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November 17, 2012 4:48:09 PM

Hi i am looking to build my first gaming computer and was wondering how well this would do for playing games like bf3 and crysis

LIAN LI PC-7HX Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I also already have hard drive and a cd/dvd burner

I am trying to keep the price as low a possible and the total of all these parts on newegg is 684.94.

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November 17, 2012 5:02:09 PM

That GTX 560 ti is definitly not worth the $200 price. Get a radeon hd 7850 2 gb or radeon hd 7870(Gtx 580 equivalent) instead. Both thrashes 560 ti in every game. But, hd 7850 is cheaper than 560 ti and hd 7870 is about the same price.

Benchmark: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_P...

Both radeons are even faster now after the next beta revision

Price: HD 7850 $160-200

HD 7870 $180-250


Since you have an am3+ mb, might as well get a fx-4300 since it performs the same as an i3 in gaming

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November 17, 2012 5:05:09 PM

Hi that build you got there is good. But you can get much better for the same money and with more reliable components. Also seeing as you are on a budget, i'd say you drop SSD. You can always add that later when you save some money, but for now you are better of spending that money to improve your build.
So here goes: it's even lower price than your build and with greater performance

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4xb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4xb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4xb/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $625.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 14:05 EST-0500)

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November 17, 2012 5:07:47 PM

And here's the same build but with better videocard. Still below your current price point!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4yg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4yg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o4yg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $648.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 14:07 EST-0500)
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November 17, 2012 5:21:57 PM

i have XFX 7850 and got ATI driver 12.11 it amazing and much differences than 12.10 driver
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November 17, 2012 6:26:31 PM

Thanks for the help. I am new to computer building so this might be a dumb question but will this build still work without the graphics card
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November 17, 2012 7:24:19 PM

depends MOBO built chipset for video or get APU 10
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