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post #1 of 20
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I'm planning on building my own rig. Could someone give me some ideas on what FPS this could run these games on, all on High settings.
- Borderlands 2
- Battlefield 3
- Garry's Mod
- Medal of Honor Warfighter
- Day Z
- Black Ops 2
- Skyrim

At the moment it is $2512 New Zealand Dollars, which is equivalent to around $2070 USD, and if anything, I want to get the rig cheaper whilst still keeping it at around about the same sort of speed for gaming.
Here is the setup I have created:

CPU: Intel i7 3770 3.5 Ghz Price: $411 NZD
Ram: Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 Price: $159 NZD
Motherboard: Asus Z77 Crossfire Wifi Price: $279 NZD
Case: NZXT Phantom Price: $249 NZD
PSU: CM Extreme2 625W Price: $119 NZD
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB Price: $135 NZD
SSD: Intel 60GB SATA 3 Price: $89 NZD
Graphics Card: Asus GTX 660 2GB OC Price: $402.2 NZD
DVD-ROM: LG 12x BLU-RAY COMBO Price: $109 NZD
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 Price: $129 NZD
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 5.1 Price: $43 NZD
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Price: $159 NZD
Monitor: AOC LED 1080p 2ms Price: $229 NZD
Total $2512.2 NZD

All feedback is welcome, apart from what E3Sniper is going to say, as he is my friend, but anyways, please can you give me some feedback and advice on what I should change or keep in order to play the games mentioned above at a nice smooth frame rate. Oh and also if you ever need the links for any of the parts for the setup above, please leave a reply. I would prefer it if the money specified in your reply is in NZD, and I would also prefer that the websites to buy the computer parts from were from New Zealand such as:
www.computerlounge.co.nz
www.playtech.co.nz
www.ascent.co.nz
www.pcforce.co.nz


Thank you very much,

knightman
post #2 of 20
Drop the 660 for sure.
Get this card instead, cheaper and better. Win win tongue.gif
The cooler: AFAIK the Hyper 212 cools just as well as the Corsair H60, and the Hyper 212 is half the price.

Oh, and I've heard bad things about that PSU. Never skimp on the PSU. Especially not in a build this pricey.
I suggest this PSU instead, with the money you save on the GPU by getting the 7870. Everything else looks A-Ok.

EDIT: Apart from the 3770 - that's overkill for gaming. You won't benefit from the hyperthreading at all. Save your money and get the i5 3570K.

RE-EDIT: You could probably also get a lower-end ($40) ODD and up the SSD to something like a Samsung 830 128GB
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Will there be much difference for gaming if I change my graphics card and the cpu?
And I won't be over clocking either, so should I change it?

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Drop the 660 for sure.
Get this card instead, cheaper and better. Win win tongue.gif
Oh, and I've heard bad things about that PSU. Never skimp on the PSU. Especially not in a build this pricey.
I suggest this PSU instead, with the money you save on the GPU by getting the 7870. Everything else looks A-Ok.
EDIT: Apart from the 3770 - that's overkill for gaming. You won't benefit from the hyperthreading at all. Save your money and get the i5 3570K.
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Will there be much difference for gaming if I change my graphics card and the cpu?
And I won't be over clocking either, so should I change it?

The 7870 is a much stronger card than the 660, so yes it will increase your gaming performance. There will be a very very minimal (not worth $100 NZD) difference between the 3570K and the 3770 in games, and if gaming is all you're doing just get the i5. If you're ABSOLUTELY SURE you aren't going to be overclocking, you could get the 3570 non-K, but to be honest, you may well want to overclock later, so I suggest getting the 3570K anyway. Overclocking is hella fun smile.gif
    
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So if I over clocked at 20%, would i see a noticeable difference in speeds? I was wondering, how fast do you think my gaming rig will be able to run the games listed above if I changed my computer based on what you have told me? I was also thinking about changing my water cooler to the one you suggested, but I haven't been able to find it on any websites, and if it isn't easy installation, I will probably go for the Corsair H60. Can I please have the link to the water cooler you suggested?
Thanks again,

knightman



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The 7870 is a much stronger card than the 660, so yes it will increase your gaming performance. There will be a very very minimal (not worth $100 NZD) difference between the 3570K and the 3770 in games, and if gaming is all you're doing just get the i5. If you're ABSOLUTELY SURE you aren't going to be overclocking, you could get the 3570 non-K, but to be honest, you may well want to overclock later, so I suggest getting the 3570K anyway. Overclocking is hella fun smile.gif
post #6 of 20
Cooler Master HYPER 212
And on that cooler you could OC the 3570K to about 4.3-4.4 GHZ and you would see a very noticeable performance increase.

Your rig will max out everything with solid 60 FPS (bar DayZ probably, you may have to turn that down a bit because it's extremely poorly optimised for PC)
    
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Originally Posted by TheLastNarwal View Post

Cooler Master HYPER 212
And on that cooler you could OC the 3570K to about 4.3-4.4 GHZ and you would see a very noticeable performance increase.
Your rig will max out everything with solid 60 FPS (bar DayZ probably, you may have to turn that down a bit because it's extremely poorly optimised for PC)


Is the cooler master hyper 212 easy to install? And if I were to over clock would the life of the cpu decrease by quite a bit? How many fps would the rig run minecraft on?
If you could answer these that would be awesome!
Thanks Narwal,

knightman
post #8 of 20
My only recommendations are NZXT Switch 810 for case and some Samsung 30nm "wonder" RAM

I realize that Newegg probably won't ship to New Zealand; the links are for reference
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post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr357 View Post

My only recommendations are NZXT Switch 810 for case and some Samsung 30nm "wonder" RAM
I realize that Newegg probably won't ship to New Zealand; the links are for reference

Thanks for the advice!
I was thinking of getting 8GB of ram but then I thought 16GB just sounds so much better than 8GB, so I decided what the hell! And the case is quite cheap, although I assume it's from America, so the price would be $206 at least over here, and then I know of some other NZXT 810's that are $449 NZD, so I'm not too sure, but thanks for the advice. Also, do you have a gaming rig, and if so, what are the specs and how fast can it play your games?

Thanks,

knightman
post #10 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLastNarwal View Post

Cooler Master HYPER 212
And on that cooler you could OC the 3570K to about 4.3-4.4 GHZ and you would see a very noticeable performance increase.
Your rig will max out everything with solid 60 FPS (bar DayZ probably, you may have to turn that down a bit because it's extremely poorly optimised for PC)

Narwal,

Also would the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO be compatible with i5, because i'm not sure about that area of computer making?
Thanks,

knightman
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