Mid-Range Gaming Build Help

Hey everyone. I'm brand new to building a PC. Just started researching builds today after returning an expensive desktop that didn't fit my gaming needs. Just want a system that can play modern games comfortably for about 600$. This is what I've come up with so far. I would really appreciate ideas on where i could cut corners or beef up this build.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX)

Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Memory Express)

Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.99 @ NCIX)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($155.16 @ Amazon Canada)

Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.48 @ DirectCanada)

Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.99 @ Computer Valley)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $582.58
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  1. Went with a FX6300 since it performs better than an i3 but still chepaer than a i5 (performs inbetween an i3 and i5)
    You can get a cheaper HDD for $5 less but lose 500GB of storage
    You can also get 1333mhz ram that is not really that much slower for $5 cheaper
    Getting a quality PSU is really important. I went with a gigabyte board for its better power delviery and USB3
    The 7850 2GB is really important to game for 1080p high in modern games


    [PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.74 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Apex PCV-588 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.81 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $575.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 17:29 EST-0500)
  2. good build, but you can get more for your money.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.58 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)

    Total: $583.51 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    enjoy!
  3. Thanks for the suggestions guys. This a big help. So on these rigs what settings would i be able to play games like battlefield 3 on? Just really curious...
  4. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-6.html

    7850 performance is actually even better than that since the 12.1 drivers.
  5. Latest reviews with the drivers closest to present (add 1-2 fps for 1080p)

    http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/page4.html
  6. stickmansam said:
    Latest reviews with the drivers closest to present (add 1-2 fps for 1080p)

    http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/page4.html


    Yeah, AMD didn't release 12.1 til mid december, and that techspot bench is in november. Hard to find game benches between 12.1 and now.
  7. ^ The techspot reciew is with the 12.11 betas


    EDIT: from the article
    The new Catalyst 12.11 beta drivers delivered major performance gains in many popular games such as Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, Civilization V, Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs and StarCraft II. While most titles ran around 10% faster depending on their settings, Battlefield 3 was 20 to 30% faster.
  8. stickmansam said:
    ^ The techspot reciew is with the 12.11 betas


    Reading is fundamental. :na:
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