I'm about to build a new budget gaming rig this month and I want to ask from you guys if my components are fit and good for playing Battlefield 3, Dirt 3, Sims 3, Sleeping Dogs, COD: Black Ops and NBA 2K13 on Ultra Settings and mainly 720p. Aaand, I also edit a lot of videos with Sony Vegas.
CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz - 119$
MOB: Asrock H61M-VS - 47$
ATX: Thermaltake TT V2S Midtower Case - 23$
PSU: FSP Hexa500 (500watts) - 51$
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws X 8GB (4GBx2 Dual Channel) 1333Mhz CL9 - 51$
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Sata3 - 61$
GPU: Powercolor Radeon HD 6870 256bit/GDDR5 - 158$
I picked the that GPU because it got a rating of 10/10 in game-debate and that CPU because it has 8/10. Not bad, but I appreciate any suggestions.
I didn't include a DVD drive because I already have a spare one and I don't even know if I'll use it. I'll just copy Windows 7 to my flash drive using my laptop and the videos I edit either go straight to youtube or given to other people using a flash drive. I'm also on a strict budget because of a lot of bills to pay and sadly, this is the only amount I could allot for buying a new PC.
I would say the PSU is fine as well. I just ordered a new FSP unit (read the review before) $80 off, and the review looks promising.
The 7850 as stated above is much quicker for gaming, and also uses less power.
And you are correct, your RAM is quite expensive for some reason.
If you're strictly gaming, go for a Phenom II X4. It's the best CPU for the price, if you decide to overclock it, and it can easily reach the performance of say, a FX 4100. This will give you more room for a better GPU, better RAM, and a better PSU. This is IF you decide to overclock.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
It's a bit over, but it'll absolutely RAPE your current build, especially if you overclock to, say 4 GHz. There's a reason I put in a decent cooler in there.
The power supply is Seasonic made, so it's up there with a lot of the higher end PSUs. It's better AND cheaper than your current choice, so win-win there. Refer to the link below for more info on power supplies. FSP's Hexa line is down there with the majority of the FSP power supply line, tier 5. This PSU is tier 2. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
The RAM I chose runs at 1.65V, which will make for easier overclocking. The MOBO is decent, but you can't get a really nice motherboard at this price point.