Gaming Computer

hey everyone, this is my first post so please bear with me.

i am going to build an extreme gaming pc [budget £1000]
here are my specs:

p67 pro3 rev motherboard
intel 2550k
asus radeon 7950 hd 3gb
8gb ram
750w power supply

so i was wondering if these specs will be alright for an extreme gaming pc etc. bf3, crysis all on ultra settings
and could you also tell me if my motherboard is ok [is there any better ones anyone would reccomend]
and lastly should i go with the intel 2550k or the 3570k

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  1. It would help if you filled out the sticky at the top of the new build section on how to ask for advice. Including your budget and what parts you need.

    At quick glance, I wouldn't be getting a P67 mobo and I would be going Ivy Bridge, there is no reason not to at this point unless you are on a really tight budget.

    You also won't need that large PSU for the parts you have there.
  2. kk thanks, but what motherboard would you recommend
  3. Might want to upgrade the motherboard to a z77 (I recommend Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard). I heard it overclocks better and is better in general. Otherwise you're pretty much set for a gaming pc.

    Go with 3570k since you won't overclock and it offers better performance than the sandy bridge counterpart 2550k.

    Oh and 750W is a bit overkill but if you already have it then just keep it. Otherwise downgrade it to something like 650W.
  4. They're OK, I certainly wouldn't call a P67 extreme by any means. For £1000 try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.73 @ CCL Computers)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£42.00 @ CCL Computers)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£81.99 @ Dabs)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.99 @ Dabs)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£336.98 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (£73.68 @
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£20.82 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £1021.28
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 00:25 BST+0100)

    A llittle bit over but that's how you build an extreme system for that budget. With the 2550K you forfeit onboard video and that's a helpful diagnostic tool for any GPU problems that might come up.
  5. kl thanks
  6. ^ Going with a 3570K will allow you to overclock, not the other way around.
  7. but wont the 7950 have an edge over the gtx 670 because of the 3gb instead of 2??
  8. TheDarkKnight786 said:
    but wont the 7950 have an edge over the gtx 670 because of the 3gb instead of 2??

    Not really - it's more to do with the number of cores and the frequency of the VRAM being used. Here's a couple of benchmarks I suggest looking at:,3200-4.html
  9. yh true jus checked out the link thx
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