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My First Build, Is It A Good Gaming Computer?

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May 27, 2013 11:30:00 PM

This is my first build ever, I had my friend help me with it; he builds computers as a side job. I mainly just want to know if this computer is able to run Ultra Settings on all games and still get a high frame rate. Also, would it all fit 'well/easy' with eachother?

My Build:

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 02G-P4-3660-KR Video Card

Core (Desktop Processor): Intel Core i5-3450S 2.8GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

Internal Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Retail kit

Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650-M 650W Power Supply

Desktop Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

(2nd) Internal Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue 250GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I will be running 'Windows 7 Home Premium' on this build.

So I ask again, is this a good build that can run games on Ultra Settings with high FPS and when recording game-play with Ultra Settings it will still get high FPS.
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May 27, 2013 11:37:05 PM

I would upgrade the CPU to a i5 3570K if it were me. And the GPU to a GTX 670.
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May 27, 2013 11:43:35 PM

bryonhowley said:
I would upgrade the CPU to a i5 3570K if it were me. And the GPU to a GTX 670.

Would that be compatible w/ everything? I am truly sorry if I sound idiotic, but you must understand that this is my first build. Can you give me some reasons why I should change the Core and the GPU to the suggestions you gave?
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May 27, 2013 11:52:57 PM

bryonhowley said:
I would upgrade the CPU to a i5 3570K if it were me. And the GPU to a GTX 670.


yeah... i would go with that suggestion... there are a few other issues i have (like the 1.5v ram, intels don't really like ram up around that voltage) with this build, but the cpu and gpu are the ones that jump out first.

if your computer building buddy suggested the above build you need a better buddy... cause he doesn't really know what he's doing.

and that build won't be recording anything while playing on ultra. Video capture while gaming needs a dedicated capture card OR an six to eight core AMD or i suppose an i7 (hyper-threading sometimes comes in handy); video capture is an insanely taxing thing for a cpu to do, so a capture card is necessary.

get a video capture card... don't complicate it. frankly i would suggest one no matter what cpu someone was rolling with.
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May 27, 2013 11:59:32 PM

ingtar33 said:
bryonhowley said:
I would upgrade the CPU to a i5 3570K if it were me. And the GPU to a GTX 670.


yeah... i would go with that suggestion... there are a few other issues i have (like the 1.5v ram, intels don't really like ram up around that voltage) with this build, but the cpu and gpu are the ones that jump out first.

if your computer building buddy suggested the above build you need a better buddy... cause he doesn't really know what he's doing.

and that build won't be recording anything while playing on ultra. Video capture while gaming needs a dedicated capture card OR an six to eight core AMD or i suppose an i7 (hyper-threading sometimes comes in handy); video capture is an insanely taxing thing for a cpu to do, so a capture card is necessary.

get a video capture card... don't complicate it. frankly i would suggest one no matter what cpu someone was rolling with.


Okay, I need help understanding everything you just said. Can you explain it to me in detail, or readable english to the untrained eye, so I can see what I need to fix. Could you also add some suggestions of what you KNOW would be better for this PC and allow it to Run Ultra.
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May 28, 2013 12:15:02 AM

NoteBlawk said:

Okay, I need help understanding everything you just said. Can you explain it to me in detail, or readable english to the untrained eye, so I can see what I need to fix. Could you also add some suggestions of what you KNOW would be better for this PC and allow it to Run Ultra.


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1) i5-3570k ~ a much better cpu for close to the same price then the i5-3450S (S is an "energy efficient" designation, not a high performing gamer designation, the K means you can overclock that chip, which means it's a high performing gamer chip)

2) the 660ti is overpriced for it's performance. The 670 GTX is only a few dollars more, and MUCH higher level performer. With a 670, you'll get a top of the line graphics card that should have years of life. In short, if you're gonna spend 290 on a 660ti you'd much rather spend 350 on a 670. Better dollar value.

