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December 22, 2012 9:53:39 PM

I am building my own first gaming desktop I was looking at the hard drives is 750gb of hard drive enough for The Sims 3, expansions,sim city 2013,battlefield 3 and some other games on high settings ...or should I get 1tb heres some of the parts I am getting

Intel Core i7-3770K Processor: http://goo.gl/YxNFo

Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler: http://goo.gl/iSHH8

EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Graphics Card http://goo.gl/Vwjxf

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard http://goo.gl/HvuEF

16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

120gb Samsung 840 Series (SSD) http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-120GB-interna.../B...

750gb Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive: http://goo.gl/5uXpn

750W Corsair TX750W Modular Power Supply: http://goo.gl/eR7SX

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a b 4 Gaming
December 22, 2012 9:56:06 PM

You'll want your games on the SSD anyway. 750GB is a big drive though, will hold a lot. I'd get a Samsung 830 instead if you can, or 840 Pro if you can spend a bit more. For gaming, an i5 3570K will be equally fast, and a GTX670 is only ~6% slower than the GTX680. Money saved from those could get you a 250GB Samsung 830 or 840 Pro and a 1TB drive.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 3:47:48 AM

stick with the 670
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 4:25:17 AM

I would personally go with the AMD 7950 GPU and save a bit of $. Here is what I'd consider:

Intel i5 3570k w/AMD 7950 GPU w/16 gb RAM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1066.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 01:19 EST-0500)

* CPU is all you should need and OC's quite well.
* CPU HSF if better than stock one and should allow you to keep things cooler and/or OC a bit better than stock for minimal investment.
* Mobo has all of the options that most people want.
* RAM has low profile heat spreaders, so you should be able to fit most aftermarket CPU HSF's without too much issues. Also runs at stock voltage of 1.5v and also @ CAS 9!!!
* SSD is of a good size (250 gb before installation) and is quite fast. This will allow quite a few games and other applications, so you don't have to be too picky on which games/apps you will install on the SSD. I also included a good 1 TB HD for other data that you might want to hold on your system.
* GPU is a good one and doesn't break the bank either!
* Case allows 17.7" length GPU's in the case!!! The one I listed is only 11.4" long, so your covered there. The case also has 2 x USB 3.0 front ports too, to keep your data transferring at maximum speeds!
* PSU is 80 plus Bronze Certified at 40 degrees C!!! Has 38A on the 12v rails (used mainly for GPU's) and is also MODULAR!!!!
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 5:08:35 AM

Since Battlefield 3 is an Nvidia favoring game, I would go with a GTX 670 for this build. It also has support for Physx. So if you plan on playing Batman AC or Borderlands 2, the gtx 670 would come in handy. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1146.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 02:08 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 5:46:10 AM

DeusAres said:
Since Battlefield 3 is an Nvidia favoring game, I would go with a GTX 670 for this build. It also has support for Physx. So if you plan on playing Batman AC or Borderlands 2, the gtx 670 would come in handy. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1146.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 02:08 EST-0500)

If you have the $80 to spare than that wouldn't be too bad either. The 7950 does quite well and can trade blows with the 670 generally speaking, but it's up to OP if they have/want to spend more for the GPU. Either one will do well.
December 23, 2012 5:49:37 AM

Also my recamend is Buy "TRANSCEND" ram .reason other manufacturers give only 1year warenty but transcend give "lifetime warenty" so no need to warry about problems. Then cost "no more dealer and distributer " because anyone can "buy directly in TRANSCEND.COM" so cost lower then other.
Buy transcend axe ram and ssd.
for i7 processor use 7950 ,7990 or 680, 690 gpu.
Buy asus mobo 5year warenty.
coolermaster psu 5year warenty.
if u r overclocker use coolermaster v10 watercooler.otherwise dont buy cooler.
Ssd 256 gb is enough for gamers also 128gb is slower.buy
3tb hdds for backup reason after 6months 1tb is filled someone tell u buy another 1tb. 5x3tb=15tb.5x1tb=5tb.the sata slots are limited.
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 10:24:38 AM

+1 to DeusAres build. GTX670 is definitely the superior card, and a Samsung 830 really is the best drive to go with unless you step right up to an 840 Pro. The 840 (non-Pro) won't be a good option until they stop selling the 830 entirely. And even then, I'd probably take a Vertex 4 instead of an 840.
December 23, 2012 12:15:43 PM

If you're buying the chip at microcenter, buy the MoBo there as well, they sell the MoBo $50 cheaper if you buy an i5 there.
Also, Get a 7870 GHZ Edition, It OC's really easily to pass 7950 and even trades blows with the GTX 670. It's also a good $120 cheaper. This is OCing without raising voltage.
Or you could get the 7870 Tahiti which outperforms 7950's at base clock speeds
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 12:25:15 PM

A 7870 definitely will not compete with a GTX670 (which can also be overclocked).
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 1:33:34 PM

SuzumiyaHaruhi said:
If you're buying the chip at microcenter, buy the MoBo there as well, they sell the MoBo $50 cheaper if you buy an i5 there.
Also, Get a 7870 GHZ Edition, It OC's really easily to pass 7950 and even trades blows with the GTX 670. It's also a good $120 cheaper. This is OCing without raising voltage.
Or you could get the 7870 Tahiti which outperforms 7950's at base clock speeds


:lol: 

December 23, 2012 1:36:56 PM

my bad. I was looking at the 7970's benches
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 1:41:02 PM

lol, no worries. I've done the same. I've even recommended an i7 3930k with a LGA 1155 motherboard before. Not sure what I was thinking at the time.

The HD 7870 can OC and trade blows with the HD 7950, but that's it. The HD 7950 struggles to keep up with the GTX 670. However, it's still a worthy adversary.
December 23, 2012 1:43:37 PM

DeusAres said:
lol, no worries. I've done the same. I've even recommended an i7 3930k with a LGA 1155 motherboard before. Not sure what I was thinking at the time.

The HD 7870 can OC and trade blows with the HD 7950, but that's it. The HD 7950 struggles to keep up with the GTX 670. However, it's still a worthy adversary.

the 7870 tahiti LE factory beats or matches the 7950
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/...
a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 1:51:16 PM

SuzumiyaHaruhi said:
the 7870 tahiti LE factory beats or matches the 7950
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/...

That bench is biased. The HD 7950 can be overclocked as well. In this case, it wasn't overclocked.

Most 7950s are benched with a core clock of 800-900MHz. They can easily be overclocked in the range of 1200-1300MHz.



December 23, 2012 1:55:04 PM

Well that's why I said factory. OFC the 7950 can be OC'd higher than the 7870.
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