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June 10, 2011 2:58:20 AM

Hello,

Not a complete techie, but have done my research. I'm looking to have a computer built for gaming purposes (mostly) and nothing else. I want to be able to play most FPS, RPG games; and for it to last for the next 5 years, so potentially for 3D gaming too.

It's a toss between:
- AMD Phenom II x4 955
- AMD Phenom II x6 1100T
- Intel Core i5 2500/2500k
- Intel Core i7 2600/2600k

GPU:
- nVidia GTX440 or above
- ATI HD6870 or below

I'm looking for something that is not too high-end, but I want something that will be quite sustainable for the next 5 years, and upgradable if required.


Thanks!

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June 10, 2011 3:09:39 AM

To be honest, for me to tell you that a 'gaming' computer will last for the next five years is a big call. The market is constantly changing and so are the games.

Out of the processors, obviously the core i72600k will blow all the others out of the water, so maybe you should look into what is the best bang for buck? Me personally, i would just look at i52500/2500k and the i72600/2600k.

With the GPU's I have never been a fanboy and still am not, I used to prefer amd while the 5870 was around now I am preferring Nvidia at the moment because of the GTX570, it seems to be great bang for buck.

A tip I got from someone was that: Never buy the best because the best will be crap in a few years, so always take it back a couple of notches and save the moolah.

Good luck, any more questions just ask. :) 
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June 10, 2011 4:50:12 AM

2500K hands down. For a video card, I'd suggest a Nvidia 560 GTX Ti or AMD 6950 Radeon
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June 10, 2011 7:03:21 AM

Thanks for your responses. I suppose I've been quite out of the gaming scene for a bit - left school, gone to work; but seriously thinking of getting back into gaming coz of the new titles that are coming out.

Any more alternative suggestions of other CPUs would also be good.

bearclaw99 - why 2500k over 2700/2700k?
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June 10, 2011 7:48:08 AM

The speed bump and hyper-threading isn't worth the money.... the benchmarks bear that out.

The 2500K is really the only CPU to get.
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June 10, 2011 8:21:39 AM

Agree with 2500k is the only way to go right now, plus a Nvidia GTX560ti, buy a 1155sckt board that supports SLI so you can SLI your GTX560ti at a later date, also dont forget to buy a decent 650 - 850w PSU from the likes of Corsair, XFX etc etc.
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June 10, 2011 3:48:25 PM

CPU's
1155 system w/ 2500k for gaming box
1155 system w/ 2600k for workstation / gaming box
1366 system w/ 9xx for workstation

GFX
The 560 Ti (900MHz) is about the best bang for the buck among current generation cards with a cost of $0.44 per frame as a single card and $0.51 per frame in SLI

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI (prices are based upon newegg last time I looked from major brands - Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or EVGA):

$250.00 6950 (479/751) $0.52 - $0.67
$285.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.59 - $0.75
$210.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.46 - $0.53
$355.00 6970 (526/825) $0.67 - $0.86
$220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.44 - $0.51
$335.00 570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
$500.00 580 (616/953) $0.81 - $1.05
$725.00 6990 (762/903) $0.95 - $1.61
$700.00 590 (881/982) $0.79 - $1.43


Here's a excellent $1200 system which can be upgraded w/ a 2nd GFX card ... drop the SSD and you at $930.

Case - $55 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $70 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $380 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K Inc in above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $270 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 10, 2011 6:28:44 PM

rpg-goddess said:
Thanks for your responses. I suppose I've been quite out of the gaming scene for a bit - left school, gone to work; but seriously thinking of getting back into gaming coz of the new titles that are coming out.

Any more alternative suggestions of other CPUs would also be good.

bearclaw99 - why 2500k over 2700/2700k?


There is no 2700/2700K
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June 10, 2011 11:36:39 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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June 11, 2011 12:18:18 AM

bearclaw99 said:
There is no 2700/2700K


Sorry, I meant i7 2600 or 2600k.
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June 11, 2011 12:23:51 AM

Best answer selected by rpg-goddess.
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June 11, 2011 1:44:53 AM

Any recommendations on Sound Card, or should I just stick with stock?
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