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September 26, 2012 2:38:34 AM

Hello,
Hello, This is my first time asking a question on this website, and i was wondering if this was a good gaming build ( my first ever gaming build) for gaming like BF3,Arma2,GTA4,MOH, ect.To run on high-ultra if not mid.

Case-APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Memory-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics card- SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Optical Drive-SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Power supply-RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply

Ram-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

MOBO im actually not sure about this...-ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

Would this be a good gaming rig for the games i listed above to run on at least high settings? Im not sure about the motherboard if its compatible with everything haha. Also do you guys see anything wrong/ should i change anything? My budget is 800 and below cause i dont have a world of money and all together this build is 645$ not bad

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September 26, 2012 2:44:11 AM

Yeah you should be able to run those games in the Mid-High range. IMO, I'd get a better GPU. Just for better performance all around. Not sure what your budget it.. Raidmax is not a known power supply brand, so be aware of that. That mobo is actually good for the price, and yes it is compatible with all of the parts you've listed.
September 26, 2012 2:45:14 AM

You wont be running games at ultra but, at mid-high on most games should be a solid FPS
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September 26, 2012 2:54:32 AM

tamouq said:
Yeah you should be able to run those games in the Mid-High range. IMO, I'd get a better GPU. Just for better performance all around. Not sure what your budget it.. Raidmax is not a known power supply brand, so be aware of that. That mobo is actually good for the price, and yes it is compatible with all of the parts you've listed.


Thank you for the reply and help Tamouq, what GPU would you recommend that is under 230$ my budget is 800$ and below and if you could what power supply brand would you recommend also thanks!
September 26, 2012 4:40:52 AM

Your getting an unlocked processor with a motherboard that doesnt support OCing? Get an H77 mobo and drop that K on the end of the CPU. H61 is fine though, H77 is newer.

Read up on that case and make sure its of good quality.

Raidmax PSU? Get one from Corsair, XFX, Seasonic and the like. Much better, quality and more reliable PSUs.

The HD7850 is your GPU of choice in a budget like this. Maybe a 650 if you so desire nVidia cards.

Also, what is your monitor resolution?
September 26, 2012 5:18:07 AM

Nw333 said:
Your getting an unlocked processor with a motherboard that doesnt support OCing? Get an H77 mobo and drop that K on the end of the CPU. H61 is fine though, H77 is newer.

Read up on that case and make sure its of good quality.

Raidmax PSU? Get one from Corsair, XFX, Seasonic and the like. Much better, quality and more reliable PSUs.

The HD7850 is your GPU of choice in a budget like this. Maybe a 650 if you so desire nVidia cards.

Also, what is your monitor resolution?



So for a new MOBO is this good? ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and what Is over clocking and what does it do? I think the case is good theres good reviews on it but ill see if theirs better ones. Is this a better PSU? CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply. Hahaha ive been thinking about getting that card the 7850. ill swap it out the 6850 to the 7850. i dont really know my resolution but im using my labtop which is hooked up to my tv and it says 1366 x 768
September 26, 2012 5:32:26 AM

I use that H77 mobo myself and I am proud of it. :D  If you want a larger H77, check out the Asrock H77 Pro/MVP or the Asus P8H77 series.

Remember to drop the K on the end of the processor. If you dont, your paying for something you cant even do. And, may I ask, why not get Ivy Bridge? Newer and more efficient technology. (The 3xxx series. I suggest the i5 3450, 3470 and 3550 if not OCing.)

Overclocking is when you raise the clocks on a processor, making it a bit faster. This requires an aftermarket heatsink (as temperatures get higher and it might overheat) and a mobo that will actually support OCing. Z68/Z77 are those which can OC.

Yes, thats a better PSU. You might want to check out the Seasonic S/M12II series though.

Maybe thats your laptops resolution, cant tell, but it probably is. The 7850 is fine for 720p/1080p gaming, nonetheless.
September 26, 2012 3:39:30 PM

Nw333 said:
I use that H77 mobo myself and I am proud of it. :D  If you want a larger H77, check out the Asrock H77 Pro/MVP or the Asus P8H77 series.

Remember to drop the K on the end of the processor. If you dont, your paying for something you cant even do. And, may I ask, why not get Ivy Bridge? Newer and more efficient technology. (The 3xxx series. I suggest the i5 3450, 3470 and 3550 if not OCing.)

Overclocking is when you raise the clocks on a processor, making it a bit faster. This requires an aftermarket heatsink (as temperatures get higher and it might overheat) and a mobo that will actually support OCing. Z68/Z77 are those which can OC.

Yes, thats a better PSU. You might want to check out the Seasonic S/M12II series though.

Maybe thats your laptops resolution, cant tell, but it probably is. The 7850 is fine for 720p/1080p gaming, nonetheless.



Ok for the mobo i changed it to ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard is that good? For the processor whats the difference between the i5 2000 series and the 3000s and what the diff between the k's and the none k's? I found this Graphics card on newegg for 230$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is that good and would i have to change my 500 watt power supply? Thank you for telling me what OC is i wasnt sure haha i hear it all the time in pc gaming and wanted to know oh i almost forgot about the processor its a Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550
September 26, 2012 4:42:23 PM

Go with a build based on Z77 Extreme4 + 2x4GB DDR3 + i5 3570K + HD 7850. Best bang-for-buck components.
September 26, 2012 5:11:33 PM

hillbillybuck said:
Ok for the mobo i changed it to ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard is that good? For the processor whats the difference between the i5 2000 series and the 3000s and what the diff between the k's and the none k's? I found this Graphics card on newegg for 230$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is that good and would i have to change my 500 watt power supply? Thank you for telling me what OC is i wasnt sure haha i hear it all the time in pc gaming and wanted to know oh i almost forgot about the processor its a Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550


The k processors have an unlocked multiplier so they can be overclocked. They also have better built in graphics (which you won't be using since you're getting a video card). If you're not comfortable overclocking get a non-k CPU. The 2000 series are last year's models (codenamed Sandy Bridge), while the 3000s are this year's models (codenamed Ivy Bridge). The 3000s consume less power and have better graphics (which you won't use) and they're slightly faster.

This is a better option for graphics:

ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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