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2 years ago#1
Hey, guys,

I'm practically brand-new to the world of computers -- all the experience I have with nuts-and-boltsy stuff is from a crash course I gave myself over the past two months. I'm looking to build a fairly high-performance (i.e., gaming, hopefully no video editing) desktop on a $1500-$1700 budget, and after checking NewEgg and this board religiously, this is what I have now:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/charrity18/saved/2ixq

I have a couple of questions, though:

--Is there really that much of an advantage to getting an i5-4670k instead of an i5-3570k? Because I can save myself about $45 on the motherboard if I go with the latter paired with an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4.

--I read somewhere around here that having two Radeon 7950s in Crossfire was better than getting a GTX 770. However, I also hear that not every new-ish game is compatible with Crossfire/SLI. Anything to worry about?

If there are any changes you'd recommend, I'd be happy to have them -- thanks in advance!
2 years ago#2
That motherboard is too expensive. Here's an alternative

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130694
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2 years ago#3
Why not get a 7970 Ghz or a 770? Better options IMO.
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2 years ago#4
I wouldn't go crossfire.
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2 years ago#5
I'm also not a fan of the Antec 300 series. I'd take this any time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119272
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2 years ago#6
thatfool12Gs posted...
Why not get a 7970 Ghz or a 770? Better options IMO. If you're gaming on a single monitor. 1080p, single card setups are less hassle.

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2 years ago#7
The i5-4670 is the latest from Intel [Haswell]. If you will be playing only @ 1080p then you don't have to spend a lot of money on Crossfire or SLI. If you are planning to play at a resolution higher than 1080p then yeah you'll probably want Crossfire.

Here are my recommendations to your current build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/
Total: $1470.66

Intel Core i5-4670K
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H
Patriot Viper 3 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card Crossfire
Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case
SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified
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Here is another build with a single GPU [AMD 7970 Ghz Edition] same changes I made above. I only included a 2TB 7200 HDD in this build as well. You can crossfire it later:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yIuz
Total: $1380.67

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit
Free 3 games w/ purchase, limited offer

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2 years ago#8
What have people's experiences been with this guy:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

Versus this guy?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127747

Would I take a significant performance hit if I went with the former? I'm only going to be gaming in 1080p. Also, let's assume that Arkham Origins isn't a factor.
2 years ago#9
If TC has this kind of money to spend he may as well go with 16GB of RAM. 8GB isn't enough really. I used up my 8GB of RAM many times just by multitasking. I got 5GB of RAM used up right now... Its not hard to use 8GB of RAM.
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2 years ago#10
Fade2black001 posted...
If TC has this kind of money to spend he may as well go with 16GB of RAM. 8GB isn't enough really. I used up my 8GB of RAM many times just by multitasking. I got 5GB of RAM used up right now... Its not hard to use 8GB of RAM.


Considering your posting history, if TC ever finds himself in a situation where is computing habits are similar to yours, he is doing something very, very wrong.
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