Oct 22, 2012
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?

Also should I purchase a gaming controller for games like Hitman Absolution, Assassins Creed 3, Battlefied 3 and so on or is it just as easy to use a keyboard and mouse? I would think a controller would be more intuitive and less time consuming which would result in a better gaming experience. Am I wrong to think this in a FPS where every second counts I would think navigating a keyboard and using a mouse would be a severe disadvantage over someone using a controller.


Dec 7, 2011
If you are used to a controller, than use one. Whatever works best for you is the best. Purely personal preference.

I wouldn't overclock unless you run into a performance issue. Both your CPU and GPU are high end stuff. They shouldn't need an overclock for almost any game out there @1080p.
Overclocking results in more power consumption, heat, noise (fans spinning higher) and very possibly reduce lifetime on your components over time. Not saying it's a bad thing in general, just not a good idea if it's not really necessary.
I'd argue that a mouse is far better for controlling your view than a controller. It allows for much faster and precise movements. However, I also would recommend using a left handed controller for gaming along with a mouse. The 2 best I have used are the G13 and the Nostromo n52. Those are for key presses, the mouse is for aiming.

As far as what games your system can handle. Well, it can handle everything that is coded well. That is a high end system.

Some good games to play:
Crysis 2
Metro 2033
Battlefield 3

Dragon Age: Origins
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
The Witcher 2

Batman Arkham Asylum
Batman Arkham City

There are a lot of others, those are just a few I can recommend.
Yeah bystander is right about mouse aiming - it's massively superior for turning rapidly and then aiming precisely. The only games I can think of that really wouldn't benefit at all would be racing games. Speaking of which, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is awesome for eye candy and showing off your system's capabilities. Not that you need that much muscle to run it, but it does look really good! Crysis 2 also and Battlefield 3 also.

Overclocking is totally unnecessary for current games at 1080p. In addition to the drawbacks mentioned, you also invalidate your warranty. If you get to a stage a few years down the line where warranty has expired and computer is struggling with the latest games, that's the time to start playing with clock frequencies and voltages.


Nov 8, 2012
The stats of your hardware seems pretty good; I'd avoid OCing unless you really know what you are doing, and I think you really don't need to.

For the games you mentioned, a mouse and keyboard will work just fine.

You should give Starcraft 2 a try, if you like RTS games =)

And like bystander mentioned, The Witcher 2 is one of the best games ever made. You don't have to play The Witcher to have fun with the second one, but it is a GREAT game as well.


Aug 18, 2012
i got my pc this past week and i thought it would be hard to use a keyboard and mouse but it took me 1-2 bf3 games to get the hang of it, im alot more acurate then i was on console bf3, and 64 player close quarters is absolutely mental! and you can run any game on max right now, i have a 670 and an i5 3570k both arent overclocked and they run everything
I would suggest crysis 1/warhead before crysis 2 myself,
Then id recommend metro 2033 as well and Deus Ex Human revolution.
RPG i agree 100% with bystander, but id also advice to get mods for skyrim as by default its a console looking game, and it can be far better on pc.

On action, batmans are great, but the fighting seems a bit automatic for me at a certain point. Id recommend Spiderman web of shadows or prototype 1 if you like open worlds. Graphicly they are old, but the gaming is quite fun.

RTS i recomend starcraft broodwar and starcraft 2.

Another funny game is tribes ascend, thou it is a bit tricky >D.

Now if you really want to give your PC a strong push (thou this requires a lot of work), google crysis 1 mods like "real life", crysis 1 overhaul, and sweetFX (from 3d guru).
It takes days to get it to its 100%, but it got my 560 Ti to its limits.

Another option STALKER series with the mods for it. (i think its called stalker 2012).