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January 24, 2013 7:10:45 PM

Hi, this is my first post so bear with me.

I have already learned so much by reading other posts from you guys, so I thought it is time to ask my own question. I have a low budget of around $600-$700 and really want to play Far Cry 3.

I already have Windows 8 and a monitor. I would like to play on very high (or just high) with 1080p and have around 45 fps. I know that this is a high order to get on a budget.

This is my build so far. Would love to have some help from all the great guys here.

Cpu: AMD FX-8150 Black Edition

Graphics Card: HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 2 gb

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+

Power supply: Corsair enthusiast Series TX650

Ram: Samsung Electronics Extreme Low Voltage 8 gb

Case: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case Black

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III

DVD drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner



All parts are from Amazon and Newegg.

All this put together is a bit over what I want to pay, but I want to know if it is worth spending that much money.

Bonestoo

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January 24, 2013 9:17:02 PM

This is also my first build, so any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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January 24, 2013 9:21:30 PM

The 8150 and 7870 will play games well
but you can save some money and use a later model , more power efficient FX 6300 and game just as well

The PSU could be 500 watts . Just make sure its 80+ bronze or better rated

The MSI 970 motherboards have had some failures with the voltage regulators burning up .
Use the Asrock 970 Extreme 3 , or Extreme4 , Or Asus M5A97 evo instead

1.5 volt RAM is fine . 1600 MHz is the sweet spot for price and performance
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January 24, 2013 9:28:18 PM

In my opinion you should get the FX-6300 from the piledriver lot of cpus, better performance and a 660 ti which is better than a 7870.
A 500-600w psu is enough, a modular one can be found for 60$.
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $650.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 24, 2013 9:49:49 PM

djangoringo said:
In my opinion you should get the FX-6300 from the piledriver lot of cpus, better performance and a 660 ti which is better than a 7870.
A 500-600w psu is enough, a modular one can be found for 60$.
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $650.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $69.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 18:49 EST-0500)

Just change the hard drive since it has more storage.
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January 25, 2013 2:21:49 PM

Thank you for all the great answers. I will post my new build idea soon.
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January 25, 2013 10:09:56 PM
January 25, 2013 10:11:10 PM

I am also not sure if I need the CPU cooler, or Thermal compound.
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January 25, 2013 10:28:51 PM

I don't have any build advice here, technically. But I just want it to be known, I was able to play FC3 on lowest settings with roughly 40fps in extreme moments with my GeForce 8800GT which is a pretty out dated card (I bought it 6 years ago). The game is optimized pretty well in my opinion, so you don't have to go crazy with a build to play the game. If you want to play it on something other than the lowest settings, you will definitely need a stronger, more expensive build than what I was using. Hope this helps.
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January 25, 2013 10:39:36 PM

I don't want to overclock yet, but I want to be able to in the future.
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January 25, 2013 11:48:43 PM

Is there any graphics card that is almost as good, but cheaper?
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January 25, 2013 11:54:40 PM

Well you could buy now the cooler, it will lower the temperatures and when you feel the urge to overclock the cpu you'll have already a good one, no need to take the motherboard out to add again a cooler.
If you want a cheaper gfx card, there's the 7870 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 26, 2013 2:38:39 PM

I'm back

Does this sound like a good build?




Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...

50

CPU
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-Six-Core-Processor-...

134

Motherboard with ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

85

Graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

250

Hard drive
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

56

Power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

60

DVD burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

20



I am still not sure if I want to spend the extra on the CPU cooler and thermal compound.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Without the CPU cooler and thermal compound, my build is still $655.

I know that I have a good build here, but I would still like to cut costs without cutting much performance.


Oh, and by the way, how does the

GIGABYITE GV-R78OC-2GB compare with the

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2gb and the

PNY VCGGTX600TXPB GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2gb

They are all around the same price, but I don't know which one would give better performance for the price.
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January 26, 2013 2:42:46 PM

I am leaning towards the HIS IceQ, because it is only 200 after rebate.
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January 26, 2013 2:42:59 PM

If you want to cut costs, then don't get the hyper 212 evo, nor the thermal paste, the stock cooler offers decent temperatures at stock and it has its own thermal paste.
Either go with a cheap 7870 like the HIS, or with a cheap 660 ti, the gigabyte will not offer a boost worthy of the price vs his, and for that price there's a 660 ti for just about 10$ more.
There's also a 1TB caviar blue on amazon for just about the same price.
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January 26, 2013 3:07:49 PM

I've got an 8350 and 7870 and I run Far Cry 3 maxed out (without AA) at well over 30fps. Haven't officially checked what fps it runs at but I'm sure it is around 45 fps or higher. With AA I get probably around 35fps.

You have an 8150, but Far Cry 3 is a GPU intensive game not CPU intensive so you should get the same performance as I get.
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