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Good Gaming PC Build?

I play games like Crysis 2, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Mass Effect 3, Assassins Creed and Hitman Absolution. I already have a Westinghouse L1951NW 19" 1400x900 LCD Monitor and a Windows 7 Ultimate disc. Is my build good? I am a little bit worried about my graphics card being able to run Battlefield 3, and/or not even being necessary for my Monitor. I would also like to stay under $700 if possible. Thanks. PCPartPicker part list: Price breakdown by merchant: Benchmarks: CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.97 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($8.00 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Pareema 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US) Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($162.55 @ Newegg) Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.24 @ Amazon) Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg) Keyboard: AZIO Levetron Wired Gaming Keyboard ($24.99 @ NCIX US) Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.09 @ Amazon) Total: $697.80 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-07 18:25 EST-0500) I didn't say I had a Windows disc from my old computer, did I? Now, you don't have to be so rude about telling me what I need to fix. Thanks anyway for the recommendations. Thank you Filenotfound! Thank you so much! Also my motherboard has Onboard USB 3.0 Headers and my case doesn't. Will this be a problem? Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P-$63.91

Public Comments

  1. if your mobo has onboard video,check the gaming specs against the oinboard video and see if it meets/exdeeds system requirements of your software packages. if not, get a better one. also check your cpu. make sure your PSU isn't underpowered.

    also, determine whether your game comes on a DVD or blu-ray and get the appropriate drive.

    this system is minimal. an i7 would be best.

  2. If you're going to be cheap like that, downgrade your card to a 2GB Asus 7770 or a 1GB Vapor-X 7770GHz edition, and save 30 dollars off that 7850. That CPU cooler is barely even better than stock, if you're going to get a cheap cooler, just get no cooler at all, considering you won't be able to OC either way. Also, just change the CPU to a 3570 or even a 3470, that Motherboard can't even overclock, whats the point?

    If you're going to dump into the processor and GPU, then at least get a decent power supply, at least 60 dollars, bad power supplies tend to give lower power than specified on the 12V, your GPU/CPU share the 12V, when it overloads, BOOM, there goes your PSU, CPU, GPU, and quite possibly your motherboard, and will cost you 500+ in replacements. Also, you need an operating system, no you can't use the one on your old comp, it's tied to its original motherboard.

  3. The Z68 motherboards cant overclock the ivy bridge cpus. Also with that board you cant make full use out of the pci-e 3.0 bandwidth. (tho a 7850 would probably not see much if any performance loss in 2.0, but higher end cards will or if you try to crossfire 7850s you will notice a huge bottleneck)

    So really id suggest you drop your cpu to a non K model like the 3450/3470 or something.

    Then id suggest you get an H77 or B75/Z75 or Z77 motherboard, so you can make full use of ivy bridge features.

    Now for your ram, since you have an ivy bridge you REALLY should be ddr3-1600 memory. Also its ALOT better to get 2 4GB sticks, that way you will be running in dual channel, thus doubling memory bandwidth. There is really no need for more then 8GB, as even while hardcore gaming and multitasking at the same time, ive never broke the 4GB barrier lol.

    id get a little better psu like the corsair 500W, or the antec new eco 520W.

    everything else is good though.

    EDIT: jim is retarded... and i7 will make ZERO literally ZERO difference in gaming over the i5. (you may see 1-2 fps MAX difference, and that is only because of the larger cache). If you are going to spend $100 more, you are better off spending it on the graphics card which will add like 100 fps more >.>

    And if you have a retail copy of windows (not oem) you CAN reuse it on another computer. as the retail copy can be installed infinite times on any computer you want.

    OEM are locked to the motherboard (tho ive heard people just call microsoft and say their motherboard died and they got a new one, and they can reuse oem codes, but i can NOT confirm that)

    EDIT2: why would that be a problem? XD

    all motherboards have like 2 usb 2.0 headers, the usb 3.0 header is completely different. You jsut need that IF your case has usb 3.0 ports on the front. So having that on your motherboard is very good in the event you upgrade to a 3.0 case. Also since the zalman z9 plus has usb 3.0 ports, you can probably buy a usb 3.0 port for the front of your case from like the zalman website or something.

    Ive know a few other cases that allow you to swap out a cases 2.0 for 3.0 ports.

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