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February 1, 2013 10:48:27 AM

Hi all,

Customising a budget gaming comp, and trying to decide how much to spend on a graphics card -

This is what I'm working with atm:

CPU - Intel Core i5 3570 (4x 3.4ghz) HD 2500
CPU Cooler - Artic Freezer Pro 7
Case - Cooler Master Elite 430
Case Fans - Standard case fans
Power Supply - 450w XFX Proseries (80+ Bronze)
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V LX - Z77, SATA600, USB3.0, PCI-E 3.0
Memory - 8gb Kingston Hyper-X DDR3 1600mhz (2x 4gb)
Hard Drive - 500gb SATA3 Hard Drive (UDMA 600)
Optical Drive - Dual Layer DVDRW Drive
Soundcard - Integrated Soundcard

and

Graphics - 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 650: DVI, mHDMI, VGA, DX11, 3D Vision

there's quite a price hike between that and the 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (the site I'm on is about £90 more, the radeon 2GB is the HD 7850 for about £70 more) and I'm not sure if I should take the hit, or if the rest of the build is too low spec to bother?

Any thoughts?

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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 11:51:14 AM

i would suggest picking up K series cpu so you can overclock it down the road
for power supply the minimum I would go with is 500watts
i would go with gtx 660, go with 650 if you will be playing at 1680x1050 or lower
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 12:05:49 PM

Pick a "K" version if you take a Z77 board... If you don't want to overclock, pick a cheaper motherboard with a B75 chipset or something like that...

For the GPU Make sure to pick the 650TI version (much more powerfull than the non-ti version of it... And the 660 is way better in higher resolution and detail than the 650ti and worth to wait 1-2 week to have more cash...

500w from a good brand will do it with almost every single card you can throw at it...

With this build, the GPU will hold you back, you can throw a 680sli and be bottleneck free as the I5 is a very powerfull chip... It definately worth the jump to a higher GPU...
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February 1, 2013 12:21:12 PM

Awesome!
Don't plan on overclocking - so will drop motherboard down to a B75, which should help towards adding more to the GPU.

If I went for the 650ti, i can get it as either a 1GB or 2GB version (it's listed elsewhere so didn't see it initially) - there's only £10 between them, will it particularly matter?
a c 105 U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 12:21:22 PM

at 1600 resolution or above i would never run a 650 or a 1gig card.
February 1, 2013 12:44:47 PM

is there a radeon card you'd suggest instead then? (just because they seem to be a little less pricey XD)
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 12:56:36 PM

swifty_morgan said:
at 1600 resolution or above i would never run a 650 or a 1gig card.

+1

Go ahead and get the Z77 and the i5-3570K or you will be kicking yourself in a year. Even if you don't want to bother overclocking now, you will want to later, especially when your PC begins to get behind in gaming performance.

You want a 2GB HD 7850 or GTX 660. Again, you'll thank yourself later. What resolution are you playing games at?
February 1, 2013 1:15:48 PM

1680x1050 - cannot afford a better screen atm, hence why i'm leaning more towards the 650.
a c 105 U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 1:31:28 PM

save your money. I wouldn't piss money away on it. not under your circumstances.
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 1:32:09 PM

ojay50 said:
1680x1050 - cannot afford a better screen atm, hence why i'm leaning more towards the 650.

If you really can't afford a $200 card, then go for the 1GB HD 7850. Much better performance than the GTX 650Ti. Can't recommend any lower unless you're okay with Medium settings in games - if so, then might as well save a few bucks and go for the HD 7770.
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2013 1:51:43 PM

the 650ti is on sale at ncix for 119$
February 1, 2013 2:08:00 PM

swifty_morgan said:
save your money. I wouldn't piss money away on it. not under your circumstances.


Ok, well how would you balance it out so that it was more value for money?

Unfortunately my budget is quite constrained (£550 pre-vat at a push) but I also can't wait until I have more funds as I need it for working asap.

Otherwise, nice update on the screen res - I've just been offered a 1920 x 1200 screen for free. (y)
February 1, 2013 2:12:58 PM

jessterman21 said:
If you really can't afford a $200 card, then go for the 1GB HD 7850. Much better performance than the GTX 650Ti. Can't recommend any lower unless you're okay with Medium settings in games - if so, then might as well save a few bucks and go for the HD 7770.


I don't mind sliding down from high settings to medium, better graphics are obviously preferable, but lag is really all that I can't stand in gaming.
October 20, 2013 8:27:49 PM

jessterman21 said:
swifty_morgan said:
at 1600 resolution or above i would never run a 650 or a 1gig card.

+1

Go ahead and get the Z77 and the i5-3570K or you will be kicking yourself in a year. Even if you don't want to bother overclocking now, you will want to later, especially when your PC begins to get behind in gaming performance.

You want a 2GB HD 7850 or GTX 660. Again, you'll thank yourself later. What resolution are you playing games at?


any i5 will do, a Quad core CPU is enough with any graphic card and won't bottleneck it, the difference will only be on the CPU speed, so i5-3330 won't make any problems
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