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August 17, 2012 7:20:12 PM

So I have 800 dollars to spend and I want to build my first pc for gaming. I have created two builds here, but I can't decide which to go with. The most intensive thing I can see this computer being used for is recording Skyrim at max settings and Battlefield 3 at high/max. With these intentions in mind, which build would you recommend?

AMD Fx 6100 build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eSRx

I3 2120 build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eSTw

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a c 400 4 Gaming
August 17, 2012 7:52:58 PM

I'd take the i3 build easily but better than both of those would be this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ 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 ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $868.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 15:52 EDT-0400)

A little bit over but you get a far better CPU and GPU than either of the two builds.
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August 17, 2012 8:01:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd take the i3 build easily but better than both of those would be this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ 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 ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $868.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 15:52 EDT-0400)

A little bit over but you get a far better CPU and GPU than either of the two builds.


The i3? okay...will it handle multitasking well enough to run fraps and BF3 on at least high?

And yeah, I'll consider your build. Looks pretty solid....and its only another hundred bucks or so. I'll have to think about it.....What's the performance difference between the i5 3450 and say, the 3550? Is it worth spending another 10-20 bucks?
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a c 400 4 Gaming
August 17, 2012 8:25:21 PM

TheScarecrow97 said:
The i3? okay...will it handle multitasking well enough to run fraps and BF3 on at least high?

And yeah, I'll consider your build. Looks pretty solid....and its only another hundred bucks or so. I'll have to think about it.....What's the performance difference between the i5 3450 and say, the 3550? Is it worth spending another 10-20 bucks?


Yeah the i3-2120 will run BF3 better than an FX-6100 will.

And the cost difference between the two i5s isn't worth it. I pick the 3450 because it's a good price / performance ratio. If you're going to upgrade from there the only one that would be worth it would be the 3570K. You wont really notice the speed increase.
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