Is this a good gaming rig?

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  1. Where do I start - NO!! What is your total budget? 550Ti is not that great of a video card. Intel cpus/mobos are better for gaming. The RAM is not low profile - may not fit under cpu cooler - you will get one ? Why such a big psu - plan on sli?
    -Bruce
  2. Ok look. my ram slots and psu is nowhere near eachother. i already put in my PSU and my Graphics card.
  3. I only purchased the GPU and the PSU
  4. Did you already purchase these parts?
  5. Ahh...if you can return them, I would advise you to do so. You overpaid for the PSU if you purchased it at Best Buy, and the GPU isn't a very good for the title you want to play.
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.71 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $632.61
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 18:56 EDT-0400)

    For $100 more, you could get something SIGNIFICANTLY more powerful and could most likely max out any title on the market.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.71 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $559.18
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 19:01 EDT-0400)

    For $40 more than your planned budget, you could build this which is also significantly beefier than your components.
  7. $120 for non-modular? That's a rip.
  8. mocchan said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.71 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $632.61
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 18:56 EDT-0400)

    For $100 more, you could get something SIGNIFICANTLY more powerful and could most likely max out any title on the market.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.71 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $559.18
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 19:01 EDT-0400)

    For $40 more than your planned budget, you could build this which is also significantly beefier than your components.

    dont i3's suck.
  9. No, i3's are one of the best CPU's for the money, they're MUCH better than the FX-4100. Even Dual Core SB based Pentiums are very good considering their price range.

    If you WANT AMD, at least get a Phenom II X4 965, they perform much, much better than the FX-4100.
  10. Ok, look I dont want a new case, CD drive, or HDD im fine with all those.

    I just need a New:

    PSU: Because its over priced

    GPU: Because apparently its not good to run the stuff I want.

    CPU: Because thats what im mainly looking for.

    RAM: Because of reasons

    and a new MOBO: because i need the right socket of course.

    Now, What if i got Just the CPU, RAM, PSU, and MOBO and Kept the Graphics card right now?
  11. Wait that doesnt make since im returning the card.

    so i just want to get the PSU GPU CPU RAM and MOBO.
  12. mocchan said:
    No, i3's are one of the best CPU's for the money, they're MUCH better than the FX-4100. Even Dual Core SB based Pentiums are very good considering their price range.

    If you WANT AMD, at least get a Phenom II X4 965, they perform much, much better than the FX-4100.

    The GPU is a bit costy...
  13. Alright let me get you a parts list together then :)
  14. GabenSurprise said:
    The GPU is a bit costy...


    Gaming has never been cheap.
  15. Extra $30 to bring you this -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $556.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 19:41 EDT-0400)

    MASSIVE performance gains over the parts you chose for just $30 more :)
  16. ANY cheaper GPU's? Costing about 150 maybe?
  17. You usually don't want to cheap out on your GPU, that's what gives you the most performance for games.

    If you would like this price to be lower, then I suggest you to swap out the i5 for an i3. HD7870 is about as low as I would want to go for this kind of budget.
  18. mocchan said:
    You usually don't want to cheap out on your GPU, that's what gives you the most performance for games.

    If you would like this price to be lower, then I suggest you to swap out the i5 for an i3. HD7870 is about as low as I would want to go for this kind of budget.

    how much of a difference would it make?
    Plus there is a CPU, MOBO combo i've been looking at for 350 dollars on Newegg.

