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December 15, 2012 7:07:32 PM

I am planning to buy the Gateway FX6860-UR10P for around $800.
http://tinyurl.com/ce5kj9k

The specs on it are :
Processor Type: Intel i7-3770 3.4GHz
Cache: 8MB
System Memory (RAM): 12GB DDR3
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 7770 2G

Number of Memory Slots: 4
Hard Drive : 2TB SATA 300 7200 RPM
Memory Card Reader: Yes
Optical Drive Type: DVD+RW
Network Card: Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless Networking: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Will I be able to run games like FarCry 3 and Battlefield 3 on High-Ultra setting on 1440*900?
I think I found the optimal PC for $800, anyone want to suggest something else?

Thanks, you guys are awesome!!!! :wahoo: 
December 15, 2012 9:20:06 PM

That will probably run Far Cry 3 on medium to high settings but probably with little to no AA. I would recommend a better video card if you want to run the game on high to ultra.
December 15, 2012 9:24:08 PM

Really nice build. If handbuilt for gaming it would have less CPU, less memory and much more video. As a general purpose system it has nice balance and low power consumption.

You'll be limited by the HD7770. Look up game frame rates for it. Good news -- if you buy this PC, you have all the CPU and memory you need for a long time. You'd just need to upgrade video to stay current. The HD7770 is an excellent card. Low power. It'll game nicely, but generally not ultra.

HD7770 is a $110 part. You need to step up to a $170 part (HD7850 1GB) and maybe more than that to see a really noticeable difference.
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December 15, 2012 9:39:23 PM

That's a poorly optimized PC for gaming purposes.
1) Graphics card is the most important part of a gaming PC, so get the best you can afford (Radeon 7870 offers nice price : performance ratio)
2) 12GB of RAM suggest that it won't run in dual channel mode which will severely degrade memory performance (or it has some silly combination of 2x4+2x2GB kits); 8GB (2x4GB 1600MHz kit) is plenty for gaming
3) i7 3770K is a very nice CPU indeed, but when you're on a budget there are ways to better spend your money (i5 3570K if you're going to overclock, non K if you aren't interested in such witchcraft); again, look at 1)
December 15, 2012 9:57:55 PM

Yeah you guys are right. So if I'm on a ~$800 budget what would be my best option?

Thanks for the help so far!!!
December 15, 2012 10:03:44 PM

here is the problem i see. the 7770 is the same as the 5770 (except for an extra gig of ram) which wasnt as good as the 4850. 128k bandwidth is the issue. go anything 78xx and you will get a big boost. other than that the build looks good enough to play any game.
December 15, 2012 10:21:35 PM

greathelp said:
Yeah you guys are right. So if I'm on a ~$800 budget what would be my best option?

Thanks for the help so far!!!

I fixed something up for you:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sF8s

OS: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy

Quote:
To install the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, your PC must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview.


In other words you'll need to download and install Release Preview, then upgrade with the $40 key (make sure you select the option 'create media' so you'll be able to avoid having to reinstall Release Preview again and use 'Refresh PC' option in case your install goes bad).

Also don't forget to grab Media Center for free here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-pa...

Both offers are valid until end of January.
December 15, 2012 10:39:51 PM

humphreybot said:
here is the problem i see. the 7770 is the same as the 5770 (except for an extra gig of ram) which wasnt as good as the 4850. 128k bandwidth is the issue. go anything 78xx and you will get a big boost. other than that the build looks good enough to play any game.


Actually hd7770 is faster than a 5770(6770) which in turn is faster than a 4850. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... You may be looking at data from when the hd7770 first came out when the drivers were bad. At that time hd7770 was same as 5770/6770. Now its better.

Agree the 2GB mem on the Hd7770 makes no sense or any difference. The Hd7770 cant anti-alias strong enough to need the memory at high resolutions.
December 16, 2012 12:03:02 AM

Soda-88 said:
I fixed something up for you:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sF8s

OS: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy

Quote:
To install the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, your PC must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview.


In other words you'll need to download and install Release Preview, then upgrade with the $40 key (make sure you select the option 'create media' so you'll be able to avoid having to reinstall Release Preview again and use 'Refresh PC' option in case your install goes bad).

Also don't forget to grab Media Center for free here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-pa...

Both offers are valid until end of January.

Thanks Soda! I was messing around in pcpartpicker.com and I found a build that I could afford. Would this work well and would everything fit in the case? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sIEz
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