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April 30, 2012 12:34:41 AM

Hello. I am planning to get a new PC soon for the purposes of gaming. I need to upgrade my CPU (currently a Core 2 Duo), and as such I think I'm gonna get all new components, so I can keep my old system intact for other purposes.

Not sure if I am going to build it myself or not. It's been a while since I built one, but a friend has said he would help me if I have trouble, so it's definately a possibility over getting a pre-built system. That said, if the price difference is less than $200 I might pay that to avoid hassle/save time.

Below are some homebuilds and vendor builds I'm considering. Any feedback is appreciated, but for now I also have some specific questions

Homebuild 1: ~$1100 ($1060 + thermal grease & additional case fan(s))
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7uW7

Homebuild 2: ~$1150 ($1111 + thermal grease & additional case fan(s))
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7uY8

Prebuilt ~$1250
http://pastebin.com/NzMYFE6h

Prebuilt ~1250
http://pastebin.com/GdaZtTUL

Questions:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz vs. Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz vs. ??
I know the 2500K is almost "old" now, but is a newer i5 (or going up to an i7) going to increase gaming performance at all?


Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155
Is this a good board? Any alternative suggestions? I'm a fan of ASUS, but not rabidly.


Primary HD:
Is an SSD for my OS/Primary drive worth it?

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April 30, 2012 1:06:45 AM
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moui said:
Questions:

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz vs. Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz vs. ??
I know the 2500K is almost "old" now, but is a newer i5 (or going up to an i7) going to increase gaming performance at all?


Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155
Is this a good board? Any alternative suggestions? I'm a fan of ASUS, but not rabidly.


Primary HD:
Is an SSD for my OS/Primary drive worth it?

1. If you looking to have a future proof CPU, then Ivy Bridge is the way to go. It has support for newer technology,a higher cpu multiplier, and lower power consumption. If your looking to save money *anywhere*, then you should be fine with a SB 2500K. As for game performance, that is usually dictated by the speed and performance of the graphics processor. If I were going to spend 1200+ on a new rig, I'd definitely get the IB.

2. The PantherPoint Z77 chipset has only been out for 1 or 2 months, so reviews on those motherboards are a bit light. Asus, however, is well known for making quality components and their excellent customer service.

3. Absolutely.*

*If you're light on cash, then a 1TB Barracuda SATA III 7200 64MB for $90 would be fine.

On the build, I'd definitely DIY. You have experience.
April 30, 2012 2:22:19 AM

^ Agree!
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April 30, 2012 3:56:51 AM

thanks =]

I suppose I'll go for the future proof IB, and an SSD.
April 30, 2012 3:03:59 PM

moui said:
thanks =]

I suppose I'll go for the future proof IB, and an SSD.

"Future proof" are loose words. Anything we build today will be technologically obsolete in 3 years. However, you will still get good service out of the computer for 4 to 5 years. And of course there are upgrades down the road.
May 7, 2012 3:02:43 AM

Best answer selected by moui.
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