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July 10, 2013 7:12:12 PM

asus gryphon z87
intel core i5 4570
1tb wd 7200 rpm
corsair tx bronze 750 watts

it's my 1st time building a gaming pc, and im thinking about asus gtx650ti or asus gtx660ti . . . which gpu should i pick? any suggestions?

do i need to have a h20 cooling? im not going to overclock it. . .

thanks in advance. . .

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July 10, 2013 7:18:42 PM

There's a BIG difference between a 650ti and a 660ti... and neither is a good option anymore. Instead, go for the 760, which is a faster, cheaper upgrade to the 660ti.

You don't need even close to a 750w power supply; a 550w would do you fine.

You don't even need an aftermarket cooler if you aren't overclocking; give me a break.
July 10, 2013 7:19:07 PM

600w psu is enough for your build. You dont need any water cooler if you will not OC.
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July 10, 2013 7:21:24 PM

1. Get a cheaper MOBO.
2. Around 550W-650W is more than enough for the PSU.
3. With that extra money, invest in the GTX760.

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July 10, 2013 7:39:06 PM
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abhorsen said:
asus gryphon z87
intel core i5 4570
1tb wd 7200 rpm
corsair tx bronze 750 watts

it's my 1st time building a gaming pc, and im thinking about asus gtx650ti or asus gtx660ti . . . which gpu should i pick? any suggestions?

do i need to have a h20 cooling? im not going to overclock it. . .

thanks in advance. . .



First off, I prefer Asrock over Asus for tech support reasons but they're both good in my opinion. The CPU is fine but I suggest getting an intel CPU for $215 or more if you're going to run some heavy games. If you want to play your games on ultra, forget the 650ti. I have the EVGA 660ti FTW edition and it can run most games on ultra but games like Far Cry 3, Metro Last Light, Batman Arkham City suffer a little bit in terms of framerate. Metro Last Light is the only one that bothers me because the other two run on 30-50fps most of the time. The PSU seems to have way more wattage than you need for your setup. Heres what I built recently to give you a good idea. Remember, my rig can run 99% of current games on ultra at 60fps but it won't hold up too well in a year from now.

Intel Core i5-3570k 3.40ghz overclockable up to 3.8ghz.
EVGA GTX 660ti FTW
Seagate 7200rpm HDD (good as secondary but outdated. I suggest getting this type of hard drive and an electronic one as your primary.)
Asrock z77 extreme 4 motherboard (around 150usd)
Coolermaster CPU cooler (you need one of these for better cooling than your stock cpu fan. The one I got was about 30usd and it keeps everything nice and frosty)
Asus cd burner (don't forget you might need one of these)
Seasonic 620watt PSU bronze certified
Corsair Vengeance 8gb ddr3 (4gbx2)

This works fine for me but I have a feeling I'll have to upgrade to a gtx670 or gtx680 within the year or try some 660ti sli if I find a sufficient cooling solution.

Almost forgot. You don't need water cooling but its always nice and looks fancy. Don't try it though if its your first time building a rig. You need to keep it as simple as you can. Also, search for neweggs computer building guide on youtube. That helped me alot my first time.
July 12, 2013 11:59:13 PM

thanks for your answers, i'll try checking on new egg 1st about the tutorial on building a gaming rig. . .

by the way tech support won't help me much because im from the philippines and i dont think i can call a tech support overseas. . .hehehe. . .
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July 13, 2013 10:42:01 AM

And again, I'm going to throw out there:

You'd be wasting your money to buy a 660ti, when the new 760 (if you can find it) is considerably faster, and cheaper.
July 16, 2013 9:58:31 PM

the 700 series is still not available in my place, do you think i should wait for it to be available? i wont be buying a pc until the end of the year, or probably before my birthday by november.

it's my 1st time building a gaming rig you know, do you think i should go for haswell or ivybridge?
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July 17, 2013 7:20:04 AM

Wait and see if it's out when you buy the computer. :) 

If you want to overclock a lot, go ivy bridge, otherwise, go haswell. Bear in mind they require different motherboards.
July 17, 2013 5:46:39 PM

i know they have different types of mobo, what do you suggest for a newbie like me? it will be my 1st time to try and oc,
July 20, 2013 4:55:09 PM

abhorsen said:
i know they have different types of mobo, what do you suggest for a newbie like me? it will be my 1st time to try and oc,


I don't suggest overclocking anything when you get your computer. Whether you get the gen 3 or gen 4 intel cpu, you're going to get excellent performance and overclocking would be an unnecessary risk. If you have your computer for over a year and you decide you want to give it a little boost then it makes sense to overclock or if you're getting another computer in a couple years and you want to tinker with the one you have.
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