I3 + 670 | good idea?

will it bottleneck it or not? heres the rest of my build atm

i3 2120
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz
OCZ OCZ-CXS500W
OcUK GeForce GTX 670 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black

changes will be appreciated
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  1. think this is better,
    Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K
    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII
    Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK
    CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case
    Sapphire HD 7850
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

    and its within my budget :D
  2. any opinions ^
  3. quad core is a better build.
  4. that was my second one, is it good for gaming?
  5. the budget is £620 not sure what it is in dollars
  6. yea..
  7. just4today, i have to save my budget at £615 because i already have a monitor and a dvi cable in my basket which puts it up to £740 maximum budget thats why, i guess but i can get a i5 2500k and a 7850 so thats my final build i think :)
  8. yo can save money buying 1333mhz mem, unless you get a 3er gen intel to take advantage of 1600mhz ram's. And try a different cpu, a i5 quad @ 2,6 or 2,8 Ghz or more, but i don't know the price of them.. if you get an AMD, you should get a quad core, but but intel will work better for you if gaming is what you want
  9. I'd split the difference and go for a 2500k with a 7870 or (preferably) a 7950, though I'm not 100% sure what UK prices are like. (In the US, it's about $240 for a 7850, $400 for a 670, and $340 for a 7950, so you can use that extra $60 to go from the i3 to the i5.) For that matter, if you want a quad core chip, a cheaper i5-3450 would be totally fine and more future-proof than an i3, and probably cheaper than the 2500k (which requires aftermarket cooling to reach its full overclocked potential).

    But if you have to pick, the i3+670 build will give you significantly better gaming performance today. It just means you'll have to upgrade more quickly later. Very few games use more than 2 cores; this is why Tom's has had such success in their budget builds pairing pentiums and core i3s with very powerful cards. The GPU is far more important for gaming performance, and even in CPU-heavy games, the i3 will be fine.
  10. so i3+670 or i5 3450+7870 ?
  11. deadbart said:
    so i3+670 or i5 3450+7870 ?


    I'm not sure there is a single right answer to that question. If you're not just doing gaming, the 3450 will blow away the i3 in other tasks. But for gaming alone, the 670's lead over the 7870 is much more important than the small gains of the 3450 over the i3. At the same time, although the i3 is cheaper, you might wind up wanting to upgrade sooner down the line.

    edit: just so you have a sense, here's some benchmarks of the 7870 vs the 670 (though driver updates may have changed this a bit since they did the initial bench): http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=598

    That won't vary too much in most settings between two intel CPUs capable of running at least 2 threads above 3.0GHz.
  12. 6months i could upgrade another £300's worth if i got either build
  13. if i picked the i3 and 670, in 6 months time, i could get an i5 3570k and a £100 mobo
  14. sweet ;D
  15. yeah i have an os:P

    total basket =

    EVGA GeF GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card £290
    Intel i3-2120 Sandybridge £90
    Acer V223HQVb 21.5 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor £85
    Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 XMS3 8GB Desktop Memory £35
    CiT Vantage Midi Mesh Gaming Case £30
    AsRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 Motherboard
    Corsair CMPSU-500CXV2UK
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII
    Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe

    tots up to £730 with all of the components to make my build :D
  16. All TN Monitors are the same.
  17. verb when i upgrade to a i5 3570k in 6 months time i will get a 128gb ssd and a decent mobo ;)
  18. the difference from a 64gb and 128gb are about 15 pounds, so better safe than sorry
  19. Not really. I see a huge difference when putting my games on the SSD. ZERO load times.
  20. thanks for all the help guys!
  21. Quote:
    Agreed. SSD is faster than HDD

    the problem I ran into was Steam service. I have a couple games I launch from SSD, but all others including steam library is on HDD


    I like to use SteamMover to overcome the "steam library" issue, you can use it to shuffle individual games in steam between your HDD and SSD. (You can do it manually via mklink /D as well).

    Regarding the CPU+GPU combo. At 1080p you likely won't see a difference between the 7850 and the 670 for most games (for at least a few years, if not longer). In most games (save for BF3 and some strategy games) processor will rarely bottleneck, even if you only get the i3. In either case, it doesn't hurt to future proof, but you will probably find yourself happy no matter what arrangement you go for, as even an i3+7850 will be formidable in nearly everything. (That doesn't mean you should change up your build, simply don't sweat it, once it's done you'll be happy).
  22. OP have you made any changes? i.e. Mobo,ssd,etc.

    Post final adjustments before paying just to be sure. At this point, you have several days of enquiring/research/questions - what`s couple more minutes


    Welcome to it! and Enjoy!
  23. djscribbles said:
    I like to use SteamMover to overcome the "steam library" issue, you can use it to shuffle individual games in steam between your HDD and SSD. (You can do it manually via mklink /D as well).


    I`ve seen it, would have to revisit the work around. I allow steam to start with windows, store or library is always immediately available. Games launch quick enough for me right now.

    Thanks for mentioning work around, I will check it out again.
  24. Asus P8H77-V LE
    ATX Midi NZXT Source 210 PC Casing
    Acer V223HQVb 21.5 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black (VGA, 1920 x 1080, 20000:1, 5ms, 200 cd/m²) - Acer
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM - Western Digital
    Intel i3-2120 Sandybridge Core i3 Dual-Core Processor ? 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache, Socket 1155, 3 Year Warranty, Retail Boxed - Intel
    Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK Builder Series 600W Power Supply
    EVGA GeF GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card
    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit
    total: £750

    in 6 months time i will be upgrading my CPU to an i5 of some sort, grabbing a ssd and a better mobo maybe
  25. thanks :)
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