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October 7, 2011 3:15:16 PM

Hello,

I am planning on buying a new rig and I'm stuck between a few different specification combos. Now before I tell you the specs let me say what resolution I will be playing on and what I need the rig for.

- I will be playing on 1920x1080 resolution.

- I will be using this rig for playing games for usually long periods of time(4-10 hours

- I want to play the games I will play at maximum or very close to maximum while going no lower then 30-25 fps, which are(Battlefield 3,Metro 2033,World of warcraft,Crysis modded with photorealism mods,Modern warfare 3,Elder scrolls:Skyrim and Star wars the old republic. (I may be alright with turning some settings off on certain games, for example DOF in metro 2033 stuff like that.)


Spec Variations:


Spec combination 1:

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English

CHASSIS COLOR: Matte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
MEMORY: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz


GRAPHICS CARD: Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 In Crossfire

HARD DRIVE: 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache

SOUND CARD: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

OPTICAL DRIVE: Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability


Spec combination 2:

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English

CHASSIS COLOR: Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

MEMORY: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

GRAPHICS CARD: Single 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950

HARD DRIVE: 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache

SOUND CARD: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

OPTICAL DRIVE: Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability


Spec combination 3:

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i5-2300 (6MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.3GHz

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English

CHASSIS COLOR: Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

MEMORY: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

GRAPHICS CARD: Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950 In crossfire.

HARD DRIVE: 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache

SOUND CARD: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

OPTICAL DRIVE: Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability


Appreciate any advice on which one to choose, thanks!

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October 7, 2011 3:26:21 PM

Are these pre-assembled systems?
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October 7, 2011 3:29:11 PM

None of these :D  Because of your resolution, the best option is a Core i5 2500k along with a singe Radeon HD 6970
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October 7, 2011 3:49:00 PM

Yes they are pre assembled as I can't and wont build one on my own :p  I know it's a lot cheaper and all that. I think I may have messed up on the resolution if that makes a difference, I'm at 1920x1080. Not sure if that changes anything but yeah :)  I'm not very tech savvy sorry!
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October 7, 2011 3:51:25 PM

I'd need to see the prices to say what's best.
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October 7, 2011 3:54:22 PM

All within 200 dollars of each other. They are about 1300-1500 which is my max price range :) 
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October 7, 2011 3:59:10 PM

Assuming system 2 is cheaper than system 1 I'd go with that. The system 3 is nice but you're unlikely to need that much graphics oomph.
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October 7, 2011 4:14:40 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Assuming system 2 is cheaper than system 1 I'd go with that. The system 3 is nice but you're unlikely to need that much graphics oomph.



hmm if I bought system 2 then I can buy another 6950 down the line right? and then I'm assuming 2 6950s would last me awhile without becoming too obsolete?

Now I wanted 3 the most but someone told me that the cpu would hold the gpus back or something like that?
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October 7, 2011 4:23:33 PM

Nah that's a powerful CPU but unless you're planning a multi monitor setup you simply don't need two 6950s.
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October 7, 2011 5:06:27 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Nah that's a powerful CPU but unless you're planning a multi monitor setup you simply don't need two 6950s.


Hmm alright thanks for answering, one last thing if I do get computer number 3 then the cpu for sure wont bog down the gpu even if i'm doing most games at absolute maximum? and number 3 could play most things on max at 1920x1080?
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October 7, 2011 5:26:21 PM

I'm certain it will play any game at maximum at that resolution. As I referred in the previous post a CrossFire setup that powerful is intended for multi-monitor systems.
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October 7, 2011 5:29:43 PM

From a graphics point of view, option 3 is the strongest, followed closely by option 1, $3 is a distant third.

But, it is not clear to me how many games you will play may need more than two cores.

I think option 1 is the best solution.

But, I think you should seek out more options.

A 2500K based system should cost $100 less, and be just as good from the cpu point of view.


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October 8, 2011 8:31:46 PM

Best answer selected by clim920.
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