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Is this a good gaming PC?

This is my first custom PC and I was wondering if it is a good start Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with Side Panel Window [-11] Internal USB Extension Module: None Neon Light Upgrade: None Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans Noise Reduction Technology: None CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) Freebies: None Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan [-6] Motherboard: [CrossFireX] MSI Z68A-G43 (B3) Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology, OC Genie II, Winki 3 & 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X2 (All Venom OC Certified) [-17] Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (ADATA Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+12]) Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by ATI) Freebies: None Video Card 2: None Video Card 3: None Dedicated PHYSX Card: None Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors Power Supply Upgrade: * 650 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: TRX-650M [+61] Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-6] (Single Hard Drive) Freebies: None Data Hard Drive: None Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None USB Flash Drive: None Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR) Optical Drive 2: None Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO 3D Vision Glasses: None LCD Monitor: None 2nd Monitor: None 3rd Monitor: None Speakers: None Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network Network Switch: None Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse Mouse Pad: None Gaming Gear: None Extra Thermal Display: None Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None External Wireless Network Card: None Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None Bluetooth: None Flash Media Reader/Writer: None Video Camera: None Headset: None Printer: None Cable: None Power Protection: None Surge Protector: None IEEE1394 Card: None USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports Operating System: * Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition) Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None Office Suite: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) Games: None Ultra Care Option: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

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  1. I am afraid not.

  2. You can run the latest games on medium-high settings. It would be better with a quad-core and another couple of gigs of memory, but games coming out now will work fine on it.

  3. I'd consider a few changes:

    Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with Side Panel Window [-11]

    Internal USB Extension Module: None

    Neon Light Upgrade: None

    Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans

    Noise Reduction Technology: None

    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

    Freebies: None

    Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking

    Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan [-6]

    Motherboard: [CrossFireX] MSI Z68A-G43 (B3) Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology, OC Genie II, Winki 3 & 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe & 2 PCIe X2 (All Venom OC Certified) [-17]

    Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None

    Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-37] (ADATA Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+12])

    Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+69] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)

    Freebies: None

    Video Card 2: None

    Video Card 3: None

    Dedicated PHYSX Card: None

    Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors

    Power Supply Upgrade: * 650 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: TRX-650M [+61]

    Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-6] (Single Hard Drive)

    Freebies: None

    Data Hard Drive: None

    Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None

    External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None

    USB Flash Drive: None

    Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

    Optical Drive 2: None

    Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

    3D Vision Glasses: None

    LCD Monitor: None

    2nd Monitor: None

    3rd Monitor: None

    Speakers: None

    Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

    Network Switch: None

    Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

    Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

    Mouse Pad: None

    Gaming Gear: None

    Extra Thermal Display: None

    Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None

    External Wireless Network Card: None

    Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None

    Bluetooth: None

    Flash Media Reader/Writer: None

    Video Camera: None

    Headset: None

    Printer: None

    Cable: None

    Power Protection: None

    Surge Protector: None

    IEEE1394 Card: None

    USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

    Operating System: * Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)

    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None

    Office Suite: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising)

    Games: None

    Ultra Care Option: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]


  4. i5? If you're going to go for the price, go for an AMD. For performance, go all out on an intel. RAM @ 4GB is great, you don't really need anymore. I'm a Nvidia guy so Radeon is a mystery to me. Give SSD a try, the boot time is amazing. Takes only 5-10 seconds for me to get from power button to desktop. You really notice the difference. Otherwise, this seems pretty mid-ranged to me.

    This doesn't look like a fun build though. Many go for the LEDs when they're building a system. That's half the look of a custom rig. I'd choose an Antec case with Zalman cooling. I highly recommend the ballstix crucial 4gb memory with blue LEDs, makes a pattern on the wall when the lights are off stunning.

    Anyways, there seems to be a few bottlenecks in you're system. Make sure if you want a mid-ranged computer you don't get an amazing graphics card with a weak processor.


  5. I love being buried under several misguided posts.

    Hopefully you scroll down far enough to actually read this.

    The i5 2500 is fine. It is a quad core. It's the most you could possibly need for any game and then some - anything more would be a waste of money.

    4GB of memory is plenty for gaming too. Most games won't even use all of it. In the near future games will probably come out that will use more, but you have 2 empty slots for when that happens and adding RAM is as easy as putting a stick into a slot and pushing until it clicks.

    The 6770 is ok, but it isn't great. If you can cut a few corners and get a 6850 or 6870 it's worth it. You could change the CPU to a Phenom II X4 or a lower i5, or even i3-2100 if you had to. An i3 with a 6870 will do much better than i5 with 6770. You could also go with stock cooling if you don't plan to overclock.


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