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February 22, 2012 5:02:55 PM


I am looking for some advice on my new build. While I fell confident in my ability to assemble a pc I dont feel confident in my ability to choose the correct componets.

I want to be able to max out all my games on triple screens (5760x1080). I play mostly iracing, dirt 3, rfactor 2, c.a.r.s. and the sim bin titles. I also play games like bf3, crysis 2 and cod but I mostly play these on a single screen at 1920x1080.

My biggist confusion is what processor and mobo to use. I hear different opinions on processors regarding AMD vs Intel. Im going to go with a single 7970 graphics card for now but possibly add another in cross fire later on.

I dont want to over do it as this PC is just going to be for gaming and internet. I have other computers for work and personal use.

I currently use a AMD based system with a Phenom x6 1090t processor and 6970 graphics card (not sure what mobo). I can get close to maxing everthing out but not quite. I am also handing this pc down to my son.

Any advice on this would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

I attached my current shopping cart.


Cart Item List:

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 GV-R797OC-3GD Video Card
Item #:N82E16814125413

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231501

AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819103960

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Item #:N82E16811139007

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371050

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820233206

LG Black 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support SATA WH12LS39 LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827136241

ASUS Crosshair V Formula ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813131735

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February 22, 2012 5:04:29 PM

Great build.
February 22, 2012 5:24:20 PM

think its not debatable that the fx8150 isnt as good as the intel 2500k for gaming

or the 2600k if you want the hyperthreading for future games that may use it

the 7970 is a great card--though lots of people go for the 7950 and overclock it
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February 22, 2012 5:37:03 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
think its not debatable that the fx8150 isnt as good as the intel 2500k for gaming


Yea thats what Ive been hearing alot about. Would the 2500k bottle neck a single 7970 or 7970 in crossfire? I was also looking at the 2700k. Which mobo would you go with for the 2500k/2700k?
February 22, 2012 5:42:41 PM

something like this

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...

i wouldnt go for 2700k

the 2600k is cheaper and with a good cooler will do 4.5ghz easily overclocked-- if you want the hyperthreading

i went 2600k over 2500k just in case some new games start using more cores

got as high as 5.2ghz but backed it down to 4.9ghz for continuous use --with a corsair h80 cooler

February 22, 2012 5:50:05 PM

Thanks mcnumpty! :sol: 
February 22, 2012 5:53:12 PM

Hi, tyspap. I would have to agree with mcnumpty23, an i7 2600k is the way to go.
Here is a possible setup:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (mobo)

This is the same motherboard mcnumpty suggested. I really like this motherboard beacuse of the pci-e 3.0 support, and I think it will perform great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (cpu)

This is the i7 2600k. I think mcnumpty23 explained this well enough, lol.

Hope I could help

Newt183

February 22, 2012 6:05:50 PM

Hi :) 

You are NOT going to be playing games like Crysis 2 or BF3 on 3 screens at that resolution on ONE CARD....NOT EVER...



All the best Brett :) 
February 22, 2012 6:19:20 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

You are NOT going to be playing games like Crysis 2 or BF3 on 3 screens at that resolution on ONE CARD....NOT EVER...



All the best Brett :) 

I play them now on my current system but I have to reduce the settings to high and get a pretty poor fps. I want to start with one card and then add a second a couple months down the road. Do you think I will get much better performance with the new system over my existing system?
February 22, 2012 7:01:26 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
February 22, 2012 7:43:03 PM

tyspap said:
I am looking for some advice on my new build. While I fell confident in my ability to assemble a pc I dont feel confident in my ability to choose the correct componets.

I want to be able to max out all my games on triple screens (5760x1080). I play mostly iracing, dirt 3, rfactor 2, c.a.r.s. and the sim bin titles. I also play games like bf3, crysis 2 and cod but I mostly play these on a single screen at 1920x1080.

My biggist confusion is what processor and mobo to use. I hear different opinions on processors regarding AMD vs Intel. Im going to go with a single 7970 graphics card for now but possibly add another in cross fire later on.

I dont want to over do it as this PC is just going to be for gaming and internet. I have other computers for work and personal use.

I currently use a AMD based system with a Phenom x6 1090t processor and 6970 graphics card (not sure what mobo). I can get close to maxing everthing out but not quite. I am also handing this pc down to my son.

Any advice on this would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

I attached my current shopping cart.

If I were you I would go Intel platform i5 2500K is the best for gaming and performance. It defeated FX 8150 in all kind of gaming benchmarks. Read user's reviews. i5 2500K has 4 cores and defeated FX 8150 with 8 cores. Read Reviews before you decide cause mine is i5 2500K overclocked at 4.7 GHZ. Blazing speed and most of the games I played exceeds 120 FPS.


Cart Item List:

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 GV-R797OC-3GD Video Card
Item #:N82E16814125413

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231501

AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819103960

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Item #:N82E16811139007

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371050

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820233206

LG Black 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support SATA WH12LS39 LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827136241

ASUS Crosshair V Formula ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813131735

February 23, 2012 12:31:42 PM

Thank for the advice!
Here is my updated cart. Ready to pull the trigger, whatcha think?


HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #:

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814125413

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE ... Item #: N82E16817371050

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Item #: N82E16820231428

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Item #: N82E16813131790

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... Item #: N82E16819115070Return Policy

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116992

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM Item #: N82E16827135247

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case Item #: N82E16811139007


February 23, 2012 12:53:36 PM

i must agrea with brett: you are never gonna game with a single card on 5760x1080. unless you tune settings down really low
i recomend:
- or you go with your current card and u drop 1 of ur screens
- or you keep your screens but u go for 2*evga gtx570 for example (or better)

i also dont believe in the "ocz ssd hype" and i think that if u want to buy an ssd, you should get a more expensive intel (maybe 320 series)

additional: why a hitachi hdd??
February 23, 2012 1:06:31 PM

I mostly play racing games on triple screens and all other games on a single large screen. I'm planning on adding another 7970 in a few months.
I'm not clear what to do about storage, I was under the impression that ssd was faster than hhd so I was going to use the ssd for operating system and games and the hhd for all other. Any advice on which way to go with this?
Maybe start with Intel 320 series ssd for now and add one later and drop the hhd? I was trying to stay around the 2k mark.
February 23, 2012 1:42:33 PM

arijspieter said:
i must agrea with brett: you are never gonna game with a single card on 5760x1080. unless you tune settings down really low
i recomend:
- or you go with your current card and u drop 1 of ur screens
- or you keep your screens but u go for 2*evga gtx570 for example (or better)

i also dont believe in the "ocz ssd hype" and i think that if u want to buy an ssd, you should get a more expensive intel (maybe 320 series)

additional: why a hitachi hdd??



Watch this video why Hitachi is the right choice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKUYVVPWN8I
!