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February 24, 2013 3:38:29 AM

He guys, I'm wanting to get into PC gaming, and I need help with a build. I want to be able to play pretty much any game on high if possible for my budget, which will be 650-750. I wouldn't mind staying on the lower end of those number but if I can that's fine. I have found a case that I would like because I am going off to college, it is the bitfenix prodigy. Help with my build please.

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February 24, 2013 3:50:30 AM

Yes. Do you know how well this will run BF3 or something along those lines? Also I asked this at another site and one guy posted something with a similar PSU, but then one guy commented and said that that PSU could possibly not be strong enough. What is you opinion on that??
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February 24, 2013 4:01:00 AM

porkchop_59 said:
Yes. Do you know how well this will run BF3 or something along those lines? Also I asked this at another site and one guy posted something with a similar PSU, but then one guy commented and said that that PSU could possibly not be strong enough. What is you opinion on that??

you will get 45-55 FPS on high settings(not stable) and no i don't think that the PSU with 550W will not be strong enough to power up the system...
http://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/DESKTOP/GRAPHICS/7000/78...
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February 24, 2013 4:03:51 AM

Ok, thanks a lot for your help.
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February 24, 2013 4:05:50 AM

good build timelass, although a $90 case? could save some cash there.
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February 24, 2013 4:08:49 AM

that PSU will be fine but you won't be able to fit the 7850 without taking out the 3.5 inch bay and I would avoid the steagate 7200.12AS drives and spend up for either the caviar blue 64mb or the seagate 7200.14 64mb

Swap out the 3.5inch drive for a 2.5inch one if you want to keep the same case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $685.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 01:18 EST-0500)

Here is one with a hybrid Momentus XT drive that combines a 8GB NAND cache with 750GB of HDD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $750.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 01:19 EST-0500)

review of the XT drive
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/momentus-xt-750gb-r...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5160/seagate-2nd-generati...
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February 24, 2013 4:26:34 AM

feeblepenguin said:
good build timelass, although a $90 case? could save some cash there.

agree with wat you said... i put that in because he choose that case... and also that case is a very good one for ITX build IMHO... well Lian-Li is will be good too :sweat: 
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February 24, 2013 4:34:43 AM

I actually found that case for 79.99 so I will save 10 dollars.
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February 24, 2013 4:41:35 AM

Also would you all consider the AFX Radeon that both of you listed as a better GPU than GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-1GD Radeon HD 7850 1GB? I have read a lot of good things about the Gigabyte.
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February 24, 2013 4:43:10 AM

you will not be able to fit the 7850 unless you take out the 3.5" drive bay

The XFX is a 2GB so that is better than a 1gb gigabyte one.

I am liking the gigabyte cooler though as I am running the 2GB version
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February 24, 2013 4:48:34 AM

What if I was to move to the Gigabyte 2GB, which would be better in your opinion?
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February 24, 2013 4:51:16 AM

The gigabyte has a better cooler and has a factory OC and you get all that for $15 more than the stock xfx 2GB which is a pretty decent as you want the best cooling you can get in such a small case

Are you planning to take out the top 3.5inch HDD bay then?



Upon further research it appears you can fit 3.5inch drives in the bottom drive cage
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February 24, 2013 4:59:48 AM

Yeah, I was thinking about it. I want to try and get the most performance as I can for my budget. I have read it doesn't do a lot if I take it out, I can live with only 500GB. I already have a 1TB external drive that I use to store movies on for my Laptop and I still have well over 750GB available on it.
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February 24, 2013 8:48:25 AM

porkchop_59 said:
Yeah, I was thinking about it. I want to try and get the most performance as I can for my budget. I have read it doesn't do a lot if I take it out, I can live with only 500GB. I already have a 1TB external drive that I use to store movies on for my Laptop and I still have well over 750GB available on it.

Take 500GB will be good enough then... You can always add in another HDD or SSD in the future... :bounce: 
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