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Building Gaming PC for use on Bravia 32" 3DTV

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December 8, 2012 11:17:38 AM

Hi guys,
My xbox360 broke down and I'm trying to build a Gaming PC.

I have a regular old pc which serves me well for all non-gaming related stuff.

I'll be building a new PC just for games (replacing the xbox)

I currently have a 32" Bravia EX720 3DTV which I'll be using as a monitor for this new PC.

I'm aware that PC's can output more than 1080p, but I play at a distance at which I find 1080p enough. So no multiple monitor or surround 3d for me.

So, I have 3 questions:

1) Since I'm interested on 1920x1080p 3D as the max res of this new pc I was wondering if you could help me draw the line between what's a good enough pc to run crysis 3 with all maxed and when putting more money it's overkill.

my barebone specs: (overkills?)
8GB ram (or 16Gb)
GTX560 (one or two on sli)
i5 (or i7, what model I don't know, since I've been a console gamer for a while I also don't know how many cores are games actually using)
HDD (SSD?)
whatever mobo the core needs

My preferences: fast and stable fps over visual quality.
But since I'll be building from scratch would also like it to run games for the next 3 years.

2) Regarding the use of SSD over HDD, I usually don't play more than 4 games at a time, I'm somewaht bothered by install times since I don't se that on consoles, I don't turn off my pc that much I 99% use sleep, like I said I would only game on this pc. so what would you recommend?

3) I've seen hdmi only supports max 1920x1080@24Hz on 3d, so again that's the most res-wise I'll be using.

(I'm a console gamer trying to convert to pc so don't be to hard on me).
Thanks in advance!
December 9, 2012 5:14:09 PM

What is your price range?

SSD would be nice, but depending on your price range, might not be worth it. or if your not the type of person that can't wait a few seconds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1151.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 14:07 EST-0500)
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December 9, 2012 5:58:16 PM

Wow this is absolute beast ! If I had enough money , I would instabuy this hardcore machine!
I have got one question - isnt 500W power supply enough ?
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December 9, 2012 6:44:39 PM

digrs said:
Wow this is absolute beast ! If I had enough money , I would instabuy this hardcore machine!
I have got one question - isnt 500W power supply enough ?


Yeah, you probably could.
Nvidia recommends on there site at least 500w power supply for the 670. and I figure with CPU and every thing....better safe then sorry.
PCpartpicker gave an est of 365 avg, I don't own this build, someday I hope to though. was recommended by others on here on TH.


Oh and as far as RAM, 8gb is enough for gaming, I would by 2x4 that way down the road if you ever want to add more you can just pop two more in.

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p.s I would be the first to admit I am not an expert on PSUs...
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December 9, 2012 7:08:10 PM

Thanks JBB!
Build looks great.
In fact that leads me to another question, I dunno which would be the best approach:
a)A strong build like you listed
b) a low end with what's enough to run current games

I know I would have to put more money upfront on a) and smaller but more frequent cash injections on b).

I wonder what's best down the line as I 've seen that new components are most of the time cheaper and more powerful.
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December 9, 2012 9:57:37 PM

VampireKillerX said:
Thanks JBB!
Build looks great.
In fact that leads me to another question, I dunno which would be the best approach:
a)A strong build like you listed
b) a low end with what's enough to run current games

I know I would have to put more money upfront on a) and smaller but more frequent cash injections on b).

I wonder what's best down the line as I 've seen that new components are most of the time cheaper and more powerful.



I would get a second opinion, as this is just going off what I have read, and what I think is logical.

You could build a cheaper build with good motherboard, CPU, and GPU cheaper then the one I posted.

If you have the extra $$$ build, I would get an (A) type build.

But if you don't, really don't have to spend $1000 plus on a rig. there are lots of cheaper CPUs, motherboards, and GPUs that will meet your needs for now. I was just throwing out ideas.

you could always get a good motherboard that is capable of adapting to a better, CPU or GPU.

IF you give me a price you would be willing to go to, I might could...suggest a better build for your budget.


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