and 7970 are better price/performance options and will get you better gaming quality, but are considerably more expensive.
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August 6, 2012 4:12:38 AM

The system you've designed can run all games, but not on Ultra settings.. at least @1920x1080 resolution. A resolution below that is a different story.

In order to play BF3 or any other high end game on the highest settings (@1080p) you not only require a good GPU but also a good CPU. So, lets get started with the components now.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K -- a little overclocking for the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -- a full atx board for wholesome goodness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$43

GPU (1080p): Nvidia 660Ti or ATI Radeon 7950 -- 660Ti is releasing soon, for $300!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$350

PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75

HDD: 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Cache Seagate/WD -- 1TB comes at a good $/GB rate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$97

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -- Need overclocking? Get this.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...
$31

Total................... $1050 :D 
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August 6, 2012 4:28:02 AM

I'm hearing $350 for the 660 ti most recently. Also why not go with 8gb of ddr3-1600 (low profile for the heatsink you suggested) for a few bucks more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also if you're going to buy aftermarket cooling you might as well go all the way to the noctua nh-d14. It's significantly better performing, with load temps often 10 degrees C cooler, and it provides a long-term multi-generational investment (usually).
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