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Gaming Build: First time, Need help and Options.

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March 11, 2013 9:38:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: As soon as Possible.

Budget Range:1,000-1,400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Farcry3, Battlefield3, Skyrim, Crysis 3, Assassins Creed III, Max Payne, World of Warcraft, Guild wars 2, Sleeping dogs, And eventually hopefully future graphic-demanding games i.e GTA5) Video Editing (Sony Vegas for the most part), Surfing, Movies, Networking

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.. Open to new.

Location: Walnut Creek, California.

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Currently 1400x900 wanting to upgrade to higher end LED Monitor. Open to suggestions.

Additional Comments: California as many of you know is a semi-arid state, and it tends to get pretty hot here. (Last few years we reached 109 Fahrenheit, and my room doesn't have the best air conditioning and reaches 3-4 more degrees. Therefore I believe that cooling will be something important to address. I'm not sure if this contradicts the following statement or not, but it would be ideal the quieter the better.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm upgrading because I plan to give my father my old computer, plus it's time to upgrade.

So far I've just started to look into the build in depth, and have come up with a rough basic sketch of the essentials I'll need. It will be a work in progress to build my computer to the point that I want to have it at.

Case - To be determined. (Hopefully case that has great fans, and a reliable cooling system.

CPU - Core i7 3770k

Motherboard - To be determined (SLI Compatible)

Memory - 2x DDR3 8GB sticks.

Graphics- EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP

Storage - SSD first, then with time I can add a HDD to my system. I was thinking.
Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128 SATA_6_0_gb Solid State Drive MZ-7PD128BW

Cooling - Considering Liquid cooling. Open to suggestions.

Power supply - To be determined.
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March 11, 2013 9:48:53 PM

How does this look to you? We can go cheaper if need be: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/J948

680 is a waste if cash when a GTX 670 is only 5% slower, and 25% cheaper.

You don't need an i7 either, i5 is better choice unless you need hyper-threading.

I live in southern California and it sure does get hot here in summer.

For gaming purposes only, here is a monitor to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 11, 2013 10:05:40 PM

Hm I was planning on running SLI eventually, but I suppose the 5% dropdown from the 680 isn't too harsh, and saves me the money. As for the i7 I would of just assumed it was a long-term investment but I might be wrong. I like the case, it seems like it would get great exposure to air than the sealed up plastic ones. Is there a significant difference between liquid cooling vs normal?

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March 11, 2013 11:28:18 PM

Sebas2434 said:
Hm I was planning on running SLI eventually, but I suppose the 5% dropdown from the 680 isn't too harsh, and saves me the money. As for the i7 I would of just assumed it was a long-term investment but I might be wrong. I like the case, it seems like it would get great exposure to air than the sealed up plastic ones. Is there a significant difference between liquid cooling vs normal?



Do you mean a custom loop, or a closed loop like an H100i? A custom loop will be be better, but very expensive. A closed loop may be a marginally better than the high end air coolers.

An i7 is the same as an i5 almost, except the i7 has HT(hyper-threading) which is good for tasks like encoding. So unless your doing non-gaming CPU intensive tasks you save money going with the i5.
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March 11, 2013 11:39:32 PM

sony vegas hyperthreading, i think, the i7 would make it speedier, but is it worth it?
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March 11, 2013 11:40:49 PM

ARICH5 said:
sony vegas hyperthreading, i think, the i7 would make it speedier, but is it worth it?



It's up to him if 100 bucks is worth it. Depends on how much he would use HT.

And Sony Vegas supports GPU acceleration: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...
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March 12, 2013 11:33:40 AM

I think I made the final decision of getting the Intel Core i5-3570K so that i can overclock afterwards. For CPU Cooler I'm wondering what the best option is because where I live it gets pretty hot. Is Liquid cooling any better than fan cooling? I plan on doing an SLI setup when I buy my LED monitor with the current monitor that i have (1400x900). Having said that I want to know if it's worth the extra money to spend on the GTX680 or GTX670. Also for motherboards, what's a reliable brand that -still- has room for upgrades etc.
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March 13, 2013 5:56:31 PM

Sebas2434 said:
I think I made the final decision of getting the Intel Core i5-3570K so that i can overclock afterwards. For CPU Cooler I'm wondering what the best option is because where I live it gets pretty hot. Is Liquid cooling any better than fan cooling? I plan on doing an SLI setup when I buy my LED monitor with the current monitor that i have (1400x900). Having said that I want to know if it's worth the extra money to spend on the GTX680 or GTX670. Also for motherboards, what's a reliable brand that -still- has room for upgrades etc.


Stick with a 670. The 680 is a waste of cash when it's 5%ish difference.

For heatsinks you could look through here: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

Closed loops won't be that much better than a high end air cooler, but still nice if you don't want something big and heavy in case.

Gigabyte or Asus have good boards.
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