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Final Questions under $800 Build with OEM

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November 26, 2012 2:31:28 AM

Alright after asking a bunch of questions and having a few threads about building a computer I took info from everything and made a build using the pcpartpicker. I was wondering if the build would be able to run BF3 on medium / high and run GTA4 on medium.

Also this include the OEM for windows 8 for anyone else viewing this

If anyone has any advice or recommendations to cut the cost a bit that would greatly appreciated and thanks in advance for all your help! :D 

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.75 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ CompUSA)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $729.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-25 23:29 EST-0500)
November 26, 2012 2:59:52 AM

I'd pay a little bit more and get the Z77 Extreme 4 and a cooler like the Hyper 212 Evo if you're going to overclock. If not you could drop the CPU to the i5-3470 and the motherboard to H77 and then upgrade your GPU to a 7950, otherwise that looks good.
November 26, 2012 3:05:40 AM

Does overclocking really help with gaming a lot? I wasn't sure if it makes a big difference or not.
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November 26, 2012 3:08:52 AM

pandarave said:
Does overclocking really help with gaming a lot? I wasn't sure if it makes a big difference or not.


It will help minimize lag but it won't squeeze those few extra FPS out of the system. If you want to get the most from your system that's where overclocking comes in handy. If you want to cut corners that's the area to do it. You'll still get an excellent CPU out of it, but for games - it's really all about the GPU.
November 26, 2012 3:11:25 AM

Ah okay thanks that helps out a lot g-unit! :) 
December 8, 2012 11:55:28 PM

Since I missed the Black Friday prices I redid my build once again and I was wondering if my updated build would be good enough for playing Skyrim on High and be able to run BF3 on medium with a steady FPS. Also if there's any way to cut down the cost that would be greatly appreciated!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($280.48 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82-N 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $810.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-08 20:52 EST-0500)

Since finals are coming up in a few days I will be buying in a week.
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