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Newbie\'s first build, budget gaming rig

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December 2, 2012 7:02:04 AM

Hey all,

I've got most of the parts that I've assembled together for my first build. I was hoping some of you wiser and more experienced heads could enlighten a young padawan such as I myself. So basically I am going to be playing DayZ and Battlefield 3 and surfing the webs. It would be awesome to be able to play on medium to high settings and I do not plat on overclocking. I'm wondering a couple things:

a. Are all my parts compatible
b. Will my 520w psu be sufficient
c. Are the cpu/gpu good for gaming

Keep in mind that I'm trying to do this on budget of like 650.

CPU : Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : XFX - ATI Radeon HD 6770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO : ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD Reader: LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: NZXT Source 220A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheers friends!
December 2, 2012 8:24:37 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $637.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 05:25 EST-0500)
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December 2, 2012 9:47:53 AM

a. Yes they are compatible, but very unbalanced
b. Yes
c. no, the 6670 won't really get you anywhere, especially in BF3

- The i5-2310 is an older generation CPU, and a bit low in stock clock.
- There's no point in a z77 chipset if you're not going to SLI/Crossfire, and if your CPU has a locked multiplier.
- Your HDD has been discontinued years ago.

Here's a little revision.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($115.50 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.40 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $607.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 06:47 EST-0500)
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December 2, 2012 9:52:40 AM

excella1221 said:
a. Yes they are compatible, but very unbalanced
b. Yes
c. no, the 6670 won't really get you anywhere, especially in BF3

- The i5-2310 is an older generation CPU, and a bit low in stock clock.
- There's no point in a z77 chipset if you're not going to SLI/Crossfire, and if your CPU has a locked multiplier.
- Your HDD has been discontinued years ago.

Here's a little revision.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($115.50 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.40 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $607.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 06:47 EST-0500)


Since he has a little budget left, he may as well go with the 7850 and push up the total to something reasonable like $670.

Its a great budget build though. If not, he may as well go for the best 7770.

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December 2, 2012 10:36:19 AM

I'm not really sure what his budget is. :lol: 
But yeah, a 7850 would be nice.
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December 2, 2012 10:25:33 PM

Thanks for the responses guys!

So I already actually have some of the parts... Would the Seagate HDD be ok to use or
is it too old to implement? I was trying to do it on the cheap and bought a sealed one from a pawnshop.

I was just too eager and ordered parts that noobish butt thought would work well without consulting people here :/ 

But I will exchange the mobo and upgrade the gpu. I wouldn't be opposed to spending more on the gpu, which one would you guys recommend for under 200
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