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November 15, 2012 2:45:20 AM

I am planning on building a computer, but I'm not completely sure if it is compatible, or for the best price. This will also be my first time building a computer, so go easy. Looking to play BF3 and Skyrim with at least 40 fps.

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59192&vpn=BX80623I3212...

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (Or 7770)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure what storage to get, but looking for a 1TB storage.

Approximate Purchase Date: Between December 10 - 31

Budget Range: 500 - 600 After Rebates and After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. (Don't include in budget range)

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, ncix.com, amazon.com

Location: Brick, NJ.

Part Preferences: Any that's reliable.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe(Not quite sure what this is)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional comments: Looking forward to play Skyrim and BF3 at 30-40 fps.
Also, noticed video card needs a minimum of 500 watts, but not sure if my current power supply i have chosen
would be sufficient, and if i do need a better power supply, please make a selection for me.

Any suggestions?
Feel free to switch out any parts.

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November 15, 2012 9:24:10 AM

Sorry about that!
I filled out the questions and put it in my original post.
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November 15, 2012 10:19:06 AM

Okay, here

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nO6I
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nO6o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nO6o/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($125.59 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $588.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 07:17 EST-0500)

7850 goes over budget, so 7770
In your budget overclocking seems excessive, and would bring not so noticeable increase in fps
But wait, just had this thought, i'mma throw you another build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 10:31:08 AM

Case : NZXT Source 210 Elite Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX : XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : XFX ProSeries 450 watts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i3-3220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO : ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : 580$


For your resolution the 7850 1gb will be enough to max out any game @ 60 fps.
I recommend an i3 ivy bridge over the i3 sandybridge for obvious reasons, also the psu xfx is much better and more than enough wattage for this system.
Recommend also the h77 over the crappy h61.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 10:37:43 AM

This is AMD build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nOad
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nOad/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nOad/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 07:37 EST-0500)
6870 beats 7770
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 11:39:18 AM

Another cool build for you based on price/performance :

Case : Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX with free headphones
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

GFX : XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150617

PSU : COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 500W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i5-3450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO : ASRock H77M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : 596$

A cheap way to get i5 and 7850 under 600 dollars with decent parts.
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November 15, 2012 5:01:08 PM

Thanks guys!

All of these builds look really good, but I'm not sure which one to choose. @butremor out of your two builds, which one would you prefer?

@djangoringo Same with you, out of your two, which do you prefer?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 6:24:37 PM

well i'd go with the second build it has the i5 which is a quad core and beats all the other amd cpus suggested plus the 7850 has farcry 3 as gift.
In terms of price/performance/wattage i think its the best, despite of the cheap case and psu(still it is 80 plus and has a 12 Volt continuous current rating more than 24 which means it meets the requirements).
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 7:19:31 PM

djangoringo, i don't get it how you put together build this cheap. Something in your calclations doesn't seem right plus half of your links don't work.


Rikhon, i would go with my i5 build, but 7770 doesn't really seems fair in that build. So i've tried to set up 7850 buil and this is cheapest it can go ( thats why i don't get why djangoringo prices are so low, because they can't be this low)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nQMq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nQMq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nQMq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.69 @ NCIX US)
Total: $614.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 16:19 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 7:26:10 PM

Edit: this build that was here is not legit.
I tried to make with H61 mobo, but it's impossible, coz ti run i5 , H61 would need upgrade of BIOS, but it would not turn on with i5 and you cant get sandy bridge cpu just to update bios
info from http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/313746-12-3450-moth...
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2012 8:06:44 PM

Oh i see, thats the links which make price smaller. Well Then you should go for it , it's a nice build.
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November 15, 2012 8:15:49 PM

I'm still thinking, both of your builds seem good... also thanks for all the help..
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November 15, 2012 11:47:03 PM

Best answer selected by Rikhon.
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