Need some insight here...

Hello, you wonderful people.

New Tom's member here, and while comparing cards, motherboards, processors, etc etc etc for over 4 hours, I played around a bit with the Ironside website. Now, Either I get a rig that can run all modern games nowadays (SWTOR, Dota 2, GW2, D3, AC3, SC2 HOTS, the Crysis games, Skyrim, and all of the others in between) on high settings smoothly while staying under $1000, or preferably, someone with a bit more experience than I can take the time out of their day to clarify which which is which, and I get a rig that can run all modern games nowadays smoothly on low (Smoothness > Graphics IMO for cheaper or the same amount as my current Ironside price, which is nearly 900 and my budget is very tight.) Mature and helpful comments would be EXTREMELY appreciated!

Intel Processor - Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo Boost (Quad Core)
CPU Cooling - Asetek 550LC High Performance Liquid Cooling
Intel Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V [VGA DVI HDMI] SATA 6Gb/s USB3 {2 DDR3 Slots Max 1333MHz}
Memory - 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz
Primary Hard Drive - Western Digital 160GB Caviar Blue 7200RPM (I have a 1TB external)
Graphics Card - AMD Radeon 6570 1GB (Min. 450 Watt Power Supply)
Power Supply - Standard 450 Watt
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Networking - Standard Onboard Ethernet
Sound Card - Integrated HD Audio
Monitor - Acer 20" 1600 x 900 LCD Monitor
Mouse - Standard Mouse
Keyboard - Standard Keyboard
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  1. Hi, that pc won't run any game even at low settings, i suggest you pick the parts yourself and assemble it or ask in a shop to assemble(it still leaves a margin of the 1000$ for that).
    Here's some useful link :

    Here's the list of the parts :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
    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: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell ST2220L 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.52 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. Oh damn! Can you please tell me why it won't run any games? I'd like to know what I did wrong as well as the correct, cheaper parts. And thank you very, very much.
  3. Hi, the card that you have in your list is the culprit, it's a weak card, not meant for gaming, it's more for htpc, you need a better card, at least like a 7770 from amd, but it's recommended a 7850/7870.
    From nvidia a 650 ti or a 660/660ti.
  4. Okay dude, thank you so much! I appreciate it big time :)
  5. Also,

    I'd recommend:

    1. 3570k (capable of overclocking). For a small premium ($20) you can greatly increase the performance of your pc. You can still purchase this chip and NOT overclock, but the k gives you the option.
    2. ASRock Z75 mobo - will allow overclocking (if you choose)
    3. HD 7870 LE newegg post rebate $240. Great performance and recommended on TOM's GPU rundown
    4. Coolermaster 212 Evo for CPU cooling. Not required if you don't overclock, however the stock intel cooler (included w/ CPU) is loud.

    Your build is fine, however I believe with a nominal investment (appox $100) you will have MUCH better performance.

    Either way I recommend youtube: "newegg computer build parts 2&3".

    Good Luck and Enjoy !!
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