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Extremely High End Gaming Rig

Hi folks,

Please tell me your opinion about the rig I am considering buying on the following main aspects:

  • Overclocking abilities
  • FPS for the current gen games
  • FPS in the long run
  • Cooling needs (or not)
  • Reliabilty of the components
  • Trade a component for another one less expensive (with equal performances)


The Gaming Rig:
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V LX
CPU: i5-3570K - 3.4 GHz
GPU: MSI GTX780 3Go GDDR5
RAM: GSKILL DDR3 PC3-12800 - 2 x 8 Go (16Go) 1600 MHz - Ripjaws X
SSD: Samsung SSD 2,5'' 840 PRO - SATA III - 256 Go
Monitor: SAMSUNG SyncMaster 27" LED backlit LCD
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650W Green

The components I already have and won't buy:
HDD: Seagate 500Go HDD
Case: Antec P182

Overall costs:
1.500€ (bought from french online retailers)
Also, please give me advices to buy it cheaper from another european retailer.

Thanks for reading and any comments :)
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  1. Best answer
    First, I wouldn't call it an extremely high end, nice build tho.
    You will need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you plan on doing some reasonable overclocking, Hyper 212 if you're on a budget, or get a closed loop water solution if you can spend a little more.
    The 780 will push good FPS in all games for the foreseeable future.
  2. This is very cool gaming gtx 780 + i5- 3570k OMG !
    u can easily get 60+ fps in current generation as well as next generation games at 1080p
    and 35-50 fps on 1600p !
    [ not crysis 3 ]

    u may need a cooler for cpu if u plan to overclock it

    Happy Gaming !! :D
  3. Thx!! :D

    I was pretty sure I would need some cooling system, although I lack knowledge on that field.

    Isn't the MOBO going to be a weak spot ?
  4. Agree you need a cooler. If you want to save some cash, there's nothing gained from going for more than 2x4GB of RAM. On a gaming machine, the vanilla Samsung 840 (or 840 Evo if the cost is the same) will be just as fast at loading games, virus scans, etc as the Pro (it's only advantage is write speed which you'll rarely do).
  5. Concerning the CPU, apparently it's easier to OC a 2500k
    i5 2500k : over 5Ghz
    i5 3750k : mid 4Ghz

    This video made me wondering whether I should go for a 2500k over the 3750k or not.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1bet2FGKRE

    It seems the 3750k overheats more than the sandy bridge.

    Is a heatsink enough for the CPU if I reach the big 5Ghz ?

    And again, what about my ASUS P8Z77-V LX mobo ? Won't it be a bottleneck in terms of performance / OC combined with the huge 780GTX ?
  6. Your mobo is fine but it will probably OC a couple hundred MHz less, but there's no guarantee. It's not something you'll actually notice.

    5GHz is no guarantee on a 2500K and mid-4's is no guarantee on the 3570K. Each chip OC's differently but you *should* see 4.3 at least on the 3570K. I went with the 3570K since it's supports PCI-E 3.0 (2500K doesn't) and tho it doesn't matter now, it might down the road before I swap systems again.
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