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January 14, 2013 12:06:33 AM

Hi everyone!
This is my first post so here it goes :D . Im about to order the parts to build my first computer (w/ monitor) and I was looking for some opinions on it. I want to play mostly modern games and some older ones with it such as BF3(high setting is fine, I am used to playing on Ps3 which has bad graphics), DayZ, PlanetSide 2, Minecraft, Civ5, COD, GTA IV w/ mods, and various Indie games. I might also record Bf3, DayZ, and Minecraft occasionally.

I am also a game developer, so the latest support for OpenGL is important to me :) .

Oh and I am looking for decent sound on the mobo and I don't care about the CD/DVD drive (I have an external usb one), I just think its kinda a standard for PCs. If you guys think it's unnecessary being I have an external one and I rarely will use it, let me know. :D 

If you also think I don't need something or I can downgrade something (GPU) to save money based on what I am going to be using it for that would be great.

I am also willing to sacrafice some of the GPU to get an i5 (unless you guys think I should stay all AMD, I have just heard i5's are a bit better for gaming and all around stuff).

Will this setup perform well for these games? If not, can you recommend upgrades please?

Here are the Parts:

GPU: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 @ $240
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz @ $98
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD @ $88
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz @ $45
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 @ $50
HDD: Western digital caviar blue 7200 rpm, 500gb @ $58
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply @ $40
Dvd Burner: Asus x24 dvd burner @ $23
Monitor: ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Monitor @ $177

Current Total: $820 (Again, the lower the better haha :D )

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January 14, 2013 12:17:14 AM

as you wish

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $765.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:17 EST-0500)
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January 14, 2013 12:27:30 AM

AMD Radeon said:
as you wish

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $765.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:17 EST-0500)


Get an ATX case, it will be much better.
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January 14, 2013 12:40:03 AM

AMD Radeon said:
as you wish

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $765.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:17 EST-0500)


Really like that build! The i5 looks great. Now I just have to be willing to pull the trigger to buy it. I appreciate you doing this for me, THANKS A TON!
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January 14, 2013 12:45:51 AM

loresr97 said:
Get an ATX case, it will be much better.


Isn't it already ATX? Or no?
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January 14, 2013 1:30:16 AM

atx is tall case, for some people who do no OC at all, micro atx case comes with lovable compact size that they are exactly looking
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in my build above, it is micro atx
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January 14, 2013 1:53:21 AM

AMD Radeon said:
atx is tall case, for some people who do no OC at all, micro atx case comes with lovable compact size that they are exactly looking
for
in my build above, it is micro atx


Yeah I am not really looking to overclock. I am pretty much looking to buy a work pc that can also replace my ps3 (or i guess ps4 since I wont have to buy it with a gaming pc).

But will the microATX have any effects on any future upgrades I want to make? I don't mind the size of the PC really.
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January 14, 2013 1:53:37 AM

Best answer selected by Riztro.
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January 14, 2013 1:15:10 PM

Riztro said:
Yeah I am not really looking to overclock. I am pretty much looking to buy a work pc that can also replace my ps3 (or i guess ps4 since I wont have to buy it with a gaming pc).

But will the microATX have any effects on any future upgrades I want to make? I don't mind the size of the PC really.


For 15$ I'd buy an ATX case, they are supposed to have better airflow.
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