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April 17, 2013 12:30:38 PM

Hey all,

As the title suggests, I want to upgrade my PC to be able to 'play current and future (1-2yrs) games'. I'm not interested in multi monitors gaming or even gaming in over 1080 resolution. Just 720p or 1080p resolution would be fine. I would like your valuable advice on whether or not the upgraded components improve the PC's performance by at least a noticeable amount or would it be wise to purchase some other alternative components.

Here is my template:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: By this 25th or 26th

Budget Range: $500-$550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web design, 3D Model design, Video editing (this is casual and small videos of 720p or less res)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade:

CPU - Core i5 3570K,
Mobo - Gigabyte Z77 D3H,
Samsung 21.5"
(have ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II, - Do I need a better one?
Corsair 600W PSU,
Barracuda 1TB,
Vengeance 8GB DDR3 and
Corsair Full tower case from old PC)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: Dubai, UAE

Parts Preferences: No real concern but here the availability is on Intel's side

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - Considering since my GPU is kinda one year old

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm planning to play Planetside 2, Crysis 3, Farcry 3 and Skyrim at decent enough settings with playable FPS. I'm really skeptical whether my GPU will be able to handle it.

Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is dying. I plan on formatting it and installing only essentials and playing all the above mentioned games in my desktop instead.

Thank you very much for your answers.


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April 17, 2013 12:46:06 PM

You really don't need an upgrade for 1080p gaming but if you want get a GPU like 670 or 680 and you should be good. And 560ti could handle any of those games anyway. unless you kick it up to ultra.
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April 17, 2013 10:02:43 PM

vN3MO said:
You really don't need an upgrade for 1080p gaming but if you want get a GPU like 670 or 680 and you should be good. And 560ti could handle any of those games anyway. unless you kick it up to ultra.


No. 1080p is as far as I'm planning to go with game resolutions and High settings would be badass enough for me.
Is the CPU and mobo good? And, I just found out that this particular mobo supports only Crossfire not SLI.

Can you suggest a good board that supports SLI in the same price range?

Thank you very much for your replies.
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April 17, 2013 10:11:36 PM

Trash the K-series for the CPU. Get a locked version which should be about $30 cheaper($50-60 if you were planning on getting a heatsink) and put that money towards GPU or an SSD.

You shouldn't really bother with SLI unless you want to tweak stuff every now and then as it does tend to bug a lot of people.
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April 17, 2013 10:38:46 PM

boulbox said:
Trash the K-series for the CPU. Get a locked version which should be about $30 cheaper($50-60 if you were planning on getting a heatsink) and put that money towards GPU or an SSD.

You shouldn't really bother with SLI unless you want to tweak stuff every now and then as it does tend to bug a lot of people.


Could you suggest a good set within my budget?
Not very bright with components and power. So, forgive me if I come off as a bit stupid.
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April 18, 2013 12:41:02 PM

Can't really make a full build for you since i would not know the pricing of your country or place.
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April 18, 2013 8:23:36 PM

What is future gaming really? Usually it means playing the games that are released now and not in some distant future!
Consider the PC specs for current releases and use that information to determine your future gaming PC.

It takes about 4 years (at least) to make a decent PC game, unless it is an update to the next version like Crysis 4, 5, 6 etc. Considering that Windows 8 has only just been released this past year (or so), it could be as long as 4 years before Windows 8 x64 PC games pure are released, and I wouldn't expect anything good to come from it, either, considering the barebones system of Windows 8 for computers.

Refer to PC games like Crysis 3, Farcry 3 and probably anything called "something 3"

Many PC gamers are still playing games released as far back as 2003, I don't think there will be many new PC games for the future. THQ has gone bust and they made the best first person shooter PC games.

You should consider a better video card, possibly two of them, a good quality PSU most likely 850 watts to support two high end video vards, massive hdd storage becuase PC games are no longer just a few hundred megabyes anymore, and Steam seems to want to do updates more often than what is really required to play the game.

The PC games shop sells the PC games but you still have to download from 4gb to 25gb of game files from the Games server even though you had just spent between $40 and $100 for the dvd data disks at the PC store.

PC gaming of the future may very well be only online gaming, no more data disks, only downloads and "cloud" gaming.
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April 19, 2013 12:18:06 AM

TenPc said:
What is future gaming really? Usually it means playing the games that are released now and not in some distant future!
Consider the PC specs for current releases and use that information to determine your future gaming PC.

It takes about 4 years (at least) to make a decent PC game, unless it is an update to the next version like Crysis 4, 5, 6 etc. Considering that Windows 8 has only just been released this past year (or so), it could be as long as 4 years before Windows 8 x64 PC games pure are released, and I wouldn't expect anything good to come from it, either, considering the barebones system of Windows 8 for computers.

Refer to PC games like Crysis 3, Farcry 3 and probably anything called "something 3"

Many PC gamers are still playing games released as far back as 2003, I don't think there will be many new PC games for the future. THQ has gone bust and they made the best first person shooter PC games.

You should consider a better video card, possibly two of them, a good quality PSU most likely 850 watts to support two high end video vards, massive hdd storage becuase PC games are no longer just a few hundred megabyes anymore, and Steam seems to want to do updates more often than what is really required to play the game.

The PC games shop sells the PC games but you still have to download from 4gb to 25gb of game files from the Games server even though you had just spent between $40 and $100 for the dvd data disks at the PC store.

PC gaming of the future may very well be only online gaming, no more data disks, only downloads and "cloud" gaming.


Apologies for the disambiguation in the word 'future'. I meant I should be able to play games that are released in the past 2-3 years and the next 1-2 years without much difficulty. After reading all the replies, I'm thinking of buying the 3 components I mentioned this month and further buying a 660Ti or a 670 and a small (32-64GB) SSD next month.

So the final configuration would be something like this:
Intel Core i5 3570K
Gigabyte Z77 D3H Mobo - Any SLI Alternatives to this?
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200Rpm
nVidia GeForce GT 660Ti or 670 - Depending on my budget next month
Samsung 21.5" LED

This configuration will do the trick right?
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April 19, 2013 5:09:51 AM

I'd opt for the cx650 PSU just to ensure extra watts are readily avalable but otherwise you are good to go.
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