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Is this MOBO & CPU Combo good for gaming

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January 22, 2013 7:51:27 AM

Hi i am Planning to buy MOBO ASUS P8H77-M & CPU i5-3470 combo for my gaming requirement. Can any one let me know if this is good combination for my purpose. Mostly i am interested in games like Total War series and do i need to buy an additional Graphics Card to support and if so what is the best suited.

Any valuable suggestions is highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
January 22, 2013 7:57:47 AM

If you have no plans to overclock your system then yes you will have a decent system. Because it's mini-itx you will be limited on expansion.

Why are you going for such a small system, HTPC?
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January 22, 2013 8:11:15 AM

depends on your build$$ and the size you want run the games at and there fps.
the lowest cards that are gaming cards are the 650ti and the 7770.
best cards for the money is the 7850/7870 1ghz cards.
top of the line card that does not cost an arm or a leg would be 670.
myself i would look into a gaming case that had good cable mamanagement and top or side grill for cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
one low profile dimm 8g.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu cooler.
if the funds are there toss in a ssd.

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January 22, 2013 8:16:23 AM

MOBOs doesn't really affect performance if you're not overclocking. The difference would be minimal if there were any.

As you chose a CPU that can't be overclocked, then you would actually be fine with choosing a B75 MOBO and save some money. With the money you save on the MOBO you could maybe afford an I5-3570 instead.

This MOBO in particular would prove to be a great option:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/B75M-D3H/13...

"The Gigabyte B75M-D3H impressed me like no other. Considering its intended market, the Gigabyte B75M-D3H offers all of the features that the platform offers and cuts no corners except cost. With top-level performance, while at the same time having very reasonable power consumption, Gigabyte has really hit the mark with the B75M-D3H and made no compromises."
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January 22, 2013 8:20:38 AM

Hi Metwingie thanks a lot for your reply and first thing is i am not sure if my gaming requirement requires overclocking or not and other thing is can you let me know what expansion i will be missing if i choose mini-itx.
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January 22, 2013 9:48:21 AM

will my gaming require overclocking and are there any other CPU in and around that range which are having overclocking capability. If i buy a graphics card for my above mentioned configuration then i would be needing this overclocking feature as well. please provide your inputs which i require desperately.
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January 22, 2013 10:08:20 AM

yrmahindra said:
will my gaming require overclocking and are there any other CPU in and around that range which are having overclocking capability. If i buy a graphics card for my above mentioned configuration then i would be needing this overclocking feature as well. please provide your inputs which i require desperately.


Not really.

I got a GTX 670. It has same performance as a stock Radeon 7970.

I also got aN i5-3570, it can't be overclocked.

My CPU usage isn't higher than 50% and my GPU usage is at 100%, while gaming demanding games.

What this means is, that you can add a GPU later on, that has double the performance and still won't need to overclocking. Overclocking is mostly for bragging. You really need some high-end GPUs before overclocking is needed, ofc it also depends on the CPU choosed. But the best non-overclockable CPU for your money would be the I5-3470 or the I5-3570.
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January 22, 2013 10:45:58 AM

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