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Will this be a decent $700 gaming pc?

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August 29, 2012 4:47:06 PM

I plan on really only playing Guild Wars 2, and Battlefield 3.
I still cannot decide if I want the i5 2500k, or i5 3570 (ivy bridge). Don't plan on OC'ing, but the 2500k has over 2,000 positive reviews on newegg backing it up. I also want the one with the best stock fan.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fZiv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fZiv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fZiv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.90 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($8.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $866.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 12:43 EDT-0400)

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August 29, 2012 4:48:06 PM

Playing BF3 on which resolution and what settings?
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August 29, 2012 4:54:19 PM

Ideally medium. I will be playing GW2 mostly. It should handle GW2 on max.
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August 29, 2012 5:46:16 PM

What about...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.23 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.88 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($192.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $866.06
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 13:48 EDT-0400)
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August 29, 2012 5:50:07 PM

If you are not OCing I would go for an i5 3450 processor (ivy bridge)
Can't comment on which of those fans to choose because they are all stock Intel fans. If you want something better you can add an aftermarket cooler and fan for about $30 but you don't really have to since you are not overclocking.

For around $700 dollars this is what I came up with:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fZSb *fixed*

I upgraded the video card to a 7870 and included a 80+ bronze power supply.
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August 29, 2012 5:54:40 PM

^ link doesn't work. It is a link to pcpartpicker.com, and not to a specific list.

A proper link would look something like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fZHa
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