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December 11, 2012 5:43:13 PM

Hello, i was wondering whether this is a good PC for gaming for intense games such as BF3 and Skyrim on the highest settings (not intending to over clock) i have a budget of about £1000 give or take:

Computer Case: Sharkoon T9 Gaming Case (Red)
CPU: Intel i5 3570 - (4 x 3.4 GHZ) - Ivy Bridge
CPU Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 - Low Noise
Memory: Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB) (DDR3)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 2 GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H (Intel Z77)
Power Supply: Corsair 800W Gaming PSU - Low Noise
Hard Drive: 2 TB Seagate (2000 GB) SATA-III HDD 7200 RPM 64MB
Optical Drive: Samsung 24x DVD/CD Re-Writer/Reader - Black - (SATA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT

i went for an i5 processor because i heard i7 do not change the performance in terms of gaming much, especially for the extra money needed. not looking for an SSD either. too expensive for 30secs of load time which im not really bothered about anyway.
it would be great if you could tell me what i should change, if any, or if any parts that are not compatible with each other. thank you for any replies.

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a c 357 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 5:48:13 PM

It looks fine to me. You don't have a "k" edition CPU and you won't be overclocking so you do not need an aftermarket cooler.
December 11, 2012 5:49:48 PM

Get the i5-3570k, Overclockable. Everything else is great!
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December 11, 2012 7:24:50 PM

Overclocking the 3570k, involves 30 seconds work. changing the turbo multiplier to say 42/3/4 in the bios, and boom, extra performance that really makes a difference in High end Gaming.

Anyone looking at gaming and the 3570k should just bite the bullet, get k series and change 1 setting in the bios for a happy chip running 4.2Ghz or more.

Get the 3570k
a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 7:35:09 PM

I have a very similar build but I'm using the K version. If the price is close between them and you think you may OC get the K version, If you never plan on overclocking get the regular version.
December 11, 2012 7:36:58 PM

^ bump

Usually the ´K´ version doesn´t cost much more, and sometimes they cost the same.

One thing that I´d change is the PSU, if you do not intent to 2x SLI.

You don´t need 800W to power a GTX 670 -- 500W is more than enough if you do not overclock the CPU -- if you overclock it then 600W is just fine.



December 11, 2012 7:53:20 PM

Thank you for the replies! been helpful. i didnt want to over clock because i really have no idea how to do it and i heard you can damage you pc if not done right, not if its as easy as you say i might buy the i5 3570k.
December 12, 2012 2:42:39 PM

^^ thanks this helps :) 
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