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Should I even build a PC now since Next-Gen consoles are on the way

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February 13, 2013 3:06:02 PM

Hello, well I was gonna build a gaming PC soon however since next gen consoles around the corner (Sony makes announcement on the 20th February) should I even build one? I have never built a Gaming PC before and have been playing on consoles since the PS one and I don't think that the GTX 670 that was gonna go in my build won't run the next gen games, I was wondering what you think, Should I build one now or just buy a next gen console when it comes out?

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February 13, 2013 3:11:41 PM

A 670 will run games fine for a few years. Look at it this way: Current consoles are running at 720p (or less), 30 fps, low detail, and aa low/off. The have a long way to go to catch up to a 670, which can do 2560x1600, high detail, aa high, and more than 30 fps. If you really prefer console gaming, which most people here don't, then wait. If not go ahead and build a computer with a 670, which will be more powerful than the next gen consoles anyway.
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February 13, 2013 3:21:02 PM

Yeah a GTX 670 will wipe the floor with new gen consoles.
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February 13, 2013 3:30:57 PM

also remember that the first versions of the next gen consoles wont take long to screw something up. so build a pc now, buy a console later if required.
February 14, 2013 2:12:06 PM

Thanks all, I am now thoroughly convinced that building a computer now would be fine, also what do you think of my build would it run most games on ultra?

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Black Midi Tower Gaming Case

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, Intel Z77 Express, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3)

CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler for All Intel/AMD CPU's

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5

HDD: Seagate Barracuda© SATA 6Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000524AS

RAM: Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 XMP HyperX Predator Memory

PSU: XFX P1-650S-UKB9 Pro Series Core Edition 650W Power Supply (PSU)

DVD Writer: Liteon Ihas120 20x Dvd±rw (dual ±r)/ram Sata Drive

Monitor: 21.5" AOC E2250SWDAK LED Monitor, Full HD, DVI/VGA, 1920x1080, 5ms, 250cd/m², 20M:1, Speakers

OS: MICROSOFT Windows Home Premium 7 SP1 64-bit EN 1pk - OEM [GFC-02050]

Mouse and Keyboard: GIGABYTE KM6150 Wired Black USB Keyboard & Mouse Bundle

SSD: Sandisk 64GB Pulse SSD
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February 14, 2013 2:17:26 PM

Make sure the RAM is 1.5V, some Kingston stuff is 1.65V. I would get a little nicer monitor, but that one will be fine. I would also suggest a 120/128GB ssd since the 64 will fill up really quick. Everything else looks good though.
February 14, 2013 2:26:08 PM

I only want to use an SSD for the OS and didn't go for a bigger one because I'm already streching my budget a bit far (£1000 but right now I'm at £1033 and don't want to go any further) I'm still learning about all the intricacies of PC gaming therefore I don't know what is difference between 1.5v and 1.65v could someone please explain :D  ?
February 14, 2013 2:36:13 PM

Ivy bridge cpu's, like your 3570-k are designed for 1.5v ram, running voltages higher than that voids intels warranty. Most qualified ram kits will have different preset speed settings and default to 1.5 anyways if you use them on an ivy system, but you are better off just getting 1.5v to be safe (and to get the advertised speed oob).

As for the SSD, if you are only ever going to put your os on it that's ok, but usually you will want your most frequently used programs there too eventually, and if you are going to do that, just wait, get only a hdd now and add at least a 128gb ssd later.
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