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April 12, 2014 12:59:31 PM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3p0iE

This is the set up i am currently thinking about buying, thanks to a member here who helped me decide.

First off, Will this play any game available right now? (w/ good graphics + good fps).
How future proof is it? And does the motherboard allow me to upgrade easily in the future?

I was also wondering about RAM, it's currently set to 2x4GB, is two ram sticks advantageous than 1x8GB? I was thinking of possibly increasing RAM in the future, therefore it would be logical to buy 1 8GB ram stick now, then another later. ((Although there is 4 slots - 32GB limit)) - May need for further RAM?

With the i5 processor selected, would it be recommended to buy an additional CPU cooler? I don't plan on OCing or anything. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670

Also curious about graphics cards. What are the benefits of having 2 GPUs, , do they have to be the same? If i have 2 monitors, can i make them use different GPUs, is there any advantage to that.

Do you have any suggestions for improvements/ or just generally, thanks.

I don't have much money right now, but in the next few years i should have a lot more, so i'm planning for the future as well. Just want to play BF3/BF4 until then !

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April 12, 2014 1:06:11 PM

Yes, 2x4gb kit is better than a single stick. Dual channel RAM is always faster. No, 8gb is more than enough for gaming and will be for a long time.

No, the stock CPU cooler will be fine.

No you cannot use 2 GPUs separately for different monitors, and yes they must be the same. The benefit is much more power, but your motherboard does not have 2 x16 PCIe lanes so you should not be looking to SLI. As your build sits it should max or come close to maxing all games at 1080p 60fps.

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April 12, 2014 1:06:26 PM

what3ver said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3p0iE

This is the set up i am currently thinking about buying, thanks to a member here who helped me decide.

First off, Will this play any game available right now? (w/ good graphics + good fps).
How future proof is it? And does the motherboard allow me to upgrade easily in the future?

I was also wondering about RAM, it's currently set to 2x4GB, is two ram sticks advantageous than 1x8GB? I was thinking of possibly increasing RAM in the future, therefore it would be logical to buy 1 8GB ram stick now, then another later. ((Although there is 4 slots - 32GB limit)) - May need for further RAM?

With the i5 processor selected, would it be recommended to buy an additional CPU cooler? I don't plan on OCing or anything. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670

Also curious about graphics cards. What are the benefits of having 2 GPUs, , do they have to be the same? If i have 2 monitors, can i make them use different GPUs, is there any advantage to that.

Do you have any suggestions for improvements/ or just generally, thanks.

I don't have much money right now, but in the next few years i should have a lot more, so i'm planning for the future as well. Just want to play BF3/BF4 until then !


Hi. You should be fine with those parts. If you are not planning on Overclocking, the stock cooler that comes with the processor should be fine.
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