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First gaming desktop


Sunsetrival96

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I am looking to buy my first gaming desktop. I want to be able to play games like Skyrim, Age of Empires,LOTR:online,Guild Wars 2 and the like. I am wondering what "off the shelf" pcs would be a good start or even where I should begin if I wanted to build my own pc. Thanks.

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frybluff

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You don't have to spend a fortune, to get a reasonably high performance gaming rig. FORGET i7, it's a total waste of money for gaming. No game uses it, and won't for probably 5 years. i7 is for design/3D modelling/video/photo; not gaming. i5-3570K is the optimum processor, with a Z77 mobo. Something like this will give you a really good gamer, without wasted "frills".gaming parts list

You could add an SSD, something like Samsung 830 128GB for snappier performance, if you wish.

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frybluff

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For reference, performance benchmarks for HD7870, compared, with, say, HD7770.

Anandtech GPU Benchmarks

With overclocking, and latest drivers, you would actually achieve better results.

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rdave13

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Forget i7? Why frybluff ?

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nickf

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I agree that an i7 sandybridge E is a bit overkill , but an i7 ivy bridge is absolutely fine , and will certainly perform better than i5 .

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rdave13

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Different i7 CPUs at the same site and Novatek click here is similar but a tad more expensive.

Trouble is that thinking a certain CPU is overkill is that in six months the same sentiments won't be true. Especially with gaming.

Sunsetrival96 , I can only suggest you follow up advice here and also do your own research via a search engine. Most importantly of all, stick to your budget.

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frybluff

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I have nothing against i7. It's better than i5 for stuff like photography. I have i7, myself, but I didn't get it for its gaming capabilities, where it gains you ZERO over i5. That's because not one game uses the hyperthreading of i7, and the concensus, in gaming community, is that there's a timescale of 5 years, before many do, as there's simply no financial incentive for game producers to write for a niche market. When i7 starts to become the norm, then you'll start to see games use it, but by then, any processor bought today, would be due for replacement, anyway. Here are the benchmark comparasons, between i5 and i7. i7 is better at some benches, but not those, useful in gaming.

i5/i7

The point is, if you are on a tight budget, for a predominanely gaming rig, take the extra £70+ that you would have spent on i7, and get a better graphics card, that will gain you something. Spending extra for i7, in an £800 GAMING rig is wateful.

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