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Don't know much about PCs, will this be ok for this year?

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May 7, 2012 7:52:16 PM

Hey guys, just wondering if this build will still be decent for Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2 and whatever else hits this year.
I don't need everything running at complete maximum, just no where near minimum (if that makes sense).

I'm only looking to output 1920x1080, and would like to hit 60 fps

Processor: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07 ghz
Memory: Corsair 12 GB (6 x 2 GB)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Graphics Cards: 2x Gigabyte (ATi) HD 5770 1 GB GDDR5 850 mhz (crossfire'd)
Power Supply: Corsair 650w

I think that's all that matters. I don't know if the cards will hold up, I got them really cheap last year and so far everything has been great. Just figured I'd ask as it seems everyone is upgrading for Guild Wars.

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May 7, 2012 7:55:26 PM

How comfortable are you with overclocking?
And what kind of cooling do you have?
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May 7, 2012 7:58:08 PM

never messed with overclocking, and it's on air.

Coolermaster HAF case (one of the older ones) and a good 7 fans running in it. It runs pretty cool.
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May 7, 2012 8:00:15 PM

Subo X said:
Hey guys, just wondering if this build will still be decent for Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Borderlands 2 and whatever else hits this year.
I don't need everything running at complete maximum, just no where near minimum (if that makes sense).

I'm only looking to output 1920x1080, and would like to hit 60 fps

Processor: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07 ghz
Memory: Corsair 12 GB (6 x 2 GB)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Graphics Cards: 2x Gigabyte (ATi) HD 5770 1 GB GDDR5 850 mhz (crossfire'd)
Power Supply: Corsair 650w

I think that's all that matters. I don't know if the cards will hold up, I got them really cheap last year and so far everything has been great. Just figured I'd ask as it seems everyone is upgrading for Guild Wars.


i7 aren't for gaming. An i5 will be cheaper and provid the same gaming performance.

CPU: i5 3570k 250$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the i5 2500k: 220$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory: 2x4g (you don't need 12g for gaming). these are good ones but their is cheaper ones that can be good enough for you: 50$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: that one is a good entry level one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So far probably any z68 or z77 would suite you just pick a cheap one (you don't need a 200$ mobo)

GPU: Don't go with dual card if you don't need too. A single 6870 or a 6950 would be a pretty good card for 1080p gameplay. If you don,t want to pay that much a 6850 still can be ok. its all depend on your budget and need. Caping D3 is easy, caping BF3 in multi player need to spend a few more $$$
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May 7, 2012 8:02:58 PM

So you already have that system, or are you planning to build it that way.
If you already have it, GPU is probabely what you want to upgrade on.

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May 7, 2012 8:05:12 PM

bluewr said:
So you already have that system, or are you planning to build it that way.
If you already have it, GPU is probabely what you want to upgrade on.


yeah this is the pc i already have, sorry if that wasn't clear in the first post.

what's a decent upgrade to the gpu.

I'm running two monitors if that makes a difference.
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May 7, 2012 8:07:08 PM

bluewr said:
So you already have that system, or are you planning to build it that way.
If you already have it, GPU is probabely what you want to upgrade on.


I'm with him ont hat one. If you already own that build just upgrade your GPUs and you'l be fine.

HD 7850,7870,7950,7970 or 680gtx (From 240$ to 500$). Choose how much you can spend on a card and get that one.
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May 7, 2012 8:08:27 PM

system is fine. the video cards suck. one good video card ( 6950 2gig or better) ..... ( 7000 series are good and so will be the new affordable nvidia products )......they will breath some new life into the rest of that hardware. ( don't look for 2 cards to cross fire and don't get a card with only 1gig of vram )
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May 7, 2012 8:15:56 PM

Subo X said:
yeah this is the pc i already have, sorry if that wasn't clear in the first post.

what's a decent upgrade to the gpu.

I'm running two monitors if that makes a difference.


What's your budget and how soon do you need it will be extremely helpful.
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May 7, 2012 8:20:56 PM

bluewr said:
What's your budget and how soon do you need it will be extremely helpful.


I don't think i'd want to spend more than 500 on a single card (I see that as a lot, I spent only 300 for both of the other cards together on sale)

I'd like to upgrade before september (borderlands 2)
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May 7, 2012 8:33:25 PM

Subo X said:
I don't think i'd want to spend more than 500 on a single card (I see that as a lot, I spent only 300 for both of the other cards together on sale)

I'd like to upgrade before september (borderlands 2)


As your deadline is Sept, hopefully by the end of May, stock on GTX 600 will improve.

For $500

7970 or GTX 680
7970 can be found easily by searching online, and toms's hardware just recently did a review on them
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-over...

GTX 680 - Good luck finding one, your best bet is probabely go to small brick and mortar PC store, although their price might be a bit higher then normal...

For $400

7950 or GTX 670

7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 670 - Release date is expected to be 05/10, Stock, etc is unknown, only available stat is based on a poster from overclock.net that managed to buy one early due to a store's mistake, Although it's looking like he got extremely lucky and got one that is more powerful if not equal to a GTX 680 at stock and OC, but when compared to his friends, it's about 100mhz faster on boost.

So it's up to you if you want to spend $400 or 500.

IMO, $400 would be able to get you the one you want, and I would say wait a bit, see the review and capability of the 670, and see if AMD will offer a better bonus or do another price-drop for the 7950(Not really likely, but stranger thing has happened)
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May 7, 2012 8:43:40 PM

have u got the mobo and the i7 950 processor now?
Coz if u havnt, I wud rather have a sandy or ivy bridge. I know u have must heard it a lot, but their architecture is "built" for gaming. Nothing surpasses them there. And they are similarly priced too!

And for the graphics, u cud at least manage a gtx 560 ti or a radeon 7850. Those are good cards for 1080p.
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May 8, 2012 4:46:02 AM

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