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Advice on a new gaming rig

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December 11, 2012 7:11:38 PM

Hi there everybody! So basically I want to get myself a new gaming rig, my current one (Intel Q6600 + GTX 280 + Asus P5Q Pro) is getting old. My current budget is about 900-1100 € (I currently live in Spain), and here's a configuration I came up with:

ASUS P8Z77-V LX (107€)
INTEL CORE I7-3770K 3.4GHz Socket 1155 8MB Cache (287€)
ASUS GTX 670 DC2 2GB DDR5 (380€)
WD HDD 3.5" 3TB SATA6 GB/S 64MB GREEN (131€)

Total amount: 1079€

My goal is to get a decent gaming rig so I can play at 1920x1200 maxed out with +30fps, you know games like Far Cry 3, Metro 2033, BF3, Shogun 2 Total War, Skyrim and of course Duke Nukem 3D (?) and hopefully it will last me for a while, and btw I'm not planning on OC yet I'm not really sure.

Anyway, I would really appreciate your suggestions and if you think I can get a better value with a different configuration then I'm all ears.. or eyes, whatever.

Thanks a lot! :D 


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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 8:56:26 PM

The 3770K is not going to give you any benefits in gaming over a 3570K, and it won't really help to future proof either.

Also, get a better power supply. Something from Antec, Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic should do.
a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 9:00:16 PM

I agree with Deemo unless you are needing the hyper-threading for professional environment things a 3570k will do you just fine.

Also I agree on the power supply recommendation he gave you. I'm not to familiar with the brand you have listed and with the money you are putting into the power supply I couldn't imagine the Corsair, XFX, Antec, or Seasonic being that expensive.
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December 11, 2012 9:07:56 PM

Yeah that was actually one of my doubts, I wasn't sure if the 3770K was worth the extra money over a 3570K, I'll stick with the i5 then. Is Thermaltake a good option for a power supply? If not I'll go with some of the ones you've listed. Is the wattage enough though? Thanks!
December 11, 2012 9:13:20 PM

Check out this build that I posted earlier for another person who had similar requirements to yours. PCpartpicker does not work specifically for Spain but I am sure that with a little tweaking you can use it to come up with a build that will suit your needs.

BTW, Stay away from off brands of PSU like that one you posted. It's a fire hazard. Stick with Corsair or Seasonic for best results. The PSU is your most important component, don't cheap out on it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($170.41 @ eCost)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1191.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 18:08 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2012 9:13:50 PM

Thermaltake isn't bad but its not great I would suggest that you look at what you are purchasing. Not all power supplies by every manufacture are good.

Things you want to check:
1. Wattage/Amps 12v amps
a. single rail (normally preferred)
b. mutiple rails
2. 80+ (bronze, silver, gold, platinum, titanium)
3. What reviewers say about the power supply
a. most of the more commonly purchased power supplies have in depth reviews.

&Jkat hes not in the us so the prices you listed aren't going to apply here. His currency is EURO.
December 11, 2012 9:22:16 PM

Cool, I'll keep that in mind. I'll swing by a few stores tomorrow and check whether they have a better PSU.

That's a great rig, and it's not that expensive. Unfortunately I don't think I'll get those prices being in the EU, yet amazon might be my best choice for some of those components.

I'll get back at you with some changes on the pc configuration then! :) 

December 13, 2012 7:49:51 AM

Well I went a bit over the budget, but I finally got this
i5 3570K
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte GTX670 2GB OC

I was thinking hopefully in the future if I need to upgrade, I can just go with another GTX670 running in SLI, that psu should do just fine if I'm not planning to OC my i5.

Thanks again for all your help, guys! :)