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    Old 02-28-2012, 08:10 AM
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    Question Building a gaming PC

    I have been a console gamer since i was a kid and I am now interested in building a gaming PC. I am not the most technical savvy person and I have been reading up on how to build a gaming PC but I would like input from the masters here at PC Gamer. I would like to have a decent PC that is capable of playing graphic intense games such as BF3, ME3, Crysis 2, and Skyrim but at a price I can afford. I have a plan for the build I can afford and here it is:
    ATX Mid tower
    Raidmax Blackstone modular 700w power supply
    Gigabyte AMD AM3+ 970 SATA ATX motherboard
    AMD FX-4100 3.6 GHz quad core
    Gigabyte GeForce 550 ti 1gb video card
    Crucial 8gb DDR3 RAM
    Samsung Seagate 500gb HDD
    Lite-On DVD Burner

    What I would like to know is would this setup be adequate to play these games? I would also be using this for school. This build is around my price range but I don't want to skimp out on anything so if one of these components is crap then I would upgrade. All comments and guidance is greatly appreciated.
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    Old 02-28-2012, 01:16 PM
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    what is your price range? if it's $600 then OK, that's as good as you're gonna get

    if it's $1000 you're gonna get ripped off



    oh, and that PSU is a stinking heap of outdated trashtaculence so get that replaced before you buy it
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    Old 02-28-2012, 02:00 PM
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    Yeah about 600 is the limit. I would be willing to spend up to 700 if that would have a noticeable improvement in performance. If I went with a Corsair 800w PSU would that be a better choice?
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    Old 02-28-2012, 02:12 PM
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    that rig barely needs a 400W PSU, so look at a 500W Antec Earthwatts or 520W Seasonic for solid builds at affordable prices

    seriously, a cheap 800W PSU is far worse than a decent 430W PSU


    also, the 6870 can often be had for pennies more than a 550ti but the 6870 is closer to the 560ti than the 550ti
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    Old 02-28-2012, 03:18 PM
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    Alright, I'll go with the 6870 and smaller PSU. Thanks for the info
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    Old 02-28-2012, 03:36 PM
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    The [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013&Tpk=XFX%20550w"]XFX 550w[/URL] is a Good & reliable unit, better than that 700w Raidmax.
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    Old 02-29-2012, 01:19 AM
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    I am going to go with a seasonic 620w PSU. Would it be worth upgrading to the fx6100 instead of the fx4100? The difference isn't that much but I'm not sure if it is worth it.
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    Old 02-29-2012, 02:21 AM
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    How about this [URL="http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19798666"]list[/URL] with a i3 build instead of a bulldoze build. Its like 650.
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    You need a 850 W power supply, i5 processor and cutting edge graphics card. The extra costs are huge but they're definitely worth it. Try and invest as much as you can in your graphics card, otherwise you'll need to replace it pretty soon.
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    Old 02-29-2012, 02:47 AM
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    Quote:
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    You need a 850 W power supply, i5 processor and cutting edge graphics card. The extra costs are huge but they're definitely worth it. Try and invest as much as you can in your graphics card, otherwise you'll need to replace it pretty soon.
    So is that 850W for the SLI 590s/6990s hes gonna run?
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