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First build - A gaming rig on budget

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September 16, 2012 1:18:47 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hz0g
CPU - Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard - ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case - Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply - Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

What do you think?
September 16, 2012 1:29:43 AM

Should be able to play most games on their highest settings. Battlefield 3 may set you back to high unless you don't mind playing around 30-40fps, which I don't think is that big of a deal. I'm not sure how much you wanted to future proof your build, but some components could be better if you're looking into upgrading off of this build later, say the PSU. I'd look for a 650-700watt bronze certified minimum. That shouldn't put you out more than $10-20 more than that one. The 7850 ought to hold you over for the next two or so years, but keep in mind that the next generation of consoles are coming, and their graphics won't be the only ones getting a boost. It might be best to upgrade your mobo to accommodate more than one graphics card (if you do, make sure to get one at x8, x8, not x16, x4). Apart from that, it doesn't look like a bad rig.
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September 16, 2012 1:59:49 AM

samuraimastr said:
Should be able to play most games on their highest settings. Battlefield 3 may set you back to high unless you don't mind playing around 30-40fps, which I don't think is that big of a deal. I'm not sure how much you wanted to future proof your build, but some components could be better if you're looking into upgrading off of this build later, say the PSU. I'd look for a 650-700watt bronze certified minimum. That shouldn't put you out more than $10-20 more than that one. The 7850 ought to hold you over for the next two or so years, but keep in mind that the next generation of consoles are coming, and their graphics won't be the only ones getting a boost. It might be best to upgrade your mobo to accommodate more than one graphics card (if you do, make sure to get one at x8, x8, not x16, x4). Apart from that, it doesn't look like a bad rig.


Which Motherboard would you recommend?
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September 16, 2012 6:43:46 PM

samuraimastr said:
I don't know what you're budget is like, but this one wouldn't be bad:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know it's a bit more expensive, but I'm thinking that you'll be using this rig for a few years, no? Over the long run it won't be that much more expensive


Is that Motherboard compatible with the Z9 case and the other components?
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September 18, 2012 4:31:50 AM

Yes it is. It is a ATX board, which will fit into an ATX chassis, it's a Z77 board, so it will handle you Ivy Bridge processor, it has two PCIe 3.0x16, which will work with your graphics card, and it supports RAM running at 1600mhz. All modern hard drives and CD drives run on a SATA connection, which it has six of. So you are set on all fronts. Do you think that you might eventually get another 7850?
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September 18, 2012 7:36:31 AM

samuraimastr said:
Yes it is. It is a ATX board, which will fit into an ATX chassis, it's a Z77 board, so it will handle you Ivy Bridge processor, it has two PCIe 3.0x16, which will work with your graphics card, and it supports RAM running at 1600mhz. All modern hard drives and CD drives run on a SATA connection, which it has six of. So you are set on all fronts. Do you think that you might eventually get another 7850?

In the future I will most likely upgrade the video card.
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September 18, 2012 9:27:18 PM

Jobumva said:
In the future I will most likely upgrade the video card.

Then you ~may~ want to consider upgrading your power supply. I'm not sure how tight your budget is, but if you started off at $670, then added another $50 for the motherboard, that'd put you at $720. If you're comfortable dropping, say, another $30, you could guarantee that you wouldn't have to buy a new power supply when you add another graphics card. For $30 more, I'd recommend this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This ~might~ not be necessary; I'm not sure how intensive of gaming you'll be doing, but it never hurts to over prepare a little
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September 19, 2012 2:22:37 AM

samuraimastr said:
Then you ~may~ want to consider upgrading your power supply. I'm not sure how tight your budget is, but if you started off at $670, then added another $50 for the motherboard, that'd put you at $720. If you're comfortable dropping, say, another $30, you could guarantee that you wouldn't have to buy a new power supply when you add another graphics card. For $30 more, I'd recommend this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This ~might~ not be necessary; I'm not sure how intensive of gaming you'll be doing, but it never hurts to over prepare a little


I'll think about it... I'm already kinda over my price range as is... and I won't be using Crossfire or overclocking or any of that high power stuff so I think I'll be OK. Thanks for all of you're advice though!
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