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Advice into building a gaming computer...


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#1 mrtitties1000

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

Okay so I found this really nice build on YouTube and I've been meaning to get a new gaming rig recently. I searched up the cost of the parts and if I shop at Amazon they total up to around $620.00. I realize that gaming computers require quite a bit of money to make, but can anyone perhaps recommend me better or cheaper parts that does not exceed 620-630.00? Also, I would like to know if this build would play games like Skyrim and GTA IV on high or ultra. Thanks.

The build:
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AMD 970 & SB950 ATX DDR3 800 AMD - AM3+ Motherboard
PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 80+ Certified
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Processor, Black Edition, 3.0 4 Socket AM3 - HD96ZTWFGRBOX
RAM: 8GB DDR3 G.Skil Ripjaws Series
HDD: 500GB Seagate 7200 RPM Drive
Keyboard: Logitech Keyboard K120


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:26 PM

It looks good, just remember, you need to buy Windows and you need an optical drive.

Keep a few things in mind, however.

That CPU is last generation, current AMD CPU's are the FX line, with AMD's upcoming CPU technology, the successor to the Bulldozer FX, Piledriver, coming out later this year. The AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz, AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz, and AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz are current generation processors.

That motherboard is by ASRock, they're great for value oriented motherboards. That's not to say they are bad but if you have the money, I would get Asus, MSI, or Gigabyte. I would go for the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970.

Skyrim, with the ultra textures from Steam, and GTA are known to be video card memory hogs, you should get one with 2GB or better. The XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB, XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB, or HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB are great alternatives.

If you are planning on getting any of these cards, I would suggest a slightly higher capacity PSU, like the CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:02 PM

Well that is rather disappointing..I was hoping today's computer games would not require so much power and money :mellow:

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:41 PM

You can still get your PC, it just won't run those games as smoothly, especially if you add high res texture packs or use some forms of anti aliasing while on ultra. Regardless, you still need an OS and optical drive. What I wrote above was merely things to keep in mind, not a written-in-stone list of must haves.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:02 PM

Yeah, I guess so. However, should I get your recommended parts, games like Skyrim and GTA would run smoothly on high/ultra, correct? And would it also run the same on a 1980 x 1080 resolution?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:56 AM

I play Skyrim with the high resolution texture pack, works well but I would get a 2GB card if I could. The 2GB 6870 above would do well in that game. The FX-6100 is about the same price as the CPU you chose. As for the motherboard and PSU, it's entirely up to you on those. I would consider a 550W minimum PSU to allow for future upgrading to more powerful cards. You won't be spending too much more than what is there already for hardware.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:02 PM

GTAIV on a 6950 would average around 40 FPS on the maximum graphics settings and occasionally lag at times but it's definitely playable.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

What about on a 6870

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

Also, what fans should I get?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:41 PM

Probably lower but if you really wanted GTAIV to be playable, the 6950 would do better. Fans for the case or a CPU cooler?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:22 PM

That is sad news :o And yes, both fans for the case and the CPU cooler if needed. Also, I would to clarify if my newly revised build could run Skyrim, GTA IV, and Battlefield Bad Company 3 on high/ultra on a 1980 x 1080 or 1366 x 768 resolution.

The build:
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
GPU: XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 G.Skil Ripjaws Series
HDD: 500GB Seagate 7200 RPM Drive

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:23 PM

I already have Windows 7, an optical drive, and a keyboard.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 12:23 PM

Is that copy of Windows 7 an upopened OEM copy, or, are you moving a full, boxed, retail version of Windows to a new computer? You don't necessarily have to replace any fans, the computer will run fine with stock. For a good CPU fan, I would get the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283, I use something similar on a FX-8150. It is much quieter than the stock fans.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:03 PM

I own a full retail version.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:16 PM

The case gives you fans in the front as intake and the rear as exhaust which is adequate.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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