3) the ram chosen for this build is at the edge of the voltage limits an intel cpu can function with. Generally intel suggest you shouldn't use any ram 1.5v or higher for thier cpus... they suggest ram that uses 1.35v. Since you want a gaming machine that will make eyes bleed, you're likely gonna be doing a little overclocking, which means you probably will at some point have to put a little power into your ram to stabalize that overclock. I would suggest you get ddr3 1600 ram with a lower Voltage number then 1.5... and don't let heat spreaders impress you. the only time i've ever seen the need for them was with overclocking a 140W CPU, the whole mb was magma hot, and we couldn't keep the ram cool without one. you're building a much more energy efficient and cool intel system. It's doubtful a huge heat-spreader on the ram will ever be necessary unless you live in a desert and have no AC

4) get a video capture card. They aren't that expensive (considering how much you'd have to spend on your cpu/mb/system to do it without one, trust me on this one, $100 for a HD video capture card is worth it, the 720p ones are much cheaper). They'll allow you to play your games on Ultra, capture the video in 720p or 1080p, and simultaneously web cast it, all without a noticeable FPS loss. That's why you get a video capture card. It allows you to record your gaming sessions, even broadcast them without killing your FPS (like would happen without one)

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May 28, 2013 12:22:04 AM

ingtar33 said:
NoteBlawk said:

Okay, I need help understanding everything you just said. Can you explain it to me in detail, or readable english to the untrained eye, so I can see what I need to fix. Could you also add some suggestions of what you KNOW would be better for this PC and allow it to Run Ultra.


ok

1) i5-3570k ~ a much better cpu for close to the same price then the i5-3450S (S is an "energy efficient" designation, not a high performing gamer designation, the K means you can overclock that chip, which means it's a high performing gamer chip)

2) the 660ti is overpriced for it's performance. The 670 GTX is only a few dollars more, and MUCH higher level performer. With a 670, you'll get a top of the line graphics card that should have years of life. In short, if you're gonna spend 290 on a 660ti you'd much rather spend 350 on a 670. Better dollar value.

3) the ram chosen for this build is at the edge of the voltage limits an intel cpu can function with. Generally intel suggest you shouldn't use any ram 1.5v or higher for thier cpus... they suggest ram that uses 1.35v. Since you want a gaming machine that will make eyes bleed, you're likely gonna be doing a little overclocking, which means you probably will at some point have to put a little power into your ram to stabalize that overclock. I would suggest you get ddr3 1600 ram with a lower Voltage number then 1.5... and don't let heat spreaders impress you. the only time i've ever seen the need for them was with overclocking a 140W CPU, the whole mb was magma hot, and we couldn't keep the ram cool without one. you're building a much more energy efficient and cool intel system. It's doubtful a huge heat-spreader on the ram will ever be necessary unless you live in a desert and have no AC

4) get a video capture card. They aren't that expensive (considering how much you'd have to spend on your cpu/mb/system to do it without one, trust me on this one, $100 for a HD video capture card is worth it, the 720p ones are much cheaper). They'll allow you to play your games on Ultra, capture the video in 720p or 1080p, and simultaneously web cast it, all without a noticeable FPS loss. That's why you get a video capture card. It allows you to record your gaming sessions, even broadcast them without killing your FPS (like would happen without one)



For the GPU 670, is this what you mean:

EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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May 28, 2013 12:48:45 AM

NoteBlawk said:

For the GPU 670, is this what you mean:

EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


sure, that's fine. though i'm pretty sure you can find a few for a bit cheaper then that one.
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May 28, 2013 1:03:58 AM

ingtar33 said:
NoteBlawk said:

For the GPU 670, is this what you mean:

EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


sure, that's fine. though i'm pretty sure you can find a few for a bit cheaper then that one.


Alright, I seriously have only one last question. You notice how I have two internal hardrives, would I make it by with still a lot of memory, good enough for a gaming computer, if I only bought the 1 TB?

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May 29, 2013 10:25:39 PM

Okay:
Great build.
My only advice.
Ditch the drive.
Get rid of it.
It's useless because now most games are online/downloads.
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