anthonylesx2

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Hey guys looking to buy a new PC that will run most games at good setting.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: 600-635$ MAX After Rebates U.S Dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming #1

Are you buying a monitor: / No

Parts to Upgrade:Whole new PC

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Florida

Parts Preferences: Whatever is best

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments:
Have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Games I wanna play on good settings: Call of duty, Battlefield, left four dead, far cry 3, and skyrim.
Thanks for help
 

aebome

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While the CPU in my build is only a dual core i3 (Ivy Bridge tho), it allows you to get a 7870.

Also, Microcenter has the NZXT Source 210 case listed in the build for $18 after MIR. FYI

http://www.microcenter.com/product/378074/Classic_Series_Source_210_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vRDL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vRDL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vRDL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $613.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:16 EST-0500)
 

anthonylesx2

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Is the i3 good enough to run those games I listed?
 

aebome

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+1 to bigcyco1. Where you might notice the i3 is not in the games you play, but if you do any video encoding or heavy photo work, or other programs that really stress the CPU. For gaming it is fine, especially if you have a 7870.
 

aebome

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Besides missing a case, the build looks ok.. You are trading GPU power for CPU power, which is ok if you that is what you want. As bigcyco1 says, that 7850 is pretty much the minimum for decent setting on the games you are looking at.

It comes down to what you are using it for. If mostly for games, then get the 7870 and an i3. If you are going to do other CPU intensive tasks as well as gaming, get the 7850 and an i5.
 

aebome

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For gaming the GPU is where you want to spend your money, and then the CPU. So to answer your question, yes GPU>CPU for gaming.

As to bigcyco1 case suggestion, I love the 200R, but the 300R at amazon is a cheaper than the 200R seems to be at most places right now.
 
+1 300R is better get that if it's cheaper ;)
 

aebome

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For CPUs, not if you are going for gaming, as the i3s often equal or beat the 4 core FX line of AMD in games. In well threaded productivity application the FX is better.

Bottom line, at this budget, for gaming, no.
 

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