Hi, thinking about building my own gaming rig, here are the things I have picked so far. I'm happy to listen to any advice on the components and things that may be changed to get the best gaming desktop possible. The desktop will be used for bf3/far cry 3/LoL and other games. I want a gaming rig that will be used for the years to come and I have thought about dual GTX 680, but isn't GTX 690 almost the same power? Also I can upgrade to 2x in SLI in the future if I need more power
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
If you go with SLI 680's you will get better fps for less.
yea that's what I have read, but the difference is around 3-5% less fps with GTX690 vs dual gtx 680 , and I want a gaming rig that has the possibilities to be upgraded in future for new games. So will it not be smarter to invest in the more expensive gtx 690 if I want to get two of them in the future?
Indeed, drop that cooler, get an aircooler like phanteks ph-tc14pe or noctua nh-d14.
Also drop the asus z77 sabertooth, get a msi z77 mpower, it's better.
As for the card, well it's your choice, you can have same performance for less $, but if you want a single card...
Also the psu is overkill you can get a seasonic x-650w and it will do just fine.
If you are only gaming, get the i5. i7 is mainly for people that do heavy video editing and things that a CPU intensive. Gaming is GPU intensive so a better GPU and and i5 is much more beneficial to gamers than a inferior GPU and an i7. Hope that clear it up for you
what's the difference between the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor? I see many people pick the i5 for gaming instead of the i7
Since your rig is mainly for gaming go for the i5, the i7's hyperthreading ability doesn't help with gaming from what I know(I'm a new guy to all of this so could be wrong) but it would just be a wasted $100 that could be spent on your graphics card or some other component.