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Ultra Setting for All Games for a Rig That's Just 510$

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October 31, 2012 1:00:25 AM

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$

TOTAL: 510$

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.

What are your insights, guys? :) 

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October 31, 2012 1:03:36 AM

RAM in here really costs a lot, IDK why.
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October 31, 2012 1:04:23 AM

I would go with a better brand PSU. Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair.
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October 31, 2012 1:20:27 AM

The Corsair PSU that comes at par with that price point is only 450watts. :/  Hmm... But I don't know about Seasonic, they come very expensive.
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October 31, 2012 1:22:10 AM

That PSU is fine if you can stretch a little to get the HD 7850 1GB. Better for newer games, and about 30% faster overall.
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October 31, 2012 3:24:41 AM

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.
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October 31, 2012 4:46:36 AM

Hahaha. I guess I'm sticking with the FSP powersupply because 3 out of 4 gave it a good feedback. Do you think I should change the RAM brand? Are there any cheaper ones I could get that's 8GB?
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October 31, 2012 4:49:23 AM

Alright, found 8GB Dual Channel that's only 42$, good enough? Or is there a lower price point?
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October 31, 2012 4:53:15 AM

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.

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Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0kU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0kU/benchmarks/

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)
Total: $535.72
(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.

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If you're not going to overclock

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Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0md/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m0md/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ 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)
Total: $524.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This will do better than the 1st build at stock clock rates. You don't want to get 1.65V RAM if you don't overclock, as it'll void your warranty for no reason.

You don't need a nice MOBO because you're not going to overclock

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