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First Gaming Computer! Need Help!

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January 7, 2013 2:40:45 AM

-Fractal Design Core 1000 Black micro-ATX Mini Tower Performance Case with 120mm Quiet Fan w/o PSU

-MSI H61M-P31 (G3) Motherboard, Intel H61, S 1155, DDR3, SATA II - 3Gb/s, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D, Micro ATX

-500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ

-Intel Pentium G850, Socket 1155, Dual Core, 2.90GHz, 3MB Smart Cache, GPU 850Mhz, 65W, Retail

-LiteOn IHAS124-04 24x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, SATA, Black, OEM

-500W Storm Silent LPJ19-25, Uncertified, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.0 PSU

-8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V

-1GB Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC, 4500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1000MHz, 640 Cores, DVI-I/ HDMI/ 2x mini DP +Crossfire Offer

Do you think these items would make a good gaming computer? :??: 

Would it run games such as:
-Battlefield 3
-Skyrim
-Arma 2
-Borderlands 2
-GTA 4

Thanks, any help would be much appreciated! :love: 

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January 7, 2013 2:57:38 AM

VRAM on your 7770 OC will be your biggest problem. As you most likely already know VRAM doesn't stack so going Crossfire won't solve this problem either. I know I'm new here so don't bash my too hard if your opinions conflict with mine but I see you're going more price budget on the GPU so IMO you should spend an extra $100/$200 Crossfire (common you're getting into gaming, it's like buying CoD II with Season Pass -.- ) and instead get a GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The main reason I am suggesting this is due to modern games like Skyrim really eating up your VRAM and limiting your ability to run texture mods even on a single 1920 x 1080 @1GB. BF3 which I also see on your list is VRAM hungry and you'll notice it holding you back. So all in all my .02 is if you want to even consider a game like Sniper Elite v2 (per say) or as you mentioned Skyim you'll want some more GPU memory. Hope this helps :)  and happy gaming
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January 7, 2013 3:08:56 AM

Spyder171 said:
VRAM on your 7770 OC will be your biggest problem. As you most likely already know VRAM doesn't stack so going Crossfire won't solve this problem either. I know I'm new here so don't bash my too hard if your opinions conflict with mine but I see you're going more price budget on the GPU so IMO you should spend an extra $100/$200 Crossfire (common you're getting into gaming, it's like buying CoD II with Season Pass -.- ) and instead get a GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The main reason I am suggesting this is due to modern games like Skyrim really eating up your VRAM and limiting your ability to run texture mods even on a single 1920 x 1080 @1GB. BF3 which I also see on your list is VRAM hungry and you'll notice it holding you back. So all in all my .02 is if you want to even consider a game like Sniper Elite v2 (per say) or as you mentioned Skyim you'll want some more GPU memory. Hope this helps :)  and happy gaming


Hey thanks for the help! :D  Good advice, but I'm on a low budget, so can you recommend anything a bit cheaper to do the same job? Or close to? Cheers!
January 7, 2013 3:15:22 AM

Get the HD 7850 if you can afford it. If not, then the GTX 650 Ti.
January 7, 2013 3:20:40 AM

Wow, you guys are so nice! I'm looking for the best for around £130 at most? Links to them would be helpful too! :D  Thanks ;]
January 7, 2013 3:50:06 AM

Thanks again, and cheers for that, It'll help a lot! What about Internet stuff? how do i go about that? Will i have to install a wireless card or are there ethernet connections? :S
January 7, 2013 3:57:42 AM

Well there are tons of YouTube vids and such with guides that are specific to hooking up each components. You will have to have an ethernet connections to get online so yes but at the same time you won't have a wireless card unless you buy a PCI card for one or just a USB wireless adapter. And gratz on your first build and interest in the hobby. GL in your quests of dominating the gaming world :D 
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