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Developement/gaming system, need advice

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August 18, 2012 1:23:36 PM

I have my money set aside, so now it is time to buy my new system. This will be both for gaming (I am not hardcore, but I want something reasonable), and development. The Nvidia card is required for GPU programming.

I picked the CPU and Video card, since they most directly impact performance and price, then memory based on reviews, then got stuck on trying to pick a motherboard.

Hard drives, SSD, and optical drives are all easily upgradable, so I am not as concerned with those (I will probably start out with just scavenging my old system).

Obviously, cost is an issue, but then again, I don't want to sacrifice the system to save $50. So I am looking at mid priced items.

Also note that I live in a dusty area, so that may impact cooling.


I am looking at the following:
- CPU : Intel Core i5-3570k (I may be overclocking, so I want the option)
- Video : Geforce GTX 660ti (looking at MSI due to the dust removal idea)
- Memory : G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8D-8GAB (good reviews)
- Motherboard :
- Cooler :
- Power Supply :
- Case :


Advice and ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2012 2:38:27 PM

are you going to do SLI in the future? and how much money are you putting into this?
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August 18, 2012 2:48:11 PM

I do not plan on going SLI. Gaming is a secondary concern to development, and I don't think there is much added advantage for GPU programming when using SLI.

I would like to play games, but am by no means a hardcore gamer. I am fine with lower resolution.
a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2012 3:00:17 PM

are you developing graphical content such as 3D animations or items of such? if so, a quadro card is more for you. they dont really play games but they are for graphical work
August 18, 2012 3:10:20 PM

Not developing graphics content. I do algorithmic programming and puzzle solving. Think Sudoku or data analysis.
a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2012 3:22:12 PM

ok then.

something that wont overclock
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eWXA

something that will
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eWXZ

get the OS from where i suggested

2 more things
if you are doing things that require more CPU power or threads, look into a i7 3770k.
(luxury item)you can buy a samsung 830 128gb and put your programs, OS, and other apps onto the SSD and get much faster loading times, boot times, and just a overall faster system
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