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May 26, 2013 12:51:19 PM

As the title says, this is my first gaming PC build. I want to know your opinion on it as well as what motherboard/PSU/RAM/SSD to get.

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to be able to play games like PlanetSide2, Crysis 3, Bioshock: Infinite, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on max settings with 40+ FPS. I don't plan on doing video editing or recording, just gaming. I'm gaming on one 1920x1080 monitor right now, but I would like the option to get another gtx 660 and game on 3 monitors. Would I be able to do that with this card?

All of the items above add up to around $675. I would like to keep this entire build under $1200, although you may stretch it a bit if there is something that is much better than what I have already for not that much more money.

Thanks in advance!


P.S. I already have a keyboard/mouse/headset so i'm good on peripherals.

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May 26, 2013 1:00:40 PM

GTX 660 wont nearly be enough to run the games you mentioned at ultra. You'll need atleast a 670 tbh. However, I would either go with a 7970 or wait for the GTX 770 to release. If your budget allows though, the best option would be to get a gtx 780. Its based on the titan and delivers on average about 90% of titan's performance. It will futureproof you, and can handle any game you throw at it even on 3 screens.
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May 26, 2013 1:01:13 PM

If your purchasing a 3570k you should invest in a z77 motherbaord and after market cooler. Being a K version its meant to be overclocked. If you do not plan to overclock don't purchase the K version and save yourself some money. If your budget is 1200$ i would suggest going gtx670 over a 660, in the long run it will last alot longer and have alot better performance. Home premium windows can only see up to 8gbs of ram so keep that in mind and as for a recommendation anything 1600mhz should suffice for this build. For your PSU i would suggest a 600-700w seasonic psu atleast bronze + certified. And for SSD this should be last and whatever you can afford as its performance gains arnt worth it over HDD
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May 26, 2013 1:15:44 PM

Home premium windows can only see up to 8gbs of ram????????????

No kidding? I did not know that, thanks for the info.
May 26, 2013 3:30:16 PM

So how about this...

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(That comes with free ram, although I will probably upgrade in the future.)

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7: Will Win7 Professional support more than 8gb of ram? If so, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How does that look? Is everything compatible with the case? And will anything be bottlenecked?

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May 26, 2013 3:55:27 PM
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Excellent rock solid build. You will not bottleneck anything, except your boot times. The only thing I can recommend is a small (maybe 60gb) ssd for your windows installation. Everything else is perfect. The graphic card is a beast (my personal preference would be a card from EVGA though, I like their support and quality) and will last you a long time. If you are looking to OC get a noctua or other cooler for your cpu.

P.S. Just double check the dimensions of the case to make sure ur gpu will fit. Im 99% sure it will but just double check it. NZXT cases are awesome.

P.P.S Also the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium supports upto 16 GB ram (not 8 gb). So if youre saving money on home premium as opposed to pro version and dont plan to use more than 16gb ram (you will never need more than even 8gb for gaming tbh), then go for home premium. Here's microsofts page for the source : Win 7 Memory Limits
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May 26, 2013 4:16:28 PM

Thank you MO !!
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May 27, 2013 12:15:38 AM

ahh it was home basic i was thinking of my mistake
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May 27, 2013 12:16:12 AM

I'm running ultimate i forget sometimes i new it was home something that only suppourts 8gb
May 30, 2013 11:29:31 AM

If any of you are still around, i'd appreciate you recommending a network card for this build. I can't be hooked up to my modem with an ethernet cord and need a wireless solution.
May 30, 2013 8:16:05 PM

Attalin said:
If any of you are still around, i'd appreciate you recommending a network card for this build. I can't be hooked up to my modem with an ethernet cord and need a wireless solution.


I've used these to connect some of my PCs to my network wirelessly. They work very well and have had no issues so far.

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