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I need your help to build my 1st desktop

Hi, this my 1st time ever* building a desktop. I dont know much about computers so I need your help. What do you guys think about the following parts? and i was also wondering if the power supply would be enough to power everything or do I need a bigger one? Would I need any extra fans? Oh and would I be able to play WOW, BF3, and MW3 on max quality with good fps? Thanks


AMD 64 CPU:
AMD Phenom ll X4970 3.5GHz(Quad Core) 45nm, AM3 6mb cache

AMD 64 CPU Fans:
Spire Kesterl-King ll AMD 64 fan

AMD 64 Motherboards:
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+, Onboard Video, Sound, GB LAN

DDR3 Dual Channel memory:
8gb (2x4gb) PC10600 DDR3 1333 Dual Channel

PCI-Express Video Card:
AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB PCI Express 16x dual head, HDMI

Hard Drive:
1tb Hitachi Deskstar CoolSpin SATA2 UDMA 300 8m cache

Cases: PowMax Black Mid Tower ARX Case w/Front USB

Power Supply:
Logisy 400W ATX Power Supply
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  1. You wont be able to run BF3 on max with that graphics card but the psu should be fine with that system.
  2. tropsical said:
    You wont be able to run BF3 on max with that graphics card but the psu should be fine with that system.



    Any ideas on what graphics card i should get for bf3? and could i run wow on max with that one?
  3. Nowhere near max quality in BF3.

    Whats your budget? I'm guessing around $600-700? Maybe we can figure out a new system.
  4. manofchalk said:
    Nowhere near max quality in BF3.

    Whats your budget? I'm guessing around $600-700? Maybe we can figure out a new system.


    Well I got max $650... I was also thinking of buying this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gaming-PC-Desktop-Computer-QuadCore-Windows-7-SPECIAL-LOW-PRICE-LOOK-/271032161243?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D1750735278055811166%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D2%26

    or what should i change on my system?
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    I wouldn't buy that system. Parts in it arn't all that great, and I have no idea how he is claiming max graphics on some of the games listed.

    Heres what I would recommend for a $600 rig. Please tell me you have an OS, because including it in this budget is the difference between no GPU and a decent one.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965. $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme3 AM3+. $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    PSU: XFX Pro 650W, 80+ Bronze. $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    GPU: MSI HD7770. $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

    Case: Zalman Z9+. $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    Optical: Lite on 18x. $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
    If you have a SATA drive from a previous rig, just use that one.

    Total: $610 (before shipping, rebates and promo's).
  6. manofchalk said:
    I wouldn't buy that system. Parts in it arn't all that great, and I have no idea how he is claiming max graphics on some of the games listed.

    Heres what I would recommend for a $600 rig. Please tell me you have an OS, because including it in this budget is the difference between no GPU and a decent one.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965. $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    Mobo: AsRock 970 Extreme3 AM3+. $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    PSU: XFX Pro 650W, 80+ Bronze. $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    GPU: MSI HD7770. $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

    Case: Zalman Z9+. $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    Optical: Lite on 18x. $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
    If you have a SATA drive from a previous rig, just use that one.

    Total: $610 (before shipping, rebates and promo's).


    Yeah I got an OS I can get any one i want from my cousin :D And thanks for the help BTW i found some of the parts cheaper on Ebay :) One more thing, am I going to be able to play BF3 on high with this? Thanks again.
  7. Win 7 Home Premium 64bit is all you should need.

    Be careful purchasing from Ebay, don't get refurbished or used parts (especially on the HDD and CPU). Only component I would consider refurbished/used would be the case.

    Heres the performance benchmark for the HD7770 in BF3, the 1920x1080 result is what you should get.
    So you can get high settings at a respectable FPS, might dip in firefights though.
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_sapphire_hd7770/9.htm
  8. Best answer selected by zhackaz.
  9. manofchalk said:
    Win 7 Home Premium 64bit is all you should need.

    Be careful purchasing from Ebay, don't get refurbished or used parts (especially on the HDD and CPU). Only component I would consider refurbished/used would be the case.

    Heres the performance benchmark for the HD7770 in BF3, the 1920x1080 result is what you should get.
    So you can get high settings at a respectable FPS, might dip in firefights though.
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_sapphire_hd7770/9.htm


    Ok thanks for the help, I will be carefull.
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