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March 26, 2013 3:33:10 AM

Hey peoples, im attempting to build my first gaming computer soon.
i think i have found all the hardware for it and need to know if it will work/or improvements ?

also im from australia, im not sure if that matters ? with the parts etc?

case: Cool master HAF X full

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power supply:

corsair ATX1200i

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motherboard:

Asus p9x79:

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Graphics:

GTX680 GEFORCE

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Hows it looking so far ? anyreccomedations would be awesome !!! i ould like to be able to future proof this and be able to play games on high/ultra perfectly.



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March 26, 2013 3:49:03 AM

So... you have a case, a PSU, a motherboard, and a GPU. Can't really say much about compatibility when all the parts are missing. The PSU is way overkill for a single GTX680, half the power would be enough.
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March 26, 2013 3:49:50 AM

You're missing a CPU.

For gaming, I'd recommend a 3570k.
If you're talking about future proofing and have some money, you may want to consider swapping the 680 for a 690.

I'd also recommend a SSD if you don't have one; the 256gb Samsung 840 Pro will suit you pretty well.
The 128 is cheaper, but has a slower write speed (but still good).
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March 26, 2013 4:15:35 AM

aramisathei said:
You're missing a CPU.

For gaming, I'd recommend a 3570k.
If you're talking about future proofing and have some money, you may want to consider swapping the 680 for a 690.

I'd also recommend a SSD if you don't have one; the 256gb Samsung 840 Pro will suit you pretty well.
The 128 is cheaper, but has a slower write speed (but still good).


Thanks :)  out of curiosity. why do i see most people using the i5 not the i7 cpu ? isn't more always better ? (future proofing etc) any other improvements you can point out would be awesome :) 

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March 26, 2013 4:26:22 AM

intel 3570k, z77 motherboard, 2 amd 7970 crossfired, 700w psu, 8 gig ddr3 ram, 256 gig ssd, dvd writer, case, a 1tb hardrive if you need one but its unlikely you will play more than 20 games at once

you dont need a big psu or a x79 motherboard or sandy bridge e cpu
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March 26, 2013 4:29:04 AM

People generally tend to use the i5 xxxxk because it can be overclocked just as well as the i7 and the extra features (hyper threading etc) dont have much benefit to gaming.
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March 26, 2013 4:36:22 AM

Why not the i7 you may ask? Well the i7 merely adds Hyper-Threading and a higher clock speed to the equation. Though these two improvements are fantastic in CPU intensive tasks such as video encoding and 3D modeling, in gaming scenarios it doesn’t really do a whole lot. Games these days are much more graphics intensive than CPU intensive, so it’s a much better idea to invest the extra dough into the graphics card.

That said, if you are looking to do live streaming or other tasks which require any sort of video encoding, feel free to pick up an i7 instead.
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March 26, 2013 4:37:08 AM

okay thanks for the help guys. any more input ? the better :)  noob question. is a SSD and hard drive the same ? the SSD having faster boot speeds and writing? and more expensive ?
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March 26, 2013 4:40:47 AM

i do predict that more and more developers will be utilizing hyper threading in games in the next 12-18 months. pssibly even releasing patches that will utilize it.
future proofing a computer now is hard to do. comps that were made even 18 months ago are being crushed by crysis 3 and bioshock infinite.

we need to know what resolution youre at too.
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March 26, 2013 4:43:44 AM

Ryan Vines said:
okay thanks for the help guys. any more input ? the better :)  noob question. is a SSD and hard drive the same ? the SSD having faster boot speeds and writing? and more expensive ?


HDDs are mechanical spinning disks - much cheaper and lots more space

SSDs use memory chips similar to a USB flash drive, but faster - more expensive, but much much faster.


Money no object, get a decent SSD with enough space for windows, apps and games (for faster load times).

Middle option, get a 128Gb SSD for windows and some apps/games that have slow loading times, and have a HDD as well for storage.

Cheapest option, just get a HDD and have slower boot and loading times.


SSDs are fantastic, one of the biggest noticeable speed improvements in normal day to day usage, but they dont make games run faster (except for loading).
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March 26, 2013 4:46:19 AM

a ssd and hardrive are same thing , just hardrive is mechanical and cheaper for storage, ssd more expense for less space but faster load time to windows and games, does nothing for frame rates, leave it out to save money if you want
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March 26, 2013 4:53:27 AM

ARICH5 said:
i do predict that more and more developers will be utilizing hyper threading in games in the next 12-18 months. pssibly even releasing patches that will utilize it.
future proofing a computer now is hard to do. comps that were made even 18 months ago are being crushed by crysis 3 and bioshock infinite.

we need to know what resolution youre at too.


what do you mean by resolution ? like monitor res ?
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March 26, 2013 4:59:41 AM

intel 3570k,
z77 motherboard,
2 amd 7970 crossfired,
700w psu,
8 gig ddr3 ram,
256 gig ssd, dvd writer,
case,
a 1tb hardrive if you need one but its unlikely you will play more than 20 games at once

you don't need a big psu or a x79 motherboard or sandy bridge cpu


this was reccomended by "velutch" what are people's thoughts on this build ?
which z77 motherboard is best ?
any opinions on which case is best for build ?
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March 26, 2013 5:10:49 AM

yes your monitor rersolution.
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March 26, 2013 5:13:12 AM

Ryan Vines said:
intel 3570k,
z77 motherboard,
2 amd 7970 crossfired,
700w psu,
8 gig ddr3 ram,
256 gig ssd, dvd writer,
case,
a 1tb hardrive if you need one but its unlikely you will play more than 20 games at once

you don't need a big psu or a x79 motherboard or sandy bridge cpu


this was reccomended by "velutch" what are people's thoughts on this build ?
which z77 motherboard is best ?
any opinions on which case is best for build ?
I do not care for it to be honest a 700w power supply isn't enough for two 7970's.

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March 26, 2013 5:17:56 AM

ARICH5 said:
yes your monitor rersolution.


i normally play my games at 1920x1080 or 1600x900
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March 26, 2013 5:51:02 AM

Here's a tutorial video to get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh455l3348s

Here's a discussion of future proofing and why its largely a myth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK4ip08auGg

Being in Australia shouldn't change part recommendations, but unfortunately you'll need to price them yourselves and figure out what the best deals are. I suspect the PC parts will be more expensive for you, unfortunately.

Anyways, my advice:

Expensive motherboard's are not necessarily better. They often use the same chipsets designed by Intel (or AMD), and often what makes one more expensive if a list of features you'll never use. First on this list is multiple PCI-e 3.0 slots. You only need more than one if you run a Dual graphics card solution like SLI or Crossfire. I'd say 98% of gamers aren't served by going such an expensive and monetarily inefficient route, e.g. you are using a 1920x1080 monitor or lower resolution.

You PSU is way overkill 750 PSU is probably the max unless you know something we don't. Just get a reliable brand such as Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or Silverstone. Wait until the rest of your configuration is picked out and then use a PSU wattage calculator to figure out how much you need and go from there.

It's a luxury, but I tend to argue the first step to having a PC you can brag about is having a case that you can brag about. A case is also the most "future proof" component you can use. Which reminds me...

Don't try to future proof your CPU or GPU. Just don't even try. You don't know what the future will bring, but it will probably kick whatever expensive components that were cutting edge today to the curb. Buy parts for the performance you want now, worry about upgrading when you are no longer getting the performance you want.
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