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Help me decide: CPU/GPU!

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Hello Everyone,

So I'm building a new system, which some parts I already have and are in my signature, but then comes the usual confusion, what CPU/GPU should I get that is suitable to my needs?

I'm building this system mainly for 3 reasons/uses:
  • Play Diablo III / World of Warcraft (60% of the time*)
  • Watch movies / 3D Playback (30% of the time*)
  • Manage and listen to my MP3 collection (10% of the time*)
*I use a computer 4-5 hours daily.

And my questions are:
  • Which CPU shall I go for, i7-3770K or i5-3570K?
  • Which GPU shall I go for?
I'll be getting a BD writer with 3D playback, and a Samsung/Benq 24"-27" Full HD, 2ms, 3D monitor.

All your ideas and thoughts are welcome, but no debates please :rolleyes:
And thank you everyone for your input in advance.
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3570 and GTX680
Gaming PC: i7 2600K @ 4.5GHz, Asus P8P67 Pro, Corsair Dominator 8GB, Palit GTX580 SLI, Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty, OCZ Vertex 2 90GB SSD, Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W

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After researching a little bit online, the trend for gaming is to buy an i5-3570K and invest the $100 price difference in a better GPU, just like @crom2k1 suggested, get a GTX680 instead. That being said, with the i5, would I be missing on anything else other than the hyper-threading and the 2MB cache?

And since I had bad experiences with both ATI and Nvidia cards, which GTX680 card would be best in terms of durability and performance?
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View PostUrban, on 20 December 2012 - 07:07 AM, said:

And since I had bad experiences with both ATI and Nvidia cards, which GTX680 card would be best in terms of durability and performance?
for regular gaming and media a core i5 2500k is still considered high end, so the new cpu is more than fine.

Quality nvidia brands: asus, gigabyte, gainward, zotac. Have personally bought from these brands over a period of 14 years, never had issues. Bought from XFX as well and while I personally never had problems with the two XFX cards I bought, I have heard a higher than average amount of complaints directed towards them over the years - too high for a quality brand.

The GTX680 is a great card right now, but graphics card performance will leap frog next year. By leap frog I mean it will double, so the current 6 series will be worthless. In fact, the gtx680 was supposed to be a mid-range card but nvidia decided to market it as high end because it's performance was higher than a gtx580.
I personally would recommend getting a gtx580 for 800-900dhs and leaving some money aside for next year.
If you want to see the performance and quality of a gtx580 check out my youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/mashakos1


On PCs 3d bluray is not specific to the bluray drive but the gpu you have, the gpu drivers and the bluray playback software you use. The best bluray player out there is Arcsoft's Totalmedia Theater 5. Regularly updaetd with bluray support, upscaling, WMC plugin and even HD DVD support. It actually works best with nvidia so if you are considering this software keep that in mind.


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I just checked prices of the GTX 680 and the cheapest is $500+. Honestly I'm not willing to pay that much for a GPU, so what about GTX 660 Ti? Sometime back, I had HD 4770 with 512 GDDR5 and it ran every game I had (some latest titles) at max settings in both DX10 and 11 (1600x1200) with no problems, so I think today's top cards are overpowered for the currunt game demands, and if a need arises I can add another card in SLI in the future, how about this idea?

GTX 580 still sells for $350-400+ while GTX 660 starts at $220 and it has higher clocks and memory!!!!
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View PostUrban, on 20 December 2012 - 09:23 AM, said:

I just checked prices of the GTX 680 and the cheapest is $500+. Honestly I'm not willing to pay that much for a GPU, so what about GTX 660 Ti? Sometime back, I had HD 4770 with 512 GDDR5 and it ran every game I had (some latest titles) at max settings in both DX10 and 11 (1600x1200) with no problems, so I think today's top cards are overpowered for the currunt game demands, and if a need arises I can add another card in SLI in the future, how about this idea?

GTX 580 still sells for $350-400+ while GTX 660 starts at $220 and it has higher clocks and memory!!!!
gtx580 is equivalent to gtx670. Some users here were selling for 800 and 900. Maybe dubizzle?

not all games use sli/crossfire. A friend tried GTA 4 ENBSERIES (check my channel for a video) using two ati 4870 in crossfire. It ran at 15fps!


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View Postmashakos, on 20 December 2012 - 09:30 AM, said:

gtx580 is equivalent to gtx670. Some users here were selling for 800 and 900. Maybe dubizzle?

I'm in Toronto, Canada my friend :rolleyes:
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View PostUrban, on 20 December 2012 - 09:48 AM, said:



I'm in Toronto, Canada my friend :rolleyes:
ebay my friend :)


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still , i would recommend you to get ASUS 660TI TOP and Overclock to get better results , otherwise get ASUS 670 DirectCU 2 TOP ,and overclock it little more to outperform the GTX680
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So I finally went with a core i7-3770K since I got it at an irrisistable price from a local classified adds posting. I went back home and assembled the PC, so far it's super duper fast and all still at default settings, it restarts windows 7 ultimate X64 in 5 seconds :-)

I'm using an I-Rock jelly keybard, and a stone age laptop mouse, an Ice age 14" Dell LCD, and no GPU, lolololol

5 hours from now is the start of boxing day sale here in toronto ,so I'll go do some shopping.

There are pretty good prices on HD 7970 and GTX 680, I just want to know what brands to avoid? discounted prices are on brands like MSI and Galaxy, can I trust these?
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