System Usage from Most to Least Important: MMO and RTS gaming
Parts Not Required: I’ll be buying everything new for this build
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Ivy Bridge i5 3450, NVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Overclocking: would be cool but not necessary if it’s too much hassle
SLI or Crossfire: SLI would be neat if possible
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first time building a computer! Are the components in this build compatible with each other? Is there anything that I should be aware of? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
ivy is brand new and uses slightly less power. Rumor has it that ivy also runs hotter as well and doesn't overclock as well. Ivy also has better built in graphics, which don't matter since you are also buying a graphics card.
One thing to consider is that you need an ivy cpu to fully use pci-e 3.0, although current cards don't even saturate 2.0. Your 560 ti will be extremely happy without having pci-e 3.0
If you go cheaper then that, you won't have a gaming PC, just an expensive Windows console!
I would get a better keyboard (~$80) and a decent headset (~$80).
With this rig you can overclock and play any games with a very good quality for several years! This rig is also very high quality, quiet and low power hungry! Can't get better/cheaper than that. Sry if I couldn't help!!
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Gives you a board allowing 8x/8x CF/SLI. Plus PCI 3.0 support and overclocking. The Ivy Bridge i5 3570K. Plus you get the 7850 which although AMD it is the better option. Runs cooler, better, faster and quieter. Plus after overclocks it's much much faster as it can get up to as fast as the GTX 580 with much lower temps and power consumption. Then you have a PSU that'll support SLI/CF.