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Gaming On My PC & Overclocking

Discussion in 'Games' started by Victor286, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Victor286 New Member

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    Flint, MI
    Specs:
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410
    CPU: i5 3570k: Stock 3.4Ghz / Turbo 3.8Ghz (so far I haven't figured out how to get the turbo to kick on)
    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
    Mobo: ASRock Extreme4 Z77
    GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature Edition (Currently running idle at 1138 MHz via the Physic X App)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 1600
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB (Windows 7 64-bit installed on this drive)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB SATA 6.0 (Currently Empty)
    PSU: Seasonic X-Series 850W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular
    Optical: ASUS DRW 24x DVD Burner
    Monitor: ASUS 23.6" Full HD w/Speakers (1920x1080P using HDMI to GPU)

    I just put this system together and it was my first time building a PC ever. I had a little difficulty figuring out where all the cables plugged into because the overall lack of diagrams or decent information provided with the products. However, I was able to figure it out after a little trial and error (5 hours worth). I still haven't tried to do any cable management really I was more concerned with getting everything connected initially so its not as pretty on the inside as I would like.

    I would like to start palying some games on this thing. What are some games that would play well on my current system at 1080P with graphics at the max or as close to max as possible? I currently only have Rome Total War installed on this PC from my Amazon Digital Games Library. I haven't had time to see what it's like on it but it's an old title so I doubt it will show off what my rig can do.

    Is it Important that I overclock my GPU/CPU, or should running things at stock settings be fine? How much more performance does OC'ing generate in regards to gaming and everyday usage like surfing the net and messing around on the desktop?
     
  2. LDNL

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    With a system like that you'll be able to max out any game out there at 1920x1080. Mostly ppl overclock because they want higher scores when running benchmarks and to test their compenents limits to get that 5-10% extra but with a kit like yours theres no need for overclocking.
     
  3. lyndonguitar

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    Cool rig, you should be running any game without any problems with that setup however if you want the most "eye candy" games that is at the top of the graphics chain, you should definitely try the following:


    Battlefield 3(for a 64 player MP game, its pretty impressive)
    Crysis games
    RAGE
    Metro 2033
    Total War Shogun
    The Witcher 2

    you can even put mods on some to enhance the graphics even more.

    As for overclocking, don't do it yet. It is not a mandatory even if your gaming, with that rig you don't need to, However if things get a little choppy for you. like a new game came up and you can't play it at stable >30FPS 1080p, You can always do a little bit of OC-ing.
     
  4. Victor286 New Member

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    Thanks for the input everyone regarding the need to overclock or not. The name drops of some particular titles to look into for my new build helps as well. I can't wait to experience what I have been missing out on I have been gaming on consoles for over a decade now and have always wanted to make the leap to PC. I just hope it will be a few years before I have to upgrade any hardware after the $1,500 I pumped into this rig.
     

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