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January 18, 2013 2:48:23 AM

I've narrowed my choice of prebuilt gaming pc's to 3 & would like to know which of these give the best value for price. I have a 16" monitor w/ native resolution of 1280x1024 and have no intention of upgrading. Can the said pc's handle current pc games, like skyrim, gta 4, wow etc at 1280x1024 resolution on max settings? Thanks.

Option A
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz Ivy Bridge CPU w/ Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS
Memory: G Skill DDR3 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 latency
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive SATA 3.0 GB/s
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW SATA DVD BURNER
Video Card: nVidia GTX 650 1GB Graphics Card
Sound Card: REALTEK HD 7.1
Ethernet/LAN: Realtek 10/100/1000MPS
Windows 7 64 Bit w/ COA and Disk

$889.99

Option B
Tower/Case: Cooler Master 430 Mid Tower Chassis
Power Supply: Antec EA-380
Processor: AMD Eight-Core FX-8120 3.1GHz Processor
Motherboard: Biostar A880GB
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz G-Skill Ripjaw Series RAM w/ Heatspreaders
SSD: 128GB High End Major Brand Unit (OS Installed)
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital Enterprise Class Hard Drive (DATA)
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW SATA DVD BURNER
Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTS 450 1GB Graphics Card
Add-On 1: Wireless Networking Card
Sound Card: REALTEK HD 7.1
Ethernet/LAN: Realtek 10/100/1000MPS
Windows 7 64 Bit W/ Disk and COA

$847.99

Option C
AMD FX-8120 Processor - Eight Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 8MB L2 Cache, 3.10GHz (4.00GHz Max Turbo)
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AMD 770 DDR3 800
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot
1TB Western Digital Hard Drive
Intel 330 180GB Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA 6Gb/s, Up To 500 MB/s Read Speed, Up To 450 MB/s Write Speed
Kingston 16GB (2x8GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays
Lite-On Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X
Ultra Limited Edition 700W

$950.00

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January 18, 2013 2:56:17 AM

No, at your low resolution you should be able to get medium-ish settings out of the first or third build but if you ever upgrade monitors to 1080p you'll be on low settings.

All of these GPU's are very weak and not high end gaming cards at all. An i7 is overkill for gaming. Its no better than an i5. You want a better GPU for gaming. Modern gaming is about 10% CPU and 90% GPU.

An i3 with a gtx670 will be an i7 with a gtx660 everyday.

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