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April 7, 2013 5:41:13 PM

This is my build at the moment, I need to know whether I'm getting the best stuff for the price, what to cut down on and stuff like that. I will be using the pc for gaming so games such as: bf3/4 crysis 3, far cry, mass effect. All feedback is appreciated :) 


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
MOTHERBOARD: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z77/)
MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=355)
HDD: Western Digital Red 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (http://www.ebuyer.com/390985-wd-red-2tb-3-5in-sata6-wd2...)
GRAPHICS CARD: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX660_TIDC22GD5/)
CASE: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6654)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

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April 7, 2013 5:45:30 PM

The Ripjaws series of RAM is always more expensive than it needs to be. You can get 2x4GB DDR3-1600 for $50 if you don't go for one of the fancy-looking brands. Also as far as the HDD goes you should probably get a 7200RPM drive (it spins 150% as fast).

Apart from that it looks pretty good.

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April 7, 2013 5:54:18 PM

Get an AMD 7870LE, better and significantly cheaper (50 dollars cheaper) than a 660ti. Upgrade that HDD too.
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April 7, 2013 5:55:09 PM

For the games you listed, you could go down a notch on the cpu without really hurting your gaming experience, I wouldn't though since you are getting the TI version of the 660. You'll probably get some game in the future that NEEDS those 2 things and you'll be glad you have them. I had a 2.93 I7 in BF3 and what was holding it back was the 5750 radeon in the Imac vs the CPU, that BTW was 64 player maps. Still real playable however.
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April 7, 2013 5:56:03 PM

MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
Get an AMD 7870LE, better and significantly cheaper (50 dollars cheaper) than a 660ti. Upgrade that HDD too.

Okay thanks :)  Do you think I should upgrade the HDD to the one that the person above said?
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April 7, 2013 5:57:22 PM

Without a country/budget it's a little hard to be specific.

General stuff-

Sabertooth is expensive and pointless. Check out the P8Z77-V variants if you want Asus specifically, or something like an ASRock Extreme 4 if you want value and performance.

HDD is a server drive really. If you want WD, look for the Caviar Blue or Black ranges (at 2TB, it'll be Black).

Case is fine for a budget offering but it doesn't have front USB3.0 which personally I consider a standard in all cases now. If that doesn't concern you, then it's perfectly fine.

GTX660Ti is a fine enough card. Depending on where you are, and how much it will cost you, will dictate whether or not it's good value. Right now, things like the HD7870XT have made it a little redundant in terms of cost/performance, but they don't undermine the fact it's a good card. How good depends on your display resolution. Assuming you are running at 1080P, it's a really good card right now, and you should be able to run most games close to maxxed out. Stuff like Crysis3/FC3 you'll have to whack down a few details but it'll still be high end performance.

650W PSU is more than you need, though it does give you room for growth it doesn't really give you enough power for both a big overclock AND future SLI.

You don't have a CPU cooler listed. If you want to overclock (and I assume you do, given your choice of components) then it's something you need to consider. A Hyper212 Evo will suffice at the bottom end of the budget, but if you have cash to burn you might want to look at the fancier offerings from the likes of Noctua and Phanteks.
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April 7, 2013 6:11:05 PM

manmanjumbo said:
MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
Get an AMD 7870LE, better and significantly cheaper (50 dollars cheaper) than a 660ti. Upgrade that HDD too.

Okay thanks :)  Do you think I should upgrade the HDD to the one that the person above said?


Yes
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April 8, 2013 12:31:06 PM

manmanjumbo said:
MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
Get an AMD 7870LE, better and significantly cheaper (50 dollars cheaper) than a 660ti. Upgrade that HDD too.

Okay thanks :)  Do you think I should upgrade the HDD to the one that the person above said?


Edward Gelernt said:
manmanjumbo said:
MANOFKRYPTONAK said:
Get an AMD 7870LE, better and significantly cheaper (50 dollars cheaper) than a 660ti. Upgrade that HDD too.

Okay thanks :)  Do you think I should upgrade the HDD to the one that the person above said?


Yes


I agree, upgrade to the 7200rpm drive. 5400 is going to be miserably slow at 2tb

Arthur Chapman
www.SaturnTechnology.com
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