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July 23, 2012 5:20:42 AM

I have assembled a list of components that I want to check to see if there will be any errors in the building or the compatibility of the items in question. My question is if this system will be a good gaming computer (playing games such as Assassin's Creed:Revelations, ArmA II, and Skyrim) and also if, as said before, they will be compatible with each other.

Monitor: Acer 21.5" HD LED Monitor G215HVAbd
Case: Coolermaster Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window
Motherboard: Intel BOXDZ77GA70K LGA 1155 Intel Z77
CPU: i5 2500k 3.3 GHz Quad-core
GPU: EVGA nVidia GTX 570
RAM: 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
1st disk drive: LG Blu-ray Reader/DVD Reader & Burner/CD Reader & Burner
2nd disk drive: HP DVD Reader & Burner/CD Reader & Burner
Internal card reader: Rosewill RCR-IM5001 75 in 1

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July 23, 2012 5:28:51 AM

Intel mobos have limited features. Get the Z68 Extreme3 Gen3/Z77 Extreme4 Gen3 or an i5-3570k.
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July 23, 2012 5:30:00 AM

its balanced to some extent. if you dont plan to sli/xfire, then the psu is a bit unessessary. a 2500k is an unlocked cpu and will need an aftermarket cooler to overclock to considerable speeds. the case budget imo can be moved up a inty bit to keep the parts cooler(and the cables more organized). as for the mobo, depending on your budget and what you want, the intel board doesnt perform for its price. (heck i just checked newegg, you are definatly OVER paying for the mobo, and that money could go else where.) if you want a moderate motherboard between 120-150 that has most of the things normal gamers look for, toms just did a review on them and brands the Asrock extreme4, the biostar tz77xe3 and the gigabyte z77x-d3h worthwhile buys in the pricerange. the excess money can be used for a better case, or even a boot up ssd drive if you wanted.(or a better gpu and a cpu cooler)
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July 23, 2012 5:30:20 AM

Yeah it's decent, though I question the choice of motherboard, CPU, GPU. I would go for a non Intel branded board, Ivy Bridge, next gen GPU.
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July 23, 2012 6:00:33 AM

Ok, I looked about news of the GTX 660 being about $300 and out near mid-August which is actually a few months earlier than I will actually be able to get a graphics card, so I will try and get that. About the motherboard and the processor, I noticed that the newest generation was about the same price-wise as the one before and was not going to get a newer gen just because I thought before(without actually looking) that the newer gens would be more. Realistically I would want the system to withstand the new games for the next 4 years at least without an upgrade, so do you recommend getting a newer generation processor? If so, which i5?
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July 23, 2012 6:03:19 AM

bookwormzsh said:
Ok, I looked about news of the GTX 660 being about $300 and out near mid-August which is actually a few months earlier than I will actually be able to get a graphics card, so I will try and get that. About the motherboard and the processor, I noticed that the newest generation was about the same price-wise as the one before and was not going to get a newer gen just because I thought before(without actually looking) that the newer gens would be more. Realistically I would want the system to withstand the new games for the next 4 years at least without an upgrade, so do you recommend getting a newer generation processor? If so, which i5?



if you are overclocking its : 2500k/2550k(2500k without hd graphics)/3570k for i5s and 2600k/2700k/3770k for i7s
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July 23, 2012 6:20:36 AM

I'll switch to the i5-3750k Ivy Bridge since it is the next generation, faster, and about only $20 more. I tried to stick to the Intel motherboards due to this being my first build and not knowing about if a motherboard brand was a good one or not. With the i5-3750k Ivy Bridge, which motherboard do you recommend?
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July 23, 2012 6:29:20 AM

bookwormzsh said:
I'll switch to the i5-3750k Ivy Bridge since it is the next generation, faster, and about only $20 more. I tried to stick to the Intel motherboards due to this being my first build and not knowing about if a motherboard brand was a good one or not. With the i5-3750k Ivy Bridge, which motherboard do you recommend?



i posted the review on sub 160$ mobos above, and there is also a 160-220$ test as well.

the 120-160 recommends asrock extreme4, the gigabyte z77x-d3h and biostar tz77xe3 and the 160-220 recommends the asrock extreme6 and the msi z77a-gd65
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July 23, 2012 6:30:01 AM

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I'll switch to the i5-3750k Ivy Bridge since it is the next generation, faster, and about only $20 more.


The $20 extra bucks really isn't worth the performance difference the 3570K offers. I know $20 is a relatively small amount, but just to make you aware of it. It really isn't worth it lol. Buy if it you can afford it, but my favorite saying is, you'll get more value for your dollar buy buying a pizza to celebrate a job well done when the computer's done.

You do have the right motherboard already for a 3570K. The Z68 chipset was meant to pair off with the Sandy Bridge, the Z77 is its direct replacement for Ivy. Although both are cross compatible.

Asrock Extreme 3 Z68s are good boards for Sandy, and Asrock Extreme 4 (I think they are) Z77 are good for Ivy.
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July 23, 2012 8:20:59 AM

Thanks for the help, I am probably going to get the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the i5-3570k just since it is the newer generation. I am going to wait for either the GTX 660 or the GTX 650.
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July 23, 2012 8:21:08 AM

Best answer selected by bookwormzsh.
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