Comprehensive Gaming PC/Laptop Guide: MK II

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I looked at your build #2 and was wondering if the GTX 550:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41125&CatId=3669

would be a suitable replacement for the graphics to spend a little less but get about the same performance?
GTX 550 Ti performs as well as HD 6770, that is to say, if you are going to save money, buy a Radeon HD 6770 or HD 7750.

There's a good reason why I started out my guide blasting apart 550 Ti for being a poor value.
GTX 550 Ti performs as well as HD 6770, that is to say, if you are going to save money, buy a Radeon HD 6770 or HD 7750.

There's a good reason why I started out my guide blasting apart 550 Ti for being a poor value.


Oh yeah woops, I just read that part lol. 560 it is.
Will this RAM have any problem fitting along with a CPU cooler? I'll be getting the Hyper 212 Plus.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-231-314&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=100&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
It'll fit fine
Possible dumb question, but will a laptop hard drive work with a desktop?
It can but you will need an SSD bracket as laptop hard drives are 2.5" and won't fit in a normal 3.5" hard drive bays without a special adapter.
I was looking at the specs on my Samsung monitor and it's resolution is 1366x768. I have no desire to buy a new monitor, so I decided to change which graphic card I was getting to a Radeon HD 6770 or GTX460. What are your recommends for which graphic cards give the best performance at 1366x768 resolution Kal.
Both cards are a severe overkill for 1366x768

what graphics card do you currently use?
This is my first build, so I don't have any graphic cards.
There is no reason to spend a lot of money on a graphics card if you aren't going to replace your monitor.

You can probably make do with an Intel HD 4000 even, until you get a new monitor. Otherwise, you can give a Radeon HD 6770 a shot. GTX 460 costs more and is not necessary at that resolution.
I will be ordering all of my parts this coming Friday, I'm just not sure about my GTX 560 choice now. Is the GTX 570 a worthwhile upgrade, or is there a better card at a similar price? You go from recommending the GTX 560 to the HD 7870, but I don't want to spend $300+ on a card. The 570 is $260 after rebates, and I'd like to stay at that price range if possible.

I'm looking to have passable performance on FPS games like BF3 if I ever do decide to play them. I'd prefer this PC to be more future proof than what the 560 offers as well.
BF3 will run with good FPS with high settings on an GTX 560 / HD 6870

Ultra requires minimum HD 7870 level and above
@Kalg,

The new Sager laptop is here! Can't wait to put it to the test with anything from gaming to Autodesk, Photoshop and coding programs.

i7 3rd gen, gtx 675 and a host of all sorts of goodies.
Nice. Update all drivers and crap, and let us know how ownage it is in games. ;)

I kind of know already though, seeing how GTX 675M = GTX 580M, and 580M is roughly 560 Ti level performance -- which is more than enough for most games out there today.

I barely get by with my OC'd 560M though (equal to HD 6770 / GTX 550 Ti).
Here's what I'm looking at putting together.

i5-3450
ASRock Z77 Extreme4(although I was contemplating the ASRock H61M, about 80 bucks.)
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W
COOLER MASTER HAF 912
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 23.6"

What do you think?
Looks decent, but why Z77? :o
Planning to XFire?
Looks decent, but why Z77? :o
Planning to XFire?


I wanted the option to expand in the future. IDK though. Maybe I'll get the ASRock H61M and widnows 7 retail?

EDIT: How do you feel about the BIOSTAR B75MU3+ board with this build?
The Biostar B75MU3+ has everything except the OC and SLi/XFire, both of which aren't used by many average gamers that I've seen.

I would go with it instead.
Would you recommend the HD 6950 over the GTX 560 for someone looking for a little extra power? It's currently $200 after rebates on Newegg and comes with a free game.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549

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