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Intel's Haswell, or AMD's Piledriver for Gaming?

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December 6, 2012 3:48:31 AM

I want to build a computer but dont know what to go with. It will be used for hardcore gaming but not $2000 hardcore. like $800-$1000 Hardcore. What graphics card would be cheep and reliable for the upcoming graphics? :o  I want it to be able to run 2013-2016 games on ultra settings. Is this possible? :o 

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December 6, 2012 8:30:06 AM

Intel Core i5 3570K, Hyper 212 Plus or H80 Water Cooler (use Arctic Silver for your thermal paste, not the stock stuff), 8GB DDR3 1866 RAM, Z77 motherboard with 2 PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, Nvidia GeForce 660ti (two in SLI?) or a 680, a boot SSD and a hard drive for storage, and then obviously a case to hold all that! I think those parts should be more than good enough for you friend.
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December 6, 2012 9:15:13 AM

Since ivy is already faster than Piledriver Haswell will be much better.

Considering cards are struggling with ultra now unless you can fork out for 670-680 sli (I wouldn't crossfire because of the huge stuttering on the 7000 series) then ultra in the next few years is out of the question.

Also new console are coming out meaning new engines released with more DX11 features making it even more taxing port wise.

Best card at the moment is the 7970
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December 6, 2012 9:18:09 AM

Run games for the next 3 years (or until 2016) on ultra settings with kit bought today ? Not a chance ! Though I will say this, it will be dependent on how much of an upgrade the next Playstation and the next Xbox are, seen as most PC games seem to be ports these days. If they seriously up the hardware in the next consoles then something bought now is just not gonna cut it at ULTRA in 3 years time from now. I would suggest that the spec posted above is a good starting place but you'll probably have to upgrade the graphics card at some point during that 3 year period. If you don't mind doing that then it's cool.
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December 6, 2012 9:18:50 AM

bmb360 said:
I want to build a computer but dont know what to go with. It will be used for hardcore gaming but not $2000 hardcore. like $800-$1000 Hardcore. What graphics card would be cheep and reliable for the upcoming graphics? :o  I want it to be able to run 2013-2016 games on ultra settings. Is this possible? :o 

Yeah you can get a pretty powerful machine for that kind of money. Even more so if you wait for Haswell and AMDs next line of graphics cards (both should be out by spring).
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December 6, 2012 11:00:34 AM

Well... i took my time to see what's the best gaming PC i can build for 1000$ and while it will max out almost every game that's out right now, it certainly won't do that 4 years in the future.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($219.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($219.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1007.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-06 07:57 EST-0500)

IF you wan't to build a PC that will be able to play every game at its maximum settings 4 years into the future (im saying it's possible) you'll need to spend 2500$ minumum.
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