Gaming system... thoughts or suggestions please :)

New gaming system build, not really up to speed on the latest and greatest but I gave someone a pre-built spec and they came back with this saying many of the pre-built systems oversell on things that arent really needed. This came out a fair bit cheaper but I would appreciate some input.

I play a variety of games from flight sims to FPS to strategic... basically a mixed bag.

Thanks for any help. :)


Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Gaming Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB3.0 USB Audio
CASE FAN ANTEC 120MM CASE FAN W/3 SPEED SWITCH DBB 3PIN MON 4PIN PWR Cooling Fan -
2000rpm

Cooler Master Extreme Power 700 Watt SLI PSU 0.00 0.00
MSI Z77A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard - Intel Z77 Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 - ATX - 1 x
Processor Support - 32 GB DDR3 SDRAM Maximum RAM - SLI, CrossFireX Support - Serial ATA/300,
Serial ATA/600 RAID Supported Controller - CPU Dependent Video - 3 x PCIe x16 Slot - 2 x USB 3.0 Port -
HDMI 5YR MFR WARR

INTEL CORE I5 2500K 3.30G 1155 6M BXW/HD GRAPHICS 3000 UNLOCKED

KINGSTON 8GB KIT 2X4GB 1600MHZ 240PIN DIMM DDR3 NONECC CL9 HYPERX 1.5V
KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 900MHZ 3GB 5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

WD BLACK 1TB 3.5" 7200 RPMSATA 6 GB/S, 64MB CACHE


Options

Change to i7-2700K cpu
Change to Gigabyte GV-N680OC-2GD GeForce GTX 680 Graphic Card
Change to Intel 520 Cherryville 180 GB Internal Solid State Drive
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  1. I would definitely go with an Intel CPU unless you are low on funds.

    I would also go with an i5 2500k SB over one of the newer Ivy Bridges and/or i7. Not only does it overclock better but it's all you need.

    For the PSU, you can't beat Seasonic. I would definitely go with something with 80+ certification, and preferably 750w or greater, as it's something you can build around.

    8GB of DDR3 is plenty.

    I would go with either the GTX 670 or one of AMD's mid-range offerings, such as the 7870. The price/performance ratio really can't be beat.

    Lastly, although this is probably an unpopular opinion, I would hold off on an SSD unless money just isn't an option or you plan to do something other than gaming. A good 7200RPM 1TB Seagate HDD will do just fine.

    If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.

    Good luck.
  2. I'm not seeing an aftermarket cooler, which I would suggest. As far as the processor, I'd suggest this instead of the i7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
  3. bull22 said:
    I'm not seeing an aftermarket cooler, which I would suggest. As far as the processor, I'd suggest this instead of the i7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    I agree about the cooler.

    The Hyper 212 evo would do well.

    And while I agree about the i5, I disagree with the architecture you recommended.

    The 2500k is actually a lot better for the money.
  4. bull22 said:
    I'm not seeing an aftermarket cooler, which I would suggest. As far as the processor, I'd suggest this instead of the i7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504


    The Case has 3 fans, the vid card has 3 fans and Im adding a side fan as well. Not sure I really need more?


    PCgamer81 said:
    I would definitely go with an Intel CPU unless you are low on funds.

    I would also go with an i5 2500k SB over one of the newer Ivy Bridges and/or i7. Not only does it overclock better but it's all you need.


    I thought this was an intel CPU?

    This was going a little higher end, he did mention there's no real need to go with i7's for gaming.

    Thanks

    PCgamer81 said:

    For the PSU, you can't beat Seasonic. I would definitely go with something with 80+ certification, and preferably 750w or greater, as it's something you can build around.

    8GB of DDR3 is plenty.


    Agreed, a high PSU allows future upgrades....

    PCgamer81 said:
    I would go with either the GTX 670 or one of AMD's mid-range offerings, such as the 7870. The price/performance ratio really can't be beat.


    Agreed, again the spec was a higher end but is it really needed? Probably not.

    PCgamer81 said:
    Lastly, although this is probably an unpopular opinion, I would hold off on a SSD unless money just isn't an option or you plan to do something other than gaming.
    A good 7200RPM 1TB Seagate HDD will do just fine.

    If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.

    Good luck.


    Not unpopular with me, from what Ive heard. Sure the loading times are slightly faster but for the price I can wait a few seconds.

    Thanks!
  5. Kingfisher said:
    I thought this was an intel CPU?

    This was going a little higher end, he did mention there's no real need to go with i7's for gaming.

    Thanks


    You're right.

    I was just speaking generally.

    For the most part, your build looks excellent.

    Your welcome and good luck!
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