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Is it ok for gaming? mid range budget. any recommendation?

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February 22, 2012 5:37:10 AM

Housing: Thermaltake MS-I Commander Black (VN400A1W2N)
Processor : Intel Core i5 - 2500K OEM
Cooling system: Cooler Master Hyper 101 (RR-H101-30PK-RU)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
Memory: 8Gb DDR-III 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance LP (CML8GX3M2A1600C9) (2x4Gb KIT)
Hard Disk: 1Tb SATA-III Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (ST31000524AS)
graphic card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 PCI-E 1024Mb (HD-687A-ZHFC)
Power supply: 600W Corsair CX600 V2 (CMPSU-600SXV2EU)

is the 600 watt PSU enough to support my system?
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February 22, 2012 5:40:51 AM

More than enough.
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February 22, 2012 5:51:32 AM

a good midrange pc...
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February 22, 2012 5:55:25 AM

If your absolute, positively only concern is gaming, then the i3-2100 is more than enough. Hell the pentium G620 is enough. But if you want to branch out into video or photo or 3d rendering? The 2100, 2500, or 2600 are appropriate upgrades.
February 22, 2012 6:10:14 AM

first priority is gaming.. but, i also want the best performance including the speed, graphic and ect for others work.. that why i choose i5 2500k.. concerning the graphic card, does XFX 6870 can run the ultra setting for highest games like crysis, battlefield 3 and more?
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February 22, 2012 7:14:29 AM

For a mid ranged budget you're super! Your 600W Corsair PSU is more than enough to cover the hardware installed. The XFX HD6870 is very good also. You may not be able to play with Ultra settings on all games but I think you will be more than happy with it!
February 22, 2012 7:39:36 AM

CPUs do not affect gaming fps by much , if it doesn't bottleneck ur gpu , then ur Good .
the only component that matters in gaming is the GPU , with a 6870 , ull get 28~32 FPS in Bf3 with AA Disabled @1080 , and ULTRA setting , in crysis 2 , DX10 without hires pack , ull get easily 40 FPS , but with the Pack and DX11 u'll have 6~10 FPS drop @ 1080 ...
if u can , get a 6970 MSI Lightning or a HAWK 6870 , since they're both OCed , they will be morepowerfull than a Stocks , and ull be able to OC them even more ...
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February 22, 2012 7:53:03 AM

They speak the truth.

If picking the i3 SandyBridge gives you enough headroom for a higher GPU, you will get more overall performance.

Just know, you'll end up upgrading your CPU later down the road when you upgrade the GPU a time or 2.

Up to you, however for the best possible performance now, get the i3 and a faster GPU.
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February 22, 2012 11:35:56 AM

If you intend to overclock your processor your going to want a better cooler, that one is hardly any better than the standard stock heatsink from Intel/AMD, and actually worse than AMD's better stock heatsink.

If you have no intention of overclocking, I would drop down to a cheaper I5 and invest the extra money into a better GPU.
February 22, 2012 11:51:06 AM

if i choose gtx 560 ti gainward, is it better for gaming?
February 22, 2012 12:18:48 PM

You can check the different performances of GPU's here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU11/188
There is one on toms but i find this better for comparisons.

If you still want the CPU power but want to downgrade, you could try getting the I5 2400 - it's enough of a CPU cut to perhaps upgrade the GPU. You could also stick with the stock cooler and upgrade the GPU further.

February 22, 2012 3:08:33 PM

I have always favoured nvidia cards, but after the release of the 6000 series, im not sure anymore. I have used the gtx 560 ti personally, and its a solid card, but the 6850 is very nice too.

Here are some stats on the cards. Do not follow these like rules, but acknowledge them, if that makes sense...lol

http://www.hwcompare.com/8891/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-rad...
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