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Looking to build my first gaming computer (on a budget), could use some help...

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Here is what i have so far:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX ($99.99 at newegg)

the rest is put together here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x5Ru

My main goal is to have a computer that is capable of running planetside 2 well, mainly because i'd like to use it mostly for gaming, and i feel if it can run that one, it can run any others that i would want it to.

I have zero experience in building computers, just a friend who has put one together and i spent a while researching these parts in the hopes of getting the best bang for my buck. I would really appreciate any sort of feedback about what could be improved or even if i don't necessarily need as nice a part.
post #2 of 7
Corsair XMS3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ( did you mean 2x8gb ? )

I wouldnt get less than DDR3-1600, and you probably should get 2x4gb (dual channel) rather than a single 8gb dimm. Can't say I like the choice of case or hdd either but I'm guessing those are the best deals that fit your budget. Hopefully some people with time to deal hunt will find some good alternatives for you.
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post #3 of 7
Not a bad setup except for that 1333 rams, you want 1600mhz and 2x4gb sticks so you benefit from dual channel.

With a 7850, you might not be maxing out all the settings but really close to it.
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I've seen Planetside 2 absolutely murder a Phenom II 960T unlocked to 6 cores @ 4ghz. It absolutely LOVES intel....

http://www.overclock.net/t/1333211/gtx-480-and-planetside-2/0_50

Not good at all
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

I've seen Planetside 2 absolutely murder a Phenom II 960T unlocked to 6 cores @ 4ghz. It absolutely LOVES intel....

http://www.overclock.net/t/1333211/gtx-480-and-planetside-2/0_50

Not good at all

I play PlanetSide 2 and would have to say I see people with both AMD/Intel having major issues. I have an I7-2600k + 670 FTW 2gb and it does not run it like some others I have seen. Frames jump from 15-75 with a res of 1920x1200 Ultra settings, any thing less and its sucks worse.

My New Rig Here has the GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB and I almost never goes below 95 FPS while streaming.

My point is that this game (PlanetSide 2) seems to have a mind of its own,I have seen people with older systems run it flawlessly while people with newer systems with or without SLI/Crossfire get very crappy game play. I do not see either side being better all around but my AMD system kills that game.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FoRcE72 View Post

I play PlanetSide 2 and would have to say I see people with both AMD/Intel having major issues. I have an I7-2600k + 670 FTW 2gb and it does not run it like some others I have seen. Frames jump from 15-75 with a res of 1920x1200 Ultra settings, any thing less and its sucks worse.

My New Rig Here has the GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB and I almost never goes below 95 FPS while streaming.

My point is that this game (PlanetSide 2) seems to have a mind of its own,I have seen people with older systems run it flawlessly while people with newer systems with or without SLI/Crossfire get very crappy game play. I do not see either side being better all around but my AMD system kills that game.

thumb.gif good to know. smile.gif Thanks for the input.
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
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Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
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Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
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Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
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Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
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post #7 of 7
Looks like a good build. I have a Sapphire 7850 2GB and I am happy with its performance. Also, the MoBo has build in sound so you do not need to get a sound card. When I did my first build a little while back I was thinking of getting a sound card, but since the MoBo's almost all have built in sound now you do not really need to get it, unless you are an audiophile and you want to spend a grip on a great sound card, I just think that money could be allocated elsewhere within the build. I also second getting RAM that is 1600 mhz or higher as well as dual channel, it will be well worth it. I love my 965, but it is a hot little CPU, especially if you over clock it, even just using the BIOS. Instead of that sound card, why not get a Cooler Master 212 EVO heat sink? It will be quieter than the stock heat sink and the cooling power for the price is great., here is the link for newegg; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
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