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March 19, 2013 4:31:47 PM

Because of school I needed a laptop, so I've put off my first build for a while. By August, perhaps earlier, I will have plenty saved up for my first build! I'm fairly good with computers but not the parts associated with them. So I have some, but not much knowledge regarding that. I'm going to need anything and everything so a lot of help will be needed! I've been a lurker for some time so I know I'm in the right place for help and advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: August

Budget Range: $2000-$2500 (preferably after shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording, Editing, Internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Would love to get everything off of one site, but not really that important

Location: Near Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Parts Preferences: Open to anything really

Overclocking: Yes, but not very experienced with it

SLI or Crossfire: If better than yes (Understand what it is but, not sure

Your Monitor Resolution: Not really sure honestly (One monitor setup however)

Additional Comments: Mouse and keyboard (nothing over the top), speakers (have a nice headset but would like some speakers),

Games Commonly played: Skyrim, Fallout 3/New Vegas, Left 4 Dead 2, Amnesia

For specific parts, I have no idea. I've researched various things but I'd feel better if people with a better understanding helped me out.

I don't think I'm forgetting anything (hopefully), so there it is. If I did forget something important, extra info is needed or I messed up somewhere let me know. Thanks in advance everyone!
March 19, 2013 5:06:12 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KRq7

$2075 total.. Perfect for everything you need. Could prob get all off of Newegg.com might add a few dollars to the total but not much.

Monitor can add a bunch to the total depending on size and resolution... Ideas on size and we can change things up a bit.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KREI

another build with monitor and under $1750 total.

The above build leaves you with alot of wiggle room. Upgrade to 3770K CPU.. Upgrade GPU (not really worth the money) Get more SSD and/or HDD space.. I think that's a great starting point
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March 19, 2013 5:22:55 PM

Hard to argue with Al Bundy above. Just make sure you have a nice display. A 1920 X 1200 display is real nice, the extra vertical room is handy for both general useage, as well as gaming. For not much extra, you can get a 2560 X 1440 display, very nice indeed. The display is vital, but if going for a 27 inch (2560 X 1440) or even a mighty 30 inch monster (2560 X 1600), you will need some major graphics horsepower.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 5:24:51 PM

Don't get a $50 case to hold in such quality parts, if anything spend more on the case as you can reuse nice looking cases since there will be any gain of upgrading a case for a future build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($649.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $2185.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 20:23 EDT-0400)
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March 19, 2013 5:29:53 PM

boulbox said:
Don't get a $50 case to hold in such quality parts, if anything spend more on the case as you can reuse nice looking cases since there will be any gain of upgrading a case for a future build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($649.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $2185.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 20:23 EDT-0400)


This is a great list.. I am ASUS oriented on MB as i have a sabertooth due to issues with my gigabyte board i had. Still prefer the Samsung 840 PRO SSD over the Sandisk. The Fractal R4 is a kick ass case
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March 19, 2013 5:31:21 PM

babernet_1 said:
Hard to argue with Al Bundy above. Just make sure you have a nice display. A 1920 X 1200 display is real nice, the extra vertical room is handy for both general useage, as well as gaming. For not much extra, you can get a 2560 X 1440 display, very nice indeed. The display is vital, but if going for a 27 inch (2560 X 1440) or even a mighty 30 inch monster (2560 X 1600), you will need some major graphics horsepower.


Very easy to argue with both of his builds.

For the first build,
-No need for all in one cooling
-went with a CPU that only turbo OCs
-Overpriced board
-Can get a much better PSU for around the same price
-People rarely use CDs anymore(for computers at least)
-Neet to have a 256GB 840 pro but is overpriced for how much performance you will get
-You should go with a single Strong GPU over 2 lower end models

Second build
-He will be recording so 1 SSD will not be enough(especially a 128GB)
-The DIMMs do not have a price(so not calculated into the price)
-Case is good quality but if you are spending 2k on a build you should want it to be nice and pretty
-optical is not priced
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 5:32:49 PM

Andrew Johnston said:
boulbox said:
Don't get a $50 case to hold in such quality parts, if anything spend more on the case as you can reuse nice looking cases since there will be any gain of upgrading a case for a future build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($649.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $2185.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 20:23 EDT-0400)


This is a great list.. I am ASUS oriented on MB as i have a sabertooth due to issues with my gigabyte board i had. Still prefer the Samsung 840 PRO SSD over the Sandisk. The Fractal R4 is a kick ass case


The 840 pro is a good SSD, but i do not see it being worth the extra premium over a lot of other reliable SSDs as the performance is not a whole lot more(yes in benchies but no to the naked eye)
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March 19, 2013 5:34:47 PM

boulbox said:
babernet_1 said:
Hard to argue with Al Bundy above. Just make sure you have a nice display. A 1920 X 1200 display is real nice, the extra vertical room is handy for both general useage, as well as gaming. For not much extra, you can get a 2560 X 1440 display, very nice indeed. The display is vital, but if going for a 27 inch (2560 X 1440) or even a mighty 30 inch monster (2560 X 1600), you will need some major graphics horsepower.


Very easy to argue with both of his builds.

For the first build,
-No need for all in one cooling
-went with a CPU that only turbo OCs
-Overpriced board
-Can get a much better PSU for around the same price
-People rarely use CDs anymore(for computers at least)
-Neet to have a 256GB 840 pro but is overpriced for how much performance you will get
-You should go with a single Strong GPU over 2 lower end models

Second build
-He will be recording so 1 SSD will not be enough(especially a 128GB)
-The DIMMs do not have a price(so not calculated into the price)
-Case is good quality but if you are spending 2k on a build you should want it to be nice and pretty
-optical is not priced


Seconded... I like the first build that was shown the 2011 based build but It does add a pretty penny to the total.
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March 19, 2013 5:44:34 PM

Andrew Johnston said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KRq7

$2075 total.. Perfect for everything you need. Could prob get all off of Newegg.com might add a few dollars to the total but not much.

