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#1 Ishanx

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:27

I built a virtual rig going by the suggestions given in the last thread I made and this is it: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C3we


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Monitor: AOC E2243FWK 21.5" Monitor
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard
Mouse: Steelseries Kinzu

It comes to around ~1,371 USD [prices are higher in India, I don't know why.]

Any suggestions on how I can make it even cheaper without harming the performance too much? I want the best ****ing performance-to-price ratio, haha.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:30

If its for gaming i don't understand why you spend more on the cpu than gpu.

My rule of thumb is cpu price = 2/3 gpu price.

This is a rather expensive setup for what this gpu can do.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:35

If its for gaming i don't understand why you spend more on the cpu than gpu.

My rule of thumb is cpu price = 2/3 gpu price.

This is a rather expensive setup for what this gpu can do.


What CPU do you recommend?

EDIT: And, do you have a better GPU in mind? A better CPU-GPU combination?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:35

Are you going to overclock? If not, you can skip the CPU cooler, knock the i5 down to a lower i5 (or i3) and go to a business class motherboard.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:37

I'd say that CPU is fine, but maybe you could look at a 7950? I don't know how much more that would be in India, but it would certainly provide a very large improvement.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:39

Are you going to overclock? If not, you can skip the CPU cooler, knock the i5 down to a lower i5 (or i3) and go to a business class motherboard.


Will Overclocking make a big difference? I am not tech-illiterate and so if OCing is worth the trouble and extra buck, I might just do it.

Can you give me a specific model for an i3/i5?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:46

I'd say that CPU is fine, but maybe you could look at a 7950? I don't know how much more that would be in India, but it would certainly provide a very large improvement.


I would but it would increase the price by a lot.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 20:52

Will Overclocking make a big difference? I am not tech-illiterate and so if OCing is worth the trouble and extra buck, I might just do it.

Can you give me a specific model for an i3/i5?


People will have differing opinions about this, but if you've never done it in the past, I don't know that a $200+ i5 is the best place to start.

The i3-2125 is a good processor. Use the stock cooler (unless you find out you need a better one, but you probably won't), and look at the costs of H77 or B75 motherboards. They might not be worth the downgrade, but I don't know how the prices spread out in your market.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:15

Updated: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C4f6

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:21

What CPU do you recommend?

EDIT: And, do you have a better GPU in mind? A better CPU-GPU combination?


Well i have not look at the market enough lately to make any definitive recommendation. My PC is 3 years old and i dont plan to upgrade for another year. Rocking an old overclocked i5 750 and its still more than enough.

The only thing i know is i never spend more on the cpu than gpu when it comes to a gaming system. I would downgrade to the less expensive core i5 specially if you plan to overclock one day (you can run it stock for a while until its not powerful enough). But i've not read reviews so it might not be a good idea. That PSU looks expensive to me. You could downgrade the case too. It's an awesome case but expensive. I dont know the price where you live though. You might want to skip SSD for now too if you are short on money and add one later. ssd are great but 60gb is hardly worth it imo. It will speed boot but you wont even be able to put anything but the os and some apps on it.

I would upgrade to at the very least a 7870 or a 660oc or something like that. Preferably even a 7950 or a 660ti if you can but it might be too expensive.

I would not downgrade the mother board too much. It's a vital part of the system and a good mb is the basis of a good system.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:22

1: i5 is ideal, current games can run 4 threads at a time.

2: Uprate the GPU to a Nvidia 600 series at least take advantage of on-board Physix

3: Your mother board Extreme 4 is primarily taking advantage of the on-board video from the i5, which you are not using anyways - drop down to the Pro 3.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 21:33

I would not downgrade the mother board too much. It's a vital part of the system and a good mb is the basis of a good system.


Unlike Ivy Bridge, most of the Sandy Bridge boards will work fine.

1: i5 is ideal, current games can run 4 threads at a time.

2: Uprate the GPU to a Nvidia 600 series at least take advantage of on-board Physix

3: Your mother board Extreme 4 is primarily taking advantage of the on-board video from the i5, which you are not using anyways - drop down to the Pro 3.


1) i5, sure, but it doesn't have to be the k series. Also the 2125 can do 4 threads. I've not seen any gaming comparisons between a low end i5 and a newer i3, but I suspect they'd only be a few fps apart.
2) The 660 is probably at the best price point for him now

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 22:00

I would suggest an AMD alternative with an FX-6300 and a ASRock 970 Pro3 board. At stock the FX might be slower in most games than the i3, but it's faster in almost everything else and you'll be able to overclock it to compensate (unlike the i3). On top of that, the cash difference can be put towards a better GPU, which makes a bigger difference when it comes to games. I don't know what the prices are in India but performance-wise it should be something like this 7850<660<=7870<660Ti<=7950.

Another thing I'm not sold on is the monitor. How much does this LG cost in India? I can't give you much advice here because I'm not up to scratch, but if you're going for 1080P go for 23".

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 22:26

Well i have not look at the market enough lately to make any definitive recommendation. My PC is 3 years old and i dont plan to upgrade for another year. Rocking an old overclocked i5 750 and its still more than enough.

The only thing i know is i never spend more on the cpu than gpu when it comes to a gaming system. I would downgrade to the less expensive core i5 specially if you plan to overclock one day (you can run it stock for a while until its not powerful enough). But i've not read reviews so it might not be a good idea. That PSU looks expensive to me. You could downgrade the case too. It's an awesome case but expensive. I dont know the price where you live though. You might want to skip SSD for now too if you are short on money and add one later. ssd are great but 60gb is hardly worth it imo. It will speed boot but you wont even be able to put anything but the os and some apps on it.

I would upgrade to at the very least a 7870 or a 660oc or something like that. Preferably even a 7950 or a 660ti if you can but it might be too expensive.

I would not downgrade the mother board too much. It's a vital part of the system and a good mb is the basis of a good system.

1: i5 is ideal, current games can run 4 threads at a time.

2: Uprate the GPU to a Nvidia 600 series at least take advantage of on-board Physix

3: Your mother board Extreme 4 is primarily taking advantage of the on-board video from the i5, which you are not using anyways - drop down to the Pro 3.

Unlike Ivy Bridge, most of the Sandy Bridge boards will work fine.


1) i5, sure, but it doesn't have to be the k series. Also the 2125 can do 4 threads. I've not seen any gaming comparisons between a low end i5 and a newer i3, but I suspect they'd only be a few fps apart.
2) The 660 is probably at the best price point for him now

I would suggest an AMD alternative with an FX-6300 and a ASRock 970 Pro3 board. At stock the FX might be slower in most games than the i3, but it's faster in almost everything else and you'll be able to overclock it to compensate (unlike the i3). On top of that, the cash difference can be put towards a better GPU, which makes a bigger difference when it comes to games. I don't know what the prices are in India but performance-wise it should be something like this 7850<660<=7870<660Ti<=7950.

Another thing I'm not sold on is the monitor. How much does this LG cost in India? I can't give you much advice here because I'm not up to scratch, but if you're going for 1080P go for 23".



Okay, these are the processors available to me: which one do you recommend?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 22:29

Unlike Ivy Bridge, most of the Sandy Bridge boards will work fine.


1) i5, sure, but it doesn't have to be the k series. Also the 2125 can do 4 threads. I've not seen any gaming comparisons between a low end i5 and a newer i3, but I suspect they'd only be a few fps apart.


We are only talking the difference between physical cores and hyper-threading but yes my point is - as a decent simple to follow guide i5 will do the job but an i3 is a possibility.

2) The 660 is probably at the best price point for him now


Good range - ti edition would be fantastic.