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Is this a good gaming graphics card? (With other specs)

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?manufacturers_id=&products_id=140855

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_593&products_id=138864

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_id=141313

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_id=138620

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?
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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. By the way you can't overclock a 3570k on the B75.
    You should get a Z77 motherboard or if you don't want to you can just get the 3570 no overclocking.

    Take a look at these cards for 230-$380 range.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-4.html
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. So would a motherboard with Z77 be able to work with everything mentioned above?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. Best answer
    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.
  11. 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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