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August 29, 2012 6:57:04 AM

Hey guys i need your help. Im building a new computer and i was wondering if the specs are good enough to play game maxed out. (Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Blacklight: Retribution, etc.) If you guys could leave me some feed back or differnt parts please replay. I would prefer Newegg links.Also im on a budget build of around $550. Thanks a lot :D 

Computer Specs:
Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850
Motherboard - BIOSTAR TA870U3+
RAM - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Power Supply - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W
Hard drive - Refurbished: Seagate 1TB
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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August 29, 2012 7:13:33 AM

Don't get a refurbished HDD, it could be well on its way to death. I'd pump up the budget to a 7850. The 6850 won't last into Crysis 3 or Metro: Last Light.
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August 29, 2012 7:16:44 AM

Dont expect to max out games on a $500 rig. Replace that 6850 with a 7770 anyways.
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August 29, 2012 7:21:24 AM

Nw333 said:
Dont expect to max out games on a $500 rig. Replace that 6850 with a 7770 anyways.


Why? That is going backwards in performance.
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August 29, 2012 7:23:00 AM

On that kind of budget you will have trouble building a machine outright, yet alone a machine that will max out games such as Crysis 2.

Thats an AM3 socket board with an AM3+ CPU, will technically work, but you will lose some performance. Get this board.
AsRock 970 Extreme3 AM3+. $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These RAM kits are faster and from a better brand.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Refurbished HDD's are a no. You want a fresh, unused one. Only component I would consider buying refurbished would be the case.

No Operating System?

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August 29, 2012 7:27:00 AM

And what would be a good cheap 500GB hard drive?
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August 29, 2012 7:27:24 AM

I have a new Windows 7 Ultimate disk
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August 29, 2012 7:28:32 AM

Hi. The build you did is pretty OK but you can do so much better!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $558.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 03:29 EDT-0400)

This build below, compared to yours has a better motherboard which will allow for a very high overclock, a faster graphics card, faster hard drive, better power supply, faster RAM, better case and... umm its better in every aspect.
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August 29, 2012 7:30:07 AM

Smeg45 said:
Why? That is going backwards in performance.

Xfire 7770s beat the 6850. All he needs is a 600W PSU. Up to him, I guess. If he wants Xfire, the 7770 will be better than the 6850 since they consume less power.
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August 29, 2012 7:43:30 AM

Kamen_BG said:
Hi. The build you did is pretty OK but you can do so much better!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $558.90
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 03:29 EDT-0400)

This build below, compared to yours has a better motherboard which will allow for a very high overclock, a faster graphics card, faster hard drive, better power supply, faster RAM, better case and... umm its better in every aspect.


That looks like a amazing build. What kind of gaming performance can i get out of it?
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August 29, 2012 8:17:18 AM

Kamen_bg build. I'm guessing that will give you Medium Settings. So so, but also depends on monitor resolution.

What's your monitor?
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