Building computer for RTS gaming


Nov 15, 2012
Hello I have been reading discussions and had originally built a computer on with a

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

But after reading many forums and review I have learned that the Intel i5 processors are much better. Even though running at lower GHz. My question is, is this true and does it matter if I am strictly playing RTS games like Total War, Starcraft II, Company of Heros, etc....

My current build is:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor [...] 6819116504

ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 (getting for free from a friend who is upgrading his system) [...] 6813157279

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 [...] 6820231314

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version [...] 6814202004

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" [...] 6822148697

ASUS 24X DVD Burner [...] 6827135204

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

Any suggestions would be very appreciated, especially if it will save me money.



Nov 14, 2012
Couple things to note if you are going to play games like shogun 2 you may need a better gpu but on that note you can flash the 6970 BIOS to the 6950 making it run like its a 6970 meaning you will get a performance boost. (There are tutorials online on how to do that).

The stock fan that comes with the i5 isn't that great i would recommend getting something other than the stock fan.

Otherwise this build should be fine if you do decide you need a better gpu and you are playing above 1920x1080 get an amd gpu like the 7950 and if you are below that get something like a 670.

Everything else on this build is perfectly fine.