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    Default My pc build advice/opinions needed

    So it's time to update my PC but first time round I didn't bother spending to much so most of the components will be replaced as the spec was entry to mid level 5 years ago

    I have a proposed spec list which I think would be decent for playing most games at a relative level of high settings I hope. Comments and opinions welcome. If you think I should change something speak up

    Components in red are parts I'm going to use off of my current pc.

    Asus P8Z77-M Pro
    Intel Core i5 3570K
    Corsair Vengeance 2X4GB DDR3 1600MHz
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD
    Asus Eah 4870 512mb DDR5 gpu
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650w psu

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo cooling
    Cooler Master Storm Scout case

    Hopefully the build cost will add up to +-R6700

    I am a bit budget conscious so I don't want to go too expensive.
    This would be my main form of gaming as I'm trying to move away from console gaming.
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    If i was you i would pay closer to 10K,Everything looks good except for the graphics card.You should at least go for a 1024MB (1GB) GPU.

    You should be able to play on Medium settings on the new games and high on new games using older engines.
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    Default My pc build advice/opinions needed

    Yeah that gfx card is pretty weak....for the most games that's the minimum required to run! 1 gb will do you wonders...
    BUT if your going to game on a 1920x1600 res it will take a hit
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    Yea I know the gpu is old and not the best but I'm on a bit of a budget for now. Hopefully after all the x-mas expenditures, around Jan/Feb I'll be able to afford a new gpu, maybe a GTX 550Ti?? Or what would you suggest?
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    I presume since you are going for the k version and a proper after market cooling you are looking at doing some over clocking?
    It would be advisable to put the prices there so we can see what you paying and recommend something better / cheaper where necessary.
    To me I think R6700 would be able to get you a lot better items
    Otherwise check in with the Joker, I am sure he can sort something better out for you
    contact me if you are in Cape Town and looking for PC Hardware at very competitive pricing. We also do web and graphic design.
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    CPU vs GPU balancing is wrong. The GPU is definitely going to bottleneck it.

    It does make sense though if you just want to postpone the GPU upgrade for a month or 3...seeing how you are carrying it over.
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    Default Parts pricing

    Asus P8Z77-M Pro -R1878 (Rebel tech) or was thinking ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - R1643 (Rebel tech)
    Intel Core i5 3570K - R2272 (PC international)
    Corsair Vengeance 2X4GB DDR3 1600MHz - R540 (Rebel tech)
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD - R1040 (PC international)
    Asus Eah 4870 512mb DDR5 gpu
    Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650w psu

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo cooling - R333 (Rebel tech)
    Cooler Master Storm Scout case - R797 (PC international)

    So the total with Asus mobo is R6860
    with the ASrock it's R6625
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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocXphere View Post
    CPU vs GPU balancing is wrong. The GPU is definitely going to bottleneck it.

    It does make sense though if you just want to postpone the GPU upgrade for a month or 3...seeing how you are carrying it over.
    LOL a gpu cant bottleneck a cpu. Everything goes through the CPU for pre processing before it goes to the GPU to actually process, so the gpu will perform at its best with that 3570k.

    @ OP

    Why do you need an aftermarket cpu cooler with that case? Look at this first and then re-consider.
    Front: 140mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included)
    Top: 140mm Fan x 1 (included) or 120mm Fan x 1 (optional)
    Rear: 120mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included)
    Side: Acrylic window; supports 120mm x 2 (optional)

    Change the RAM frequency to 1866 , its like R70 more expensive. Also go for the Asrock mobo, I have the Asrock fatality (same as extreme 4 just with red colours :P) and it's really the best bang for the buck. What resolution are you planning on playing? Maybe save up about 2.5k and buy the KFA gtx 660.
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    @Lyt - Precautionary measures I guess?? do you think I'll be ok with the stock intel cooling? I'm also leaning toward the ASRock more just because of the price difference. At the moment I'm running on a 22" samsung syncmaster 2232GW at 1600x900
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyt View Post
    LOL a gpu cant bottleneck a cpu.
    I never said that. Its going to bottleneck game performance - i.e. game performance is determined by the slowest involved component. i.e. It maxes out the slowest component & everything else sits mostly idle. That is bottlenecking in my books but you're welcome to look at it as using the GPU to its full potential.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyt View Post
    Everything goes through the CPU for pre processing before it goes to the GPU to actually process
    I'm unfamiliar with this pre processing you are referring to. I was under the impression that thanks to direct memory access, you can load a texture from the HDD into RAM and from RAM in GFX RAM with near zero CPU involvement.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyt View Post
    Asrock fatality (same as extreme 4 just with red colours :P)
    They are certainly similar but the specs and layout do differ.

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