Is this a good setup for games?

Is this a good setup for games?


CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [+14]
CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (1,000 RPM Black Color with No LED Enlobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dBA)
FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (1 x System)
FAN: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575) [+38]
HDD: 500GB Gaming Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000RPM SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache WD5000HHTZ [+97] (Single Drive)
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+33] (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H Intel B75 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, HDMI, GbLAN, USB 3.0, SATA-III, 2x Gen2 PCIe x16 & PCI
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom panels [+29]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 700 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+8]
VIDEO CARD 1: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+104] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO CARD 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+104] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300 Mbps Wireless Card + External 2.4G 5 Dbi Omni-Directional Wireless Antenna [+39]
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  1. what's your monitor and resolution ????

    I would not sli to lower end cards. I would get the best single card solution I could get.

    sli-ing may look good on paper but the higher up the video card chain the cards architecture changes giving better playability....... frames per second isn't the only thing to look at when gauging performance.
  2. ^+1

    Also, I would suggest building the system yourself. iBuypower or Cyberpower PC always ups their prices.

    Try building your own, you'll get way better build and a system that is much cheaper, plus it's a great/nice experience to have.

    What's your budget?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. swifty_morgan said:
    what's your monitor and resolution ????

    I would not sli to lower end cards. I would get the best single card solution I could get.

    sli-ing may look good on paper but the higher up the video card chain the cards architecture changes giving better playability....... frames per second isn't the only thing to look at when gauging performance.

    I haven't really looked into monitors yet, but I would probably want to get a 23', 120hz refresh rate, and a low response time.
  4. aznshinobi said:
    ^+1

    Also, I would suggest building the system yourself. iBuypower or Cyberpower PC always ups their prices.

    Try building your own, you'll get way better build and a system that is much cheaper, plus it's a great/nice experience to have.

    What's your budget?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Using the format you linked me with:


    Approximate Purchase Date: Next year

    Budget Range: Preferably around $1000 but up to $1250

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/recording gameplay, watching movies and youtube videos

    Parts Not Required: Just my mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any websites as long as they are "Reliable"

    Country: No idea

    Parts Preferences: No AMD and maybe a microphone?

    Overclocking: NO

    SLI or Crossfire: Not exactly a computer wiz so I'm not sure what this means, but would it mean like having dual video cards?

    Monitor Resolution: Probably goes to get a monitor that has a resolution of 1920x1280

    Additional Comments: Wanted quiet as possible
  5. Yes, SLI/Crossfire means dual cards. Since your setup above was SLI, I'll assume you're going to Crossfire/SLI.

    Well, I honestly would suggest looking into tech hardware. The main reason is because you'll need to stay up to date, I'd assume since you want to record gameplay. As such you want your GPUs to be solid enough to record well @ your monitor resolution, that's typically 1080P nowadays.

    Anyways, check out my $850 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147086871
    Drop the i5 3570K down to the i5 3450 (-$35)
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-3450-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0ECE%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007SZ0ECE
    Swap the 7870 for the 7970 and you're good to go for a long long time. (+160)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
    Total: $970

    Quick question, your purchase date is next year... By next year do you mean the first half, or basically a year from now? With new CPUs coming in next year I think it would be beneficial for you to wait until Haswell (Intel) or Piledriver (AMD) is released.
  6. aznshinobi said:
    Yes, SLI/Crossfire means dual cards. Since your setup above was SLI, I'll assume you're going to Crossfire/SLI.

    Well, I honestly would suggest looking into tech hardware. The main reason is because you'll need to stay up to date, I'd assume since you want to record gameplay. As such you want your GPUs to be solid enough to record well @ your monitor resolution, that's typically 1080P nowadays.

    Anyways, check out my $850 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module147086871
    Drop the i5 3570K down to the i5 3450 (-$35)
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-3450-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0ECE%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007SZ0ECE
    Swap the 7870 for the 7970 and you're good to go for a long long time. (+160)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
    Total: $970

    Quick question, your purchase date is next year... By next year do you mean the first half, or basically a year from now? With new CPUs coming in next year I think it would be beneficial for you to wait until Haswell (Intel) or Piledriver (AMD) is released.

    2013 towards the end of the third quarter/ beginning of the fourth quarter of the year, so basically 11 months from now.
  7. Wait until then, and then ask. It's a bit to early to plan an indepth build as chips as stated are coming out in Q2. So I'd wait until about Q2-Q3 to plan. Plus, parts will have price drops, AMD Gpus are already getting cheaper (better alternatives to Nvidia ones at same price quite honestly).
  8. amd cards are getting cheaper but did you see the performance of the up and comers ?.... if I come across those cards again I'll post the site.......

    I think something went over this guys head........... don't buy 2 cards............ buy 1 really good/great card.
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