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Seeking Advice Regarding Build

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February 23, 2013 2:04:14 PM

So I'm currently thinking of buying the following custom built PC.

The specs are as follows:
Cost: $611

CPU Intel Core i3-2120 3.30G 65W Dual Core
CPU Fan Intel Origianl CPU Heat Sink and Fan
Motherboard MSI H61M-P31 Motherboard S.1155 INTEL H61 CSM M.ATX 2D.DDR3 PCIE X16/PCIE 1X DVI+ VGA LPT/COM PORT HEADER GBLAN
Memory Kingston 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1333Mhz CL9
Hard Drive 1 Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB 3.5" SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM (WD5000AAKX)
Optical Drive LG GH24NS72 SATA 24X DVD-RW DRIVE BLACK
Video Radeon HD7850 1G GDDR5, Gigabyte
Audio High Quality Multiple channel audio on board
Network Gigabit LAN controllers
Power Supply Quality Quiet 550 Watt ATX Power Supply w/Large Fan
Windows OS Not included
LCD Monitor Not included (LCD shown on the picture for decoration only, see details)
Case 8209B Mid Tower Case

Are there any issues with this build? (Improvements, etc.)
Will the i3 CPU be bottlenecking the GPU?

Thanks in advance!

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February 23, 2013 3:00:26 PM

it depends on what game you play, what resoution, if you are playing games like skyrim or bf3 or mmo, those games are heavy at using 4 cores while the 2120 I believe is a two core, and the cpu won't bottleneck your 7850 unless the 7850 is using full power.
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February 23, 2013 4:29:19 PM

pete123edgar said:
it depends on what game you play, what resoution, if you are playing games like skyrim or bf3 or mmo, those games are heavy at using 4 cores while the 2120 I believe is a two core, and the cpu won't bottleneck your 7850 unless the 7850 is using full power.


Hm, I definitely am thinking on running 1080p on those. Would an AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz be better?
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February 23, 2013 4:58:37 PM

YES! AMD Phenom II X 4 is a much better choice in price range like that
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February 23, 2013 5:15:22 PM

Hm, due to budgeting though, I now basically how two options.

Would the Phenom II x 4 with a GTX 650 perform better, or would an i3 with HD 7850?

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February 23, 2013 6:14:00 PM

The firsrt option looks better

Just put TI at the end
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February 24, 2013 12:21:05 AM

Is there a particular reason why you are pairing the AMD CPU with the NVidia GPU and the Intel CPU with the AMD GPU?
I would definitely recommend the Phenom II x4. I've run the Phenom II x4 970 with an HD5770 for the last 2 years and been very satisfied with the performance. I've only just upgraded to the AMD FX8150 with the HD7770 OC.
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February 24, 2013 12:34:31 AM

drummer_justin said:
Is there a particular reason why you are pairing the AMD CPU with the NVidia GPU and the Intel CPU with the AMD GPU?
I would definitely recommend the Phenom II x4. I've run the Phenom II x4 970 with an HD5770 for the last 2 years and been very satisfied with the performance. I've only just upgraded to the AMD FX8150 with the HD7770 OC.


Yea, the pairing of the CPUs and the GPUs was actually because of the options that was available on eBay :D  (It was the seller that was basically pairing these components together)

But, I've actually decided against buying the components in a bundle (from eBay), and instead buy each one separately. My build has changed quite a bit too.

My new build is as follows (Still around $600):

Case and Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - Sapphire 7850 2GB
CPU - Intel i5 2500k
CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
8GB RAM
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155

My only concern now, is that the power supply I'm getting supplies 585W. Will that be enough considering that the GPU is slighly overclocked, and that I'm considering of overclocking the CPU too?
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