First / New Gaming Build

hey i think i have finally figured out my configuration ( or what i would like) and i think it will work just asking others opinions on the entire thing like am i bottlenecking, better alternatives to what i have etc .

Case - cooler master haf-x
ps - Cooler master silent pro gold 1000 W
Gpu - 2 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 1GB
Ram - 16GB DDR3 G.Skill 2 x 8 GB 1600Mh
Mobo - ASUS Maximus V Formula
CPU - Intel core i7 3820
Hard Drive - drive 500 GB Seagate sata 3 16mb cache
SSD - 128 GB OCZ Agility 4 IV SATA3
OD - Samsung 24X SATA DVD Writer
CPU cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo CPU
xtra fans – 2 megaflow 200mm red

any opinion would be helpful thanks :)
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  1. This is a quite imbalanced gaming build if I might comment.

    You picked a very powerful CPU. One that really is not going to be utilized in today or tomorrow's games.

    The motherboard you picked is also overkill.

    I would switch the processor to an i5, and get a Z77 motherboard, unless you have no intention of overclocking.

    Then you can use the extra money into a much much much much better GPU than that.

    Also, for gaming, 16GB is wayy too much to waste money on. May as well go for 8.
  2. It's not really a good gaming build.
  3. Deemo13 said:
    This is a quite imbalanced gaming build if I might comment.

    You picked a very powerful CPU. One that really is not going to be utilized in today or tomorrow's games.

    The motherboard you picked is also overkill.

    I would switch the processor to an i5, and get a Z77 motherboard, unless you have no intention of overclocking.

    Then you can use the extra money into a much much much much better GPU than that.

    Also, for gaming, 16GB is wayy too much to waste money on. May as well go for 8.



    thank you for your quick reply yes i thought the cpu was overkill but that was because of availability what would you recommend in the i5 range and also which z77 there is so many any recommendations of graphics cards keeping in mind that i want to run 2 way sli setup?
  4. cutebeans said:
    It's not really a good gaming build.


    then tell me what you would recommend keeping it under $1500
  5. i5-3570k
    Asrock z77 Extreme4
    AMD 7870
    650-750 watts of power.
  6. if you can tell me a better alternative would you recommend the extra money for water cooling?
  7. I wouldn't recommend water cooling.

    As the owner of a Corsair H60 watercooling unit, I can tell you that it is not any better than my trusty Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. The only reason I have one is because I got it for free and it looks cool.
  8. ok
  9. any other graphic card possibilities ?
  10. cutebeans said:
    i5-3570k
    Asrock z77 Extreme4
    AMD 7870
    650-750 watts of power.


    any extreme reason why i shouldn't go for the 6?
  11. You mean the Extreme6? Its not really worth it for something that doesnt do any better.
  12. ok
    i think i might go with that then and 2 evga geforce gtx 660's
  13. or is it worth spending the extra $140 on the 660ti's
  14. Neither. I would go for a 7870 or 7950.
  15. but i'm gonna run two of them ?
  16. You should just be running 1 for now. 2 card setups arent really upgrade able in the future, whereas if you get one beastly card right now, you can get another one later.
  17. you think 7950 is better than asus gtx 580 directcu II top?
  18. Yes. Unless you already own the 580.
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