Want to Build a gaming rig and need help

Hello, I am getting away from Xbox 360 and converting to PC. My budget is 1200.
I am stuck in between Intel's i7 and AMD's X6. I want to play crysis and GTA 4, both with mods. I also can't decide on a graphics card. NVIDIA or AMD? What model?
Please help me with recommendations and advice.
Thanks
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  1. Eagles1511 said:
    Hello, I am getting away from Xbox 360 and converting to PC. My budget is 1200.
    I am stuck in between Intel's i7 and AMD's X6. I want to play crysis and GTA 4, both with mods. I also can't decide on a graphics card. NVIDIA or AMD? What model?
    Please help me with recommendations and advice.
    Thanks


    Core i5 2500K
    Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
    Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    EVGA GTX570
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
    CM 690 II Advanced
    LiteOn 22x

    Total: +/- 1150$
  2. unknown_13 said:

    wouldnt a i7 be better for the gta game because i have heard that gta needs a strong cpu or correct me if i am wrong
  3. Eagles1511 said:
    wouldnt a i7 be better for the gta game because i have heard that gta needs a strong cpu or correct me if i am wrong


    GTA IV runs perfectly fine on almost any quad core CPU. The game is a hardcore console port and they didn't optimize it at all for the PC.

    And the i7 2600K would only make a difference in programs that require more threads, cause the 2600K has Hyperthreading, and has +2MB L3 cache. But in general the difference between the i5 2500K and i7 2600K is 5%, in games ~2% (or there is not a difference at all sometimes in games)
  4. unknown_13 said:
    GTA IV runs perfectly fine on almost any quad core CPU. The game is a hardcore console port and they didn't optimize it at all for the PC.

    And the i7 2600K would only make a difference in programs that require more threads, cause the 2600K has Hyperthreading, and has +2MB L3 cache. But in general the difference between the i5 2500K and i7 2600K is 5%, in games ~2% (or there is not a difference at all sometimes in games)

    wow...thanks for the info. i wouldve spent way too much money
  5. +1 to unknown, that is going to be a great build!
    I would suggest adding an aftermartket cooler, such as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.625350 (combo with CPU)
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