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$1000 gaming build critic

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June 4, 2012 2:33:13 PM

Hello everyone, I am ready for a new build!


Approximate Purchase Date: June 16-17

Budget Range: about $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and web surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Operating Sytem

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country: U.S

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024



Additional Comments: Here is what I have so far:

CASE: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black) $40

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard $140

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor $205

GPU: Geforce GTX 560ti (Only 1 until I have enough money) $250

Power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE $105

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz $55

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM $115

Boot drive: 64 Gb Crucial SSD $70

TOTAL: $980

Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks!

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June 4, 2012 2:43:57 PM

for gaming 8GB of RAM won't give you many extra fps and responsiveness unless you're playing a games with 1 or 2 other games minimized, so my suggestion is change the RAM to 4GB kit and if you can use the spare money to upgrade the processor to i5-3570 which will give you better fps and better energy saving :) 
June 4, 2012 3:34:46 PM

Do you think that I could move down to a 600w power supply?
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June 4, 2012 3:50:28 PM

tomsreader said:
for gaming 8GB of RAM won't give you many extra fps and responsiveness unless you're playing a games with 1 or 2 other games minimized, so my suggestion is change the RAM to 4GB kit and if you can use the spare money to upgrade the processor to i5-3570 which will give you better fps and better energy saving :) 


I made the jump from 4 to 8 GB 2.5 years ago and do not regret it. Back then the cost was pretty steep and I was on the fence about what I'd do. In 2012 there is no way I'd consider a 4 GB system... especially with the low price of RAM. While I agree that RAM shouldn't increase your FPS, the gains in overall system responsiveness are well worth the price of admission. Stick with 8 GB.
June 4, 2012 4:02:11 PM

Stick with 8 GB. It's cheap and you will occasionally use it in some games. And with 4 GB, you will be annoyed at having to close other programs to make sure you don't interfere with your gaming.

I would recommend a 7850 rather than a 560 Ti. For about $250, it's very overclockable (especially non-reference models), uses less power, and should scale better in crossfire with its 2GB of VRAM. See for example this benchmark, which uses a stock 7850: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=547 You can expect at least a 10-15% overclock on the 7850 very easily, though, and sometimes as much as 40%, which can push it up into stock 7950/7970 performance.

If you get a 7850, you can scale back to a 650 W PSU, since that would support even two 7850s in crossfire later on.

Edit: wait, you are running this on a 1280x1024 monitor?? You should really, really get a higher-res monitor. You're not going to enjoy modern games on that thing! Get a 1080p panel such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That may require cutting back on other things, or increasing your budget, but you really should do it. If you want to cut a few bucks, a 6870 for the video card is a good way to save about $100 without a huge performance drop. You could also not get an SSD right now and wait a little while (they keep dropping in price very rapidly anyway), though that will mean reinstalling Windows later.

Haha, second edit: You should also get a cooler for the CPU if you're getting a 2500k. Not much point in that processor unless you use a non-stock cooler. A decent one adds another ~$30 or so. Another option would be to get a locked CPU, which honestly won't affect game performance much (if at all) in most games.
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June 4, 2012 4:11:01 PM

And, with 8GB of RAM you can turn off your pagefile to save space on the SSD (you can turn it back on and put on the HDD if you run into a program that whines about it). I've been running without one with no problems.
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