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April 30, 2012 5:01:06 PM

Hi,

I am currently in the planning stages of a new gaming rig. I have been out of the PC gaming scene since my BF2 days and I am looking to build a system to max out current games(bf3, crysis 2) for around $2000. Wondering if you guys could have a look and see if there is any parts I should change. Thanks for your help.

ASUS P6X58-E PRO Intel X58 Mobo
Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz CPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 2GB
Corsair Vegeance Blue 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler
Corsair TX850 PSU
Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full tower

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April 30, 2012 5:20:12 PM

Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums!

I would suggest Sandy Bridge or better yet Ivy Bridge CPU, and an appropriate motherboard.
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April 30, 2012 5:23:05 PM

I am trying to keep the cost around $2000. I also have monitor, keyboard, mouse, disc player to buy. Would that be possible? Also, what are the benefits to going sandy bridge or ivy bridge, as opposed to what I have? Is my CPU not adequate?
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April 30, 2012 5:27:01 PM

Gigabyte z77-Ud5h
i5 2500k or i5 3570k (don't need more than i5's for gaming)
EVGA gtx 680 or Sapphire Radeon 7970 (the best single cards at the moment)
8 Gb RAM (again, don't need more than 8 Gb. The brand you have is fine)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair 500r (just a preference; plus I think a full tower will be really big to house your components)
Your PSU is good
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April 30, 2012 5:31:17 PM

Gr33nthumb said:
I am trying to keep the cost around $2000. I also have monitor, keyboard, mouse, disc player to buy. Would that be possible? Also, what are the benefits to going sandy bridge or ivy bridge, as opposed to what I have? Is my CPU not adequate?


The build I just recommended costs about 1200. You have more than enough for the peripherals you want. Your CPU is too much. Gaming does not require hyperthreading which the i7's have (and is why they are more expensive). Also, you can get an SSD as a boot drive. Crucial m4 128 Gb for about 130 bucks.
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April 30, 2012 5:33:36 PM

Would your build be able to crank out ultra on BF3, Crysis 2?
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April 30, 2012 5:38:20 PM

Gr33nthumb said:
Would your build be able to crank out ultra on BF3, Crysis 2?

with ease :lol: 
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April 30, 2012 5:39:45 PM

Absolutely. His build would perform significantly better in gaming than the original build. The 7970 and 680 walk all over the 560. His CPU choice is also better because Sandy Bridge has better performance per thread which really helps gaming.
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April 30, 2012 5:41:46 PM

Thx guys. Great info
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April 30, 2012 5:54:30 PM

What is the difference between a locked and unlocked processor
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April 30, 2012 5:58:05 PM

Gr33nthumb said:
What is the difference between a locked and unlocked processor

Locked processors mean you cannot Overclock the CPU. Unlocked ones you can.
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April 30, 2012 5:58:57 PM

A processor's clock is determined by some base clock (used to be FSB) times some multiplier. With Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, the base clock is 100 MHz. When you multiply this by the CPU multiplier, you get the CPU clock speed. For locked CPUs, this multiplier is latched to some value (4 bins above max turbo on recent CPUs) and can't be raised above that value. For unlocked CPUs, the multiplier is free to be changed to any other value (below the 57 limit). Basically, if you want to overclock, you'll want an unlocked processor.
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April 30, 2012 6:02:05 PM

GeForce GTX 690
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200
CORSAIR H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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May 10, 2012 1:30:15 AM

Best answer selected by Gr33nthumb.
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