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Is this build ok for mid-end gaming?

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September 25, 2012 4:34:57 AM

I won't play anything fancy, mostly indie games and Valve games that I'll buy on steam. The only "demanding" game I have my eyes on is Bioshock Infinite, but it will use the Unreal Engine so I think that I won't be bottlenecked by the cpu/gpu since I don't play at 1900x1080.

I'm just going to re-use my PSU, GPU and HDD.


MOBO: ASUS P8B75-M LE

CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 a 3.1 GHz

GPU: GTX 550 ti

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (I got this for cheap before the flooding fiasco).

RAM: 8 GB Kingston @1333. (RAM is just cheap)

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black.

Exhaust Fan: Noctua's NF-S12B FLX. (I've heard a lot of good things about Noctua so I expect it to last me long enough to make it to my next build).

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600w (I've been using this for 9 months with no problems with an OC Wolfdale Pentium dual core and a GTX 550 ti)


I'll most likely upgrade to a GTX 660 by next year, and also buy modular powersupply (Enermax or Corsair). Do you think I'll have any issues fitting the GTX 660 non-ti inside the 430?

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September 25, 2012 4:43:31 AM

With that kind of budget, have you considered an AMD-based build? Here's a decent one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $623.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-25 00:43 EDT-0400)

If you prefer Intel or nVidia, I can edit it for you too.

Edit: The 7870 is about 5-10% faster in general performance than the 660.
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September 25, 2012 5:36:01 AM

While Willyroc's build is good, I would really advise against an AMD build, especially for gaming. That i3 will beat any AMD in gaming. Don't take my word for it, though. Look up the benchmarks yourself.

With the build you have suggested, the graphics card will be the bottleneck anyway, so you don't need to worry about the CPU (although maybe get an Ivy Bridge instead of a Sandy, unless you can find a sweet deal on a Sandy).

Also, I agree with Willyroc on the 7870 over the 660, as much of an Nvidia fanboy I am.
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September 25, 2012 5:49:11 AM

Well in that case,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $622.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-25 01:49 EDT-0400)
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