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February 18, 2013 1:36:06 AM

So I'm thinking about buying the Intel Core i7-3930K 6-Core Processor and this is mainly going to be used for gaming. I'm going to be running it on 1 screen at 1920x1080 resolution, I plan on getting 3 screen setup eventually if I can torture myself into dishing out the money for 2 extra screens but I'm thinking this is more the GPU's work.

Another side question is I'm getting the Nvidia GTX 690 4GB, also again going to be used for gaming. I'd like to focus on being more money efficient so I'm thinking that scaling down to the Core i5-3570K and the Nvidia EVGA 680 4GB which will save me around £500, what do you guys think? I'm fairly new to this so if I have skipped out on any information don't be afraid to ask. If I don't reply within 10 minutes I'm asleep!

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February 18, 2013 1:39:12 AM

Also Instead of 3 screens I might just upgrade to a higher resolution monitor but I love to play all my games on maximum settings, they literally have to be max all the time I just love the beauty of them! Graphics make the game amirite? XD
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February 18, 2013 1:39:44 AM

strictly gaming u dont need neither the 690 nor the 3930k lol Id say a 680 and an i7 3770k just cause will be plenty. The i5 will be great but why not get an i7? lol
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February 18, 2013 1:45:08 AM

hey if money is no problem that would be a sick gaming rig.

and if youre going all out might as well get a 2560 x 1440 resolution monitor
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February 18, 2013 1:45:42 AM

For strictly gaming save the money and get the 3570k. Also the 690 is way overkill/overpriced. The main draw is 2 gpus on the same PCB. You could sli 670s and see similar performance for much less of a price. I wouldn't waste money on the 3930k or the 3770 when the 3570k offers the same performance in gaming.
February 18, 2013 1:47:42 AM

computernewb said:
hey if money is no problem that would be a sick gaming rig.

and if youre going all out might as well get a 2560 x 1440 resolution monitor


Yeah that's my thinking but its starting to his the budget wall and I think of all the other things I could buy instead of this hugely powerful gaming computer when I will never actually hit the barrier of its capability. :S
February 18, 2013 1:48:58 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
For strictly gaming save the money and get the 3570k. Also the 690 is way overkill/overpriced. The main draw is 2 gpus on the same PCB. You could sli 670s and see similar performance for much less of a price. I wouldn't waste money on the 3930k or the 3770 when the 3570k offers the same performance in gaming.


I'd rather get the 680 than the 670 and I don't want to SLi I'm more of a "one card kind of guy", but would these cards be able to run in... I think its like 2560x1xxx resolution (I've forgot. :p )
February 18, 2013 1:50:23 AM

lazyboy947 said:
strictly gaming u dont need neither the 690 nor the 3930k lol Id say a 680 and an i7 3770k just cause will be plenty. The i5 will be great but why not get an i7? lol


Hmm thanks, the 680 would be fine running at 2560x1xxx (I've forgot the resolution) right? Max settings on ANY game, + with me messing around like spawning 50,000 cheeses rolling down a hill on skyrim or having a 200 man war. :D 
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February 18, 2013 1:50:39 AM

The 690 is sli. Its 2 cards sli on the same PCB
the 680 will run 2560x1440 fine. You can always sli at a later
date if you need more power.
February 18, 2013 1:53:48 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
The 690 is sli. Its 2 cards sli on the same PCB
the 680 will run 2560x1440 fine. You can always sli at a later
date if you need more power.


Since I'm new to this sorry for the questions. XD But would the I5 be able to handle the 2 GPU's for good performance?
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February 18, 2013 1:59:39 AM

Yes. The only difference between the i5 and 7 is hyper threading. Gaming performance you won't see any difference. I have the i5 2500k, as the i7 2600k gave zero gains in gaming.
February 18, 2013 2:02:50 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
Yes. The only difference between the i5 and 7 is hyper threading. Gaming performance you won't see any difference. I have the i5 2500k, as the i7 2600k gave zero gains in gaming.


Thanks you have been a great help! Oh also! Sorry for the questions I know I'm annoying, but would both the CPU and GPU be okay with me streaming while say playing Battlefield 3 on max settings? And playing skyrim with a good 50 mods and spawning 200 man wars and 50,000 watermelons rolling down a hill? It's a funny requirement but I love doing stupid things on games such as rolling watermelons down a mountain. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:05:37 AM

i'd scale down even further from the 680 to a gtx 670 because you can overclock them past the 680 specs and save some money plus the price/performance ratio is better than the 680 {=^.^=}

i5 3570k is all u need for gaming....as stated by FlintIronStagg, you won't benefit from an i-7 while gaming

is your system already built or are you gonna build one?
February 18, 2013 2:06:54 AM

cpu and gpu would be fine lol
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February 18, 2013 2:08:49 AM

The 680 is fine if you want to get the best. 3gb should be enough for higher resolutions and mods.
February 18, 2013 2:10:05 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
i'd scale down even further from the 680 to a gtx 670 because you can overclock them past the 680 specs and save some money plus the price/performance ratio is better than the 680 {=^.^=}

i5 3570k is all u need for gaming....as stated by FlintIronStagg, you won't benefit from an i-7 while gaming

is your system already built or are you gonna build one?


I have all the parts in my basket on Amazon so I'm just asking around to see if I've got everything right. :p  And honestly I don't really know much about overclocking and when I hear it, it worries me because doesn't it reduce the length of time your system can run?
February 18, 2013 2:10:40 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
The 680 is fine if you want to get the best. 3gb should be enough for higher resolutions and mods.


Thanks! You've been a big help. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:12:54 AM

if you got the money to spend, by all means get the extreme stuff, but you would be fine with spending less as well...they make a 3gb 680?
February 18, 2013 2:14:58 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
if you got the money to spend, by all means get the extreme stuff, but you would be fine with spending less as well...they make a 3gb 680?


