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July 24, 2013 8:28:49 AM

I'm interested, not so much in creating the Rig itself, but for specific components. I'm going to be starting a new build in 2014 and I'm watching deals and parts. I'm pretty much sold on the new Intel chip: 1150 Hawell i7 4770k, so that leaves me with the z87 Mobo.. I know this processor is fast, throug benchmarks and comparisons I've read. But I don't want to bottleneck the power through a sub/mid GPU. I am an AMD guy, thoroughly satisfied with 2 RadeonsI've used in the past, so I'm looking at the hd 7950s, but There are so many cards from different companies, I'm kind of lost on which one to get. I'm not looking to get the 6gb $900 cards.. But I don't want a "budget" card that, despite the power of the cpu, I'm still running around in-game at max settings - yet below 60fps. I'm aware of bandwidth issues that can affect fps - so I'm ok with populated in-game areas where fps will fluctuate.. but I even want to minimalize that as much as I can as well. For those that understand MMO's in general - if I am in a raid/dungeon environment where there is a lot going on in the game, where bandwidth of is not the issue - I want it to be 40-60fps during those moments. So I know I will have to purchase a reasonably expensive card. I want to know what to look for in specs and such. More than Likely I will also be running off of a SSD.. but I may opt for a typical 7200 rpm setup. I don't plan to OC. And I will have at the very least 8g ddr3 ram (gskill on newegg is always the best priced memory).. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.. but the focus is the GPU. A range of details would be appreciated. Thanks, Community!

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July 24, 2013 8:32:46 AM

It is WoW... a low end budget build can run it without a sweat. A 4770K is overkill and so is the 7950. If you are building in 2014, there really isn't any point in asking for build advise now...
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July 24, 2013 8:38:48 AM

I get that it's a low end budget-type of game.. But I currently have an HD 7770 GDDR5 operating on an i5 I purchased 4 years ago. Max settings and just running around in game.. I am 20-30 fps.. god forbid I attempt a dungeon though. I have to leave the settings around "good" - dungeon fps runs 40fps and when the action starts (25 player situations and spells and activity going crazy) I'm at 15-19fps. So in my current setup, I think the i5 is just dated.. I could prbably get away with updating my cpu/mobo and use the same card to get bettr results... I'm not too terribly concerned o the budget.. prolly around the $1000-$1500 arena.

My plan for the 4770k is so that don't have to rebuild for a while. More of an investment. I also play SC2. And will likely transition completely to CPU gaming.
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July 24, 2013 9:08:12 AM

Stephen Cotton said:
I get that it's a low end budget-type of game.. But I currently have an HD 7770 GDDR5 operating on an i5 I purchased 4 years ago. Max settings and just running around in game.. I am 20-30 fps.. god forbid I attempt a dungeon though.


You wont see much of a performance increase with the 4770K upgrade. Just go pickup a second 7770 and run crossfire or a GTX 760 > HD 7870.


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July 24, 2013 9:36:57 AM

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I get that it's a low end budget-type of game.. But I currently have an HD 7770 GDDR5 operating on an i5 I purchased 4 years ago. Max settings and just running around in game.. I am 20-30 fps.. god forbid I attempt a dungeon though.
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You wont see much of a performance increase with the 4770K upgrade. Just go pickup a second 7770 and run crossfire or a GTX 760 > HD 7870.

Thanks for responding! Let it be known that the i5 I purchased isn't listed in this benchmark you posted. I run 1680x1050 res. The i5 is old. QC 750 @2.67ghz. I believe it was the Lynnfield. Benchmarks at 1980x1080 are significantly lower than the 4770k.. So lease factor in the previous mentionsabout my currnt performance in game, and ake the old i5 into account. I could make due with the 3770k but the price difference is as little as the performance difference between those tw, respectively. I feel it's my fault for not specifying completely on what cpu I was currently dealing with. personally feel I need to upgrade my cpu.
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July 24, 2013 9:39:17 AM

Stephen Cotton said:

Thanks for responding! Let it be known that the i5 I purchased isn't listed in this benchmark you posted. I run 1680x1050 res. The i5 is old. QC 750 @2.67ghz. I believe it was the Lynnfield. Benchmarks at 1980x1080 are significantly lower than the 4770k.. So lease factor in the previous mentionsabout my currnt performance in game, and ake the old i5 into account. I could make due with the 3770k but the price difference is as little as the performance difference between those tw, respectively. I feel it's my fault for not specifying completely on what cpu I was currently dealing with. personally feel I need to upgrade my cpu.


Start with a GPU upgrade then proceed from there.
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July 24, 2013 1:26:45 PM

Highly recommended you get yourself up above a 7770 to a 7850 at minimum.

(Note: different resolutions)

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