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First Mid-range gaming budget build under $1300
by Fuzsion
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Description

I don't have this built YET, I will post actual pictures with the inside and it on my desk till I build it, but for now, here is proof that I actually bought this, the only things I have not bought yet is the OS and the keyboard. I plan to use it for gaming, surfing, and YouTube. They don't have the monitor I bought a week ago, but the model name is a Samsung S20B350, 20" LED 1600x900 res and it cost about $129 at Best Buy (lol). Thoughts?

This machine will do FOR NOW, I can do upgrades later on.

Details
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 3 points 22 months ago

Also, definitely get a 1080p monitor! Don't get a 1600x900 monitor. There are some awesome deals on 1080p monitors online.

 
 
Fuzsion [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

As I said I will upgrade later on, I'm using the Samsung SyncMaster right now and I love it, bright colors, great contrast, plus the resolution won't put much strain on my GPU when I'm playing Crysis 3.

 
 
Fuzsion [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Also I know I have clothes everywhere lol.

 
 
Hydro 1 point 22 months ago

All I have to say is you should have gone with a i5 3570k. And a 7870, but the video card is still good.

 
 
Fuzsion [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

I tried to stick with an Intel Nvidia build, I've heard many bad things about AMD's drivers. I have been debating between a 2500k and a 3570k, I decided to go with the 2500k because I've been told by MANY people that it is an excellent first build CPU.

 
 
SherwoodForest [1 Build] 4 points 22 months ago

Well the 2500k runs a different full metal solder to the chip so it displaces heat more effectively, and since owning a 3570k I can tell you that I've never had it climb above 65 C while gaming on the stock cooler with it clocked at 3.8ghz on the stock cooler (which is saying alot, plus im waiting for my waterblock :P) But by using a Sandy Bridge on a Z77 board you lose native PCIe 3.0 and other improvements due to "higher heat". Yes it runs warmer bc it uses TIM instead of Solder but unless you're doing a 4.3+ Ghz clock its not something to worry about?

Sherwood

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Hydro 1 point 22 months ago

Actually, the AMD drivers have been going a lot more well than before. (From what I hear) plus the beta drivers are nice too

 
 
Fuzsion [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 22 months ago

Who knows, I may have an AMD card in my next build if that's the case :D

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 22 months ago

I have a 7870 and yes those drivers are actually very good. But remember, always get the latest beta driver. They perform so much better than the official driver most of the time.

 
 
LiquidArrogance [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

As an NVIDIA fanboi, I support this decision.

 
 
Max11098 [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

well the 660ti is faster in most games tan the 7870. It is more expensive

 
 
zhuoq.yin [1 Build] -2 points 22 months ago

good choice here. 3570k runs really hot.

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Did you get the processor before Ivy? Other than that, looks pretty good! Modular PSU would have been nice, but not necessary.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I don't think so. He says in one of the other comments that he read that "I decided to go with the 2500k because I've been told by MANY people that it is an excellent first build CPU." and he has "been debating between a 2500k and a 3570k".

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Ah yes, I see that. What benefits does the 2500k offer over the 3570k? I don't know of any, although I SB runs cooler than IB overall.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

Again, I'm referring to another comment: "Well the 2500k runs a different full metal solder to the chip so it displaces heat more effectively, and since owning a 3570k I can tell you that I've never had it climb above 65 C while gaming on the stock cooler with it clocked at 3.8ghz on the stock cooler (which is saying alot, plus im waiting for my waterblock :P) But by using a Sandy Bridge on a Z77 board you lose native PCIe 3.0 and other improvements due to "higher heat". Yes it runs warmer bc it uses TIM instead of Solder but unless you're doing a 4.3+ Ghz clock its not something to worry about?

Sherwood"

 
 
th3m4dh4tt3r [1 Build] 1 point 22 months ago

Huh, very interesting. Doesn't look like he's planning to OC either...