Good gaming rig?

By Pickett1986
Jul 27, 2013
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  1. Hey everyone, I'm about to buy a new rig. I built this one on CyperPower, what do you think? Am I bottlenecked anywhere? Thanks for your help!

    • *BASE_PRICE: [+666]
    • BLUETOOTH: None
    • CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
    • CAS: Corsair Carbide Air 540 Gaming Mid-Tower w/ Dual-chamber Direct Airflow, USB 3.0 & Side-Panel Window [+113]
    • CASUPGRADE: None
    • CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
    • CD2: None
    • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4670 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 [-20]
    • CS_FAN: Default case fans
    • ENGRAVING: None
    • FA_HDD: None
    • FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
    • FLASHMEDIA: None
    • FREEBIE_GLASS: None
    • FREEBIE_VC: None
    • GLASSES: None
    • HDD: 240GB Corsair Force GS Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 525MB/s Write [+189] (Single Drive)
    • HDD2: None
    • IEEE_CARD: None
    • IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    • KEYBOARD1: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard [+5]
    • MB_SRT: None
    • MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+126] (ADATA XPG V2 [+0])
    • MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P LCD [+157]
    • MONITOR2: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-P LCD [+157]
    • MONITOR3: None
    • MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] Gigabyte Z87-HD3 Intel Z87 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Ultra Durable 4 Plus, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (Pro OC Certified)
    • NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
    • OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
    • POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2 Builder Series CX600 V2 80 Plus Certified Power Supply [+33]
    • SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    • SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    • SPEAKERS: None
    • TABLET: None
    • TEMP: None
    • TUNING: None
    • TVRC: None
    • USB: None
    • USBFLASH: None
    • USBHD: None
    • USBX: None
    • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+136] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
    • VIDEO2: None
    • VIDEO3: None
    • WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300 Mbps Wireless Card + External 2.4G 5 Dbi Omni-Directional Wireless Antenna [+39]
    • _PRICE: (+1753)
    • _view_: d
  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    That build does not justify the $1800 price tag at all. Are you willing to build you own PC (get components and put them together)? What games will you be playing? What resolution will you be gaming at?
  3. Pickett1986

    Pickett1986 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    JC,

    Thanks for the input. No, I'm not willing to order parts and put it together. I'm in a country where I dont speak the language at a technical level, so support would be difficult. I'll game at the highest resolution that the 24" monitors included with the rig will support. I play alot of games, BF3, Civ 5, Sim City, Mass Effect, ready for new Rome Total War.
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    What is your budget? Also what OS do you prefer (Win 7 or Win 8)?
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    This is what I put together on iBuyPower (there is a huge summer sale going on):
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 410 Gaming Case - Black

    Case Lighting
    None

    iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
    None

    iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
    None

    Processor
    Intel® Core™ i5-4670K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core™ i5-4670K

    iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
    None

    Processor Cooling
    Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooling System - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)

    Memory
    8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

    Video Card
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 2GB - Single Card

    Motherboard
    ASRock Z87 Extreme 4 -- 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2x Gb LAN, 4x USB 3.0

    Intel Smart Response Technology
    None

    Power Supply
    750 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Free Upgrade to 850 Watt Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 ($20 Savings)

    Primary Hard Drive
    240 GB Corsair Force GS SSD - Single Drive

    Data Hard Drive
    1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

    Optical Drive
    24x Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black

    2nd Optical Drive
    None

    Flash Media Reader / Writer
    None

    Meter Display
    None

    Sound Card
    3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

    Network Card
    Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

    Operating System
    Windows 8 + Office 2010 Trial [Free 60-Day !!!] - 64-bit

    Keyboard
    iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard

    Mouse
    iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red

    Monitor
    None

    2nd Monitor
    None

    Speaker System
    None

    Video Camera
    None

    Case Engraving Service
    None

    Warranty
    3 Year Standard Warranty Service

    Rush Service
    Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

    Free Stuff
    1

    Total: $1711
    misor likes this.
  6. Pickett1986

    Pickett1986 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well, my budget is right at about 1750, but that must include monitors. I prefer windows 7. You think I should go less on the ram, 16 to 8 GB and more on the video card GTX 650ti to GTX 770?
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    8GB is enough. Get the GTX 760 or 770. Go with a lower end case and put that money toward a Corsair H60 water cooler. Also, upgrade the i5 4670 to a i5 4670K so that you can overclock.
  8. Pickett1986

    Pickett1986 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I currently have a laptop with 8 gigs or, i7 processor ram and na Nvidia 560M and it slows down when playing large scale Civilization 5 games, I believe more ram would help this out, which is why I went with 16 Gigs. I dont really plan on overclocking, I'm not that savvy, I may do it one day when it comes down to a choice between new processor or overclocking. Thanks for all your advice!
  9. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 879   +170

    I doubt lack of RAM is the issue with CIV 5. You probably don't use anywhere near the cap of 8GB from gaming. 8GB is actually the sweet spot for most machines. With that said, I'd second the suggestions made by JC713. I'd also drop the PSU down from a 750 to a 650 if possible. That will save you a bit more $ to put somewhere else.
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,865   +344

    Trust me, civ 5 does NOT use the ram. It slows down because the 560M is simply trying to do too much in "large scale games." the 560m isnt a particularly high end card. I do alot of work on my PC and even still there have only been 3 times or so where I have needed more than the 4GB of ram I am currently stuck on. (Work as 3d modeling, rendering, video editing, and of course, game playing)
  11. Pickett1986

    Pickett1986 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the input everyone, it has helped me to make a better decision. Is the motherboard on my original post okay?
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    It is ok. Make sure you up your PSU to 650W if you chose a 760 or 770.
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    If you're not into overclocking (by the sounds of things you're not) then the i5 4570 could be a good choice. I just built one in a gaming machine and it works great. Bit cheaper than the 4670/4670K and I don't think you'd notice the difference. You can also downgrade to a H87 motherboard and ditch the aftermarket cooler to put money towards those monitors.

    I'd second the recommendation of going for a GTX 760 at least.
    misor likes this.
  14. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,138   +498

    Yea JC713 is right on with his selection, that build will do just fine for your needs. You need to just pay attention to sales on cyberpower because that's how you get some good deals on machines, my friend bought one and a lot of times they will offer things like buy this processor get this PSU upgrade or something along those lines. Cyberpower tends to be a little pricey in some areas, but they are good about upgrading processors for reasonable prices, so I would try and get the nicest you feel you would need for gaming. Plus you can pay them to overclock it for you if you want.
  15. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,725   +874

    I recommend iBuypower. They have good deals going on now.
    GhostRyder likes this.


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