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Which system would you choose for gaming? (£600 Budget)

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December 29, 2012 6:17:24 PM

I'm looking to play games like Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, Sims and TF2. Which would be better for gaming? Should I go with the non-overclockable processor and up my GPU to a GTX 660 Ti or go with the i5-3570k but lower my graphics card to a GTX 660. Thank you.

Option 1:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler
MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer

Option 2:

Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
December 29, 2012 11:58:21 PM

Pylin said:
I'm looking to play games like Planetside 2, Guild Wars 2, Sims and TF2. Which would be better for gaming? Should I go with the non-overclockable processor and up my GPU to a GTX 660 Ti or go with the i5-3570k but lower my graphics card to a GTX 660. Thank you.

Option 1:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler
MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer

Option 2:

Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
MSI H77MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer


The motherboard is better on the first, thats something to consider. If you are planning on overclocking, you need the 3570k. If you aren't, build #2 will be better. I would go with #2 because of the 660ti. The 3570 is the 3570k without overclocking, so it will be ok with the card. Hope this helps!

December 30, 2012 12:20:42 AM

i'd go with the second build..replace the 3570 with a 3470 or 3450 and get a gtx 670.
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December 30, 2012 12:30:23 AM

I suggest this.

1) Overclockable
2) 7870 rivals the 660 Ti
3) 180GB SSD will hold all your games and OS, providing fast loading times and OS boot time.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uU6h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uU6h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uU6h/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.68 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $942.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 21:31 EST-0500)
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