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July 30, 2012 2:59:26 AM

Hi, I will be upgrading my PC so I can play games like BF3 Skyrim COD at max settings at around 60 fps. So far I picked these things but I need some advice on what I should buy :??: 


Intel Core I5 2500k Processor: $219 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 SuperClocked 2GB 256-bit: $500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16814130769

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W Power Supply: $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case: $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM: $48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm kinda stuck here. I don't know what else to get. Any ideas?

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July 30, 2012 3:08:02 AM

Consider getting a i5 3570k on an Asrock extreme 4 mobo, it isnt much more expensive than the 2500k and seems to be preferred these days :) 

Plus grab a small boot SSD like an OCZ agility 4 64gb for your OS and key things

other than that it all looks pretty sexy. you can probs get a cheaper PSU if needed, check how much those XFX core edition 750w are going for atm.

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July 30, 2012 3:16:35 AM

Alright thanks can you give me the link to the motherboard I can't find it on newegg >_<. And also what fan should I get?
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July 30, 2012 3:22:01 AM

I am also thinking about getting a Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX and an ASUS DVD Burner. Are these decent?
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July 30, 2012 3:26:40 AM

Nvm i found the link and im going to get a Cooler Master Hyper 212.
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July 30, 2012 3:46:16 AM

Here what i suggest do you need a OS and Monitor,keyboard,mouse as well ?The reason for the 670 instead of the 680 is because the 680 only provides 5% to 7% better performance yet it almost cost $100 more do you really think paying $75 to $100 more is worth that little of a performance gain ? I sure as hell don't but this is your build so it's up to you anyway let me know what you think and feel free to ask as many questions as you like i will answer them to the best of my knowledge PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($437.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1396.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 00:15 EDT-0400)
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July 30, 2012 4:15:41 AM

Hi TheBattalion,

I too would prefer 3570k over 2500k. Assuming that you would be primarily using this system for gaming on a single monitor setup, here is my recommendation (~$1500):

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 | $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER X6 Elite | $42.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 | $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Low Profile | $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 680 2GB | $524.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 128GB | $143.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB 32MB Cache | $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD: LITE-ON Black SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner | $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully Modular 80PLUS Bronze | $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced | $139.99 (after mail-in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $1546.90

If your usage is different from what I have assumed, please let me know. There could be a better fit depending on it.

If you need a monitor,

24": ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 2ms LED | $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

27": ASUS VK278Q 27" 2ms LED with 2MP webcam | $329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheers!
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July 30, 2012 4:21:25 AM

Caviar Green is not the best choice but it will do its job

if you want something a bit faster(since you are using the SSD as a boot drive only)
get Seagate barracuda 1TB for around $77

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
here is a i5 3570k combo with asrock extreme 4

instead of a 680 get a 670 just as good and cost less
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July 30, 2012 4:27:26 AM

The 27" is not worth it on 1080p. The picture will look blown up and you can start to see individual pixels. 24" is better, but still low PPI. 23" is the sweet spot.
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July 30, 2012 4:41:08 AM

Though there is 5-10% difference in performance, the 680 is a better card for the better minimum frame rates it keeps up, and DX11 computing power, which would be very much required in next-gen (sophisticated) games. For long term, the 680 would be a better bet, I suppose. The temperature at full load and the power draw are more or less similar. IMO, if I have to pick 670, I will make it a SLI. For a single card, 680 would be my choice.

If your budget can cover a 680, I would say that you should go for it. However, you wouldn't go wrong with either of them. Pick the one that fits your bill.

@azeem40,
Yeah, I agree that 27 would not look good. But it would not be too bad either. It is just that you can sit little further away to avoid eye strain. As you say, 23/24 would be the best.
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July 30, 2012 4:42:07 AM

Then you'd not be able to reach the keyboard, unless he has a far-reaching desk.
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July 30, 2012 5:32:41 AM

Best answer selected by TheBattalion.
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July 30, 2012 5:50:46 AM

@dpp_sunny where do you come up with the 680 performance is 10% better i am very interested because as far as i am aware it's more like 5% 7% at best and that might be stretching it. The 670's are so close in performance to a 680 that the extra cost doesn't seem fully justified.
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July 30, 2012 7:14:08 AM

@bigcyco1, 5-10% depends on the game. In most of the top demanding titles, you would see 680 lead a 670 by 7-10% margin, give and take. Check these articles.

Skyrim (68 vs 77 fps): http://hardocp.com/article/2012/05/14/geforce_680_670_v...

Unigine Heaven (68 vs 75 fps): http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

On the other hand, when both the cards are overclocked, the 670 easily matches the 680 as the former is a very g-o-o-o-o-o-d overclocker. But it runs hotter and louder, and consumes more power even at idle.

No doubt, 670 is, definitely bang for your buck. But my opinion is that if the budget permits, I think the 680 will surely show that it is worth the $100 premium and you would not repent for the money spent. Whether you want to spend or not is a different question.
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July 30, 2012 7:17:42 AM

@dpp_sunny o.k. i see your point that makes sense to me now thanks!For me it be a cold day in hell before i payed that extra $100 for that little of performance increase but to each his or her own lol.
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