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March 15, 2012 6:03:41 PM

Okay so here is my build the use is going to be gaming :bounce:  and i have a few questions
1. should i go with the i5 2500k? because i choose the i7 for future proofing due to hyperthreading
2. how does the Radeon 7770 compare to the 6850?


CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $279.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.33
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 $137.86
Memory Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $34.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB $149.99
Case Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower $19.99
Power Supply Corsair 600W ATX12V $49.99

Thanks in advance!

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March 15, 2012 6:21:08 PM

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1. should i go with the i5 2500k? because i choose the i7 for future proofing due to hyperthreading


No - most games will not take advantage of hyper threading even in the next couple years - drop that to the i5-2500K and invest the money in buying a real case - that case is flat out junk from a crap manufacturer.

Go with this instead - you will not be disappointed: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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2. how does the Radeon 7770 compare to the 6850?


It's not a huge improvement over the 6850 but at the same time it's not a total failure either. It's based on a newer technology and design and will produce about the same numbers as the 6850 will - once AMD cleans up the drivers it should be a huge improvement.

Alternately you could drop the i7-2600K to the i5-2400 which would give you an extra $170 to play with and you could upgrade your GPU to a Radeon 7850: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

That's where you'd really notice a difference - it's not the CPU - it's the GPU that will make the difference.

That build looks pretty good but I would *NOT* go that cheap on the case - that could end badly.

I'd also switch out your RAM - Patriot is not a good RAM manufacturer - go with Crucial or Kingston - they've both been around a long time and have some of the lowest failure rates in the business.
- Crucial: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Kingston: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 15, 2012 6:53:35 PM

okay well im going for future proof for several years to come (im only in high school and i would like it to last through college ) and still get a high performance. so do you still say stick to the i5 2500k?
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March 15, 2012 7:00:08 PM

For gaming, it would be a sin to get a 2500k and a GPU less than a 6870 or 560Ti.
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March 15, 2012 7:02:40 PM

okay now which is better the 560Ti or the 6870?
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March 15, 2012 7:54:30 PM

cdiscoll2012 said:
okay well im going for future proof for several years to come (im only in high school and i would like it to last through college ) and still get a high performance. so do you still say stick to the i5 2500k?


Yeah - put that money in the GPU, not the CPU. You'll get a far, far better advantage with a better GPU than you will with a better CPU.

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For gaming, it would be a sin to get a 2500k and a GPU less than a 6870 or 560Ti.


What he said.
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March 15, 2012 8:32:38 PM

What is the maximum you want to spend because besides the things you have listed you need windows 7 ($100) and a CD/DVD drive ($16). I would wait until the 7870 and 7850 come out and pick up one of those. It should be a vast improvement over a 7770.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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March 15, 2012 8:53:53 PM

cdiscoll2012 said:
okay well im going for future proof for several years to come (im only in high school and i would like it to last through college ) and still get a high performance. so do you still say stick to the i5 2500k?



For ruture proofing then stick to i7 2600K, you don't when you go to college, you might use it for video rendering and video editing and at the same time for heavy gaming. Now for the GPU, I am using Asus HD 7770 1120MHZ core clock and it is blazing fast I can play all my games in max settings.
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March 15, 2012 9:05:44 PM

andrewcarr said:
What is the maximum you want to spend because besides the things you have listed you need windows 7 ($100) and a CD/DVD drive ($16). I would wait until the 7870 and 7850 come out and pick up one of those. It should be a vast improvement over a 7770.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


I'd definitely second this recommendation if you can squeeze a 7850 into your budget - that will be a huge improvement over the 7770.

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For ruture proofing then stick to i7 2600K, you don't when you go to college, you might use it for video rendering and video editing and at the same time for heavy gaming. Now for the GPU, I am using Asus HD 7770 1120MHZ core clock and it is blazing fast I can play all my games in max settings.


If you're not going to be video editing or using CS5, Autodesk, etc, you're just wasting your money. Games are not going to take advantage of hyperthreading any time soon - and only games running on completely new engines (BF3) are going to be utilizing quad core technology to it's fullest - it will take three or four years before games catch up with hyper threading. With Moore's law the software is always going to be one or two generations behind the current hardware being offered. Look at Portal 2 - it's a great game but it's built on top of an aging HL2 engine that's now 10+ years old.
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March 15, 2012 11:53:32 PM

okay thanks im just going to do the i5 2500k and i already have windows 7
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March 16, 2012 12:10:34 AM

Best answer selected by cdiscoll2012.
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