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September 3, 2012 6:04:04 PM

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K


Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3


Graphics Card:
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580


Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for
Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Optical Drive:
Samsung 22X DVD/RW SATA Drive SH-S223C/BEBE (Black)


Disk drive:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case: Thermaltake overseer RX-1

I asked a question on another threadsite, and they told me i had to have both a SSD and a HDD(if that's correct) for my gaming PC build. is this valid? Srry, im totally a noob at this so bear with me!
THis would be for playing MW3, BF3, Crysis 3, and WoW at max settings without MUCH lag.
Thanx in advance 4 your answers!

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September 3, 2012 6:27:12 PM

Re SSD + HDD. You need HDD for basic software and data (photos music etc). There's no point putting that on SSD, it's just a waste. You don't NEED an SSD, but if you put operating system and main games on that, it makes everything "snapier".
To you main bits. Nothing wrong with 2500K and z68 mobo. A 3570K and z77 mobo is a bit better, and, depending where you are buying, only marginally more expensive. Your choice isn't wrong, just a slightly better option (and more up to date).
The area you really do need to consider is GPU. The GTX580 was a great card, in it's day, but it's had it's day. Get yourself a GTX 670. Better, lower power consumption, and again, more up to date. The one area where the GTX 580 still shines is in heavy duty video work, but I presume that is not a major requirement, given your choice of processor.
September 3, 2012 6:37:36 PM

Why would you pay good money for last year's hardware? The 3570K, Z77, and GTX 670 are far better performers all around. What's your budget? I could suggest a better system if I knew that.
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September 3, 2012 6:38:33 PM

I agree with 3570K, it seems as a better buy than 2500k now. As for the GPU, 580 imo is outclassed by the new gen cards. 670 is an excellent choice, but is also more expensive. If u dont want to spend 400$ on GPU an alternative is 7950, which costs 50$ less and is more than enough for high quality 1080p gaming.
September 3, 2012 6:58:44 PM

XTremeG@MER said:
Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K


Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3


Graphics Card:
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580


Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for
Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Optical Drive:
Samsung 22X DVD/RW SATA Drive SH-S223C/BEBE (Black)


Disk drive:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case: Thermaltake overseer RX-1

I asked a question on another threadsite, and they told me i had to have both a SSD and a HDD(if that's correct) for my gaming PC build. is this valid? Srry, im totally a noob at this so bear with me!
THis would be for playing MW3, BF3, Crysis 3, and WoW at max settings without MUCH lag.
Thanx in advance 4 your answers!


What is your budget? I'll give you a idea for around $800

CPU: i5 3570k

GPU: Radeon 7850

MOBO: Gigabyte z77-d3h

PSU: xfx core edition 550watt

HDD: Western Digital 1TB or whatever, you dont need a SSD really.

Case: Coolmaster Elite 430

DVD: Any cheap one will do.

This is my build and i love it. Like I said I need your budget then I'll improve but this is roughly what I think you can afford looking at what you have choosen.
September 3, 2012 7:00:25 PM

HD7950 is certainly cheaper than GTX 670, but then not as good (more so in some games, than others). Better value? Debatable. Really depends what games, what res. etc. Very similar in Chrysis, GTX miles ahead in BF3.... and so on
September 3, 2012 7:01:03 PM

XTremeG@MER said:
Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K


Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3


Graphics Card:
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580


Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for
Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Optical Drive:
Samsung 22X DVD/RW SATA Drive SH-S223C/BEBE (Black)


Disk drive:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case: Thermaltake overseer RX-1

I asked a question on another threadsite, and they told me i had to have both a SSD and a HDD(if that's correct) for my gaming PC build. is this valid? Srry, im totally a noob at this so bear with me!
THis would be for playing MW3, BF3, Crysis 3, and WoW at max settings without MUCH lag.
Thanx in advance 4 your answers!


Almost exactly what I built in February. It works fine. If money is a concern, and if you can get those parts for substantially less than what new generation parts cost, you won't be disappointed in the performance. But, if you have no budget or have more room in your budget, get the newest parts, if possible.
September 3, 2012 7:13:35 PM

If you dont give budget I cant help. PM me if you do.
September 4, 2012 10:00:03 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Why would you pay good money for last year's hardware? The 3570K, Z77, and GTX 670 are far better performers all around. What's your budget? I could suggest a better system if I knew that.

My budget is $2500. I really don't have one, but I really don't want to pay any more than that if I can help it.
I'll post my new build preferences in a few minutes...
September 4, 2012 10:13:52 PM

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K


MOBO:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU:
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MEMORY:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

SSD:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


OPTICAL DRIVE:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM
48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

MONITOR:
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

POWER SUPPLY:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge
Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Whadaya'll think?
September 4, 2012 10:43:50 PM

Why not a Z77 chipset mobo?
September 4, 2012 11:10:45 PM

Srry....that would be
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Then. How's that?
September 4, 2012 11:25:57 PM

Only quibble would be the OCZ PSU. Most posters prefer Corsair, Antec or Seasonic. Top quality and ratings from hardware review sites.
September 4, 2012 11:38:59 PM

XTremeG@MER said:
My budget is $2500. I really don't have one, but I really don't want to pay any more than that if I can help it.
I'll post my new build preferences in a few minutes...


For that kind of budget here's what you get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1597.37
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-04 19:41 EDT-0400)

Use the difference for a nice monitor and whatever peripherals you want.
September 4, 2012 11:48:12 PM

XTremeG@MER said:
CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K


MOBO:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU:
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MEMORY:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

SSD:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


OPTICAL DRIVE:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM
48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

MONITOR:
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

POWER SUPPLY:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge
Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Whadaya'll think?


With that system, you can easily hit 100+ fps on most games (assuming you'll be gaming). However that monitor won't allow you to do that, since it has a lower refresh rate.

Look for something with at least a 120hz refresh rate.
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