Building Gaming CPU

i want to build gaming CPU which will last for few years....i am not going to overclock....plz suggest whole CPU....
budget is around $600
thanks
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  1. Here's one the folks at Tom's put together for $650 back in March: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html
    I've built similar budget gamers for about the same cost with similar components. A good graphics card couple with the i3-2100 makes for an excellent gamer.
    Graphics card hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    Gaming CPU hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  2. clutchc said:
    Here's one the folks at Tom's put together for $650 back in March: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html
    I've built similar budget gamers for about the same cost with similar components. A good graphics card couple with the i3-2100 makes for an excellent gamer.
    Graphics card hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    Gaming CPU hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html



    thanks..
    Here is what i have selected..
    Intel i3-2120
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1333Mhz
    Asus ATI HD7750 1GB DDR5

    if anything wrong, let me know....
  3. clutchc said:
    Here's one the folks at Tom's put together for $650 back in March: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html
    I've built similar budget gamers for about the same cost with similar components. A good graphics card couple with the i3-2100 makes for an excellent gamer.
    Graphics card hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    Gaming CPU hierarchy chart: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html



    thanks..
    Here is what i have selected..
    Intel i3-2120
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1333Mhz
    Asus ATI HD7750 1GB DDR5

    if anything wrong, let me know....
  4. Personally I would NOT go with a ~$200 MOBO (GA-Z77X-UD5H) with a 2-core CPU (mismatch).

    Before:
    $190 GA-Z77X-UD5H
    $125 i3-2120 ; Sandy Bridge 2-core 32nm PCIe 2.0
    =====
    $315

    After:
    $200 i5-3550 ; 4 cores - caveat cannot OC CPU ; Newer Ivy Bridge 22nm PCIe 3.0
    $100 ASRock Z77 Pro3 ; caveat 1 GPU
    =====
    $300

    My picks:
    OC + Dual GPU:
    $229 i5-3570K ; 4 cores - can OC CPU (unlocked) ; Newer Ivy Bridge 22nm PCIe 3.0
    $122 ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ; 2 GPUs in CF/SLI
    =====
    $351

    Compromise (Good Option):
    $200 i5-3550 ; 4 cores - caveat cannot OC CPU ; Newer Ivy Bridge 22nm PCIe 3.0
    $122 ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ; 2 GPUs in CF/SLI
    =====
    $322

    IF you can swing it, I would look at 8GB of RAM. BF3 will use almost 8GB.

    RAM ; article - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-8.html
    $50 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Model 99699 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191
    $44 G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417
  5. redifmail said:
    thanks..
    Here is what i have selected..
    Intel i3-2120
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
    Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1333Mhz
    Asus ATI HD7750 1GB DDR5

    if anything wrong, let me know....

    Good selection, but the motherboard is a bit 'high end' unless your plan is to upgrade CPU, GPU, RAM in the future. Two other things to consider...
    What resolution is your monitor?
    What size/manufacturer is the power supply?
  6. clutchc said:
    Good selection, but the motherboard is a bit 'high end' unless your plan is to upgrade CPU, GPU, RAM in the future. Two other things to consider...
    What resolution is your monitor?
    What size/manufacturer is the power supply?


    yes i want to upgrade in future...btw what about new ivy bridge as Jaquith said....any good processor in price range of i5-2500k???

    @Jaquith, i'll buy 8gb RAM...
  7. monitor is Viewsonic 21.5 inch LED -
    VX2250WM or VX2250MH...about PSU, PLZ suggest....
  8. FYI I made a typo with the Ivy Bridge...I accidentally said PCIe 2.0 (copy/paste error) correction = "Ivy Bridge 22nm PCIe 3.0". It won't make a performance difference.

    Article - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-3570-low-power,3204.html
  9. redifmail said:
    yes i want to upgrade in future...btw what about new ivy bridge as Jaquith said....any good processor in price range of i5-2500k???

    @Jaquith, i'll buy 8gb RAM...

    Yeah, the i5-3550 Jaquith recommended.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505
  10. redifmail said:
    monitor is Viewsonic 21.5 inch LED -
    VX2250WM or VX2250MH...about PSU, PLZ suggest....

    Those are 1920x1080 resolution monitors. You will want a card that has a bit more power than the HD 7750 to maintain good frame rates at that high of a resolution. HD 6850 or HD 7770 bare minimum. Preferaby something like a HD 6870 or GTX 560.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    If you go with an IB Quad core, and one of those heftier cards, you will probably want to get a quality PSU in the 500W+ range.
    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
  11. clutchc said:


    which GB motherboard should i prefer? GA-Z77-UD3H or GA-Z77-UD5H ? here is their comparison http://www.gigabyte.us/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=4153,4139

    i am confused in their Multi-Graphics Technology setion....is there any big difference between 4-way/3-way/2-way AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology...?
  12. there is difference but i don't know what kind of... or shall i go towards Asus Maximus V GENE/P8Z77-V?
  13. Choosing between the 2 GB boards is hard to do. They are quite similar. But do you really think you'll be buying 3 high-end graphic card$ to use the 3-way SLI or Xfire? That aside, I'd probably go for the Asus Board over the Gigabyte boards. But keep in mind, the Asus board is a mATX, the GBs are ATX.
  14. clutchc said:
    Choosing between the 2 GB boards is hard to do. They are quite similar. But do you really think you'll be buying 3 high-end graphic card$ to use the 3-way SLI or Xfire? That aside, I'd probably go for the Asus Board over the Gigabyte boards. But keep in mind, the Asus board is a mATX, the GBs are ATX.


    true said...i'm not going to use 4/3/2 ways sli/cf....both GB boards are not available here so should i go with asus p8z77-v ?? or suggest anyother good board for i5 3570k...will this rig lasts for at least 5yrs? I've read here in TH someone wrote intel is going to discontinue lga1155 in 2013's 1st quarter...
  15. redifmail said:
    true said...i'm not going to use 4/3/2 ways sli/cf....both GB boards are not available here so should i go with asus p8z77-v ?? or suggest anyother good board for i5 3570k...will this rig lasts for at least 5yrs? I've read here in TH someone wrote intel is going to discontinue lga1155 in 2013's 1st quarter...

    Please pass on the information you have about Intel discontinuing the LGA1155 socket in early 2013.
  16. as i mentioned some boards are not available here so i want to choose another one.
    which board should i select? Asus P8Z77-V LK or M-PRO?
    M-PRO is available here but i've to import V-LK.
  17. If your case can accept a ATX board, and you plan on adding expansion cards other than graphic cards... I'd go for the -V LK. But if you don't foresee adding another expansion card and you can get it w/o importing, there's no reason not to get the mATX M-Pro. My personal choice would be the ATX board.
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