Looking for some expert advice on this build.
-Will use the PC for gaming and net browsing.
-Budget is $600-650.
-Preferred CPU: Intel.
-I don't intend to use any of my current parts except the Speakers/Headphones/Monitor/UPS.
-I wont be overclocking.
-I want to run recent games (BF3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Planetside 2, AC3, Black Ops II and Watchdogs) at highest possible graphics with 1360x768 Resolution.
This is the parts list:
CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Wired Standard Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse
Since I will be using a Radeon 7770 I will have to crank up the graphics so that the CPU does not end up bottlenecking. But, I actually cannot crank up the graphics really high since I will be using a 18.5" monitor which can only got up to 1360x768 resolution. So, will the CPU bottleneck the system due to the low resolution of the monitor?
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: Added a better PSU.
Loos like a good build with your budget. You will have no problem gaming at that resolution.
I would say you would be fine with the 450w you had picked, but the xfx you have changed to is a great power supply and is powerful enough to handle a faster graphics card down the road if you upgrade your monitor and require more powerful graphics. The only thing I would say is 90gb is on the small side for an ssd. If you can manage it I would go for a 120gb version. The case is pretty basic as well, but I think its a fine case in your budget (nothing fancy, but it will work). Other cheaper cases if you want to look would be a haf912, or antec three hundred.
I3 is weak get an i5 3350P even , at that resolution 650 Ti is enough , or HD 7770 the CPU is more intensive.
Of course the i3 is weaker than an i5. He is on a budget though. That said you could wait out on the ssd and use the saved cash to go to an i5 and add the ssd when money permits, vice possibly a CPU upgrade down the road. Your call on that one though. The i3 would be fast enough, but the i5 would be better.
Your not gaming on full HD to make it more GPU intensive , so lower the graphic card and put in for an i5 or remove ssd that's like an upgrade not an necesity
Incase I was gonna encode and stuff I wud have considered the i5. For the price difference between the i3 and i5 I dont see myself getting a great improvement in gaming performance.
Check out the CPU comparision link in my signature.
I have considered everthing and according to my requirements I find this build to be the best.
Yes i agree the i3 is sufficient in gaming but at your resolution it's all the CPU power u can get because GPU-wise it's not that important that's my ideea sharing with you, and games are starting to use 4 cores more and more often.
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