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What GPU and MB should I use with i7-2700k

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November 14, 2012 11:29:07 PM

I want my computer to be able to run video games. Also, I will be going to school for simulation and game design, so I want the computer to be able to handle all that game design stuff.

I have around $1000. So far, I've decided on the Intel i7-2700k processor. However, I have no idea on what GPU or motherboard I should get. What should I get to go along with my CPU? Should they all support one another? Also, what tips do you have for choosing a power supply to support with all of this?

At this time my CPU is $319.98, and remember I only have around $1000, so I have about $680.02 to work with.

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November 14, 2012 11:47:04 PM

There's no point in purchasing a 2700K anymore. Get a 3770K instead.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950
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November 15, 2012 12:18:08 AM

g-unit1111 said:
There's no point in purchasing a 2700K anymore. Get a 3770K instead.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950


Thanks man! Still though, I don't know quite enough about computers to know if you know what you're talking about or not, so if anyone could vouch for this dude, that would be great.
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November 15, 2012 12:33:53 AM

xmonke said:
Thanks man! Still though, I don't know quite enough about computers to know if you know what you're talking about or not, so if anyone could vouch for this dude, that would be great.


The 3770K is a much newer processor than the 2700K is. It's based on Intel's Ivy Bridge technology.

I'd try something like this for $1K:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1059.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 21:35 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2012 12:45:36 AM

g-unit1111 said:
The 3770K is a much newer processor than the 2700K is. It's based on Intel's Ivy Bridge technology.

I'd try something like this for $1K:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1059.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 21:35 EST-0500)


Wow, thanks! All looks good, but I'm a little suspicious about your choice of GPU. Will that be good enough for a lot of games and game development? I don't need the best, but I need a pretty good one. (At least I would think I do)
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November 15, 2012 12:49:42 AM

For a gpu I would lean toward Nvidia since you are probably going to have CUDA in the software you use to create games. I also say go with the 3770K, its a great cpu. I recommend an ASRock Extreme 4 for the motherboard. Its affordable and has great performance. I also recommend Seasonic power supplies.
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November 15, 2012 12:59:16 AM

maestro0428 said:
For a gpu I would lean toward Nvidia since you are probably going to have CUDA in the software you use to create games. I also say go with the 3770K, its a great cpu. I recommend an ASRock Extreme 4 for the motherboard. Its affordable and has great performance. I also recommend Seasonic power supplies.


Why do you say the ASRock Extreme 4 would be better than the Gigabyte? What are the differences?
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November 15, 2012 2:13:12 AM

xmonke said:
Wow, thanks! All looks good, but I'm a little suspicious about your choice of GPU. Will that be good enough for a lot of games and game development? I don't need the best, but I need a pretty good one. (At least I would think I do)


I have two of that same one - it's great for gaming and game development.

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Yea that looks good but do you really need and I7 an I5 is good enough for most things. As well you might want to get a SSD boot drive.

So
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k
Mother Board: Asus
P8Z77-V LX
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vlx
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-i [...] 25sat3256g


Leave the SSD off on a 1K build. You can always add one later.
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