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Windows 7: Questions on a gaming computer

30 Aug 2012   #1

Windows Home Premium 64 bit SP1
Questions on a gaming computer

I am in the process of trying to figuer out the best components to use in the gaming computer I am planning to build and any advice would be most welcome. The parts list I have so far is:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA
1155 95W Quad-Core

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

Hard Drives:
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G SSD for OS and apps
Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB for Storage

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3

Monitor: ASUS VH232H


Some questions that I have are, is 8 GB enough RAM?
I was planning to go with G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB x 2. Also, is this a good GPU to get: XFX FX-795A-TDBC Radeon HD 7950 - XFX Double D Black Edition FX-795A-TDBC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card?
Lastly, I was wondering if this would be the way to go for the optical drive:
Pioneer Black 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner - Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner With BDXL Support BDR-2207

Thanks for any and all help

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30 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Looks good

Im not sure what anyone else thinks and yes 8GB is plenty of ram for Gaming
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30 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 10 64bit

Yeah that's pretty good setup and 8gb is more then enough.
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30 Aug 2012   #4


It will do the job + another 8GB being enough.

And have you considered a GTX 670 - a little more pricey than the 7950's but arguably superior.
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31 Aug 2012   #5

Windows Home Premium 64 bit SP1

So, would the $100+ difference between the XFX 7950 and the GTX 670 be worth it?
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31 Aug 2012   #6

Windows Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Actually, I just read the reviews for the XFX 7950 and no one had anything good to say about it, so I guess the GTX 670 is the winner
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31 Aug 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

I have 16 gigs of ram and I have yet to manage to use more than about 6 of it, I game heavily.
You should be fine with 8.
The biggest concern is the make/model tier of graphics card for you at this point.

Which you seem to be looking at a fairly decent upper-middle class one.
Which is fine as you'd likely have to spend a couple of hundred more dollars to break into the flagship tier of cards.

That being said my backup machine has my old 5850 in it (2 generations before the card you are looking at) and it still manages to run pretty much everything without trouble, though it does choke a bit on batman arkham city.
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31 Aug 2012   #8

Windows Home Premium 64 bit SP1

I should probably point out that I'm a total noob at this, this will be my first build. What would be a couple of the top tier graphics cards?
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31 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

if you want Nvidia Gtx 680 670 660 ti

Radeon Ati 7950 7970 6970 6990 2 different generations

With overclocking the 7950 will be just as fast but if you are looking for performance with out touching your cards the 670 is better

But keep in mind you really want to spend a extra hundred might as well go for a 7970 even though a 680 is slightly faster also Power color has a 7990 which is 2 7970's on a single die

something to think about also if you are doing multi monitor set ups ATI is alot better for that
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31 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 8 Professional

Couple of red flags for me. I don't trust Gigabyte boards. I've seen more than one DOA Gigabyte come through these doors (I work for an IT company). The OCZ SSD's are cheap at the moment, but have a reputation of BSOD'ing after about a thousand hours. Also, I didn't look into your PSU, but make sure it's a single 12v rail and not two.

Other than that, looks pretty good, especially if you're looking at overclocking that i5.
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