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    Old 05-25-2013, 03:09 PM
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    Question Looking for first-time build advice - Ultra settings 60fps

    Hi there, new member here, hope I can integrate into the PCG fold!

    So I'm finally starting to move in the direction of putting together a powerful gaming rig, and thought there might be some members here with far more tech knowledge than I have that might be able to help with a few preliminary questions.

    I have decided that budget isn't too much of a consideration as power is the key factor but I certainly don't want to be spending money needlessly. A rough benchmark I would like to aim for would be running most current games on max settings with an average framerate of around 60fps.

    I just joined the PCGUK Planetside 2 outfit this morning and I'd like to have a rig that is going to allow unhindered competitive play - anyone that plays it is likely aware of how system intensive this game can be even on seemingly powerful GPUs due to its CPU dependency. That also means I want to try to avoid any bottlenecking where possible.

    So my first two questions would be I suppose, firstly, could anyone give me a rough estimate as to how much a build that would meet this criteria is likely to cost (I'm in the UK)? And secondly, whether there are any GPU CPU mobo combinations that particularly stand out as well suited for one-another? Once I've got an idea of what general direction to head in I can start the nitty-gritty of doing the research!

    Any advice appreciated! Thanks

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    Old 05-25-2013, 03:31 PM
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    How many monitors do you plan on using and at what resolution?

    If it's one, you can max all games @1080p for easily under £1000. More monitors means higher costs obviously so it depends on that really.
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    Old 05-25-2013, 03:46 PM
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    Cheers for the fast response. That's actually a very crucial consideration I should have specified in my original post. I would be hoping to run games at a minimum of 1080p, but in addition, I have a 3D monitor so possibly even 1080p games in 3D comfortably (providing this doesn't push the cost into small supercomputer realms?!).
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    Ok, what's the refresh rate of the monitor? To find this: right click on desktop, click screen resolution, advanced settings, monitor and it'll say there.

    It's probably 60Hz which means that you wont be needing any more than constant 60 fps so that'll keep the cost somewhat in check.
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    Thanks, it's 60hz. I've heard some competitive players say 120hz is essential but does it really make a perceptible difference to the performance of the player?
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    As for the CPU
    Planetside 2 is an extremely CPU intensive game...I'd get a Haswell 4670K(june 3rd realease for this product) and over clock the hell outta it with a Noctuna/Enermax cooler if you wanna stay at 60 fps in big fire fights.
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    Yeah you should be able to get that at around £1000, wait for Haswell and the Nvidia 700 series and you'll get a very capable build at a good price.
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    @Orkgutz @Masterflaw

    Thanks for the tip-off guys. I've done a bit of reading and it seems the Haswell will only give a relatively modest 10% speed boost. Do think it's worth waiting until Haswell is released and going with Ivy Bridge to capitalize on the inevitable price drop or does Haswell offer additional benefits besides speed?

    I'm still seeking a definitive resource on information relating to PC builds (besides this awesome forum ), so if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks
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    I would wait and get Haswell, as for price drops in the last generation, there isn't much difference. The 3570k wont drop by much because of Haswells realease.
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    Thanks once again @Orkgutz. I imagine the Haswell will be better optimised to run with newer cards too - the Nvidia 700 series is looking pretty encouraging. Would anyone care weigh in with some suggestions for a good site for info about the entire PC building process? Still looking for that 'Start Here' launching point! Cheers
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