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October 16, 2012 4:40:04 PM

Hi all,

I'm building a new system specifically for gaming but i will also be using programs such as CAD. This is what I have been looking at so far:

MotherBoard:
Asus p8z77-v
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/DDR3/57456/ASUS+P8Z77-V%...

CPU:
Intel core i7-3770K Box, LGA1155
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/Socket+1155/56294/Intel+...

GPU:
Sapphire 11199-00-20G HD7870 2GB GDDR5
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-00-20G-HD7870-GD...
or
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 V2, AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2GB
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/2048+MB/60146/ASUS+HD787...


Cases:
Cooler Master HAF 912 schwarz, ohne Netzteil
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/Midi/41084/Cooler+Master...
or
Cooler Master Elite 430, ohne Netzteil
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/Midi/59375/Cooler+Master...


PSU:
Corsair Gaming Series GS700 80PLUS Bronze 700W
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/600+-+700+Watts/63621/Co...

Memory:
8GB-Kit G-Skill RipJaws PC3-12800U CL9
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/1600+Low+Voltage/44314/8...

HDD:
WD Caviar Blue 320GB SATA 3 6Gb/s
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/7200+RPM/39655/WD+Caviar...

DVD:
ASUS DRW-24B5ST bare
http://www2.hardwareversand.de/S-ATA/59406/ASUS+DRW-24B...

First off I want to know if everything will be compatible? The games I will be playing are Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on ultra spec.
Also I am open to suggestion on every part. If there is a recommendation to make this cheaper then that's great!

I would also hope to overclock it in the future.

Thanks in advance.

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October 16, 2012 5:15:38 PM

get the asrock z77 extreme4 instead. cheaper and provides most of the features

id recommend a better case like a antec 302

id also recommend a hyper 212 evo so that you can overclock the rig



also, if the 7950 isnt too much more than the 7870, id suggest getting one


October 16, 2012 6:10:25 PM

All right, I'll check them out.

Thanks.
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October 16, 2012 6:57:47 PM

A couple of points:
Are you doing enough, in CAD, to justify i7. Autocad, particularly in 3D, benefits from i7, but you need to be doing a fair bit, to make it worthwhile.
On cases, the HAF is a lot better than the Elite.
Whilst Radeon graphic cards are generally better value, over a wide range of games, their nVidia counterparts do particularly well, in some games, especially BF3 (also Borderlands, Portal, and Shogun), and are worth considering, if looking for best performance, in those games.
October 18, 2012 2:10:53 PM

malbluff said:
A couple of points:
Are you doing enough, in CAD, to justify i7. Autocad, particularly in 3D, benefits from i7, but you need to be doing a fair bit, to make it worthwhile.
On cases, the HAF is a lot better than the Elite.
Whilst Radeon graphic cards are generally better value, over a wide range of games, their nVidia counterparts do particularly well, in some games, especially BF3 (also Borderlands, Portal, and Shogun), and are worth considering, if looking for best performance, in those games.


I also use solidworks, sorry i didn't mention that. Do you think I would be better off dropping to a core i5 and getting a better graphics card?
October 18, 2012 3:21:24 PM

In gaming terms, I would definitely say yes. For things like Autocad, at least some 3D processes, and high -end photgraphic software, like Adobe CS6, i7 is a benefit. Confess I'm not sure whether SolidWorks uses the hyperthreading, of i7. Even then, it's a question of how much you are using that software. Are you doing enough to make the added expense, worthwhile, is something you have to consider. Nothing, that I'm aware of, actually NEEDS i7, except to make it run faster.
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