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August 18, 2012 3:09:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $500-$550
No monitor
No OS
Amazon
AMD since cheaper, but Intel if possible
Overclock: Maybe
Crossfire-NO
1280x1024
*So I was wondering if they are all compatible and will they fit in my case. If you want me to at least upgrade to something else, please include link to either a site with free shipping (amazon preferably) and must stay in a $550> range.*
Will this play games like GTA IV, Just Cause 2, and Battlefield 3 on high?
I am mainly upgrading since my laptop cannot handle games like above.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ
Asrock 970 Extreme3 AMD 970 & SB950 ATX DDR3 800 AMD - AM3+ Motherboard
HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X 1GB
Corsair 8gb
GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black)
Corsair Builder Series CX600 500 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

Total on amazon with free shipping is-$571.93, free shipping!

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August 18, 2012 3:35:59 AM

AT your price range that will work fine. I can play pretty much any game fully maxed at 1280x1024 with my rig, and my 550 TI is not as good as a 6870. This is the resolution I currently play at as well. I've played all of the COD games, BF3 single player (never multi), Medal of Honor (2010)- uses same game engine as BF3, Crysis 2 and Skyrim. Among others.

I would suggest going with a more modern chipset than a 760G on the mobo though. I'd try to squeeze in a 970 chipset board. I would suggest an Asus M5A97 or Asrock 970 Extreme 3 or 4.

Also, you can save some money on the PSU, a CX500v2 (likewise Corsair) is more than sufficient for that setup.
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August 18, 2012 3:37:09 AM

caltiger123 said:
if you can spare the $ I would trade the 6870 for a GTX 560. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I dont think you need a 600 watt psu so if you can find a 500 watt for cheaper than go for it.(I think :)  )


http://www.valleyseek.com/asus-us-engtx560-dc-2di-1gd5-...

A note about that, BF3 is indeed optimized for Nvidia graphics cards, so you might want to take that into consideration if you have aspirations of playing BF3 at high settings, but the 6870 should still take care of it @ that resolution.
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August 18, 2012 3:52:49 AM

I decided to get the Extreme 3 mobo. But to that I had to downgrade to a 500gb and a 500watts Corsair. But it can manage! Thank you! Oh and it's fine if I can't play on super derpie high. As long as I can play it.
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August 18, 2012 3:55:48 AM

caltiger123 said:
if you can spare the $ I would trade the 6870 for a GTX 560. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I dont think you need a 600 watt psu so if you can find a 500 watt for cheaper than go for it.(I think :)  )


http://www.valleyseek.com/asus-us-engtx560-dc-2di-1gd5-...


Really? The 560 kinda suck compared to a 6870. But to a 560 ti, I would defintely buy that over the 6870! But I don't have the money :p 
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August 18, 2012 4:03:06 AM

warliccilraw said:
I decided to get the Extreme 3 mobo. But to that I had to downgrade to a 500gb and a 500watts Corsair. But it can manage! Thank you! Oh and it's fine if I can't play on super derpie high. As long as I can play it.

You'll be fine at that resolution. Like I said, I play on that resolution currently with my 550 TI AMP edition, and I have no gripes except with Skyrim. The 550 TI gets throttled occasionally and the FPS do drop. Although I did say that BF3 likes Nvidia cards more than AMD, the reverse seems to be true for Skyrim.

As far as a 500GB hard drive, meh, its not a big deal. My main drive is a 500GB too, I added a slow 5900RPM 2TB second drive later on.

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August 18, 2012 4:31:36 AM

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