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Looking for critique on a gaming build (beginner)

#1dustybottoms7Posted 10/4/2013 12:13:46 PM
This will be the first PC that I attempt to build. I wanted to keep my budget around $1,200, but going slightly over, as I did, is fine by me. I am, of course, very new to this, and although the website says there are no compatibility issues with the build, I wanted to post it here to see if there are any areas I can improve upon or optimize. My goal is to be able to play BF4 and future games on decent settings, while being able to run most other current and past games on high or max settings.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/bottomsgaming/saved/2vOB

Basically, will this build work? Experienced people, do you foresee any issues or serious problems that would need to be addressed?
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#2dustybottoms7(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 12:27:13 PM
And I also wasn't sure about windows 7 vs 8. I have zero experience with either one, so I'm willing to get whichever one there is a consensus on.
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#3Captain_DrekPosted 10/4/2013 12:38:27 PM(edited)
The color co-ordination would piss me off personally.
It doesn't look like a bad build though.
I prefer W7, but you should hear out others too.

Also, if you're planning on ever using wifi you'll need either a network card or a wifi USB dongle.
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#4MasterDonGeroPosted 10/4/2013 12:40:30 PM
Change the 4670 to a 4670K or switch to a cheaper H87/B85 mobo.
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#5JockoPosted 10/4/2013 1:05:22 PM
I would consider a 7970 ghz edition. It comes with 3 games (as opposed to one), cheaper, 1 more Gig of VRAM and is close in performance to the 770.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519.html

$352.99 after rebate
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7970GHZ&c=CJ
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#6Ha_D00DPosted 10/4/2013 1:32:20 PM(edited)
Jocko posted...
I would consider a 7970 ghz edition. It comes with 3 games (as opposed to one), cheaper, 1 more Gig of VRAM and is close in performance to the 770.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk104-review,3519.html

$352.99 after rebate
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-7970GHZ&c=CJ


I second this. That extra GB of VRAM will definitely make it a bit more future proof. With this "next gen" of games on the horizon, VRAM requirements probably going to be higher.
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#7dustybottoms7(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 1:51:28 PM(edited)
Interesting. I think I will go for the 7970, especially since I just heard that Dice apparently partnered up with AMD while making Battlefield 4 to optimize it on Radeon cards. Is that true?

Also, another newbie question: For the 7970, most sites have cards that run at 925MHz or so that are roughly $100 cheaper than the GHz edition ones. Is shelling out the extra cash for the 1.05GHz version worth it? These situations are where my technological illiteracy really shines.
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#8dustybottoms7(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 1:51:00 PM
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#9TheFeshPincePosted 10/4/2013 2:11:34 PM(edited)
dustybottoms7 posted...
Interesting. I think I will go for the 7970, especially since I just heard that Dice apparently partnered up with AMD while making Battlefield 4 to optimize it on Radeon cards. Is that true?

Also, another newbie question: For the 7970, most sites have cards that run at 925MHz or so that are roughly $100 cheaper than the GHz edition ones. Is shelling out the extra cash for the 1.05GHz version worth it? These situations are where my technological illiteracy really shines.


It's not usually worth it, but make sure your card isn't voltage locked before buying. You can always overclock the reference cards to match or go beyond the GHz edition clocks.
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