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March 2, 2013 3:43:24 PM

Hi all this is my first ever venture to a forum so I apologise in advance for any mistakes. I'm looking to build a new gaming pc from scratch and need help. I will be building it around November an if possible would like it to play fps games cod fc3 bf3 etc on best settings and good resolution if poss.i don't need keyboard mouse or monitor just case and all that goes in it.thanks in advance and just ask if there I anything ilve missed cheers.
March 2, 2013 5:11:30 PM

Sorry also ssd is it worth getting one for the build thanks
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March 2, 2013 6:20:40 PM

Hi mate! Since you're asking for some good specs. I'm going to post my build. This is my current build. It's decent and powerful at the same time. Not sure from where you are but I was able to build this at around $400-$450. I'll be upgrading my ram or not but surely my gpu though I already can go max or ultra on all CoD, BF3 and FC3. The OS is not included on the price though >.<

OS - Win 7 ultimate 64bits
Intel Board DH77EB
Intel Core i5-3570
8Gb ram Gskill Ripjaw (waiting for another 8gb stock)
Powercolor HD 6670 (to be upgraded to hd 7770)
Cougar ST 500 watts
Seagate 1tb 7200
Cooler Master K380
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March 2, 2013 7:46:31 PM

Thanks leland. I don't need the is anyway, will check these out now! Thanks a lot mate!!
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March 3, 2013 1:19:07 AM

Thanks for the reply leland my fiancé answered back in the forum I'm from the uk mate and got £700 (1050 $) so it leaves a lot to play with is there anything you know of more towards the high end of my budget thanks in advance
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March 3, 2013 10:12:50 AM

With that budget that almost doubles the build. Haha! Well, you can go for a z77 mobo and Intel Core i7-3770 or 3770k. It would depend also if you are going to OC. GPU go for Hd 7770 (some people may give negative comment about this but you can pic your choice, thats just mine)
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March 4, 2013 12:20:03 AM

Will that gpu run all the new releases and upcoming games for a few years ? Also yer I'm getting a z77 mobo I was thinking of getting the i5 3570k quad core and beefing the gpu to a xfx 9750 black edition 3 gb or do you reason cross firing 2 7770's (that gpu was my first choice when budget was lower just a single card though. thought it had amazing value)
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March 4, 2013 1:47:49 AM

Yes it will also its a budget card that gives hq on games also its cheaper than the 7950 though, I actually didn't know that you were getting a 7950 so that gpu that you picked is better. Haha. i5 3570k is a good processor, though it would really depend on how long you would use this build. For future purpose I would suggest get the 3770k or 2nd gen Extreme i7 cores.
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March 4, 2013 2:01:23 AM

If I may add my contribution: for the budget you're looking at (assuming you're gaming at 1080p) you can either go with a Z77 and a K series i5 (so like overclocking and stuff) or save money on the motherboard and CPU, and get a much beefier graphics card. I would avoid crossfire if possible, much better to stick to single card solutions, they are quieter, more power efficient and less prone to weird bugs.

Also a 7770 with an i5 would be a total waste. If you're building a gaming machine, always spend a bit more on the GPU than the CPU, otherwise you'll almost certainly be wasting a lot of potential performance.

Personally I have an XFX 7950, the 7950 is a very good series, and might just be in your price range. It will max practically everything at 1080p. I wouldn't recommend going for the XFX version though, from my experience and other it is a very noisy card, I hear the Gigabyte Windforce is very good.

Make sure you buy a quality power supply (Seasonic, Corsair, Antec tend to be good). A 600w Corsair Builder Series will probably do you well. You don't want all your components getting fried!

Here's a sample build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.34 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£239.75 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£54.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £674.02

If you had a tiny bit more you could add an SSD to that.

Best of luck,

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March 4, 2013 2:04:55 AM

@Leland There's no difference for gaming between the 3570k and the 3770k. Hyper-threading actually decreases gaming performance sometimes. Especially with a 7770, that is a lot of bottleneck. You would be better off with an i3 or a G860.

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March 4, 2013 9:55:02 AM

Thanks Marshallbradley that sample build is exactly what ilve come up with (after hours research these past few days lol) bar the. Storage I found was a seagate and the card was xfx due to a 6 free game deal I found but if the gbyte is better ill check that out thanks ps what's msi version like do you know ?and also am I right to believe the 7950 out performs the gtx660 ti due to driver updates or something sorry as stated complete noob really thanks in advance
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March 4, 2013 10:01:08 AM

@Marshall Gotcha, what I was giving out earlier was on a tight budget like me. 7950 is an awesome card though as told 7770 is also a decent card for a reasonable price, and on what I can spend on so if he does have extra money which he does have 7950 is the best.

PS - You got an awesome build!
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March 4, 2013 10:34:23 AM

@Narmytrooper I wouldn't get the XFX, in fact I'd avoid it like the plague! I just sold mine because the noise and to a lesser extent the temperatures were pretty horrendous. The Gigabyte is much better in this regard, being much cooler and quieter.

Yes on most all games the 7950 will win out. With the 13.2 Beta drivers frame latency issues (seem) to be a thing of the past. One of the few exceptions is GTA IV which has historically had terrible driver support from ATI (it is a very badly optimised console port too). The 7950 will also out-overclock the 660 Ti by miles, and is more future-proof due to the 3gb of Vram and higher bandwidth.

In regards to your question on the MSI version, I've heard it's quite good. Here's a review comparing 6 aftermarket 7950s, unfortunately the Gigabyte isn't one, but it has good reviews from other sources I have read: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-revi...

@Leland Thanks :) 

Best of luck,

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