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Wanting to know if this is a good gaming computer

by Irvine92 / May 29, 2013 6:31 AM PDT

Hello all I am new to this forum, and just looking for peoples opinions and advice on if this is a good gaming computer that I am planning on having built for me or is there improvements I can get with a cheaper replacement, I am only looking to play games such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 and Rome 2 total war on High graphics which runs smoothly on 60+ fps

Here it is....

Motherboard; Asus maximus V gene LGA1155, Sli/CFire,SATA3,GBLan,mATX

Processor: Intel i7 3770k 3.50ghz LGA WW1155 processor

Cooling system: Corsair hydro H55 high performance water cooling kit

Memory slot: Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) CL9 dual-chain kit

Graphics Card: 2GB radeon HD 7850 PCI-e 3.0 VGA card

Sound card: Asus xonar DGX 5.1 channel sound card (PCI-Ex1)

Network Card: PCI-Express x1 Wireless-N 300Mbps Network card

Optical Device: DVD+/-R SATA DVD writer

SATA Device: 1 TB 64MB SATA3 hard drive

Card Reader: all in on internal USB2.0 card reader

Power Supply Unit: CoolerMaster GX series 650W ATX PSU

Operating System: Miscrosoft Windows 8 - 64bit, DVD, OEM

How much am I looking at paying for this desktop? As I have not had a price yet

your replies will be greatly appreciated.

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Looks very high end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 29, 2013 6:38 AM PDT

As to the price, it varies around the country a bit. Here is California you get hit with surcharges on a recycling charge so be sure to price it in your locale.

About that sound card. Why not skip that and try the onboard first? It's not as bad as it used to be.
Bob

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Looks very high end.
by Irvine92 / May 29, 2013 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks very high end.

Thanks for the reply, yeah I think i will leave the sound card then and stick to the onboard, is there anythink you would recommend? what about the graphics card? is this good or is there a better one out there in the same price which would be better for gaming?

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I defer to the masters. Link follows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 29, 2013 9:28 AM PDT
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Personally
by Jimmy Greystone / May 29, 2013 7:14 AM PDT

Personally, I would wait a little longer if possible. Intel's new Haswell architecture is due out very soon, so it seems prudent to at least wait and see how the performance stacks up against the older Ivy Bridge gear.

I'd also agree on the sound card. I actually tried a Xonar card someone gave me for a time, being a bit of an audiophile, and I pretty quickly dumped it. It was a giant pain to try and configure, and honestly the resulting audio sounded worse coming out of my receiver via toslink compared to sending it over the same HDMI link as the video, meaning that the sound card wasn't even processing the audio stream.

Maybe someone with more EE knowledge than me can confirm or explain this. Based on what I've been able to find, if you are sending the audio over HDMI, then basically the CPU decodes the audio stream into raw PCM, and then that is what is sent over the HDMI link via the video card. So that will almost always result in a better overall sound if you ask me.

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Personally
by Irvine92 / May 29, 2013 8:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Personally

Thanks for the reply i will take your advice and stick to the onboard sound card

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Just a pref.
by Bob__B / May 29, 2013 7:56 AM PDT

Don't build a gaming rig with a micro mobo.
Don't build a gaming rig with a small case.

Cost?.......you can go to Newegg and price out the parts.
Add 100/150 bucks for someone to assemble the thing.

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Just a pref.
by Irvine92 / May 29, 2013 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a pref.

thanks for the advice, is there a motherboard that you would recommend me buying instead, which can hold all the parts I've listed?

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No
by Bob__B / May 29, 2013 9:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a pref.

I would shop for a lga1155 atx mobo.......not a micro atx mobo.

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