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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by oldpro21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    I am just not good at this picking parts. I always want the best. I have the money but I do not want to spend it I have 4 people in my family and I support everyone. Please help. LOL. I cant help it I do not want to think I could have just spent a little more to have a lot better. But I also do not want to say crap I spent to much. I know I can always upgrade later.

    Here is the reason why I can not do this stuff

    !. I want at least a 4 core processor and I want it 3 GHz or gigher

    2. I want a good enough video card to play any game I want.

    3. a mother board that supports crossfire or at least 2 video cards.

    4. I want obviously a CD drive but would like it to read blue rays doesn't have to burn them

    5. another obvious I want to be able to connect an ethernet cord.

    6. I want it to run kool do not want to worry about over heating at all.

    I do not want to overclock anything. If something comes overclocked factory that is fine but I will not be doing it.
    Also If I am going to upgrade later. The last thing I would ever upgrade would be the mother board right? So shouldn't I get one that can withstand a lot more than I will be putting on it this time?
    The link I gave you fits exactly what you are looking for except the Blu-ray drive. You can add that for around $50. All the parts listed really good components.
    Does the mother board hold more than 8 GB of ram will I even need more than that. Also the DDR3 1800 isn't that kind of slow for today's standards. I am probably just going overboard with everything. But I was just wondering. But I do like it a lot. I also want a name brand video card. Do you think they are more reliable.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    crossfire is not worth it if you're going performance/bang for the buck. it's more for the people that have a huge budget. because you can get better price performance from a single powerful card than 2 less powerful cards. and if you pick a powerful card, by the time it drops in price, there'll be newer cards out there.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    crossfire is not worth it if you're going performance/bang for the buck. it's more for the people that have a huge budget. because you can get better price performance from a single powerful card than 2 less powerful cards. and if you pick a powerful card, by the time it drops in price, there'll be newer cards out there.
    So I am better off getting one decent card? I was going to had CrossFire
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  4. #14


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    The Socket 1155 has most likely reached the end of it's upgrade-cycle:



    So if you want something you can still upgrade later on, then you have to go for the Socket 2011 or wait for Socket 1150. A machine based on Socket 2011 is not cheap.

    You want to have a GPU which will play everything you throw at it ? Then I would not settle for something less then a Gigabyte GTX670-OC / HD7970-OC.

    Here are the GPU-Charts:

    GPU-Charts

    Here are the CPU-Charts (Multi-Core 4 / up to 8 Threads):

    CPU-Charts Multi-Core 4 / 8 Threads

    Here are the CPU-Charts (Multi-Core 8 / up to 12 Threads):

    CPU-Charts Multi-Core 8 / 12 Threads

    Intel-CPU's are better then AMD-CPU's in real-world conditions.

    If you want to go for SLI / CrossFire later on, even that a Single-GPU-Setup is always the better / less-issues-causing solution, as you have to rely on certain Driver- / Game-support etc. and a Multi-GPU-Setup is mainly needed for high screen-resolutions / Multi-Screen-Setup's / 120Hz-Screens + fps >= 120, then you should go straight for a bigger PSU.

    Another thing you should think about is, if 2x PCIe v3.0 x8 is enough for you (it is for 2-Way-SLI / CrossFire) or if you would maybe need 2/3/4x PCIe v3.0 x16 (usually only needed for really extreme Setup's or more then 2 GPU's).

    This site here: This PSU is only an example to show which Info's you can get from this site

    ... can give you some more info's about the quality of a PSU, if it got tested by them.

    If you have a look into my System-Spec's, then you have an example what you would roughly need to play Battlefield-3 with Ultra-Settings and Crysis-3 with mainly High-Settings and a screen resolution of 1920x1080. I will not need to upgrade this year, but maybe next year if I still would like to play future games on minimum High-Settings. Ignore all the fancy stuff of my system, like Case / Liquid-Cooling.

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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    crossfire is not worth it if you're going performance/bang for the buck. it's more for the people that have a huge budget. because you can get better price performance from a single powerful card than 2 less powerful cards. and if you pick a powerful card, by the time it drops in price, there'll be newer cards out there.
    So I am better off getting one decent card? I was going to had CrossFire
    yeah, I recommend not getting crossfire. because the allure is this: You get a great card now. and when the price of the card drops in the future, you get it again and bam, you have almost double the performance.

    but the problem is newer cards keep coming out.

    the only people that get something out of crossfire are those that have some money to spare and want the best performance possible. or if you have a serious multimonitor scenario (and I'm not talking 2 monitors).
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  6. #16


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Does the mother board hold more than 8 GB of ram will I even need more than that. Also the DDR3 1800 isn't that kind of slow for today's standards. I am probably just going overboard with everything. But I was just wondering. But I do like it a lot. I also want a name brand video card. Do you think they are more reliable.
    The board can accomadate 32GB of RAM at DDR3 2800+(OC). Higher clock speed RAM would be outside of the budget you specified.

