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April 19, 2013 6:13:08 PM

So I really want to completely upgrade my computer and was searching through a site that will do it for me. I have a few questions first,

How would I know what motherboard fits with this graphics card? Would this card be really good for gaming on ultra settings?
Gigabyte GF GTX 660 2GB OC Edition

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?manufactu...

Is this CPU really good for gaming?
i5-3570K Core i5 Processor,3.4GHz, LGA1155,

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?cPath=48_...

Is 12GB of RAM really good to run everything on high?
Corsair 4GB Single Module 1600MHz CL11 DDR3 DIMM for Intel (x3)

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

Would this motherboard work with all that?
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Intel B75 Chipset, 4x DDR3, SATA3, USB3.0, 7.1 CH, GbLAN, D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, CrossFireX, mATX

http://ijk.com.au/branch/ijk/product_info.php?products_...

All in all, would everything mentioned above work together and fit properly? Thanks in advance! :) 

Also, would all 4 of those be worth $641 for really high gaming needs? Or are there cheaper things with higher quality?
April 19, 2013 6:24:15 PM

Would help to know what your budget is. 3570k is a great pick. Also for around the same price range the gigabyte 7850 and 660ti perform better than the gigabyte 660 OC.
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April 19, 2013 6:43:10 PM

Hey, thanks for the reply, my budget would be around $800-$950 but I still have to buy a 1TB HDD for $84, Windows 7 for $98, installation for $85 and security for $9
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April 19, 2013 8:07:36 PM

At the moment, I would go AMD with the 8350 since more games are capable of handling more threads.
Personally have a 2500k which is 5% slower than the 3570k but I can overclock it waaaaay more than that ivy bridge.
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April 20, 2013 2:33:51 AM

I don't mind not being able to overclock since it's already at 3.4GHz, I'd just like to know if It's worth the price and really good to purchase, would the motherboard I linked be compatible with everything
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April 20, 2013 7:03:05 PM

So would a motherboard with Z77 be able to work with everything mentioned above?
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April 20, 2013 8:30:16 PM

egnite987 said:
I don't mind not being able to overclock since it's already at 3.4GHz, I'd just like to know if It's worth the price and really good to purchase, would the motherboard I linked be compatible with everything



Actually for some games you WILL want to overclock, so an aftermarket cpu cooler with a 3570k is a good idea.

8 gb of ram is the sweet spot for gaming - IF you are going to have 64bit windows also, you want 4gb x 2 -

And yes a z77 motherboard will work with everything you have listed.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $781.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 23:27 EDT-0400)

You can mix/match depending on the prices where you live, but this is roughly the kind of performance you want to be at with your budget.


Depending on if you need a new case, power supply, etc etc





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April 21, 2013 12:50:17 AM

bruce0987 said:
Would help to know what your budget is. 3570k is a great pick. Also for around the same price range the gigabyte 7850 and 660ti perform better than the gigabyte 660 OC.


An hd 7850 isn't faster than a gtx 660
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April 21, 2013 6:00:17 AM

Thanks Max and David! I was planning on getting a 3.4GHz 3570k CPU anyway, and 12GB of RAM would be better than 8 just in case, for me it's not a big leap in price for the extra RAM. The video card I will also be getting is the Gigabyte GTX 660 2GB OC, is that one really better than the 7850 AMD one? I have an ATI card right now and I don't I'll ever get one again. Haha

Will all the specs be able to run almost all games on really high settings with no issues? And could I finally be able to play with 8xAA with no lag? If so, I think I'll be in virtual heaven!

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April 21, 2013 6:23:53 AM

egnite987 said:
Thanks Max and David! I was planning on getting a 3.4GHz 3570k CPU anyway, and 12GB of RAM would be better than 8 just in case, for me it's not a big leap in price for the extra RAM. The video card I will also be getting is the Gigabyte GTX 660 2GB OC, is that one really better than the 7850 AMD one? I have an ATI card right now and I don't I'll ever get one again. Haha

Will all the specs be able to run almost all games on really high settings with no issues? And could I finally be able to play with 8xAA with no lag? If so, I think I'll be in virtual heaven!



Yes it is 10-17 frames faster. You can find it for around 180 dollars on amazon.
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April 24, 2013 4:34:59 AM

Thank you! I've also decided that I'll be getting the 660 TI instead, which is better than the 660, thanks again!
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