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February 27, 2013 7:02:01 AM

hi there, i am new to pcs and i would like to know if this is a decent gaming pc that will run games like bf3 at medium to high settings. i am on a budget build. i can only spend about $450 including the OS. so i am taking out the graphics card at the moment. i know it wont be a gaming pc without the graphics card. i'll buy it later on.
and one thing, i will be going with an intel option, not an amd.
here are the specs:

Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit

Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33220

Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboards GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9)

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

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

Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX500)

Zalman Case Z9 PLUS Black Mid Tower ATX/microATX Computer Case

And as i said, the graphics card isnt included, but i'll be getting a evga geforce gtx650 later on.

will this be a decent gaming pc?
thank you and please suggest parts that might be better for the budget build.

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February 27, 2013 8:00:02 AM

Decent enough, but why did you get a a Z board when the processor you got doesn't have unlocked multipliers? A 650 can let you game, but in my opinion, you'd have a better entry-level rig if you go 650 ti or a 7770 gHz Ed.
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February 27, 2013 8:28:19 AM

1 thing you should definitely change is the RAM it should work in dual channel so you should get 2 x 2Gb or 2 x 4Gb. I also recommend getting a cheaper CPU so you can get a better GPU ie a 965BE and a 7850. Also I don't know how much you are paying for that motherboard (and you need to change it anyway if you get the 965BE) but unless its very cheap its not great.
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February 27, 2013 8:36:17 AM

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1 thing you should definitely change is the RAM it should work in dual channel so you should get 2 x 2Gb or 2 x 4Gb. I also recommend getting a cheaper CPU so you can get a better GPU ie a 965BE and a 7850. Also I don't know how much you are paying for that motherboard (and you need to change it anyway if you get the 965BE) but unless its very cheap its not great.

oh ok so i'll change the ram. i live in japan and they don't sell any amd products so i can't really go with the 965BE. the motherboard here is pretty cheap, like $70. but i guess i shouldnt get it.
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February 27, 2013 8:40:26 AM

The board is OK for $70 how much does a cheap H77 board or a Z77 board cost for comparison?
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February 27, 2013 8:43:58 AM

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The board is OK for $70 how much does a cheap H77 board or a Z77 board cost for comparison?

the h77 is about $69 and the z77 is about $90. should i go with the h77 instead?
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February 27, 2013 8:49:37 AM

No stick with the one you chose it offers the possibility to crossfire/SLi a second card in the future and/or overclock a K series CPU if you ever get one. Its better than H77 but I thought it would cost alot more but since it doesn't its good.
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February 27, 2013 8:55:35 AM

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No stick with the one you chose it offers the possibility to crossfire/SLi a second card in the future and/or overclock a K series CPU if you ever get one. Its better than H77 but I thought it would cost alot more but since it doesn't its good.

oh ok. should i go with the evga geforce gtx650 in the future or should i go with another gpu?
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February 27, 2013 9:02:21 AM

By UK prices it is more expensive and performs worse than the Radeon 7770. Its overall performance is inbetween the Radeon 7750 & 7770 if its priced accordingly then its OK but like I say in the UK the 7770 is a far better buy. If you can afford it the Radeon 7850s are the best performance for the price here.
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February 27, 2013 9:11:43 AM

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By UK prices it is more expensive and performs worse than the Radeon 7770. Its overall performance is inbetween the Radeon 7750 & 7770 if its priced accordingly then its OK but like I say in the UK the 7770 is a far better buy. If you can afford it the Radeon 7850s are the best performance for the price here.

ok i'll research a little more about the graphics card
thank you for all of your help simon, i really appreciate it :) 
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February 27, 2013 2:29:08 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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March 6, 2013 1:51:09 PM

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