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Old 05-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hi, I've been planning on getting a new gaming PC for a while now and I have finally decided on the parts. I would just like some feedback on whether it will be good enough to play games like minecraft, nexuiz, garrysmod, css and new games that I may be getting such as BF3. Also are there any areas that may need some improvement?

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Prime SD1484
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V
Memory: 16GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance (4x4GB)
Hard Drives: WD Caviar Black 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
2nd hard drive: Corsair 120GB Force3 SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus
PSU: 700W Xigmatek
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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Anyone please?
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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Looks good to me.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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Thanks, I need a few more opinions if anyone has any?
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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looks great to me.

personally i would have gone for a 2x4 gig RAM set with more mhz and possible lower Latency instead.
i see no point in getting a 4x4 set of RAM if you are not doing anything with servers and virtual mashines.

also i would have percused one extra WD Caviar harddrive and put it in RAID0.
once going RAID with 7200 harddrives you never go back to only 1 single 7200 harddrive.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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Thankyou for your feedback, what would be the benefits of using 2 hardrives instead of 1? Also I will maybe be creating a server so I would like the 16gb RAM also the place that I am buying it from 1600mhz is the most there is.
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Those are the new Ivy Bridge chips aren't they, I don't think they OC as well as the older Sandy Bridge chips, if that's what you're planning to do. Other than that, look alright.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #8
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Well this will be my first PC that is completely mine and I wasn't planning to OC but I am aware that the i5 2500k OC better.
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Still if you overclock a 2500k to the MAX and do the same thing with the 3570k you will have more performance then the 2500k.
The sandy bridge gets more % performance boost but still can't quite match the IVY bridge in raw power.
But you need to be a little more aware of the cooling because the IVY bridge tends to get hotter a little faster then sandy bridge.

The RAID0 setup is.... you know what, it would be easier if you just watch the video below.
He is great, and better to explain it then me.
First he is talking about RAID0 and RAID1, then he shows you how to set it up. All you can ask for in a RAID0/1 video is there.
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Yeah looks good to me too, also I use Patriot 4x4 16GB Ram, and I use all of it for my daily tasks, like rendering movies, and editing larger scale 3D objects, but depending on your exact tasks you may not need as much as other people have said, and I will admit myself that my 16GB is a bit overkill, but I had the money for it so I got it.
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Do I really need this with the SSD? Is it possible with 2 500GB harddrives and I will definitely think about this some more. Thankyou
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remember that you only have 120GB on that SSD, so everything else that are not on the SSD is gonna be WAY more slow.
but having the rest of the data on a RAID0 setup reduces the difference in speed.
still the SSD will kick the RAID0 setup's ass.

you don't "need" it, but it is just great to have.
if money is a problem then remember you safe a little on the RAM by going 2x4.
it's just what I would have done.
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Thanks for the advice, with the RAID0 setup how much memory would I have? Would it be 1TB still? I heard that it is the amount of drives multiplied by the lowest capacity drive so for example 1TB and 2TB it would be 1TB x 2 so its 2TB instead of 3TB is this correct? If so, then i would get 2TB still but it would just be faster?
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Yes. It isn't a good idea to mix drive capacities when building a RAID array. If you put a 1TB and a 2TB drive in a RAID 0 then you will have a total of 2TB available to you even though there are physically 3TB of disk space. The other 1TB is wasted, which in turn is wasted money. You're paying for disk space that cannot be used.
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Well I read that It's not really worth it so I might just upgrade the size of the SSD and keep 1TB drive.
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For the best performance, don't use the onboard sound card. This is because the sound quality is not optimal if you compare with external sound card. Trust me.
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not worth it?? where have you read that?
you get 2 TB of storrage and the drives are working together to give you 60%-80% extra read speed,
or you can pay double and get like 2x the speed of the RAID but only having 240gb.
ssd = double read speed but double the price.
Raid0 = ½ the readspeed but ½ the price and 8x storage.
your choice. i know what i would choose.
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Will the sound card really matter since i'm going to be using a headset?
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