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First Build. Need help with components (gaming and rendering)

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February 15, 2013 7:26:25 PM

I'm looking at getting a pc as my laptop is dead. I REALLY need help choosing components as I want to render and game. As I understand, when you have a four core processor you devide the total GHz by 4. So you would get 1 Ghz per core in a single thread app. I will be playing games like Boarderlands 2 and want it on quite high settings (like Physx e.t.c.). So I am looking at a GTX 650 or 660. I will be running After Effects and Vegas so how many cores will I need. Maybe 4 or 6 but I think 8 is a bit to much. These are the parts even though I need real help and please give me advice. Will also need it to run normal stuff quite well. But £1000 MAX and please say cheaper:

Mobo: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) DDR3.

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C10 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

PSU: Corsair 2013 Edition Gamer Series GS 600W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply (CP-9020063-UK)

Case: Zalman Z11 Plus Midi Tower Gaming Case - Black

HDD (Should I install my os on a SSD ?): Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (ST1000DM003) HDD

CPU Cooler(Will it fit am3+ ?): Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 High Performance CPU Cooler (Socket 775 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / FM1 / FM2)

CD Drive: OcUK 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM

CPU Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)

OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64-Bit DVD - OEM (WN7-00403)

Should I go Intel ??? Will I get better all round preformance as far as single thread apps. Like an I7 3770k. I know it is really good for gaming but will all round also be good. PLEASE GIVE ME ADVICE
February 15, 2013 7:33:20 PM

Get a lesser CPU and a much better GPU. At 1080p a gtx 650 will get you low/med settings at best. Get an fx 6300 and a cheaper motherboard and 8gb of RAM and spend all the rest on the GPU. Gaming is about GPU. Like 90% GPU 10% CPU. A pentium dual core will out-game an i7 everyday with a better GPU.
February 15, 2013 8:17:52 PM

Thanks for the response XD what about a 660 ? I saw the video on newegg (even though i'm in the uk so I can't buy from them.) because they were saying the "magical price pount" was the 660. I like nvidia and would prefer them as long as the value for money isn't to bad compared to ati. Should I them be looking at a high end i5 or low range i7 ? I will be using after effects which does require a mini render to replay each bit so I ATLEAST NEED 4 core. To put it in a better way, I want a pc for all round, quite good for rendering. BUT i can play games decently. I am thinking of sacrificing bluray rw and going with a REALLY CHEAP dvd drive for drivers for
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February 15, 2013 8:19:53 PM

Lan on initial boot. ( ik i didnt meanto press send ) anyway thaks fornthe response ... Really apreciated and if i have said anything really stupid i was kicked in the head earlier (playing rugby)
February 15, 2013 8:20:53 PM

Get an i5 for sure. It will save money. Get a $110 TOPS motherboard.

The gtx 660 will be good for high settings in most games.
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