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January 24, 2013 10:22:57 PM

Hello all, i'm going to try my first gaming build and have been using this site to look for a setup and this site by far has been the most helpful. My only question is will a computer with these specs work?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

Mother Board: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4

RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

PSU: Cooler Master GX - 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply (RS650-ACAAD3-US)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior (RC-430-KWN1)

DVD drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1461-KR

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003


If this doesn't work could you suggest me another setup around $800.00 that would be a good gaming rig for games like bf3 on medium settings, thanks in advance.

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January 24, 2013 10:43:07 PM

First, the motherboard is much, much overkill. Good choice on CPU (see below). I would suggest a more reliable brand of PSU. The 560 is old technology (I know, even though I have two in SLI, it was my only choice at the time but they are Ti's so you have to give me that).

Don't know if you plan to overclock the CPU, but this build has it for you, if you want to venture into it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $802.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 19:38 EST-0500)

If you don't want to overclock, you could go with this and up the GPU to a 7950.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $798.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 19:42 EST-0500)

Here are some benchmarks (Battlefield 3) using the 7950 with ultra settings, 4x anti-aliasing @ 1080p (you won't be disappointed).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7950/8.html
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January 25, 2013 12:27:11 AM

Best answer selected by jay9029.
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January 25, 2013 12:28:13 AM

Thanks for the reply cball, i'll try out the 2nd one. Have a nice night.
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January 25, 2013 12:39:42 AM

Thanks, you too. :D 
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