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May 3, 2011 3:23:56 PM

I am planning on buying a new PC in 2/3 weeks time and I think that I have a good idea of what to get however, I am not sure that it is perfect and I would like some advice as to improving it.

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-960 (3.20GHz) 4.8GTs/8MB Cache

ASUS® P6X58D-E: DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, 3-Way SLI

Memory (RAM)

Graphics Card
1.5GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 580 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - DX® 11, 3D Vision Ready

Overall, including things like the PSU and such, I think that it will cost about £1000-£1200 pounds.

I am going to use it for gaming and I want it to last for about 3-4 years, possibly 5.
I was also wondering if it is not going to last for that amount of time (i.e. play games at nearly the highest settings)
or if it is excessive (I would love to save some cash :)  )

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May 3, 2011 4:02:25 PM

For gaming there really isn’t any reason to go with anything besides the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K and a good P67 based board. The 2nd generation Intel Core processors also use dual channel memory set up so make sure that you select your memory in groups of 2.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 4, 2011 2:52:09 PM

So if I go for a I5 2600k it should play games at high settings for about 2-3 years?
May 4, 2011 3:33:30 PM

Or more.. they pretty much crush the older i7s
May 6, 2011 6:44:27 AM

Thanks for all of the help guys.
I think I will buy an i5 2500k with a 6970 graphics card (I have an ati card at the moment and I have had no problems).
May 6, 2011 7:38:13 AM

i5 2500k with XFX HD 6970 in CF settles things for you for the next 3 Years @ 1080p
May 6, 2011 4:20:28 PM

What do you mean by XFX and CF?
May 6, 2011 4:21:17 PM

xfx is a brand and CF = crossfire
May 6, 2011 4:21:38 PM

XFX= brand name
CF = Crossfire
May 6, 2011 4:27:22 PM

This is my new setup plan.
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5-2500k Quad Core (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics

ASUS® P8P67 (NEW REV 3.0): USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, CrossFireX™

Memory (RAM)

Graphics Card
2GB AMD RADEON™ HD6970 - 2 DVI,HDMI,2 mDP - DX® 11, Eyefinity 4 Capable

I have chosen a 1010W power supply so that I can plug another 6970 in when the price falls and my need requires it.
May 6, 2011 4:36:12 PM

should still only need a 750 or 850 psu, nice build tho
May 6, 2011 4:36:26 PM

I would go with a CPU cooler too
May 6, 2011 4:39:44 PM

I am unsure about the memory.
What should I get?
I do some 3d modelling and such and I need quite a bit of memory. Perhaps 6gb?
Also, I think that i7s are best with 3x sticks of ram. Is this true?
For the i5-2500k, what sort of ram and in what quantity is sensible?
May 6, 2011 8:28:21 PM

I'd get 2 4gb sticks for 8gb
May 7, 2011 1:27:31 PM

Which make?
May 8, 2011 10:23:20 AM

Hmm, that looks good.
How does it compare to 8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz
That is what I am looking at.
May 8, 2011 12:14:38 PM

well, its G. Skill 8GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz