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July 31, 2012 1:33:25 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dswG
Going to order next week
for gaming..... Arma 2, then Arma 3 and Simcity when they come out
Is the RAM good?
Will the SSD help with the games listed? Not worried about boot times.
Is this the best gpu at that price?
Do I need more VRAM than 1.25 gb?
Do I need the cooler?
Comes in at $1220, anywhere I can save more money?


edit, made mistake, new link is accurate.
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July 31, 2012 1:38:04 AM

Why not go with a 64bit Operating System
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July 31, 2012 1:41:26 AM

so... this was my first go on pcbuilder. I will go 64 bit. And there should only be one monitor. Sorry and thanks for your understanding. Costs should now be at $1200.
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July 31, 2012 1:45:52 AM

Looks good. I just spent 3 days researching my new build and bought this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JJJackson/saved/

Keep in mind I'm using my old case, monitor, PSU, HDD, optical drives, keyboard, mouse, OS and GPU

Only bought CPU, MOBO, RAM, SSD, Sound card and CPU cooler
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July 31, 2012 1:46:54 AM

32bit Windows will only use 3.5 Gb of your 8 Gb RAM so change it to 64bit.

You can change the GPU to a ATI 7850 which has 2 Gb of vRAM (better for 1080p HD gaming), can be bought cheaper than $249, and can be OC to be faster than the 570.

Your SSD is quite small, once you get Windows on there not sure how much space you will have left for games and apps. The SSD will make your games load faster, but in terms of performance, the GPU is the most important bit.
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July 31, 2012 2:03:57 AM

The reason I went with the 570 is that I read that Arma 3 is being made to utilize PhysX which would give the edge to the 570. Am i wrong?
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July 31, 2012 2:19:45 AM

Its up to you. Could save a few bucks and get G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 for $41 on sale at newegg.

Like jk47_99 said, your SSD is quite small. After windows you wont have room for games and apps. Skip the small SSD and save for a larger one. Loading times diminish game enjoyment. Plus, if you buy a 64GB SSD now you'll just replace it down the road.
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July 31, 2012 2:29:29 AM

JJJackson said:
Its up to you. Could save a few bucks and get G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 for $41 on sale at newegg.

Like jk47_99 said, your SSD is quite small. After windows you wont have room for games and apps. Skip the small SSD and save for a larger one. Loading times diminish game enjoyment. Plus, if you buy a 64GB SSD now you'll just replace it down the road.


Think I will go that route on the RAM. Thanks. Good point on the SSD too. Made a change to a 1TB caviar black with a 64 mb cache. Think I'm getting really close to it being final. Gonna make some tweeks over the next few days, then repost the build for final thoughts.
Thanks.
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July 31, 2012 3:33:24 AM

At microcenter you can get the I5 3570K for 190 and the ASRock Extreme 4 for 135 but then you get $50 off. Saves you like 60 bucks
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July 31, 2012 4:31:51 AM

xtjaga3 said:
The reason I went with the 570 is that I read that Arma 3 is being made to utilize PhysX which would give the edge to the 570. Am i wrong?


I can't comment on the PhysX thing, but if you are going to be playing at 1080p then the 2 Gb of vRAM on the 7850 will make a noticeable difference. From my experience, the 7850 can still max out games which are meant to be tuned for Nvidia cards (Batman Arkham City, Crysis 2).

Both are great cards, so get the one which suits your needs.
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August 3, 2012 7:44:23 PM

Best answer selected by xtjaga3.
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