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October 30, 2012 9:44:58 PM

i am trying to figure out what is good for a homebuilt gaming pc. i have done quite a bit of research, but a lot of this still seems overwhelming to me. i have set up a build and was looking for any advice on where i can improve on any parts and if they are compatible. i am looking to be able to play games on ultra settings around $1500. the setup i have is around $1100 at the moment.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master SGC-2100-KWN1 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

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October 30, 2012 9:58:25 PM

3 things to possibly look at / change if I may.

16gb DDR3 is slightly overkill, especially for just gaming. 8gb is currently all that's needed unless I missed a game that uses more.

Drop down to maybe 1TB and pick up an SSD. Nice increase in OS operation and game load times.

I personally don't like the CM Storm Scout 2 (aesthetics only), I prefer the HAF 922 or the new Corsair cases, very good airflow.

Drop the GTX 660 Ti and for a GTX 680 or 7970. Best cards on the market and will last especially with the Radeon 8xxx (or whatever they call it) coming out next quarter.

Just my .02...build looks good though

Edit: OK, 4 things, whatever lol
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October 30, 2012 10:00:03 PM

i will check into that stuff. and btw i am a huge vikings fan also
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October 30, 2012 10:03:01 PM

I've loved the Vikings since I was a little kid living in Arizona while my parents cheered for the Cardinals.

Anyways, right now the Vikings are like a bad Windows install, works good for awhile but you never know when that BSOD will happen, and it will happen.
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October 30, 2012 10:22:11 PM

dscudella said:
3 things to possibly look at / change if I may.

16gb DDR3 is slightly overkill, especially for just gaming. 8gb is currently all that's needed unless I missed a game that uses more.

Drop down to maybe 1TB and pick up an SSD. Nice increase in OS operation and game load times.

I personally don't like the CM Storm Scout 2 (aesthetics only), I prefer the HAF 922 or the new Corsair cases, very good airflow.

Drop the GTX 660 Ti and for a GTX 680 or 7970. Best cards on the market and will last especially with the Radeon 8xxx (or whatever they call it) coming out next quarter.

Just my .02...build looks good though

Edit: OK, 4 things, whatever lol


i know i didnt say it before, but i am also looking into video editing also is the 16gb DDR3 still overkill?
i think i am going to stay with 2tb for that reason.
that haf 922 looks killer
and i switched to a GTX 680
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October 30, 2012 10:30:02 PM

also if i stick with the 2TB hd will i be able to add an ssd if so what size would you recommend
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October 30, 2012 10:35:45 PM

corky101c said:
also if i stick with the 2TB hd will i be able to add an ssd if so what size would you recommend


I (don't want to recommend the wrong thing) can't give you a legitimate answer on the SSD. I don't have enough knowledge to recommend one over the other. I know you need at least 64gb for the OS install. So you figure all your applications, programs & games. Then you use your HDD for your videos, pics, downloads, other files.

Sorry for the vague answer, trying to be honest without blowing smoke. Wait for someone else with a real answer, that's my recommendation lol.
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October 30, 2012 11:15:25 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)


here is what i have changed so far. from what i could find everything has had very good reviews. any comments from anybody else would be much appreciated.
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October 30, 2012 11:54:33 PM

corky101c said:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)


here is what i have changed so far. from what i could find everything has had very good reviews. any comments from anybody else would be much appreciated.

If you are gaming, then no need for the 4gb video card. 2 Is enough. No no need for 16 gb ram, 8 is perfect. Drop the 2tb hdd, and get a ssd as well. Basiclly what the other guy said.
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October 31, 2012 12:02:19 AM

Best answer selected by corky101c.
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