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Is My System Compatible and Futureproofing for UE4 and Crysis 3 Maxed

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September 22, 2012 3:35:32 PM

Here is my system so far...

8GB 1600mhz Kingston Ram

Cooler Master Elite 480 Mid Tower Case http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-All-Black-...

Sony Internal Dvd Drive

500 GB SATA3 7200RPM HD or 1 TB SATA 3 7200RPM ( Havent decided )

**Debating on getting a 64GB SSD

Asus LED 1080p Monitor

Windows 7 Premium

Logitech Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Aftermarket CPU Cooler

Apevia ATX 700 Watt Power Supply http://www.amazon.com/Apevia-ATX-AQ700W-700-Watt-Power-...

Msi LGA1155/IntelB75 Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-MicroATX-Motherboard-...

**I dont know what GPU im getting yet. But somewhere in GTX 670/Radeon 7970 area. My CPU will either be a i5 2500k or a i7 2700k. I will be overclocking the GPU and CPU alot.

Is my power supply compatible with everything? I know its not an 80 plus power supply but its gotten good reviews on newegg/amazon etc....

Is my case big enough for something like a 7970 or 670?

Is my motherboard good for overclocking and does the motherboard have all the pcie 3.0 slots i need for the gpu to be hooked up?

Anything i should get for my system to futureproof it ? Will a 670 or 7970 ( non ghz edition ) be more futureproof for the likes of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4?

Lastly, will this system with a 7970 or a gtx 670 overclocked on an aftermarket cooler be enough for Crysis 3 Maxed at 1080p???

ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! :bounce: 

EDIT: Would it be really worth it to get a gtx 680 or 7970 GHZ edition instead? I heard a gtx 670 can overclock to gtx 680 levels. Is the 680 a good overclocker? I heard the same that a 7970 can overclock to 7970 ghz levels. I plan on not getting a new gpu for about two years so i want to play games maxed for long as possible.
September 22, 2012 3:55:49 PM

We don't know a single thing about Crysis 3 or UE4 in terms of how demanding it is. So it's impossible to say how good or bad a build is for UE4/Crysis 3.

Anyway, make sure the RAM is 1.5v. If you get an SSD, get 128GB. 64GB is a bit tight, and it's better to drop it and invest the money in the GPU/CPU if you're not going to get 128GB. Get the Hyper 212 EVO cooler. That PSU is terrible. Just terrible. Do NOT get an Apevia PSU. Get Corsair, Antec, PC Power and Cooling, etc.

Also, you are getting a pretty low-end motherboard. Get an i5-3570K and ASRock Extreme4. And with that motherboard, you can't even overclock. Only Z77/Z75 boards can. Also, what games will you play? That will help decide the GPU. The 670 has 95% of the performance of the 680. The 7970s are great for overclocking, a bit better than the 670/680.

Also, if you have a Microcenter nearby, you can get a lot of these components for a really good price.
September 22, 2012 4:01:36 PM

Also z68 can oc. Getting a 2500k and a z68 may save you a tad bit if your arent worried about pci 3 and the other features that really dont matter at this point..just my 2 cents
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September 22, 2012 4:10:16 PM

obsama1 said:
We don't know a single thing about Crysis 3 or UE4 in terms of how demanding it is. So it's impossible to say how good or bad a build is for UE4/Crysis 3.

Anyway, make sure the RAM is 1.5v. If you get an SSD, get 128GB. 64GB is a bit tight, and it's better to drop it and invest the money in the GPU/CPU if you're not going to get 128GB. Get the Hyper 212 EVO cooler. That PSU is terrible. Just terrible. Do NOT get an Apevia PSU. Get Corsair, Antec, PC Power and Cooling, etc.

Also, you are getting a pretty low-end motherboard. Get an i5-3570K and ASRock Extreme4. And with that motherboard, you can't even overclock. Only Z77/Z75 boards can. Also, what games will you play? That will help decide the GPU. The 670 has 95% of the performance of the 680. The 7970s are great for overclocking, a bit better than the 670/680.

Also, if you have a Microcenter nearby, you can get a lot of these components for a really good price.


Alright ill make sure to get an 128gb SSD if i get one. Are you sure about the power supply because its gotten pretty good reviews on newegg/amazon etc..

Is this ram the right voltage? http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX16...

Also thank for the motherboard tip. I found this z77 motherboard and its cheaper than the ASRock Extreme 4 http://www.amazon.com/MSI-LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboar...

is that ok?
September 22, 2012 4:13:26 PM

Why would you build a system for games that arent coming out for a year or so (think Crysis 3 will be out before that) with 2 year old architecture. Sure its still good, but the Ivy Bridge stuff is better, has more features and is about the same price. And I wouldnt use an Apevia product in anything id every build. From their cases to the not much better than crap PSUs.
September 22, 2012 4:13:52 PM

Never trust Newegg reviews. People use a product for 5 minutes and go and rave about how amazing it is. A PSU might not show issues at first, but at any time, it could go, and take your mobo and CPU along.

