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New Rig (i-2500k w/ GTX 680 4GB)

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February 13, 2013 10:40:12 PM

Disclaimer: I've only just begun my research in custom PCs, so I apologize for a bit of ignorance and appreciate all your help.

Objective: Build a rig to play Skyrim modded to hell and back on max settings for graphical orgasm. I'm not educated enough (yet) to worry about overclocking so I'd like to have a capable rig at stock speeds.

Budget: $1000 to $2000, the lower the better.

Now, I've gotten the impression that Intel trumps AMD and Nvidia tops ATI for my purposes given the benchmark reports. It seems that the i-2500k is a powerhouse for it's price in the gaming world, and the GTX 680 is a nice if expensive card, worth the money. I was thinking I'd go with 4GB since Skyrim seems to make great use of the additional vRAM.

Do these make a good CPU/GPU pair? Are they overkill, not good enough, good performance for the money, or what? What other parts would I need to make a good rig around this pair? I don't know what makes a good motherboard, power supply, tower, (etc), let alone what would particularly fit well with the CPU/GPU - especially within a budget.

Any advice or build recommendations would be very appreciated.

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February 13, 2013 10:44:23 PM

Nope. i5-2500k is old tech.
680 isn't worth the extra $100 over the 670.

Go with
i5-3570k
CM Hyper Evo
z77 motherboard
8gb ram 1600
500w
GTX 670 (EVGA)
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February 13, 2013 10:57:23 PM

This would do :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1356.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With a psu that supports for another 670 if you want to.
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February 13, 2013 11:19:54 PM

both of these are nice builds, you can save a few buck by getting a good $40 case, not getting an SSD till later and waiting on the cpu cooler till you ddecide to overclock.

that should nock off $200 plus bucks

maybe do a gtx660 3 GiG card might fullfill your needs best also
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this would take some $300 off your price

maybe $900 build
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February 13, 2013 11:56:04 PM

Fun fact in America the i5 3570k is actually $10 or so cheaper than that of the i5 2500k.
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February 14, 2013 1:11:15 AM

Wow, thanks for all the quick and detailed replies!

My understanding is that SSD improves load times but not FPS, so unless anyone tells me I'm wrong I think I'll take that advice, fkr. However, what kind of difference in functionality/stability/whatever am I looking at between a $40 case and a $100 one in the recommended builds above? Is there any reason I might wanna splurge on the case?

Also, in terms of neglecting CPU cooling, is there really no consequence as long as I don't OC? I'd rather be safe than sorry unless it's a non-issue.
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February 14, 2013 1:35:49 AM

Thanks, dj. Should I be worried that stock speeds won't get be the graphics and FPS I want? Will I ultimately need to bite the bullet and learn about safely overclocking to juice Skyrim, or will I get by at less than 4GHz?
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February 14, 2013 1:44:09 AM

Not really. You really shouldn't worry.

OC helps but it doesn't boost the performance TOO MUCH ( i use this word loosely).
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February 14, 2013 1:57:26 AM

Kangleton said:
Thanks, dj. Should I be worried that stock speeds won't get be the graphics and FPS I want? Will I ultimately need to bite the bullet and learn about safely overclocking to juice Skyrim, or will I get by at less than 4GHz?


The i5-3470 with turbo boost reaches 3.6 ghz, it's possible to raise it to 4 ghz, by raising the turbo multipliers by 4 bins.
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February 14, 2013 4:16:43 AM

considering that until a month ago Tom's Hardware was still recommending an i3 for gaming I am sure for games you will not see a difference if fps and if you do they will only be increases over 60fps and not noticed for game play. I still like the k series CPUs because they are fun to overclock

As for the case there may be a few more ports on the front or some additional fans included. I would mostly just expect it to be a little bit quieter, or have more expansion bays for HDD. I use a CM haf 912. It is cheap and functional. I have access to the back of the motherboard. I have 5 fans, including a 200 on top, and it works.
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February 14, 2013 5:14:09 AM

I can't thank you guys enough for making this so much easier, but there's just that last question: if I'm not OCing, how much do I need to worry about/invest in cooling equipment to be safe?
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February 14, 2013 5:21:56 AM

almost none. coolign equipment would only be for your ears as intel stock is loud to some extent.
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February 14, 2013 5:22:37 AM

You don't need to invest in cooling equipment the stock coolers will be fine
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