What do you all think of this build?

austenw23

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It took me FOREVER to finally find a build for gaming that will end up at just under $1000. Literally 5-8 hours worth of trying to build something within my budget and it would always end up at around $1200 xD. Well here we have it, the final result. What do you all think?

CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.2GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

GPU: HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound

PSU: XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

Optical Drive: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Monitor: HP 20" Widescreen LED Monitor with 5ms Response Time (2011X)

Total: ~$984.34 (includes shipping + taxes) Keep in mind, I live in Canada, so prices may vary from everyone else's by roughly $150 total.

I know you guys are going to say it's a bad GPU, but I don't play games like BF3, Crysis etc. The types of games I like are CoD4, Runescape, Minecraft, League of Legends etc.

Anyway, what's your opinion on it? Do you think it will run the games I play in decent settings at a smooth frame rate? More importantly, is this all compatible? This is my first build so yeah..
 

austenw23

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Yeah, someone has told me that before, I just don't know what the difference is between the two but I know i5 is better. Could you explain for me in what way an i5 is better than an i3? Does it make any differences in gaming?
 

oh cmon, for gaming, i3's hyperthreading will be useless....

the OP already got the right choice i5.

maybe the case is a little pricey, you can swap it for the cheaper case and spend more on GPU
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the difference between i3 and i5 is the core, i5 has 4 true core and i3 has 2 true core+2 additional thread. the 2 threads isnt going to help in game, trust me

just my 0.02 someone can correct me for a better setup
 

You're not getting it. The point of the i3 isn't to get HT, it's to have more money left over for a better GPU. The i3 is an adequate CPU for gaming.
 

i get it :) for almost 1000 usd setup, getting i3 is really ..... :D
then another part should be lowered
[:djdecibel]

 

It's not 1000 USD, it's Canadian. However, if you have a better solution, you should probably present it for the OP's benefit.