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Building computer for RTS gaming

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November 15, 2012 10:55:29 AM

Hello I have been reading discussions and had originally built a computer on newegg.com with a

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

But after reading many forums and review I have learned that the Intel i5 processors are much better. Even though running at lower GHz. My question is, is this true and does it matter if I am strictly playing RTS games like Total War, Starcraft II, Company of Heros, etc....

My current build is:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 (getting for free from a friend who is upgrading his system)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157279

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231314

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814202004

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any suggestions would be very appreciated, especially if it will save me money.

November 15, 2012 11:01:21 AM

Couple things to note if you are going to play games like shogun 2 you may need a better gpu but on that note you can flash the 6970 BIOS to the 6950 making it run like its a 6970 meaning you will get a performance boost. (There are tutorials online on how to do that).

The stock fan that comes with the i5 isn't that great i would recommend getting something other than the stock fan.

Otherwise this build should be fine if you do decide you need a better gpu and you are playing above 1920x1080 get an amd gpu like the 7950 and if you are below that get something like a 670.

Everything else on this build is perfectly fine.
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