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February 3, 2013 5:50:12 AM

I am planning on building my first gaming rig here this coming april, and was wondering if my cpu would be powerful enough to handle the gaming experience i am looking for. These are the specs of my build.

Motherboard

ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77

CPU

Intel Core i5-3570K

RAM

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (DDR3 1600Mhz)

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2GB)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)

Optical Drive

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer

Case

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower

Power Supply

Corsair CX600 V2 CX Series (600 Watts)

I am looking to run both Battlefield 3, and World of Warcraft at their highest settings with above or around 30-40 fps.
From the research i've made the i5 will be more then enough to handle that, with the video card i've chosen. Am I right?

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February 3, 2013 6:24:31 AM

This is what i would suggest...

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H

CPU

Intel Core i5-3570 [Question - Are you going to Overclock?]

RAM

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) (DDR3 1600Mhz)

Video Card

Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct Cu II 2GB

Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 1TB (7200rpm, 64MC cache)

Optical Drive

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer

Case

Corsair 200R

Power Supply

Corsair TX650M
February 3, 2013 6:31:56 AM

To timarp000
Video Card

Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct Cu II 2GB

I run a GTX 660 Ti on my current budget rig and I can't get any where near 60 fps. I sit around 25 ( intense fighting, explosions, etc) - 40fps (1080p)while playing bf3 on medium settings. In my opinion the 660 is a disappointment.
Though it does play WOW real good even on max setting, but then again WOW isn't as demanding as BF3.

Not sure if the 660 you suggesting is alot better than mine. Once my rig gets back from cleaning and updating will post specs.
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February 3, 2013 6:40:11 AM

BTW i forgot to include it earlier but my budget is right around 1000$ with a little play room, and as far as overclocking goes I dont see my self doing it on this build. I was wondering why the change in motherboard though?

Back to the topic of my original question would this be enough to run those games on higher settings, or would i need to look into overclocking or possibly even a upgrade in cpu.
February 3, 2013 6:43:47 AM

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Though it does play WOW real good even on max setting, but then again WOW isn't as demanding as BF3.


Do you know the kind of frame rate you are geting during raids or 5-mans in wow? and also do you also have a i5-3570k?
February 3, 2013 7:06:06 AM

jjg2013 said:
To timarp000
Video Card

Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct Cu II 2GB

I run a GTX 660 Ti on my current budget rig and I can't get any where near 60 fps. I sit around 25 ( intense fighting, explosions, etc) - 40fps (1080p)while playing bf3 on medium settings. In my opinion the 660 is a disappointment.
Though it does play WOW real good even on max setting, but then again WOW isn't as demanding as BF3.

Not sure if the 660 you suggesting is alot better than mine. Once my rig gets back from cleaning and updating will post specs.


I havent played BF3
On hitman avg. fps is 38
On Assassins Creed 3 avg. fps is around 60
In crysis avg. fps is 45-50
February 3, 2013 7:06:46 AM

Necrobeast said:
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Though it does play WOW real good even on max setting, but then again WOW isn't as demanding as BF3.


Do you know the kind of frame rate you are geting during raids or 5-mans in wow? and also do you also have a i5-3570k?



Sadly on my budget rig I don't have and i5 ( that may be why I have low fps in bf3, it's some AMD one).

Can't remember the fps on WOW, haven't played for a while but I can say I had no issues with raids at all. Not sure if you played MoP. I did the Sha of Anger boss took 40 people to kill it, I never had a problem that I could see. Latency would fluctuate, along with MS but my fps in wow was steady.
February 3, 2013 11:28:53 AM

I got GTX 660 Ti benchmarks on some of the games that i have... (Avg fps)

Hitman Absolution - 38fps (All max settings) (4x MSAA)
Crysis 2 - 48fps (Ultra Preset, Tessellation and DOF Pack)
Assassins Creed 3 - 49fps (All Max)
NFS Most Wanted 2012 - 56fps (All Max)


February 3, 2013 11:30:59 AM

jjg2013 said:
To timarp000
Video Card

Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti Direct Cu II 2GB

I run a GTX 660 Ti on my current budget rig and I can't get any where near 60 fps. I sit around 25 ( intense fighting, explosions, etc) - 40fps (1080p)while playing bf3 on medium settings. In my opinion the 660 is a disappointment.
Though it does play WOW real good even on max setting, but then again WOW isn't as demanding as BF3.

Not sure if the 660 you suggesting is alot better than mine. Once my rig gets back from cleaning and updating will post specs.

I did some benchmarks,

Quote:
Hitman Absolution - 38fps (All max settings) (4x MSAA)
Crysis 2 - 48fps (Ultra Preset, Tessellation and DOF Pack)
Assassins Creed 3 - 49fps (All Max)
NFS Most Wanted 2012 - 56fps (All Max)

February 3, 2013 4:55:33 PM

timarp000 said:
I got GTX 660 Ti benchmarks on some of the games that i have... (Avg fps)

Hitman Absolution - 38fps (All max settings) (4x MSAA)
Crysis 2 - 48fps (Ultra Preset, Tessellation and DOF Pack)
Assassins Creed 3 - 49fps (All Max)
NFS Most Wanted 2012 - 56fps (All Max)


Thx for the benchmark tests, but do you think that my frame rates would be lower because of the i5 processor I have selected? As I can see you have a i7. I did have a rather important question too, without overclocking or buying a top of the line cpu will i still need a aftermarket cpu fan/cooler or will the stock do the job?

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February 4, 2013 9:08:36 AM
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You will see no difference between the i5 and i7 while gaming...
If you do want to overclock you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler, if not your stock one will do...
February 4, 2013 7:55:31 PM

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