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Overkill gaming pc for mmos or not?

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April 7, 2013 10:21:54 PM

Hey guys, so I have a gaming pc build here but i have a question about it. So the main reason i wanted to build a gaming pc was for mmorpgs like lotro, WOW, Tera, Vindictus and so on. But i wanted to know if this build is overkill for online games like this, especially the gpu.
Here it is:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1546.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 01:13 EDT-0400)

Also ive heard that for mmorpg gaming, the cpu is more important than the gpu. I do plan on playing games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and even Bioshock infinite. So i guess my question is, Is this overkill for mmos and is it actually enough for higher, more graphically intense games.

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April 7, 2013 10:31:35 PM

For purely MMO gaming, then yeah you could likely get away with a lot less. Those games are designed to run adequately on bare minimum systems, so you don't need much in the way of GPU grunt to get good performance.
For the other games you mention (Particularly BF3), you do need a lot of GPU grunt to achieve good performance at the higher settings. A 7970 will be able to pretty much max any of them at 1080p.

MMO type games (and console ports *cough* Skyrim *cough*) are typically CPU oriented when it comes to what dictates performance. This is largely because they aren't that demanding graphically, so the CPU will bottleneck performance before any decent GPU will. However in intense games like Crysis 3 or BF3, graphics will bottleneck before the CPU will. As long as you have a decent level of CPU performance (which you doi in that 3570k), you dont ahve to worry about the CPU holding you back.
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April 7, 2013 10:43:17 PM

manofchalk said:
For purely MMO gaming, then yeah you could likely get away with a lot less. Those games are designed to run adequately on bare minimum systems, so you don't need much in the way of GPU grunt to get good performance.
For the other games you mention (Particularly BF3), you do need a lot of GPU grunt to achieve good performance at the higher settings. A 7970 will be able to pretty much max any of them at 1080p.

MMO type games (and console ports *cough* Skyrim *cough*) are typically CPU oriented when it comes to what dictates performance. This is largely because they aren't that demanding graphically, so the CPU will bottleneck performance before any decent GPU will. However in intense games like Crysis 3 or BF3, graphics will bottleneck before the CPU will. As long as you have a decent level of CPU performance (which you doi in that 3570k), you dont ahve to worry about the CPU holding you back.


This.

If you aren't worried about the other games as much, you can drop down to a 7850 and be fine. (An old 9800GT can max most MMOs out there if paired with a good CPU.)

If you want to play the other games on max settings, then you've got the rig for it.

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April 7, 2013 10:45:24 PM

Wow thanks. You answered my question perfectly thats all i needed to know. thx again.
Edit: to both of you lol I hadnt seen your answer until i had finished typing my reply Dark.
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