I am looking for some advice on my gaming pc im building. I know very little on the insides of pc's. I am set on getting the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB. Is there anything I can downgrade without sacrificing to much to? Any suggestions would be good I am trying to build something decent to run games like Guild Wars 2, FF14, Diablo3. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
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CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: (SLI/CrossFireX) ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+405] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Power Supply Upgrade: 750 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-750M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply
Hard Drive: 60GB Kingston SSDNOW V200+ SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 535MB/s Read & 460MB/s Write (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD(Single Drive)
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
I think the biggest 'downgrade' you could do, without sacrificing much performance, would be to get rid of the i7-3820, and X79 motherboard, and go with a Z77+3770k system. It should roughly cost $100 less than the X79 set up you have currently, and perform a little bit better.
Well seeing as if you've chosen a case with good ventilation, you would get better performance with something like a Hyper212 Evo I would assume, since the H60 isn't the best closed CPU cooler out there
Change out your motherboard, RAM (to 8GB), and CPU. If you have the option of a Z77/Z68 motherboard, and an i7 2600k/3770k, that would give you MUCH better performance.
However, if this is STRICTLY gaming, I would suggest you to get an i5 CPU, it would lower the cost by about another $100, and give you roughly the same performance in-game.
So, so far we could save a total of around $200-$250 by swapping out the motherboard ($100), CPU ($0-100 depending on if you go with i5 or not), RAM ($50).