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December 23, 2012 2:26:37 PM

Hey, i'm gonna build my first rig but i have a very limited budget as i'm still a student. Anyway, i was hoping to run games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Assassins Creed 3 on Medium with decent stable FPS.

The parts i have come down to is:

Mobo: ASRock A55M-DGS mATX

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3,4 Ghz FM2

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7770 1024MB

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4096MB) CL9 1600Mhz VENGEANCE

PSU: Fractal Design Integra R2 500W 80+ Bronze

HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm SATA 6Gbit/s


My budget is only £377 or $620. Let me know if this is ok or if not, leave suggestions of what parts i could exchange in the same price range. Also, about the GPU. It says that the recommended watts for it is at 550W and the for the CPU it's 100W. Does that mean i need to get at least a 700W PSU or is that information invalid?

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December 23, 2012 3:27:12 PM

Get a 600W PSU just to be safe.
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December 23, 2012 3:36:45 PM

exspeednfs said:
Get a 600W PSU just to be safe.


That would be very overkill. I run a 7770 and have run a 7850 on my antec vp-450 no problem. If you are still concerned you could go with a Corsair cx500.
December 23, 2012 4:42:43 PM

Marreez said:
Hey, i'm gonna build my first rig but i have a very limited budget as i'm still a student. Anyway, i was hoping to run games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Assassins Creed 3 on Medium with decent stable FPS.

The parts i have come down to is:

Mobo: ASRock A55M-DGS mATX

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3,4 Ghz FM2

GPU: MSI Radeon HD7770 1024MB

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4096MB) CL9 1600Mhz VENGEANCE

PSU: Fractal Design Integra R2 500W 80+ Bronze

HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm SATA 6Gbit/s


My budget is only £377 or $620. Let me know if this is ok or if not, leave suggestions of what parts i could exchange in the same price range. Also, about the GPU. It says that the recommended watts for it is at 550W and the for the CPU it's 100W. Does that mean i need to get at least a 700W PSU or is that information invalid?


Everything in this build is wrong. You need an i5, and an Nvidia card. But definately an intel processor if you play skyrim and bf3. Just swap for an i5 if you can afford it. If not, grab an i3, it will still outperform it. If you are deadset on AMD then you want to go with their FX architecture. Vishera would be best but whatever is cheaper. I am not sure what sites you have access to so I can't put a build together.
December 24, 2012 2:56:10 AM

I agree, get a i5-3570 and a GTX 550 Ti.
December 24, 2012 3:49:36 AM

exspeednfs said:
I agree, get a i5-3570 and a GTX 550 Ti.


This is a terrible idea. On this type of budget it is best to get a cheaper CPU and the best GPU you can afford. Currently AMD beats nVidia price per performance most places, especially the lower end.

For the price of an i5 and a 550 Ti, you could get an i3 3220 and a 7850, which will be MUCH better in gaming.

With gaming, the cpu/gpu split is 10%CPU and 90%GPU. You always want to get the best GPU you can possibly afford.

December 24, 2012 9:52:10 AM

Unfortunately my budget is really tight so i can't really get an i3 at mind. But however in a couple months i will upgrade to an i3 or i5. But for now i'll have to stick with an AMD cpu. About the graphics card, i think i might have found two better options in the same price range. The one is MSI GeForce GTX 650 1024MB OC and the other one is Asus GeForce GTX 550Ti 1GB. I can't find much reviews about these but i'd like to know if i should get one of those instead or stick with the Radeon 7770 i chose.
December 24, 2012 10:04:55 AM

Marreez said:
Unfortunately my budget is really tight so i can't really get an i3 at mind. But however in a couple months i will upgrade to an i3 or i5. But for now i'll have to stick with an AMD cpu. About the graphics card, i think i might have found two better options in the same price range. The one is MSI GeForce GTX 650 1024MB OC and the other one is Asus GeForce GTX 550Ti 1GB. I can't find much reviews about these but i'd like to know if i should get one of those instead or stick with the Radeon 7770 i chose.


Give me a list of what you need, and how much you got. Let me know if you can order from newegg/amazon/tiger direct.
December 25, 2012 8:35:29 AM

Won't the i3 bottleneck the 7850? I have a i3-530 and a GTX 560 Ti Sonic and my i3 is bottlenecking my 560 Ti, forcing me to play Battlefield 3 on the lowest settings. :( 
December 31, 2012 3:10:56 PM

An i3 3220 won't bottleneck a a 7850. No chance. It probably won't even bottleneck a 7950 more than 5%ish. Nothing that would ever be noticeable.
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