    But i think i will stick with this one build.
  19. A big difference is all I can say. You can't really compare a $150 card to a 7870.
  20. ^ +1 to azeem
  21. azeem40 said:
    A big difference is all I can say. You can't really compare a $150 card to a 7870.

    i meant beetween i3 and i5
  22. GabenSurprise said:
    i meant beetween i3 and i5

    Difference between an i3 and i5 is still pretty big, however, i3's are still very robust so I would feel comfortable going with that option.

    i3 = Dual Core with Hyperthreading -> 2 cores 4 threads.
    i5 = Quad Core No Hyperthreading -> 4 cores 4 threads.
  23. Woah Woah wait. the Radeon 7870 is out of stock, and on amazon its 325.. :o

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h787q2g2m
  24. Not to fear, plenty more options besides that particular model for the 7870 ;)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111990020g

    Costs $30 more, however. If this is not possible, then here's option #2 - HD7850 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7850twinfrozr2gd5oc

    Performs slightly slower than the HD7870, however, still provides beefier performance than the puny GTX550 Ti you selected.
  25. yeah, don't get an FX series cpu...
  26. Alright. On one hand I can get

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    For $595.

    OR I can get

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    For $528.96

    I think the 600 one is the obvious choice though.

    What do you think?
  27. Do you have a nearby Microcenter? You can get the i5 for a good price there. About $160 for the 2500K.
  28. obsama1 said:
    Do you have a nearby Microcenter? You can get the i5 for a good price there. About $160 for the 2500K.

    Theres no microcenters even in my state haha. i think will go with the 600 dollar one.
  29. If you're going with an i3, step up your GPU to an HD7870. That should leave you reasonable headroom within $600.
  30. ^^^^

    Very good build. Get this mobo though. Asrock is trash:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128548

    Used this for my gaming build, and its perfect.
  31. ^^^^

    Excellent. Nearly identical to my own build. You'll be most satisfied.
  32. These last two posts made my day. :bounce:
  33. GabenSurprise said:
    These last two posts made my day. :bounce:

    ;)
  34. 2 questions.

    1. Will this rig be able to run Borderlands 2, and ARMA II (DayZ)

    2. What GeForce GTX GPU is the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition equivalent to? (I'm assuming its equivalent to the GeForce GTX 650Ti)
  35. GTX650 Ti does not exist, only the GTX650; HD7870 is roughly equivalent to a GTX660 Ti depending on settings/resolution of game.

    If you love AA and MSAA, then a Radeon HD7870 will PUMMEL the GTX660 Ti. Proven by this article here - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-memory-bandwidth-anti-aliasing,3283-11.html

    Arma II is a very demanding title that will bring almost any gaming rig to their knees, so don't be surprised if you can't max it out.

    Borderlands 2, however, should be of no problem. OC your HD7870 and it will yield even more performance :)
  36. I have never overclocked before actually. :bounce:

    please explain to me how that works?
  37. You increase your GPU's core frequency and memory frequency little by little and test for stability. (ONLY INCREASE ONE AT A TIME! This way, if you run into crashes, you KNOW whats causing the issue instead of randomly guessing).

    Something like MSI Afterburner is a great utility to OC and monitor temperatures on your GPU. If you look around on the web, I'm sure there's much more detailed information about overclocking the HD7870 :)
  38. That's horribly overpriced. It will work, but get from Newegg/Amazon.
  39. ^ +1...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    $30 cheaper for the same thing @ newegg
  40. Well, Ill maybe scrap the Radeon and get a Geforce GTX 660ti.
    How much better would a 660Ti be compared to a HD7870.
  41. Don't get a 660 Ti. Its crippled. Get a 7950 or 7870.
  42. ^ Agree
    If you're going for a GTX660 Ti, get a HD7950 instead.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-memory-bandwidth-anti-aliasing,3283-11.html

    These benches says it all, once you crank up AA/MSAA, the 660 Ti performs worse than even a HD7750 CF...
  43. mocchan said:
    ^ Agree
    If you're going for a GTX660 Ti, get a HD7950 instead.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-memory-bandwidth-anti-aliasing,3283-11.html

    These benches says it all, once you crank up AA/MSAA, the 660 Ti performs worse than even a HD7750 CF...

    Alright, Im saving my money for the GPU first. and then later im getting the MOBO RAM and CPU.

    How much better will my PC run with just the GPU?
  44. What are the specs on your current rig? If you posted already, I'm sorry, I must have forgotten.
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