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Processor: phenom ii x4 965 be ($99.99 @newegg)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-g46 am3+ *crossfire ready (74.99 @newegg)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL (41.99 @ newegg)

Graphics Card: sappire radeon hd 7770 (129.99 @newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (54.99 @ newegg)

Case: rosewill challenger (49.99 @newegg)

Power Supply: rosewill stallion series 500w (39.99 @newegg)

Cooling: prolimatech panther cpu (54.99 @newegg)

Do you guys think this is a good build for games like Smite, Gw2, Planetside 2, and some other modern FPS games? Also, any replacement parts, or suggestions for parts that I could downgrade on to save some money would be much appreciated!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $567.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. djangoringo said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $567.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    I see how well the intel processors perform, but I really think that you get more bang for your buck with AMD processors. The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition I listed has 3.4GHz, it's a quad core, and it's overclockable, while the i3 isn't. Also, if I went with this build, would you suggest any sort of cooling?
  3. Best answer
    For an i3, you don't need an aftermarket cooler, it has low temperatures, also the i3 is better than the x4 for gaming.
    See this : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/far-cry-3-performance-benchmark,3379-7.html

    It has a good mobo, and what you'll need most a good gfx card, the 7850 2GB is much better than the 7770.

    Here's my updated suggestion with a better psu :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $559.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. djangoringo said:
    For an i3, you don't need an aftermarket cooler, it has low temperatures, also the i3 is better than the x4 for gaming.
    See this : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/far-cry-3-performance-benchmark,3379-7.html

    It has a good mobo, and what you'll need most a good gfx card, the 7850 2GB is much better than the 7770.

    Here's my updated suggestion with a better psu :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $559.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Hmm, interesting. Thanks for the suggestion! What frame rates do you think I should be expecting in games like Planetside 2, BF3, or GW2 on maybe medium-high settings?

    Also, I really appreciate the help you've been giving me so far. :)
  5. I can't say for planetside 2, but yes you'll get good fps in those games with medium/high @1080p.
  6. Best answer selected by MTSe7en.
  7. djangoringo said:
    I can't say for planetside 2, but yes you'll get good fps in those games with medium/high @1080p.


    Alright, thanks.
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