    PowerColor is a well respected brand name as far as video cards go.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    !. I want at least a 4 core processor and I want it 3 GHz or gigher
    Some games take advantage of quad core CPU's, while others do not. And the frequency (speed) is not as important as the architecture itself. But most of the core i5's and Core i7's are going to run at 3.0Ghz or above anyway.


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    6. I want it to run kool do not want to worry about over heating at all.
    As long as you arent overclocking and don't live in an extreme environment, you should not have trouble with the stock cooling. It's what I use and i actually overclock it a bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Does the mother board hold more than 8 GB of ram will I even need more than that. Also the DDR3 1800 isn't that kind of slow for today's standards. I am probably just going overboard with everything. But I was just wondering. But I do like it a lot. I also want a name brand video card. Do you think they are more reliable.
    As far as RAM goes, please be aware that Ivy Bridge Intel cpu's only run at DDR3-1600 by default. Unless you overclock within your BIOS, you aren't going to go over 1600 anyway.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)


    I'm a bit late to this thread, but for what it's worth here are my thoughts.

    The rig suggested by oldpro21 is almost perfect, I would make a few changes myself though.

    1st - If you are planning on running multiple GPUs then avoid Crossfire go for SLI, I'm running Crossfire with my 6990 and it is far more prone to suffering from stuttering where one card causes a temporary bottleneck by taking longer to render a frame making the second card wait until the frame is rendered. In most games this is not noticeable, but in others it almost makes the games unplayable. Far Cry 3 really doesn't do as well with AMD/ATI Crossfire as it does with the equivalent nVidia cards in SLI as you see in the tests here. I would suggest the slightly more expensive EVGA GTX670 FTW Edition, this overclocked GTX670 performs as well as a standard GTX680.

    2nd - Getting an SSD will pay off in amazing startup times but will need an additional drive for storage, I use two drives, one for storage and I have installed Steam, Origin and Uplay on a second hard drive. This means I can keep my SSD use to a minimum and only install the most essential bit of software on to it.

    3rd - If you are planning on adding another GPU later get a better PSU now so that you don't have to rebuild later, get a good brand and around 700 to 750 watts to give you some head room.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardDemon View Post
    I'm a bit late to this thread, but for what it's worth here are my thoughts.

    The rig suggested by oldpro21 is almost perfect, I would make a few changes myself though.

    1st - If you are planning on running multiple GPUs then avoid Crossfire go for SLI, I'm running Crossfire with my 6990 and it is far more prone to suffering from stuttering where one card causes a temporary bottleneck by taking longer to render a frame making the second card wait until the frame is rendered. In most games this is not noticeable, but in others it almost makes the games unplayable. Far Cry 3 really doesn't do as well with AMD/ATI Crossfire as it does with the equivalent nVidia cards in SLI as you see in the tests here. I would suggest the slightly more expensive EVGA GTX670 FTW Edition, this overclocked GTX670 performs as well as a standard GTX680.

    2nd - Getting an SSD will pay off in amazing startup times but will need an additional drive for storage, I use two drives, one for storage and I have installed Steam, Origin and Uplay on a second hard drive. This means I can keep my SSD use to a minimum and only install the most essential bit of software on to it.

    3rd - If you are planning on adding another GPU later get a better PSU now so that you don't have to rebuild later, get a good brand and around 700 to 750 watts to give you some head room.
    I will probably go with the setup oldpro showed me. I will not be doing this for probably at least 3 or 4 more months anyway. I have decided that my main concern for now will be a mother board. I will always be able to upgrade everything from there.

    The type of games I want to play are The elder scrolls online & Skyrim. I will probably be playing a lot of MMORPG type games. I also like games like Simcity, Sports games another one of my favorites. as long as I can play games like these with no problem I will be very happy.

    Also this may be a dumb question. But processors do still need heat sinks on top of them right? Like I said before this is one of my biggest fears of building a PC. I know that heatsink compound needs to be put on almost perfectly for it to work right. You can not put to little it will not transfer the heat to the heatsink right. But to much will not let any heat through at all. Maybe I could ask a PC specialist to just do this one part for me? I could ask him/her to show me how maybe let me watch them do it.
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  10. #20


    If you buy a retail cpu, the fan will come with it and will have paste already applied. Just set it on the cpu, and press the locking pins down. It's simple.
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