Advice on new budget gaming build?

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $300 including shipping.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming @1080p, bluray movies and tv shows, surfing the net, music(flac).


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU and motherboard.


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, ebay



Parts Preferences: Switching from AMD Phenom II X4 965 to intel core i3-3220 ivy bridge.
As for motherboard, sold the amd extreme3 970 to buy the asrock h77 pro4/mvp instead of asrock b75 one.


Overclocking: Maybe(the ram and gpu as the processor can't be oc'ed.)


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: low power consumption and less heat(the phenom did increase my room temperature when gaming :P)


And Most Importantly, The phenom 965 is consuming a lot of power i guess as my pc is switched on 24x7. So going to intel i3 3220 for less power consumption.


Parts I already have:

Chassis: Cooler Master HAF 912
RAM: Corsair DDR3 1600(2 x 4GB)
Video Card: HIS 7850 2GB GDDR5
PSU: Corsair TX 650
Aftermarket Heat sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
HDD: 1TB WD Blue
Monitor: Viewsonic LED 1080p monitor.

So will it be a good system(maybe better than the phenom +extreme3 970 combo)? Will there be any conflicts between ram or hsf?

What do you guys think? Will the games lag due to the i3 being a dual core and phennm 965 being quad?

ANy helpis highly appreciated.
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  1. well your phenom was stronger as a gamer than the i3 2100

    and the i3 3220 isnt a lot strnger than the 2100 so you have probably reduced total system performance . And definitely done that if you are gaming online where the phenoms 4 cores would have been a big help

    Your smart upgrade would have been to buy an FX 6300 or 8320
  2. If you want to get the best gaming performance I strongly recomend you getting this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $314.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 05:14 EST-0500)

    If you put $15 more, you will have an ideal gaming solution.

    I really like AMD parts, but at this moment the i5 3570k is the ultimate gaming solution at that price point and is a 77w proccesor (very efficent) you can also overclock it since that is a nice sink (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ).
    The motherboard i choose is one of the best price/performance z77 boards on the market and is pretty good at overcloking if you want to do so.

    If you want to go with AMD, i will recomend you getting this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $309.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 05:25 EST-0500)

    This is a nice combo but the intel combo will be generally better at gaming
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