Picking the right set up for my gaming rig.

Hey guys. I have always wanted to build a gaming rig, I finally got around to starting it I have my motherboard, case and a SSD. 6 months ago i purchased a gigabyte GTX500TI for my current computer, I wasn't planning to build a rig yet. I wanted to purchase with my rig a HD 7850 plenty of good reviews runs cool, not too much power consumption. I was then thinking well if I have this GTX550Ti it would be great physX card if I were to buy the GTX660. what do you guys recommend? id rather the HD 7850 but if Physx is really going to gain more support should I go with the GTX660?

Case: (for those interested)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

MotherBoard:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128563

Planned CPU Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168202315
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  1. throwastone said:
    Hey guys. I have always wanted to build a gaming rig, I finally got around to starting it I have my motherboard, case and a SSD. 6 months ago i purchased a gigabyte GTX500TI for my current computer, I wasn't planning to build a rig yet. I wanted to purchase with my rig a HD 7850 plenty of good reviews runs cool, not too much power consumption. I was then thinking well if I have this GTX550Ti it would be great physX card if I were to buy the GTX660. what do you guys recommend? id rather the HD 7850 but if Physx is really going to gain more support should I go with the GTX660?

    Case: (for those interested)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

    MotherBoard:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128563

    Planned CPU Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

    Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168202315

    I'd suggest avoiding Sandy Bridge E, there's simply no need for it in gaming. An i5 is pretty much the necessary upper limit presuming the most intense thing you want is games. You could use the saved money to buy a better graphics card or else just save it for yourself. As for graphics I'd go 7850 but not really sure to be honest.
  2. unless you're doing something far more demanding than gaming, like running multiple VMs, rendering, media editing, an i5- 3570K is all you will ever need. heck, the i5 can handle those tasks just well. pair that with a $130-200 Z77 board and you're set to go.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-bandwidth-latency-gaming,3409.html

    faster RAM isn't going to affect gaming performance by a lot so stick to DDR3-1600. 2x4GB will be all you'll ever need. when the time comes where you need more, and i doubt it's any time soon, adding another 2x4GB isn't rocket science.

    you should saved up a fair bit there to afford a 660ti, if not a 670/7970. unless you haven't gotten around getting a storage drive, heatsink, and power supply.
  3. I use multiple monitors one is a 42" 1080p TV the other just an old soon to be replaced monitor. I often like to run movies and such as I game. I already purchased the MB so at this point im stuck with 2011 socket making me kinda limited in CPU's I know I am going over kill on this computer but I figure it will last. I do play a little bit with VM but it's not a neccessity I just wanted to test out Ubuntu and my current comp can't run it very effectively.

    so should I be looking at a higher end Nvida GPU then or go with the AMD? to be honest I was kinda looking forward to having the faster RAM ill agree I could probably use less but when I run VM's on my current machine they just eat up the RAM and at 130$ I don't feel I will regret it.

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W is the PSU im looking at.

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    I'd suggest avoiding Sandy Bridge E, there's simply no need for it in gaming. An i5 is pretty much the necessary upper limit presuming the most intense thing you want is games. You could use the saved money to buy a better graphics card or else just save it for yourself. As for graphics I'd go 7850 but not really sure to be honest.


    Because I already got the MB I don't really think I have too many options, on Canadian newegg I only have the 3930 and the 3820 I could look around elsewhere I suppose what can you recommend with the 2011 socket?
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131468&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    Overclock this and it will be very fast. I went with the 7970 because it handles multiple monitors very well. Also, you're not missing much without PhysX.
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