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September 15, 2012 6:37:10 PM

I am building my first computer and it is going to be specifically for gaming. I was going to purchase the parts today but I wanted to see if anyone could tell me how well it will all work together. All advice is helpful.
Motherboard:Asus P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI Sata USB 3.0 ATX
PSU:Raidmax Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3
CPU:Intel Core i7-2600k Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333
HD:Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6GB 64MB Cache 3.5 in Internal
DVD-ROM:Asus Black 12x BD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM SATA Internal Blur-Ray Drive
Graphics Card:Asus ENG TX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 Geforce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ready SLI Support Video Card
Case:Apevia X-TRP-RD X-Trooper Series Red Metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Window
That is what I have figured out so far but if anyone would like to inform me of anything that could make it work better or be cheaper I would very much appreciate it.
September 15, 2012 6:51:03 PM

for gaming i7 isnt worth it at all. its pretty much an i4 with hyperthreading, which is pretty much useless for gaming.

get the 2500k and a better graphics card like a 660 ti. your performance increase will be much better!
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September 15, 2012 7:01:34 PM

Would the 660 ti be able to fit? It is significantly larger than the 560.
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September 15, 2012 7:09:32 PM

Thanks for the help! If you see anything else that could be changed though I wouldn't mind hearing it.
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September 15, 2012 8:01:32 PM

What exactly is your budget?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Your motherboard is H77 but you have a processor that has the K unlocked. So you're spending much more than you need to. The i7 is unnecessary as stated and the HDD is a bit slow at 5900 RPMs.

If your build is around $850 check out my build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
More bang for the buck. Gives you the ability to OC and future SLI/CF at 8x/8x, and the 7870 which is faster than the GTX 660 Ti especially after OC.

Proof:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
In average performance the 7870 barely edges out the 660 Ti.
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September 15, 2012 9:16:53 PM

aznshinobi said:
What exactly is your budget?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Your motherboard is H77 but you have a processor that has the K unlocked. So you're spending much more than you need to. The i7 is unnecessary as stated and the HDD is a bit slow at 5900 RPMs.

If your build is around $850 check out my build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
More bang for the buck. Gives you the ability to OC and future SLI/CF at 8x/8x, and the 7870 which is faster than the GTX 660 Ti especially after OC.

Proof:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...
In average performance the 7870 barely edges out the 660 Ti.


the 660 ti outperforms the 7870 in most games and even competes with the 7950 in some
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September 15, 2012 9:18:17 PM

From the benches on the THG review, the 7870 contends with the 660 Ti if not beating it most benches. Especially with AA on.
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September 15, 2012 9:29:14 PM

The i7 is overkill for most games. I would get a i5-3570k and this motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. The motherboard you have selected is h77 which means it cant overclock, so you would be wasting money buying the k processor, you need a motherboard with the Z77 chipset to overclock. If you are going to be overclocking you need an aftermarket cpu cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. As others have said you probably want a 7200 RPM hard drive and a better graphics card such as the Radeon HD 7870 or similar card.
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September 16, 2012 1:47:33 AM

azeem40 said:
Oh really?

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...
The only game where the 660ti beats the 7950 is in Batman Arkham City, and by 1 fps.


Oh really?

youre that bad at reading? i said compete, not beat. /facepalm

batman: 660ti > 7870
battlefield 3: 660ti > 7950/7870
crysis 2: 660ti > 7870
dirt: 7870 > 660ti
max payne: 7870 > 660ti
metro 2033: 660ti > 7870
skyrim: 7870 > 660ti

idk for you, but the 660ti beats the 7870 4 times out of 7 and the 7950 once.

also, keep in mind these benchmarks are made with the launch drivers while the amd drivers for the 7870 have been out for a while.
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September 16, 2012 6:54:01 PM

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_66...

Wait are we even looking at the same benchmarks Matt? The HardOCP article has the 7950 beating out the 660 Ti in all of the games and contending if not beating the 670. Keep in mind the settings are pretty much Ultra @ 1080P.

In the THG 660 Ti review, at 1080P:
Batman: 7870 > 660 Ti
BF3: 660 Ti > 7870/7950
Crysis 2: 660 Ti > 7870
Dirt: 7870 > 660 Ti
Max Payne: 7870 > 660 Ti
Metro: 7870 > 660 Ti
Skyrim: 7870 > 660 Ti
At that resolution, which is the genuine standard now. The 7870 beats the 660 Ti in 5 out of the 7 games. So.... I don't know...
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