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July 12, 2011 12:57:57 PM

Hey everyone, I am new to these forums. I will cut right to it and ask, Do you think this setup could run a game like Crysis on very high settings smoothly?

I am hopefully getting this rig off cyberpower for about $1500 and it is a Gamer Infinity 8800 Pro.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M
On a side note, is it worth spending the extra money on the Intel i7-2600k processor or will it work well with the i5-2500k?

10% Overclock

Motherboard: [CrossFireX] MSI Z68A-G43

Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

Display: 22" Widescreen 1680x1050 Asus

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

I am very new to PC gaming so just tell me if there is anything I should do differently. Thanks!

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July 12, 2011 2:14:56 PM

That's a great build and shouldn't have have a problem running anything at ultra high settings, especially at 1680x1050. With the CPU it really makes no sense to get anything more expensive than an i5-2500k for gaming since youll probably only get 0-2 more FPS out of an i7 which costs $100 more.

Lastly though, i would definitely suggest watching some videos on how to build a PC yourself because that seems hideously expensive. Also, it really isn't as hard as it seems.
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July 12, 2011 5:39:47 PM

1|Welcome to the forums newcomer!
2|a GTX 560Ti is alot of muscle to play crysis and crysis 2 @ 1920x1080 resolution.
3|a 2GB GTX560Ti meas you'll be running the card on a 52+" tv :)  so the extra GB is actually too much money spent on a feature you won't use AT ALL. :) 
4|i know 22" monitors run at 1920x1080 - how come yours is at 1680x1050?

5| buying off the parts from newegg SHOULD result in a better price - the extra cash saved can be dropped on a higher end GPU + you get to learn more about the computer you built.

6| with a cooler like a cooler master Hyper 212+ you can achieve an overclock of at least 50% on your own. 2nd gen core i5's are capable of hitting 5GHz running stable as well.

thas my 2 cents :) 
I'll need to get some coke :p 
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July 12, 2011 6:42:11 PM

I agree with JM & Lut: you are paying through the nose for someone else to build your rig. If you build it yourself you may be able to add a SSD for the same budget. You can absolutely achieve a better OC, by yourself, than 10%.
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July 12, 2011 6:52:26 PM

at the very least buy the monitor separately.
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July 12, 2011 7:10:09 PM

Lutfij said:
1|Welcome to the forums newcomer!
2|a GTX 560Ti is alot of muscle to play crysis and crysis 2 @ 1920x1080 resolution.
3|a 2GB GTX560Ti meas you'll be running the card on a 52+" tv :)  so the extra GB is actually too much money spent on a feature you won't use AT ALL. :) 
4|i know 22" monitors run at 1920x1080 - how come yours is at 1680x1050?

5| buying off the parts from newegg SHOULD result in a better price - the extra cash saved can be dropped on a higher end GPU + you get to learn more about the computer you built.

6| with a cooler like a cooler master Hyper 212+ you can achieve an overclock of at least 50% on your own. 2nd gen core i5's are capable of hitting 5GHz running stable as well.

thas my 2 cents :) 
I'll need to get some coke :p 


50% (5Ghz) is a pretty extreme overclock and i wouldnt count on getting there with a Hyper 212+, that's NH-D14 or H70 territory. 4.5-4.8Ghz is certainly possible on a Hyper 212+ though. Also, agree on getting a standard GTX 560Ti instead of 2GB (At 1680x1050). Didnt notice that at first
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July 12, 2011 7:27:20 PM

Sorry for the double post but just to prove how much cheaper it is to build it yourself, heres a good $1500 build: (All prices from Newegg)

i5 2500k - $219.99
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB - $59.99
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 - $124.99
EVGA GTX 570 1.5GB - $324.99
Corsair Force 40GB SSD Boot Drive - $99.99
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1GB - $109.98
Cooler Master HAF 922 - $99.98
XFX Core PRO850W - $119.99
ASUS 24" 2ms LCD Monitor (1920x1080) - $199.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $49.99
Win 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total - $1509.97
Before rebates ($40) and shipping.

As you can see, that has:

Better GPU
Better Monitor
SSD
CPU Cooler
Full x8/x8 SLI capability
Better Case (Probably)
Faster Hard Drives (Probably)
Better PSU (Probably)

You really can save a serious amount of money building it youself :) 


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July 12, 2011 7:31:51 PM

:)  i didn't have coke when i wrote that line with the hyper :D  :p 

here's what it looks like on newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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add all of them and see how much it comes - then compare it with what your paying for on cyberpower :) 

i checked it to be about a $100 shy of $1500 the 100 can go on a higher GPU or a higher ssd. Hang on a min - why did i get a full fledged ssd. You can use the cacing system and pull off a lil better speed (not as close to a SSD but a lil close :D  )

one more thing to note - sata III @ 6.00GBPS is actually a hype and the only speed you'll notice of Sata III is on a SSD as the platters cause the bottleneck in speed. sata II is the highest for a HDD and sata III won't give you a bump in performance only the price and a hollow feeling when you've spent all that extra cash - even though little - its better put on a ssd

Your getting a reference GTX560Ti on that cyberpower quote?
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July 12, 2011 8:20:05 PM

Bump to building your own it is simple :) 

You should check out the cooler master storm enforcer from newegg and the storm scout from walmart.com (little cheaper than newegg last time I checked). The storm enforcer is newer and comes with front panel USB 3.0 but I like the looks of the storm scout a little better.
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July 19, 2011 7:03:45 PM

Def go with the build it yourself, its so much cheaper and you get a good amount of satisfaction. I personally only built 1 of my last 3 computers, but it felt good. If you really dont wanna build it, at least email other companies like ibuypower, digistorm, or custompcandrepairs, to get other quotes. Odds are someone will budge on a price cause they want your business
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November 13, 2011 9:21:14 PM

lolwut1022 said:
Def go with the build it yourself, its so much cheaper and you get a good amount of satisfaction. I personally only built 1 of my last 3 computers, but it felt good. If you really dont wanna build it, at least email other companies like ibuypower, digistorm, or custompcandrepairs, to get other quotes. Odds are someone will budge on a price cause they want your business

I would rather build my own..Wouldnt trust ibuypower or cyberpower even tho i heard they the same co but to know that ive built my own system and know whats exactly in my system and if need to upgrade its a great feeling
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