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August 17, 2012 6:12:29 AM

How good is this system? This is my first build and I feel like this could be a good build.

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case: $50
Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 80+ Certified
GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5(maybe a Radeon 7850)
CPU: AMD FX Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Quad Core
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: 500GB Seagate 7200 RPM Drive
Extra: AOC PCI High Performance Exhaust Fan
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

I want to be able to play battlefield 3 and other similar games. What could be upgraded to stay within a $750(the budget can be flexible considering I might wait till black-friday/cyber-monday) budget for the actual desktop to save money for a good monitor(probably 1920x1080) and other components, keyboard, mouse, etc...

The Processor can be changed to an AMD phenom 965 black edition. Or should I just wait for piledriver to come out. Any changes are welcome.

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August 17, 2012 7:03:00 AM

You'll need a HD 7850 for battlefield @ 1080p. Otherwise looks good.
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August 17, 2012 7:04:43 AM

I'd consider switching to an Intel-based build. Bulldozer isn't the best basis for a system, given its comparatively poor performance. You could get an Intel system for similar and have a much more open upgrade path.

If you can, look at getting a better GPU for BF3...a 6950 would work, or if you can stretch to it a 7950. Alternatively, a 560Ti or 660Ti.

No need for a PCI exhaust fan...
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August 17, 2012 7:27:23 AM

I'd suggest to get a bigger case (internal dimensions) to make it a bit more future proof and allow larger graphic cards.

I'd also suggest to go for a Radeon HD 7870/7950 (7850 minimum), that will allow decent game play. Don't bother with the 660ti, read here why not to get it http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

As for the CPU AMD vs Intel. Yes the Intel i5/i7 CPUs are faster, but more expensive.
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August 17, 2012 8:50:30 AM

How good is that gaming PC?

It's ok.
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