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February 26, 2014 10:20:14 AM

i want to build a gaming pc so i was thinking to Buy processor and motherboard built for overclocking or i should of opt cpu and graphics card which will not do overclocking and if if i don't wanna go for overclocking then i should go for which cpu and motherboard combination
a c 81 K Overclocking
a b U Graphics card
a c 99 V Motherboard
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February 26, 2014 11:06:57 AM

Keep in mind you'll also need a decent aftermarket cooler, so that's at least another $30.

Basically, OCing gives better performance at the cost of longevity, though a lot of times you never even get to see the downsides of OCing because you'll have upgraded by then.

Also, you can overclock any current graphics card regardless of whether the motherboard and CPU can.
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February 27, 2014 1:45:36 AM

ihog said:
Keep in mind you'll also need a decent aftermarket cooler, so that's at least another $30.

Basically, OCing gives better performance at the cost of longevity, though a lot of times you never even get to see the downsides of OCing because you'll have upgraded by then.

Also, you can overclock any current graphics card regardless of whether the motherboard and CPU can.


Can you suggest a gaming rig configuration.Which processor and motherboard should i opt for
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a c 81 K Overclocking
a b U Graphics card
a c 99 V Motherboard
a b à CPUs
February 27, 2014 9:47:44 AM

Depends on your budget, what games you want to play, and at what settings/resolution you want to play them
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a b K Overclocking
a b U Graphics card
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February 27, 2014 10:19:07 AM

thehonorabl said:
ihog said:
Keep in mind you'll also need a decent aftermarket cooler, so that's at least another $30.

Basically, OCing gives better performance at the cost of longevity, though a lot of times you never even get to see the downsides of OCing because you'll have upgraded by then.

Also, you can overclock any current graphics card regardless of whether the motherboard and CPU can.


Can you suggest a gaming rig configuration.Which processor and motherboard should i opt for


The breakdown is like this, if you want a gaming computer AMD video card and processor will be your cheapest option. They'll give good performance but not as good as an Intel and Nvidia combo.

CPU choices: Intel is going to be more expensive than AMD but performs significantly better. If you're getting an intel make sure you pick an i5 with a k at the end of the model (i.e. i5 3570k). K models have unlocked multipliers which allows you to overclock them to your liking. Below is a link to the 2014 gaming processor round up that Toms Hardware did which should help you choose a CPU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

GPU choices: Nvidia is king in performance but more expensive. I'm not up to date on AMD cards but I know that the R9 series is the newest. Nvidia is fairly simple, any GTXXX like the GTX570, GTX 670, GTX 770, etc. can be looked at as first number being the generation, and second number is the place in line. So a GTX780 is the top of the pile whereas a GTX750 is going to be more towards the low end but still faster and newer than a GTX650. You can overclock any graphics card it's just based on the cooler and with so many cards and variations of them out there you have to just research that for yourself.

On overclocking: It's a free upgrade, it's why you came to this forum in the first place. If you get a decent motherboard you should have no problem getting a few extra ghz out of your cpu even with the stock cooler. If you don't want to overclock then just get an Intel i5 3570 and call it a day. It'll still hold up in games and you'll be happy with it anyway. There really are no disadvantages to overclocking, lowering the lifespan of a processor from 20 years to 15 or even 10 isn't that big of a deal because you'll likely want to replace it by that point anyway. I have an i7 first generation in my media computer that's been running heavily OC'ed for the past 8 years or so and it's showing no signs of problems.
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