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Does this computer sound good for gaming?

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September 27, 2012 5:03:58 AM

Hello,
I'm building a custom rig, and was wondering if this will be good to run games, such as Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. (DayZ to be specific) Here's the specs:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


Cost plus shipping is $800. (I have a keyboard, thermal paste, power supply, and case added in which adds about $150, making it about $950 total)

Any improvements that will keep me around the same price would be greatly appreciated.
September 27, 2012 5:11:24 AM

Here's what I would get for that price:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.86 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $727.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Get a full ATX board as opposed to mATX. I wouldn't bother with Z77 if you're not going to overclock, and I included a better GPU for $10 more.
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