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September 4, 2012 9:32:23 PM

Hi.
I'm looking at gaming rigs and have the bulk of the stuff nailed down for what I want (i.e. CPU, RAM, Motherboard etc.) but i'm now stuck on graphics cards.
I want to use the computer for gaming, with such games as Skyrim, BF3, Fallout games, LFD 2 and Killing Floor etc.
Heres the specs so far.

CPU - intel core i7 3rd gen (3770)
RAM - 8GB crosair DDR3 Vengeance Memory
Motherboard - AsRock z77 pro4 motherboard.
Case - coolermaster elite 430
PSU - ACE 750W psu
HDD - seagate ST31000524AS 1TB
OS - Windows 7 Obviously

Just the graphics card left now. I'm looking to spend £150 max but over the next few months I am willing to save up and get a better one If I have to.

Thanks in advance

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September 4, 2012 9:38:36 PM

You mean, buy one now for 150 and then after a few months buy an other, better one ?
September 4, 2012 9:39:56 PM

Forgot to mention that the res of the motioner is 1920-1080 22"
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September 4, 2012 9:47:59 PM

If you don't bother reading the rest, read this: Get an i5 instead of i7 and save $100, and get either a Radeon 7870 or 7950, an i5 with a better graphics card will beat the pants off an i7 with a worse graphics card. OR save up a bit more and get the GTX 670.


That's a pretty good rig so far, only a couple suggestions here for your GPU.

First off, I would save the (and I will be converting euros to dollars here for reference as I am American, sorry if this causes problems) $100 (80 euro?) and get an i5 3570k as suppose to the i7 3770 (k or non-k).

The reason for getting the i5 over the i7 is that, for gaming, it is much cheaper and just as good. The only difference between the two is hyperthreading, and games do not make use of more than 2-4 cores anyways. I have an i5-3570k and I will tell you it is MUCH more than enough for ANY modern game already. Don't take my word for it, look up the benchmarks for yourself.

So assuming you switch to the i5 from the i7, that would leave you with somewhere around 230-250 euros right? So approx. $300.

In the $300 range I would go for a Radeon card. Although Nvidia did recently release the GTX 660 Ti, it has a lower memory bus making it a bad long-term choice. However, Radeon just lowered the prices on their mid-high range cards, putting either a Radeon 7950 or Radeon 7870 the best option for you right now.

If you really don't mind saving a bit more, the $400 mark will hit the end of the exponential curve of price/performance. At that point, you could go for a GTX 670, which is barely slower than the current flagships, the 7970 and 680 (faster than the 7970 in some games).
September 4, 2012 9:48:54 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
You mean, buy one now for 150 and then after a few months buy an other, better one ?


I mean that if i cannot buy a car for £150 or under that is good enough to run on high and above i will save up for a better one.
sorry for the confusion.
September 4, 2012 10:00:54 PM

nsouter853 said:
If you don't bother reading the rest, read this: Get an i5 instead of i7 and save $100, and get either a Radeon 7870 or 7950, an i5 with a better graphics card will beat the pants off an i7 with a worse graphics card. OR save up a bit more and get the GTX 670.


That's a pretty good rig so far, only a couple suggestions here for your GPU.

First off, I would save the (and I will be converting euros to dollars here for reference as I am American, sorry if this causes problems) $100 (80 euro?) and get an i5 3570k as suppose to the i7 3770 (k or non-k).

The reason for getting the i5 over the i7 is that, for gaming, it is much cheaper and just as good. The only difference between the two is hyperthreading, and games do not make use of more than 2-4 cores anyways. I have an i5-3570k and I will tell you it is MUCH more than enough for ANY modern game already. Don't take my word for it, look up the benchmarks for yourself.

So assuming you switch to the i5 from the i7, that would leave you with somewhere around 230-250 euros right? So approx. $300.

