First Budget PC Build

January 20, 2013 @ 05:23:21
First time builder so any advice is appreciated. Mainly building to play games like WoW, BF3 etc at High quality with about 40+ frames as well as general browsing. Have a $600-$700 budget so if any improvements have been made I'd appreciate it.

 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
 Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
January 20, 2013 @ 08:28:58

a little over budget but some deal hunting should be able to bring it down

with this build you can most def get constant 60 fps on high on bf3 but you'll get 50-60 on ULTRA @ 1920 x 1080 with it as well

i found a similar build on youtube right here running bf3 on ultra high 50-60 fps range

bonus is you have MAJOR overclocking headroom with both the CPU and GPU. its just a matter of providing adequate cooling. especially with the 7950, it can be overclocked to the 7970s stock speeds
January 20, 2013 @ 11:00:07
With what I have, what avg frames am I looking at for High settings?
also, is it worth it to bump up to an I3 2120 and go with a 7750/7770?
(the monitor i have currently isn't 1920x1080)
January 20, 2013 @ 13:47:37
that build with the 7850 is still good, since you arent playing at 1080 you would actually get a performance boost. you would be hitting  the 60 fps mark, constant 45-50+s for sure. it would be surprising if you didnt get a constant 60 fps even

heres a comparison vid of a 7850 on ultra @ 1080 vs a 660 ti

30+ FPS is perfectly fine for eyecandy. you're playing at the same FPS as current gen consoles, but with more eyecandy. only thing is, once you know how 60+ FPS looks like, everything seems choppy.

and lemme post another build that would blow everything out the water, especially for a gaming build


its not a K processor so you can't overclock it BUT, this completely eliminates the chance of bottlenecking your system, which you would definitely run into if you chose the i3 for being a dual core system.

to answer the i3 question:

older/recent games still only use up to 3 cores and a majority still only use 2, but newer titles are starting to utilize these cores. BF3 uses the Dice Frost Bite engine, which actually uses 4 cores (especially for 64 player maps). the CryEngine 3 has been reported to use 6 cores. so if you want to keep your rig up to par with the newest games AND play online, I suggest anything BUT a dual core now. 
January 21, 2013 @ 00:14:44
cool, i appreciate it!
Is it worth it to build everything myself from scratch?
January 21, 2013 @ 07:23:51
yea it is, honestly its like lego and the only reason you should pay someone to build it is if you can't read english/ figure out picture instructions. also its pretty fun knowing that you're gaming on something you've built
January 21, 2013 @ 22:23:58
sounds good, appreciate the help man
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