That RAM is 1.65v. It will shorten your CPU's lifespan. Get a 1600MHz 1.5v kit. Don't get Kingston RAM.

Mobo looks good.
September 22, 2012 4:17:59 PM

And yes, get the 3570K. It's not that much more.

And like I said, if you have a nearby Microcenter, the components are cheap there.
September 22, 2012 4:25:42 PM

obsama1 said:
Never trust Newegg reviews. People use a product for 5 minutes and go and rave about how amazing it is. A PSU might not show issues at first, but at any time, it could go, and take your mobo and CPU along.

That RAM is 1.65v. It will shorten your CPU's lifespan. Get a 1600MHz 1.5v kit. Don't get Kingston RAM.

Mobo looks good.


Alright i found Corsair Vengence ram at 1.5v. Whats the difference between that and 1.65? And i went with a Cooler Master Xtreme Power Supply 700 watts, and it has a two year warranty so if it is crap ill just return it.

The games i want to play maxed that are out are Skyrim, Crysis 2, Metro 2033, Battlefied 3, etc...
September 22, 2012 4:29:03 PM

vrumor said:
Why would you build a system for games that arent coming out for a year or so (think Crysis 3 will be out before that) with 2 year old architecture. Sure its still good, but the Ivy Bridge stuff is better, has more features and is about the same price. And I wouldnt use an Apevia product in anything id every build. From their cases to the not much better than crap PSUs.


I heard the ivy bridge CPUs are just a tiny bit better than sandy bridge and that the sandy bridge cpus can overclock more. Thats just what ive read online though.
September 22, 2012 4:35:18 PM

Be that as it may, it may be a .1 ghz difference in OCing. Whereas youd get pci-e 3.0 with Ivy Bridge. Amongst other features, im not an expert on Intel as ive had AMD for many years. But my next upgrade is definitely Ivy Bridge.
September 22, 2012 4:40:17 PM

vrumor said:
Be that as it may, it may be a .1 ghz difference in OCing. Whereas youd get pci-e 3.0 with Ivy Bridge. Amongst other features, im not an expert on Intel as ive had AMD for many years. But my next upgrade is definitely Ivy Bridge.


Yeah youre probably right. Ill get a i5 3570k if i decide to get an i5 instead of i7. Though the i7 3770k is about 40 bucks more than an i7 2700k, so i dont think ill be getting an ivy bridge i7 if i go with an i7.
September 22, 2012 4:42:20 PM

You wont need more than 3570k for gaming purposes.
September 22, 2012 4:44:37 PM

vrumor said:
You wont need more than 3570k for gaming purposes.


I might be doing some video editing and stuff like that. So im debating that with myself
September 22, 2012 4:50:37 PM

The only questions i have now are is my case big enough for a 7970/gtx 670 card and which graphics card should i get a 670 or 7970. Or if its really worth it a 680 or 7970 ghz edition.

Here are the specific models of these cards that i was looking at

GTX 670 http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Wi...

7970 http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

7970 GHZ http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Double-1050MHz-Graphics-FX797...

Gtx 680 http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-PCI-Express-Grap...

September 22, 2012 5:27:46 PM

1.65v RAM is not recommended. Intel advises 1.5v, and like I said, it can damage your CPU. And don't get a Cooler Master PSU. They're better, but still not great. Any Veteran/Addict on here will tell you that the PSU is the #1 most important part of a build. You can get a 3960X and 32GB of RAM, but if you get a poor-quality PSU, it's all in smoke.

Nobody really considers the 680 anymore, since the 670 is so close to it performance wise. It depends on the games you play though. Which games will you play?
September 22, 2012 5:32:51 PM

obsama1 said:
1.65v RAM is not recommended. Intel advises 1.5v, and like I said, it can damage your CPU. And don't get a Cooler Master PSU. They're better, but still not great. Any Veteran/Addict on here will tell you that the PSU is the #1 most important part of a build. You can get a 3960X and 32GB of RAM, but if you get a poor-quality PSU, it's all in smoke.

Nobody really considers the 680 anymore, since the 670 is so close to it performance wise. It depends on the games you play though. Which games will you play?

I plan on playing Skyrim with mods , Crysis 2 with hd texture pack, Battlefield 3, Metro 2033, etc..
September 22, 2012 5:39:05 PM

I'd get a 7970. The Sapphire 7970 (non-GHz) seems great.
September 22, 2012 6:13:24 PM

You'd kind of hope UE4 and Crysis 3 won't max out on current hardware, otherwise what's the point in next gen game engines...
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