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Should I build a Gaming PC now even though next gen consoles are coming?

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May 1, 2013 4:06:58 AM

Hey guys I am wondering if I should build my first gaming PC now (next few months) even though the next gen consoles are coming out at the end of the year. Is it worth it? I have always enjoyed playing on my PS3 but I think PC has so much more potential than consoles. I am also wondering if my PC which I plan on building will need to have higher specs for the new games coming out at the end of the year due to the next gen consoles.

Here are the parts I was thinking of getting?

Case: NZXT crafted Series ATX Full tower Steel Chassis
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4GHz
CPU Cooler: NZXT Technologies Respire T40 Cooling Fan, RC-TST40-01
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB HDD SATA 6GB/s NCQ 64MB cache 3.5 internal base drive.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) desktop memory.
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard.
Optical Drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive
Power: Corsair Gaming Series 800-Watt ATX/EPS Bronze ATx12V/EPS12V/792 Power Supply.
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium SPI 64bit (OEM) Systembuilder
Graphics Card: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2xMini displayport PCI-E 3.0 Graphics card GV-R7970C-3GD

I know this was kinda long but I would really appreciate it if you gave me some feedback. I would use this only for gaming and maybe video editing. I would also like too know if I have missed anything significant here?

Thanks
May 1, 2013 4:13:24 AM

Looks good to me. And yes, PC all the way. Make sure you have a good gaming grade mouse.
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May 1, 2013 4:19:36 AM

Do you reckon the i5 is a good CPU choice or should i be looking more for an i7.

DiaSin said:
Looks good to me. And yes, PC all the way. Make sure you have a good gaming grade mouse.


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May 1, 2013 4:27:24 AM

The i5 would be best for a gaming rig. The i7 would be good if you needed it for more intensive tasks, but there is little to no difference between gaming on an i5 versus an i7.

Edit: Are you going to be using it for a lot of video editing? If so, an i7 would be better. But if it is primarily a gaming PC with occasional video editing, go i5.
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May 1, 2013 4:46:45 AM

Okay then I will go with the i5 then as the video editing will not be very frequent. Will this build run most games on high or ultra this including future games?

ryanrich83 said:
The i5 would be best for a gaming rig. The i7 would be good if you needed it for more intensive tasks, but there is little to no difference between gaming on an i5 versus an i7.

Edit: Are you going to be using it for a lot of video editing? If so, an i7 would be better. But if it is primarily a gaming PC with occasional video editing, go i5.


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May 1, 2013 5:12:26 AM

It will be good for gaming at high and ultra settings for a few years. The 7970 is powerful and can be overclocked to get more performance if needed down the road. Same with the i5.
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May 2, 2013 12:49:38 AM

Do I need to buy an SSD?

ryanrich83 said:
It will be good for gaming at high and ultra settings for a few years. The 7970 is powerful and can be overclocked to get more performance if needed down the road. Same with the i5.


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May 2, 2013 7:43:10 AM

I would recommend one, at least for the OS drive. I have my system set up with Windows 8 on my SSD, and everything else on a separate HDD.

If it is just for an OS drive, recommended at a minimum of 128 GB. The OS will take up 20-30 GB, and will balloon higher with updates, etc. This also gives you room to install some programs to the drive.

I have this as my OS drive OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

The Samsung 840 is a good choice as well.

But honestly, any SSD is better than a HDD to run the OS from. Once you go SSD, you never go back. :) 
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May 2, 2013 8:03:30 AM

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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-02 11:03 EDT-0400)
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