I have it to spend but I don't want to spend it. XD I'd rather spend it on a system that will stay 'up to date' for 3 years or so then upgrade it, rather than having an EXTREME system but by the time anything worth while comes out for it, all the parts will be used up and in their dying moments. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:17:20 AM

overclocking doesn't reduce the time your system can run...you just have to know how to overclock, but if you're not interested in learning, you're always gonna be taking the most expensive route to get the most out of your gaming, and there is nothing wrong with that either....i just can't afford that route lol
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February 18, 2013 2:17:30 AM

No system will be top for 3 years. It will be top now, and start to wane a bit over time.
By the 3rd year you will be upgrading again.
February 18, 2013 2:18:25 AM

i just always assume people are gonna overclock when they get an unlocked processor is all hah
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February 18, 2013 2:22:04 AM

Overclocking with an Intel k processor is a snap.
Speedstep on, start at 1.35vcore, raise multiplier until 4, then 4.2, then 4.5 watching temps, then after proven stable at desired rate, reduce vcore until lowest possible while stable.
February 18, 2013 2:23:23 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
overclocking doesn't reduce the time your system can run...you just have to know how to overclock, but if you're not interested in learning, you're always gonna be taking the most expensive route to get the most out of your gaming, and there is nothing wrong with that either....i just can't afford that route lol


I would like to overclocking but I don't know how but I'm interested. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:24:01 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
No system will be top for 3 years. It will be top now, and start to wane a bit over time.
By the 3rd year you will be upgrading again.


I meant as in condition of the computer not its ranking between other parts. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:24:15 AM

yeah, if you want to get the most bang for your buck.....LEARN ABOUT OVERCLOCKING! you don't need the most expensive gear to get the most performance, you wanna get the stuff thats a little older and affordable and crank 'em up
February 18, 2013 2:26:32 AM

Starmaderp said:
I meant as in condition of the computer not its ranking between other parts. :p 


people that damage parts from overclocking (i'm assuming this is what you mean about the condition) is that they don't learn much about it and over juice their hardware and create too much heat. you can safely do it easily, it just takes a few minutes of reading.
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February 18, 2013 2:27:02 AM

Starmaderp said:
I meant as in condition of the computer not its ranking between other parts. :p 

then the suggested parts will do you just fine
February 18, 2013 2:27:43 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
then the suggested parts will do you just fine


Thanks! :D 
February 18, 2013 2:28:45 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
people that damage parts from overclocking (i'm assuming this is what you mean about the condition) is that they don't learn much about it and over juice their hardware and create too much heat. you can safely do it easily, it just takes a few minutes of reading.


Could to link me to a reliable place to learn about this? :p  As I said I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to computers I only know the basics really but I'd like to know about overclocking just in case I ever need it! :D 
February 18, 2013 2:30:15 AM

Question to you all also, would it be possible for me to run Unigine Heaven 3.0 on max settings? Cause It looks really beautiful. :p  At 2560x1440
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February 18, 2013 2:31:01 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
if you got the money to spend, by all means get the extreme stuff, but you would be fine with spending less as well...they make a 3gb 680?

my apologies, the ftw 680 is 4gb
February 18, 2013 2:31:44 AM

there is an entire place on the forum just for overclocking, it will explain it all there, just click forums and click overclocking and read or start a thread if you still don't understand it. but you're spending way more than you have to on a 670, and its not gonna perform that much better than the overclocked 670, in fact the overclocked 670 will surpass your stock 680, it just saves you a good chunk of money, i bought my 670 for $354, how much are you spending on the 680?
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February 18, 2013 2:32:11 AM

Yes, unigine heaven would run fine on the 680 at 2560x1440
February 18, 2013 2:35:12 AM

the 4gb 680 makes me drool, but thats between $550-600 bucks, from what i read earlier he wants to save money if he can.

now if i had the money to spend, i would buy the 4gb ftw 680 and overclock that if i could hah

February 18, 2013 2:35:38 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
there is an entire place on the forum just for overclocking, it will explain it all there, just click forums and click overclocking and read or start a thread if you still don't understand it. but you're spending way more than you have to on a 670, and its not gonna perform that much better than the overclocked 670, in fact the overclocked 670 will surpass your stock 680, it just saves you a good chunk of money, i bought my 670 for $354, how much are you spending on the 680?


Unsure as of yet because I was looking at the 690, so I since I've changed to the 680 now I havn't looked at the price yet but i'm thinking its £450/$650
February 18, 2013 2:37:23 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
the 4gb 680 makes me drool, but thats between $550-600 bucks, from what i read earlier he wants to save money if he can.

now if i had the money to spend, i would buy the 4gb ftw 680 and overclock that if i could hah


If the 680 makes you drool I wonder about the 690 I was actually going to get. :p 
February 18, 2013 2:38:36 AM

i dunno i haven't even bothered to look at the 690 benches because i'm NEVER going to spend that much for a graphics card lol
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February 18, 2013 2:39:30 AM

the 690 is twice as fast as the 680. Its just 1k, and power you don't need. If you WANT the power its your money
February 18, 2013 2:41:43 AM

i think owning a 690 is more about bragging really. its just entirely unnecessary/severe overkill/not practical
February 18, 2013 2:43:24 AM

HoboCannibaL said:
i think owning a 690 is more about bragging really. its just entirely unnecessary/severe overkill/not practical


Well that was not the reaction I was expecting. XD
February 18, 2013 2:44:15 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
the 690 is twice as fast as the 680. Its just 1k, and power you don't need. If you WANT the power its your money


Thanks to you guys I've already converted to the 680, :p  thanks though. XD
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