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Guidance on a Gaming PC

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November 28, 2011 7:30:18 AM

Hi Guys

After years of buying ready made PCs with the promise of being great gaming PCs but ending up with 20FPS or less in games like AOIN, AoC, SWTOR Beta and WoW (30FPS there) I have finally decided to follow the recommendations of fellow gamers and build my own PC.

I'm pretty scared still of doing it myself with the fear of breaking the components before I start but watching online tutorials for the past few month seem to all confirm it should be plug-and play as long as you connect everything right. If I get to nervous I might just ask a friend to help me out who build a few sytems.

I have made a list of components I want to buy, now I don't need them to be the latest and newest. I kind of made the list based on reviews I read about them but I'm not sure about some of the parts.

The Components

CPU + Additional fan for better cooling
Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (Sockel 775/1155/1156/1​366/AM2/AM3/AM3​+/FM1)

GPU
EVGA 012-P3-1573-KR Nvidia GTX570 HD SuperClocked 1280MB 320-Bit DDR5 Graphics Card

Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module)

Case
COOLER MASTER RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advanced MicroATX/ATX/E-​ATX Full Tower Case (Black)

RAM
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600​C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATAIII 6Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive - OEM

PSU
Corsair CMPSU-700GUK Gaming Series GS700 High Performance 700W Power Supply

Questions
The main question off course would be can you see any compatibility issues in any of those components?

I'm not as well knowledged on motherboards but read the Z68 Series is the way to go for gaming. My question on the Mobo is regarding the eSATA interface.
The mobo has an eSATA interface and I'm buying a SATA3 for now but was wondering that if I buy an SSD later, will it use the same SATA cables to connect or do I need to buy a different mobo?

The last question I would have is regarding performance. to the best of your knowledge, do you think the above system would be capable of pulling of high FPS on high settings in games like WoW, SWTOR, WAR or any other currently popular MMORPG?

Any additional comments on different components I should have a look at are also very much appreciated.

I'm sure this must be the 1 millionth post where somebody is asking for feedback and guidance but any direction at all would be very helpfull.

Thank you.

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November 28, 2011 9:55:16 AM

Als well, I approve 100%!
November 28, 2011 10:08:06 AM

With that kind of pc you would be able to play every current game on the highest settings or very near.
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November 28, 2011 10:22:24 AM

Z68 Series is the way to go for gaming, but only if you are willing to overclock the cpu. As the i5-2500K is unlocked you can overclock it.

Are you going to overclock?

November 28, 2011 10:27:02 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
November 28, 2011 10:47:30 AM

jemm said:
Z68 Series is the way to go for gaming, but only if you are willing to overclock the cpu. As the i5-2500K is unlocked you can overclock it.

Are you going to overclock?


Thanks for the reply.

I guess at the beginning I will leave it factory settings and see how much I get out of it but will definetly look into testing how far I can push it without additional cooling.
November 28, 2011 10:54:14 AM

Thanks all for the replies. Now I feel a little less nervous on going ahead with the task at hand.

I double checked the eSATA question I had and found out SSDs use the same cables as the SATA drives whcih is brilliant.

I changed the PSU from the above mentioned to a
OCZ ZX Series 850W - Power supply ( internal ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V - AC 115/230 V - 850 Watt - active PFC

I only did that because someone in work recommended it.

Thanks again for the replies.
November 28, 2011 10:59:13 AM

truegenius said:
hey man you forgot ssd or pci-e ssd
also try i7-2700k and gtx 580
also take a look at this
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html


I looked at SSD and debated SSD vs getting the SATA3 for a while in my head.
I think I just went with SATA3 at the end cause of the current SSD cost.

As far as I found out, I should be ok buying a SSD later as it uses the same connection cables as the SATA3 one.

I originally looked at i5 2500k vs i7 2600k and got the general feeling I from the info I found on the web that the performance gain was so minnimal it wasn't worth the extra money. I could be wrong there off course as I don't know any better myself.

I never looked at the i7 2700k though, which I will be doing right now as soon as I submitted this reply :) 
Thank you for the benchmark link I will be checkign this out now as well.
November 28, 2011 11:10:29 AM

Just to add on the i5 2500k vs i7 2600k.
Here is the link that kind of convinced me to go for the cheaper i5 2500k:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/302555-13-2500k-260...

My i5 cost me in on amazon (for Ireland) around €150 ($200 aprx) and the i7 would cost me €250 ($330). I'm sure I can find cheaper versions and I will be shopping around but at such a price difference between the 2 I'm not to sure.

The i7 2700k by the way is about €350 ($465 aprx).

However, looking at the benchmark link truegenius posted the 2700k looks very sweet in the performance.
November 28, 2011 11:27:13 AM

optional said:
Just to add on the i5 2500k vs i7 2600k.
Here is the link that kind of convinced me to go for the cheaper i5 2500k:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/302555-13-2500k-260...

My i5 cost me in on amazon (for Ireland) around €150 ($200 aprx) and the i7 would cost me €250 ($330). I'm sure I can find cheaper versions and I will be shopping around but at such a price difference between the 2 I'm not to sure.

The i7 2700k by the way is about €350 ($465 aprx).

However, looking at the benchmark link truegenius posted the 2700k looks very sweet in the performance.

The Fastest Quad Core in the world is 2700k right now at $360 not $450... The $500 Quad Core is the i7-3820 LGA 2011 which is not released yet...
November 28, 2011 12:05:59 PM

legendkiller said:
The Fastest Quad Core in the world is 2700k right now at $360 not $450... The $500 Quad Core is the i7-3820 LGA 2011 which is not released yet...


Prices aren't the same across the globe sadly.

As I said, for Ireland I took the initial price of Amazon.co.UK here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i7-2700K-Processor-HyperT...

That is £295 british pounds, that is converted to dollars $459.
http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=295&From=GBP&To=U...
(I need to pay in Euros which is €343)

This version is even more expensive at £350 or $545.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/INTEL-Core-i7-2700K-version/dp/...

I'm sure I can get it cheaper and I'm certain in europe we get ripped off.

However, I did repalce my initial i5 with the i7 260k unlocked.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad...

Now all that is left is to find the cheapest vendor to deliver to Ireland :) 
November 28, 2011 12:10:39 PM

LOL, I didn't think that you people live somewhere else because most of the people here live in USA, Awhile Cluck.Org.UK is at UK which well tell and give price of UK prices of computer parts... I only come to this site most of the time because it's in US...
November 28, 2011 12:20:22 PM

legendkiller said:
LOL, I didn't think that you people live somewhere else because most of the people here live in USA, Awhile Cluck.Org.UK is at UK which well tell and give price of UK prices of computer parts... I only come to this site most of the time because it's in US...



Thanks for the link. If there is UK based vendors cheaper than the ones delivering to Ireland I have a brother in-law who can take an order for me I guess. He comes over for christmas, might get him to pick me up a new processor :) 
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