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January 9, 2013 8:50:11 PM

Im looking to buy a powerful pc capable of playing top games for 2-3 years. I was looking at these sort of components. Im a newb so Im looking for advice on upgrades and downgrades. I hear I5 is better for gaming than I7 but I would like to go with an I7 tbh. Oh and yeah if not already explicitly stated, I am looking for a gaming pc. Thanks in advance.

Case
Thermaltake Overseer Full Tower Gaming Case
Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 3820 Processor (4x 3.60GHz/10MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i7 3820
Processor Cooling
Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel) - Standard 120mm Fan
Memory
16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1866 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance
Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 - 4GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 1046MHz - Single Card
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 -- 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16
Power Supply
1050 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-1050HX Free Upgrade to 1200 Watt Corsair CMPSU-1200AX ($70 Savings)
Primary Hard Drive
120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive
Optical Drive
[12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive - *New Year Sale* FREE Upgrade to LG BLU-RAY Re-Writer Black
Flash Media Reader / Writer
12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black
Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

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a c 439 4 Gaming
January 9, 2013 8:55:14 PM

This looks like a prebuilt. You cold do much better for the same or less money if you build yourself.

An i7 isn't any better for gaming than an i5. You would only see the difference with heave video editing and encoding.
January 9, 2013 9:04:08 PM

no need to get a 3820 and X79. a 3770k is faster but a 3570k would be better for gaming. i agree would you consider building it yourself? you will get more for your money.
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January 10, 2013 12:34:01 AM

The i5 3570k is better than that CPU for gaming. As the previous posters, I'd recommend building it yourself. What is your budget?
January 10, 2013 2:28:50 PM

I dont really have a budget. Just not more than like £1600 or something. Dads giving me cash so we can make it together for some bonding thing etc. Id go for an i5 for the gaming reason, but my dads pretty hell bent on getting an i7 so id need that. And yeah its based off of a prebuilt. I just wanted to get my rough pricing and spec hopes out as an idea for people to comment
January 10, 2013 2:30:47 PM

Oh and what graphics card should I get, motherboard etc? Im going to be running to monitors and playing games like the dayz-mod which seem to crunch processors etc. Im also hoping to get farcry 3 and play it on at least high settings and possibly do some recording whilst I play etc
January 10, 2013 6:09:36 PM

for £1600 you can get a lot. i don't know if you also need an os and monitor(s) so i left some money. the i5 is just as good for gaming because games currently don't use hyperthreading. but if you are spending this much getting an 3770k isn't that big of a deal. you also wont need more then 8GB of memory for gaming and can always add another 8GB in the future if you need it. if you don't need a os or monitor you would have enough money left to sli 2 670's. you would be fine with the 2GB version but going forward the extra vram on the card could come in handy. you could also consider a 7970. the build above had a water cooler but you could replace it with a air cooler but that's up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler (£47.81 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.56 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£124.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (£350.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case (£117.28 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£79.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £1162.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 20:06 GMT+0000)
January 10, 2013 6:54:31 PM

Ok, is there a better i7 to get for gaming? like one that is regarded as better than the rest. Like not one thats like much more but like same price region? im no good with this sorry haha. and also should i get a different motherboard? ive heard there are certain ones that are much better for gaming etc? thanks for all this btw
a c 439 4 Gaming
January 10, 2013 6:57:32 PM

Not really. Just get a 3770k and be set. As stated it won't be any better than an i5 3570k.
a c 439 4 Gaming
January 10, 2013 7:02:11 PM

Its pretty expensive. There are much cheaper solutions to do the job.
January 10, 2013 7:02:27 PM

unless there is some feature you need on it id suggest getting something cheaper.
January 10, 2013 7:05:39 PM

true but I'm looking to get something thats going to last
January 10, 2013 7:10:28 PM

oh and do i need more speed than 1600 on the ram? or should i go up?
January 10, 2013 7:12:27 PM

nothing about the sabertooth will make it last over a cheaper z77 motherboard. no get 1600 you wont see any noticeable difference over 1866 and end up paying more.
January 10, 2013 7:14:16 PM

ok ty, what are the actual benefits to the sabretooth then?
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