Monitor can add a bunch to the total depending on size and resolution... Ideas on size and we can change things up a bit.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KREI

another build with monitor and under $1750 total.

The above build leaves you with alot of wiggle room. Upgrade to 3770K CPU.. Upgrade GPU (not really worth the money) Get more SSD and/or HDD space.. I think that's a great starting point


Zenophobe said:
boulbox said:
babernet_1 said:
Hard to argue with Al Bundy above. Just make sure you have a nice display. A 1920 X 1200 display is real nice, the extra vertical room is handy for both general useage, as well as gaming. For not much extra, you can get a 2560 X 1440 display, very nice indeed. The display is vital, but if going for a 27 inch (2560 X 1440) or even a mighty 30 inch monster (2560 X 1600), you will need some major graphics horsepower.


Very easy to argue with both of his builds.

For the first build,
-No need for all in one cooling
-went with a CPU that only turbo OCs
-Overpriced board
-Can get a much better PSU for around the same price
-People rarely use CDs anymore(for computers at least)
-Neet to have a 256GB 840 pro but is overpriced for how much performance you will get
-You should go with a single Strong GPU over 2 lower end models

Second build
-He will be recording so 1 SSD will not be enough(especially a 128GB)
-The DIMMs do not have a price(so not calculated into the price)
-Case is good quality but if you are spending 2k on a build you should want it to be nice and pretty
-optical is not priced


Seconded... I like the first build that was shown the 2011 based build but It does add a pretty penny to the total.


Actually, Al Bundy is the guy in festerovic's pic. It is from an old TV show "Married with children" which introduced us to the beauty Christina Applegate. When I started my answer, Andrew's answer wasn't there yet.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 5:53:41 PM

Come back a few weeks before you want to purchase - many things can change between now & then. Keep your eyes open for a good psu and a case on sale - not much should change there.
-Bruce
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 6:45:27 PM

babernet_1 said:
Andrew Johnston said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KRq7

$2075 total.. Perfect for everything you need. Could prob get all off of Newegg.com might add a few dollars to the total but not much.

Monitor can add a bunch to the total depending on size and resolution... Ideas on size and we can change things up a bit.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KREI

another build with monitor and under $1750 total.

The above build leaves you with alot of wiggle room. Upgrade to 3770K CPU.. Upgrade GPU (not really worth the money) Get more SSD and/or HDD space.. I think that's a great starting point


Zenophobe said:
boulbox said:
babernet_1 said:
Hard to argue with Al Bundy above. Just make sure you have a nice display. A 1920 X 1200 display is real nice, the extra vertical room is handy for both general useage, as well as gaming. For not much extra, you can get a 2560 X 1440 display, very nice indeed. The display is vital, but if going for a 27 inch (2560 X 1440) or even a mighty 30 inch monster (2560 X 1600), you will need some major graphics horsepower.


Very easy to argue with both of his builds.

For the first build,
-No need for all in one cooling
-went with a CPU that only turbo OCs
-Overpriced board
-Can get a much better PSU for around the same price
-People rarely use CDs anymore(for computers at least)
-Neet to have a 256GB 840 pro but is overpriced for how much performance you will get
-You should go with a single Strong GPU over 2 lower end models

Second build
-He will be recording so 1 SSD will not be enough(especially a 128GB)
-The DIMMs do not have a price(so not calculated into the price)
-Case is good quality but if you are spending 2k on a build you should want it to be nice and pretty
-optical is not priced


Seconded... I like the first build that was shown the 2011 based build but It does add a pretty penny to the total.


Actually, Al Bundy is the guy in festerovic's pic. It is from an old TV show "Married with children" which introduced us to the beauty Christina Applegate. When I started my answer, Andrew's answer wasn't there yet.


Oh then the 690 is not needed in his build, gets out performed by 2 670s for less
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March 19, 2013 8:02:49 PM

dish_moose said:
Come back a few weeks before you want to purchase - many things can change between now & then. Keep your eyes open for a good psu and a case on sale - not much should change there.
-Bruce


That would be smart, just trying to get an idea as of right now. Hopefully August is the latest. Ideally June or July would be the month for me. Thanks for everyone's input so far!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2013 8:05:36 PM

Just make a new thread around June or July, the 4th gen of CPUs may come out then.
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June 3, 2013 12:18:20 PM

cpu= i7 3770k
mobo= Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
gpu= 2x MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2 way sli)
ram =Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
cpu cooler= corsair h100i
HDD= Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD=Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
psu= OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
case= NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
optical drive= LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

This build will deliver great performance for gaming due to the 780 2way sli, and it will be great for video editing because of i7 3770k, 16gb 1866 ram, and the boot up time will be extremely fast due to the 120gb ssd for windows and programs and games.

Total (on amazon)= $2489.32
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June 3, 2013 1:43:44 PM

M-rod said:
cpu= i7 3770k
mobo= Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
gpu= 2x MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2 way sli)
ram =Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
cpu cooler= corsair h100i
HDD= Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD=Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
psu= OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
case= NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
optical drive= LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer

This build will deliver great performance for gaming due to the 780 2way sli, and it will be great for video editing because of i7 3770k, 16gb 1866 ram, and the boot up time will be extremely fast due to the 120gb ssd for windows and programs and games.

Total (on amazon)= $2489.32


You are overspending on many places not needed.
-Blu-ray not needed
-WC not needed
-can do better on motherboard
-Haswell has come out and might as well go with that
-1866 speed not needed
-Caviar black not needed when you have an SSD
-SSD can do a lot better
-PSU can do way better
-Case is meh imo, Fractal is the way to go for me
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