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August 26, 2012 9:09:08 PM

Hi,
Im looking to make a new build to game with because my old build was pricey and doesnt even have a graphics card worth talking about so I wont get into all that. My new build is going to be used mostly for MMO's like GW2 and WoW. I buy a shooter every now and then but I am very competitive with MMO's and want a system that makes them look as good as they can. (so i dont need an overboard graphics card, but also not one that will be out od date in a week) My price range is about $1200-$1400 id like to stay around there. I made a build on pcpartpicker.com and this is what I came up with, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fJ9v , Im knowledgeable but not an expert so if you find anything wrong with this build please tell me. The price is great though because they always find the best pricing. Thanks for everyone help !!

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August 26, 2012 9:25:42 PM

replace the 2600K with a 3570 k

the graphics card with a GTX 670

and the power supply with a 500 - 600 watt unit , probably not cm

and a tower cpu cooler like the Hyper 212 or Xigmatek GAIA

That will game better , and be more efficient
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August 26, 2012 9:28:01 PM

Nice choices, looks a lot like the one I'm gonna built, but some things can be cheaper ;) 

This processor is much better (well this is what I read on many fora) http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k
It's cheaper and more than enough you'll need.
i7's use multi-threading which games in general don't support.

I don't think you'll be using a 3-way SLI GPU any time soon, so your motherboard will be somewhat of an overkill on that matter.
This one's a bit cheaper
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extr...

If you want you could put in an SSD for your OS, and the games you play the most.
They're not that expensive, like this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-ag...

Also a 650W-ish power supply would do just fine.
You can always calculate how much you need here http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp and then add like 100W or so.

Good luck!
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August 26, 2012 9:57:58 PM

Hey thanks alot. I always like to lower the price in places that I can. Picking a motherboard is always hard for me but i guess i could just research more next time. Also an SSD would be amazing but I always thought they were expensive! Im looking for very reliable parts along with a system that is equal all around but can be upgraded in the future. Also i currently have a 2500k i5 3.3 but why is a 3570k i5 @ 3.4 any better. Im not doubting you im just wondering what the reasons are... maybe 4 physical cores?
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August 26, 2012 10:01:51 PM

The 3570k is just a minor update on the 2500k .

The reason to not use the 2600K or 3770k is that they wont improve gaming performance , but a better graphics card will
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August 26, 2012 10:06:49 PM

Ok i changed the processor, and the cooling for it and the SSD was a great idea. Also I chose the HAF X case which Is a very large case made for extreme gaming builds ($189 case) do I want to keep that or should I go for a smaller case. I also like cases with good cable management options and space for everything like fans and cooling. And Is the price from a 660ti to a 670 really worth it though. they have the same cuda cores and all other spec are very close if not the same, but its $50 more.
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August 26, 2012 10:25:29 PM

IMO expensive cases have features people dont need or use , and definitely wont improve performance .

Does it really matter that it has toolless mountings? Can you not use a screwdriver? Its not like you will change hardware every day
So after you spend about $70 on a case you dont get a lot more for your money except bragging rights .
Possible other choices HAF 912 , Antec 300 two , Antec 1100

Yes the 670 is worth the extra $
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
check the benchmarking
The gigabyte windforce cooler is the best
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August 26, 2012 10:28:05 PM

By the way what does the number in the name of the motherboard mean. example: Gigabyte Z68 ud3h-b3 vs a ASRock Z77 whats the z mean
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August 26, 2012 11:20:02 PM

Alright this is my finished PC, I changed the power supply and the hdd. also went with the 670. I think this is what im going to get. Anyone see anything wrong?


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fK08
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August 26, 2012 11:24:01 PM

pineneddle said:
By the way what does the number in the name of the motherboard mean. example: Gigabyte Z68 ud3h-b3 vs a ASRock Z77 whats the z mean


Z68 and Z77 are the controller chips on the motherboard . You want Z77 since its the latest and has the best features

Other numbers and names are the makers model numbers and might mean different things
Look at the features you want . All Z77 motherboards will perform pretty much identically . Some will let you use more graphics cards , some will OC better
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August 26, 2012 11:49:23 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Z68 and Z77 are the controller chips on the motherboard . You want Z77 since its the latest and has the best features

Other numbers and names are the makers model numbers and might mean different things
Look at the features you want . All Z77 motherboards will perform pretty much identically . Some will let you use more graphics cards , some will OC better



I know you can OC a cpu/gpu but are you saying you can OC a motherboard??
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August 27, 2012 12:03:17 AM

pineneddle said:
I know you can OC a cpu/gpu but are you saying you can OC a motherboard??


He means certain motherboards will allow you to overclock the cpu/gpu better than other boards. He wasn't necessarily speaking in terms of overclocking the board itself.
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August 27, 2012 12:25:12 AM

DeusAres said:
He means certain motherboards will allow you to overclock the cpu/gpu better than other boards. He wasn't necessarily speaking in terms of overclocking the board itself.



ok good. ya i just need a board that can do minor OC on an intel i5 3570k
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