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#1 Nov 26 2012 at 4:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm thinking of upgrading to the following pc and would like to know if it would be able to run ARR on max settings:

- Case: Antec 300 Gaming Case - Black (default choice, options avalable)
- Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600w PSU
- CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40GHz @ 4.40GHz Ivybridge CPU
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
- Cooler: Alpenfohn K2 Mount Doom CPU Cooler
- RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: 500GB HDD
- Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 560TI 1GB GPU
- Sound: Realtek 7.1 Channel Sound (On-Board)
- Optical Drive: OcUK 24x DVD+/-RW SATA Drive

Also would I benefit from a SSD?


#2 Nov 26 2012 at 4:47 PM Rating: Good
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With the old engine SSD made for less hiccups in certain cities or large crowds. IMO I'd bump the HDD up to at least a 1TB drive and then use an additional SSD for certain games. Everything else is ok, but I've never heard of that CPU cooler and the stock intel cooler on the Core i series is very good even for some minor overclocking.

While you don't need it, you may want to look into bumping the RAM up as well... just because it's dirt cheap to do so. However you really won't see much of a benefit unless you do a lot of multitasking.
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#3 Nov 26 2012 at 8:22 PM Rating: Decent
Ya that cooler looks interesting. Huge too.

I have an Antec Eleven Hundred (slightly larger and still under $100) with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO that has worked flawlessly. I don't know the dollars >> pounds conversion (I only found british websites offering it) but I think the pound is currently doing better than the dollar. This would make the Cooler Master cheaper. Can check it out on Newegg here. Just another option for you.

I have that CPU, it's awesome. I almost bought that motherbord for my build, but ended up getting an ASRock z77 board instead. Also happy with it.

Hope your build goes well bud.
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#4 Nov 27 2012 at 3:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Build generally looks ok

few suggestions though -

Fractal R4 case is just as good for cooling (providing you add the 140mm roof and 120mm front fan) and is much less noisey.
CPU cooler - as above never heard of it have you read any reviews on it ? a decent air cooler for around £40 is enough for most overclocks.
PSU - change this to a good one. No point spending all that money on a PC then skimping out on the PSU. Looks at be quiet, seasonic, corsair, etc 500-600W is fine though.

personally id grab an SSD and a storage or overflow drive. something like a samsung 256GB 830 or a crucial M4 256GB are the best bang per buck at the minute. Then id opt for a 1TB 7200rpm drive if i install programs on there or if its just for storage id get 1-2TB "green" 5400rpm drive.

and yes you will instantly notice the SSD
everything else look ok
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As far as SSD's go I love my Intel 520 series.

Seconded on the PSU advice, that is definitely one area where you don't want to skimp, a crappy power supply can ruin your other parts.

Does anyone really see that big of a performance increase with overclocking? I've never been able to get results that make risking my hardware worth the effort.
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#6 Nov 27 2012 at 7:50 AM Rating: Decent
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overclocking can massively boost your CPU performance altohugh it really depends what your doing as to how much difference it makes.

It can add 10-15 FPS to some games and cut video encoding times down drastically.

if your limited by your graphics card though overclocking wont really add anything to FPS since your GPU is bottlenecking the game.

mild overclocks on modern CPU will provide very little risk to the system, it only starts to get a bit scary when you really push the limits of the chip using phase changing or high end water cooling. Obviously the more you up the Voltage the more risk you introduce but generally as along as you dont go stupid and keep your temperatures within the safe limits its fine.

As an example ive had my i7 920 overclocked from 2.66Ghz to 4Ghz for 2+ years and its still going with no issues.

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Must be my graphics card that is the bottleneck then, just a GTX 560 Ti. My 2600k already encodes pretty darn fast, I was able to rip movies to mp4 in around 6-7 minutes per movie. I wouldn't mind getting better C++ compile times but that might be more a compiler issue than the CPU.
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#8 Nov 27 2012 at 10:10 AM Rating: Decent
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wouldnt have thought a 560Ti would be a bottleneck, what res are you at ? although some games are less CPU intensive i guess.

jumping from say 3.3Ghz to 3.6Ghz may not give you a big increase after all that's less than 10% however going from 3.3Ghz to 4.5Ghz is a large step (36%) so the performance gains will be more amplified.

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#9 Nov 27 2012 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent
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BlackstarrStrife wrote:
Build generally looks ok

few suggestions though -

Fractal R4 case is just as good for cooling (providing you add the 140mm roof and 120mm front fan) and is much less noisey.
CPU cooler - as above never heard of it have you read any reviews on it ? a decent air cooler for around £40 is enough for most overclocks.
PSU - change this to a good one. No point spending all that money on a PC then skimping out on the PSU. Looks at be quiet, seasonic, corsair, etc 500-600W is fine though.

personally id grab an SSD and a storage or overflow drive. something like a samsung 256GB 830 or a crucial M4 256GB are the best bang per buck at the minute. Then id opt for a 1TB 7200rpm drive if i install programs on there or if its just for storage id get 1-2TB "green" 5400rpm drive.

and yes you will instantly notice the SSD
everything else look ok


I'm not a genius when it comes to pairing the correct things together which is why I asked here
Would you just have air cooling even though its overclocked by quite a bit if so could you suggest a particular one. Also do you have a suggestion for a particular PSU?
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#11 Nov 28 2012 at 7:37 PM Rating: Good
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Before the possibly NDA violating post was removed on another site, someone had mentioned that their Nvidia 650M paired with an i5 was running the Alpha at max settings and the locked 60fps. Take it with a grain of salt since the Alpha vids we've seen didn't have full lighting and other graphical tricks 100% enabled, but if it's true it means you won't need anything higher than a last gen GPU. I'd still build with the future in mind though IMO.
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