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Budget Gaming PC Build

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February 27, 2013 3:07:16 PM

Basically looking for confirmation that this will play current games on, hopefully high, but definitely medium settings.
Suggestions/improvements are welcome but I have hardly any money to add on.

Motherboard - Asus M5A97 R2.0
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
GPU - Sapphire HD 7770 GHZ Edition 1GB GDDR5
Optical - Liteon Ihas124 24x 
HDD - Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA III
PSU - OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze PSU
RAM - Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance
Case - Cooler Master K-series K380 - USB3.0 Atx
Case fans - Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm x 3
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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February 27, 2013 3:11:54 PM

It really depends on the games you want to play. Some games are CPU based others are GPU based. BF3 will run on medium unless you have a lower resolution. But to your question, yes medium for most games.

If you want more power, I suggest you upgrade the GPU from a 7770 to a 7850, 7870, 660 or 660Ti.
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February 27, 2013 3:28:34 PM

Yeah I'd have to know budget before I can suggest a system. You don't need the extra case fans - that's a waste of money.
February 27, 2013 3:38:45 PM

One of the ways that Rosewill cases tend to be superior to their CM equivalents is they come with more fans. Saving the money from the fans could make a pretty big difference on this build.
If you're interested in overclocking, you'll need a decent cooler; I'd recommend the Xigmatek Gaia, which for $20 cools within a degree of the CM Hyper212 EVO but is quieter (per Frostytech reviews): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you prefer not to overclock, you'll definitely get better performance from an Intel i3-3220 (and use less power).
If you stay with AMD, your mobo choice is good; the one Dude... selected is NOT a 900-series chipset board, and uses the old 710 Southbridge.
February 27, 2013 3:44:36 PM

Onus said:
One of the ways that Rosewill cases tend to be superior to their CM equivalents is they come with more fans. Saving the money from the fans could make a pretty big difference on this build.
If you're interested in overclocking, you'll need a decent cooler; I'd recommend the Xigmatek Gaia, which for $20 cools within a degree of the CM Hyper212 EVO but is quieter (per Frostytech reviews): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you prefer not to overclock, you'll definitely get better performance from an Intel i3-3220 (and use less power).
If you stay with AMD, your mobo choice is good; the one Dude... selected is NOT a 900-series chipset board, and uses the old 710 Southbridge.


I nearly lost a system because of a Gaia, I'd much rather go with something like the NZXT T40 or the Corsair C70 if you don't want a 212 Evo.
February 27, 2013 4:09:06 PM

Sorry, my budget is around £470 plus a retail of Windows 7.
February 27, 2013 4:11:39 PM

JBails said:
Sorry, my budget is around £470 plus a retail of Windows 7.


That's kind of a tricky budget to work with especially if you want to get OS:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£138.98 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.44 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card (£125.68 @ Aria PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.85 @ Aria PC)
Total: £468.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 18:10 GMT+0000)

For gaming that will be a far better system than anything AMD.
February 27, 2013 4:17:41 PM

^Good build. Preparing a PM (I'm curious about potential Gaia issues)...
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