In the $300 range I would go for a Radeon card. Although Nvidia did recently release the GTX 660 Ti, it has a lower memory bus making it a bad long-term choice. However, Radeon just lowered the prices on their mid-high range cards, putting either a Radeon 7950 or Radeon 7870 the best option for you right now.

If you really don't mind saving a bit more, the $400 mark will hit the end of the exponential curve of price/performance. At that point, you could go for a GTX 670, which is barely slower than the current flagships, the 7970 and 680 (faster than the 7970 in some games).


It would be in £ not euro haha but anyway... i5 3570k would that be a good choice and for the prices that i can find it for it would only save £52 ish if not a bit less.
i could save a bit more on getting a 500GB HDD instead but that wont give a much more money unfortunetly but as i said i am willing to hold off on a graphics card for a couple of months to save for a better card.
Thanks
September 4, 2012 10:08:27 PM

nsouter853 said:
If you don't bother reading the rest, read this: Get an i5 instead of i7 and save $100, and get either a Radeon 7870 or 7950, an i5 with a better graphics card will beat the pants off an i7 with a worse graphics card. OR save up a bit more and get the GTX 670.


That's a pretty good rig so far, only a couple suggestions here for your GPU.

First off, I would save the (and I will be converting euros to dollars here for reference as I am American, sorry if this causes problems) $100 (80 euro?) and get an i5 3570k as suppose to the i7 3770 (k or non-k).

The reason for getting the i5 over the i7 is that, for gaming, it is much cheaper and just as good. The only difference between the two is hyperthreading, and games do not make use of more than 2-4 cores anyways. I have an i5-3570k and I will tell you it is MUCH more than enough for ANY modern game already. Don't take my word for it, look up the benchmarks for yourself.

So assuming you switch to the i5 from the i7, that would leave you with somewhere around 230-250 euros right? So approx. $300.

In the $300 range I would go for a Radeon card. Although Nvidia did recently release the GTX 660 Ti, it has a lower memory bus making it a bad long-term choice. However, Radeon just lowered the prices on their mid-high range cards, putting either a Radeon 7950 or Radeon 7870 the best option for you right now.

If you really don't mind saving a bit more, the $400 mark will hit the end of the exponential curve of price/performance. At that point, you could go for a GTX 670, which is barely slower than the current flagships, the 7970 and 680 (faster than the 7970 in some games).


Is this the card you mean? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Graphics-Architec...
September 5, 2012 1:22:12 AM

ozoscroft said:
Is this the card you mean? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Palit-GeForce-Graphics-Architec...


Yeah that's a 670 all right. Although I would personally recommend the EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition. It's a 670 with a 680 board and 680 clock speeds, and EVGA's great customer support.

And definately save the extra cash and get an i5 instead of an i7 for gaming.

Depending on how much money you have available, this would be my list of GPU's to look at, from best/most expensive (top) to worst/cheapest (bottum):

GTX 670
Radeon 7950
Radeon 7870
Radeon 7850
Radeon 7770
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September 5, 2012 6:33:42 PM

That psu looks like crap and has only got i pcie connector. ( +12V ; 2 x 22A, 750W ? Really ? :lol:  )

I really advice to get a decent brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX.
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September 6, 2012 10:30:58 AM

That psu does look better.

I see you have just 1 fan ? I would add an other one. ( 1 for in and 1 for out )

@majincry ; Cooler Master isn't that great actually.
September 6, 2012 2:56:28 PM

Something good with PCI-E 3.0 support to benefit all aspects of 3770 and z77 motherboard.
I should have gotten 3770 too to benefit the PCI-E 3.0 on z77 motherboard
September 6, 2012 4:11:58 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
That psu does look better.

I see you have just 1 fan ? I would add an other one. ( 1 for in and 1 for out )

@majincry ; Cooler Master isn't that great actually.

no i'm getting 3, just not put it like that yet.
one for top, one for back and one for the side.
September 6, 2012 4:12:43 PM

and there is also already one pre-installed on the top.

Thanks for the Help everyone btw
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September 6, 2012 4:13:06 PM

Lovely !
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