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September 9, 2012 9:53:37 PM

I want this to be able to handle Borderlands 2 and Arma II. Can this handle it?

GPU: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Gaming+Series+700...

RAM: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Vengeance+2-Pack+...

I want to use this build because the full price is only $525.
Is this a good rig? :sweat: 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 10:07:17 PM

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
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September 9, 2012 10:46:54 PM

Ok look. my ram slots and psu is nowhere near eachother. i already put in my PSU and my Graphics card.
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September 9, 2012 10:50:33 PM

I only purchased the GPU and the PSU
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 10:50:47 PM

Did you already purchase these parts?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 10:55:08 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 10:58:57 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:00:01 PM

$120 for non-modular? That's a rip.
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September 9, 2012 11:02:05 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:06:55 PM

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.

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September 9, 2012 11:18:28 PM

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?
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September 9, 2012 11:32:09 PM

Wait that doesnt make since im returning the card.

so i just want to get the PSU GPU CPU RAM and MOBO.
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September 9, 2012 11:33:17 PM

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...
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:38:54 PM

Alright let me get you a parts list together then :) 
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September 9, 2012 11:40:51 PM

GabenSurprise said:
The GPU is a bit costy...


Gaming has never been cheap.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:41:33 PM

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 :) 
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September 9, 2012 11:41:53 PM

ANY cheaper GPU's? Costing about 150 maybe?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2012 11:48:54 PM

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.
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September 9, 2012 11:57:30 PM

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.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 12:12:15 AM

A big difference is all I can say. You can't really compare a $150 card to a 7870.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 12:15:04 AM

^ +1 to azeem

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September 10, 2012 12:16:56 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 12:19:22 AM

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.
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September 10, 2012 12:35:54 AM

yeah, don't get an FX series cpu...
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September 10, 2012 12:48:39 AM
a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 12:53:49 AM

Do you have a nearby Microcenter? You can get the i5 for a good price there. About $160 for the 2500K.
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September 10, 2012 1:01:39 AM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 10, 2012 4:05:14 AM

If you're going with an i3, step up your GPU to an HD7870. That should leave you reasonable headroom within $600.
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September 10, 2012 8:48:25 PM

mocchan said:
If you're going with an i3, step up your GPU to an HD7870. That should leave you reasonable headroom within $600.

No, This is what im getting. I cant return my old PSU so im scrapping that. mines a 700 anyway so, w/e.

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $579.

Is this good? :sweat: 
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September 10, 2012 9:12:09 PM

Smeg45 said:
^^^^

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Used this for my gaming build, and its perfect.

Alright well turns out I already own a Crosair GS700 power supply THAT I CANT RETURN :fou:  for the build so I don't have to get the Power supply.

So is this good?

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hows that
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September 11, 2012 12:40:19 AM

^^^^

Excellent. Nearly identical to my own build. You'll be most satisfied.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 11, 2012 8:09:25 AM

GabenSurprise said:
Alright well turns out I already own a Crosair GS700 power supply THAT I CANT RETURN :fou:  for the build so I don't have to get the Power supply.

So is this good?

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hows that


Great job choosing those out :)  Very good gaming rig!
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September 12, 2012 12:40:51 PM

These last two posts made my day. :bounce: 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 12, 2012 2:08:31 PM

GabenSurprise said:
These last two posts made my day. :bounce: 

;) 
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September 13, 2012 2:40:55 AM

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)
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a b 4 Gaming
September 13, 2012 9:24:30 PM

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-...

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 :) 
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September 13, 2012 9:43:42 PM

I have never overclocked before actually. :bounce: 

please explain to me how that works?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 13, 2012 9:50:14 PM

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 :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2012 3:33:54 PM

That's horribly overpriced. It will work, but get from Newegg/Amazon.
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September 19, 2012 10:02:49 PM

Well, Ill maybe scrap the Radeon and get a Geforce GTX 660ti.
How much better would a 660Ti be compared to a HD7870.
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September 19, 2012 10:13:37 PM

Don't get a 660 Ti. Its crippled. Get a 7950 or 7870.
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September 20, 2012 2:16:18 AM

mocchan said:
^ Agree
If you're going for a GTX660 Ti, get a HD7950 instead.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

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?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2012 2:19:28 AM

What are the specs on your current rig? If you posted already, I'm sorry, I must have forgotten.
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