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Seeking advice on if I was to build a new PC...

#1OckmanPosted 9/2/2013 6:00:17 PM
Hey guys...I haven't decided yet if I am going to build a new PC, or go ahead and buy a PS4 this fall, but if I do go the PC route, I could really use some help. One of my problems is I am not really familiar with PC specs these days, and performance to know "is this going to be good enough for me?" based purely on talking about hardware. I do know that my CPU and ram is old, and that it's been time to upgrade what I have had for a long time. I also know that if I build a PC, I might as well try to do the best I can, but I don't want to waste money when I might not notice a huge difference in performance for the kind of games I'll be playing for a while.

Based on information I've found, I was hoping you guys could help me decide what direction I should go in if I did build a PC. Just to give you guys an idea of what I have now, I've been running a fairly old PC for a while with only a dual core Intel E7400 @ 2.80 ghz cpu for years. Older 4gb of ram. Some of my drives still run through IDE, because I didn't buy this when SATAs were always common. I did buy a newer video card last year, which is a Geforce GTX 560 ti. Not the latest, but it was a huge improvement over what I had before. Surprisingly I can still run a fair amount of games on my PC. Stuff like Borderlands 2 still look and play really well considering the old specs. Yet there are other games I've played this year that have made me go "ugh, time for an upgrade" like Saints Row 3, and Tomb Raider.

Recently when I was watching the Giantbomb quick look for Saints Row 4 and seeing how amazing that game could run on their PC compared to how I was running it...I was starting to feel like "I really need to build my PC finally" but I do have to stay within a certain range of funds. Probably no more than $600-700, with $800 being the maximum. Considering these limitations, and based on the information I've found, this is what I've started to consider:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K or Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M LGA
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
GPU: GeForce GTX 760 2GB or reuse my GTX 560 ti
Storage: OS drive - Samsung SSD 64gb
Storage: Steam/Games drive - WD 2tb sata HDD
PSU: (this is something I'm not sure about, because I honestly don't know what kind of power I'd need) Antec VP-450 450W ATX or Antec BP550 Plus 550W
Case: NZXT Source 210

That's pretty much the gist of it...I honestly don't know what kind of difference I'd be looking at between the 2 CPUs, and if I did go with the Core i7, I would probably have to wait until the spring for a new GPU, and reuse my 560ti until then. I would appreciate any advice you guys can give me. Thanks :)
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#2PathlessBulletPosted 9/2/2013 6:04:20 PM
Drop the i7 and get an i5. Get superior and cheaper 7950 over the 760.
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#3ShubPosted 9/2/2013 6:07:00 PM
Do you care about overclocking your CPU at all? If so, you need a Z77 motherboard, not B75. On the flipside, if you don't care about overclocking, stick with a B75 motherboard, and save the money on a "K" processor. With your budget, I'd definitely skip the i7 and get the i5. If you can, get the GTX 760, it's a nice jump from a 560 Ti, but if you can't afford it right now, the 560 Ti will still run everything fine.
Skip the Antec BP550 Plus -- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9 is a superior unit.
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#4VIP86Posted 9/2/2013 6:08:39 PM
Get a z77 motherboard not a b75, incase you want to overclock later one. Also recommend, if you are gonna get a SSD, get a 120-128gb one. The price on a 64gb is around 60-70 bucks. The price on a 120 is usually around 80-100.
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#5Ockman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2013 6:23:26 PM
Well I've never overclocked ever, and to be honest I don't know if I ever would. I just don't feel confident in doing something like that.
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#6Ockman(Topic Creator)Posted 9/2/2013 7:28:35 PM
PathlessBullet posted...
Drop the i7 and get an i5. Get superior and cheaper 7950 over the 760.


I've never been happy with AMD cards in the past...I feel like I've ran into more driver issues, and worse performance whenever I had an AMD card.
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