what to build?

#1
So here is my advice I have been getting some emails on requests for computers and requests on what I think is a good computer so for all of you guys who are not as computer savvy as me or just want an idea on what can run most games I'll go from low to high end. Keep in mind these are my takes of what can run most games out there at acceptable frame rates at 1920x1080. How do I know? I have tested each system with bf3, crysis 2 (not the 3rd cause I didn't really like the second) and my favorite game right now far cry 3 so here we go:


low end system
intel i3 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116773

gtx 560 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130763

asus motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790R

Notice I don't have any memory or hard drive thats because there are so many options and that usually even the cheapest memory (with heatsinks keep in mind) that really anything you find on newegg will work. keep in mind if your going low end just make sure your hard drive you pick is at least 7200 rpm or faster. The lower ones actually cause your machine to slow down to keep in sync with the hard drive. Ive tested this particular build and found it to run newer games on low to medium settings. It's a good bargain for someone just wanting to get a start on building rigs and if you notice with the mobo here I selected you can do sli and sli 560's beat a single 580 so it's a great option for not spending the money on a single 580. Also the mobo is upgradeable which means you can start here and upgrade to an i5 or i7 later on. Moving on.

MID SYSTEM

intel i5 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116876&IsVirtualParent=1

gtx 650 superclocked 2 gb card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130910

ASROCK mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328

so this will run just about any game out there on definitely medium to high settings depending on how you tweak the graphics. I can run far cry 3 with most settings on high and just sometimes dip below 32 fps. keep in mind 32 fps is the magic number. anything higher and you don't really notice a gaming difference however, dipping below that and that is when stuttering and lagging occurs. I also would recommend an upgrade if you can afford it to the gtx 670 because then you can run anything high settings without a skip. it's actually my favorite card out for the price and if you sli those you can beat the piss out of any game made right now. and it saves you around a cool 100-150 bucks rather than picking up a gtx 680.

BAD BOY BEAT SLAPS YOUR MOTHER EVERY TIME YOU HIT THE ON BUTTON COMPUTER. (MY CURRENT SETUP)

Intel i7 six core processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492&IsVirtualParent=1

asus rampage IV extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802

gtx 690 superclocked EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781

Please for the love of god do not get this computer unless you either test equipment like I do or just have money growing out your ass because you can get similar performance for much, much cheaper. Anyways why not the new GTX titan? because I tested the titan and true it's a beast but it just did not really perform on par with this card for the price. this card will chew you up and spit you out and ask for seconds.

So there you have it, any questions feel free to ask or any suggestions feel free to post em up here.
 
#4
Can't remember where, but I learned that memory heat-sinks are just for show. Bare value ram can be BAD ASS.
yes and no, if you have intense gaming and the heat from your computer can raise the heat from your RAM and if you don't have a heatsink to keep off the heat or dissipate it, then it can over heat pretty fast. I alway use it just because I know I'm running pretty intense games and stuff.
 

v.Kamikaze

47R|Source Division
The 47 Ronin
#5
Can't remember where, but I learned that memory heat-sinks are just for show. Bare value ram can be BAD ASS.
all depends on the ram, really. if you're running them at spec, and no OC'ing, then they'll be fine. if you're OC'ing, which causes extra heat in your case, then they help. those fans help more than the ramsinks, but again, only for extreme oc'ing.
 
#6
So here is my advice I have been getting some emails on requests for computers and requests on what I think is a good computer so for all of you guys who are not as computer savvy as me or just want an idea on what can run most games I'll go from low to high end. Keep in mind these are my takes of what can run most games out there at acceptable frame rates at 1920x1080. How do I know? I have tested each system with bf3, crysis 2 (not the 3rd cause I didn't really like the second) and my favorite game right now far cry 3 so here we go:


low end system
intel i3 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116773

gtx 560 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130763

asus motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790R

Notice I don't have any memory or hard drive thats because there are so many options and that usually even the cheapest memory (with heatsinks keep in mind) that really anything you find on newegg will work. keep in mind if your going low end just make sure your hard drive you pick is at least 7200 rpm or faster. The lower ones actually cause your machine to slow down to keep in sync with the hard drive. Ive tested this particular build and found it to run newer games on low to medium settings. It's a good bargain for someone just wanting to get a start on building rigs and if you notice with the mobo here I selected you can do sli and sli 560's beat a single 580 so it's a great option for not spending the money on a single 580. Also the mobo is upgradeable which means you can start here and upgrade to an i5 or i7 later on. Moving on.

MID SYSTEM

intel i5 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116876&IsVirtualParent=1

gtx 650 superclocked 2 gb card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130910

ASROCK mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328

so this will run just about any game out there on definitely medium to high settings depending on how you tweak the graphics. I can run far cry 3 with most settings on high and just sometimes dip below 32 fps. keep in mind 32 fps is the magic number. anything higher and you don't really notice a gaming difference however, dipping below that and that is when stuttering and lagging occurs. I also would recommend an upgrade if you can afford it to the gtx 670 because then you can run anything high settings without a skip. it's actually my favorite card out for the price and if you sli those you can beat the piss out of any game made right now. and it saves you around a cool 100-150 bucks rather than picking up a gtx 680.

BAD BOY BEAT SLAPS YOUR MOTHER EVERY TIME YOU HIT THE ON BUTTON COMPUTER. (MY CURRENT SETUP)

Intel i7 six core processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492&IsVirtualParent=1

asus rampage IV extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802

gtx 690 superclocked EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781

Please for the love of god do not get this computer unless you either test equipment like I do or just have money growing out your ass because you can get similar performance for much, much cheaper. Anyways why not the new GTX titan? because I tested the titan and true it's a beast but it just did not really perform on par with this card for the price. this card will chew you up and spit you out and ask for seconds.

So there you have it, any questions feel free to ask or any suggestions feel free to post em up here.
In any case, I would spend the extra 20 - 50 dollars on an ASUS board over ASrock.... Since ASrock is ASUS lower end stuff.
 
#7
Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core 12MB 3.2GHZ Hyperthreading Unlocked LGA2011 Processor No HSF
ASUS Rampage IV Formula ATX Motherboard X79 LGA2011 DDR3 SLI CrossFireX 4PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 USB3.0
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II 1006MHZ 4GB GDDR5 6GHZ 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E 3.0 Video Card

That is what I would go for... Sort of a step down from your super high end system... However Still high end enough to play most games on max graphics.
 
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