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Old December 30, 2012, 03:43 AM
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Question 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

Total: $644.73

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.

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Old December 30, 2012, 04:02 AM
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Loos like a good build with your budget. You will have no problem gaming at that resolution.
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Old December 30, 2012, 07:40 AM
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Loos like a good build with your budget. You will have no problem gaming at that resolution.
Thanks! At last I have the approval! By the way I just figured out that the GPU requires a 450W PSU. So, I have decided not to skimp on the PSU and get something 550W 80+. Whoosh...!
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Old December 30, 2012, 08:00 AM
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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.

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Old December 30, 2012, 08:35 AM
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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.
Yeah, the XFX PSU better. I am quite used to having 60-70GB memory on my system drive so i'll be able to manage with 90GB. And even if I ever record some gameplay on it I wud move it to the HDD. I have had a look at those cases but I like the one I have chosen :) Thanks again :)
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Old December 30, 2012, 12:39 PM
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I3 is weak get an i5 3350P even , at that resolution 650 Ti is enough , or HD 7770 the CPU is more intensive.
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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.
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Old December 30, 2012, 03:25 PM
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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
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I3 is weak get an i5 3350P even , at that resolution 650 Ti is enough , or HD 7770 the CPU is more intensive.
Since i'm gonna use it for gaming I don't think i'll find it to be weak. The gaming performance of i3 is good enough... in most cases you can compare it to AMD's high end models.

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.

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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.
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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
I want the SSD since i'll be recording some gameplay. If necessary i'll upgrade the CPU in future. But I guess the CPU could keep up with the CPU reqs of the games of the next 2 years.

I have considered everthing and according to my requirements I find this build to be the best.
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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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