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April 16, 2013 8:41:38 AM

Wzup, Its that time every 2-3 years where I build a new gaming PC. I would appreciate any help or insight into issues with the build or parts I am overlooking. I am also trying to reduce the overall budget to $2500.00. Also I need to buy all new parts as my old gaming PC will be given away to my cousin.

Some info about me and my preferences. I am currently playing League of Legends, but that will change to FPS/MMORPGS(Mainly Elder Scrolls) later in the year. I would like to run most games at max settings.

As far as brands go I am 100% committed to Intel/Nvidia and have absolutely no interest in AMD. For the remaining parts I prefer EVGA, ASUS, and Corsair but am definitely open to other suggestions.

Here is what I have come up with so far...

I new to partpicker but I will most likely buy everything through newegg.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($88.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($81.24 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($26.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.43 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($464.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: PC 360 Headset ($180.00)
Other: Corsair Vengeance K70 ($120.00)
Total: $3062.50


Thanks again
a b 4 Gaming
April 16, 2013 8:45:19 AM

Everything is perfect!thats a beast rig
April 16, 2013 8:55:59 AM

You could set this rig up for bitcoin mining if you wanted to with those GFX Cards!
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April 16, 2013 10:00:19 AM

Actually Nvidia cards don't handle Bitcoin mining very well. OP I would suggest maybe waiting a couple of months to see how Haswell launches. The 4770K should be a decent improvement for nearly the same price.
a b 4 Gaming
April 16, 2013 10:29:40 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R5WN

-i7s arent really for gaming but then again it can help in multi-player games and you have the budget for it
-spending way too much on ram that doesnt perform any better
-sabertooth boards look great but are a scam when you figure out that the dust shield traps heat and traps dust within the board
-no cheap ass liquid cooler. go custom or go heatsink
-do not get wifi for such a high end build. go get yourself a powerline kit and run that instead
-cheaper SSD that performs very well. there is literally no difference that you can notice between the m5s im recommending and the 840 pro
-sound card isnt really necessary but you can have it if you want
-better case for cheaper. and is more silent
-cheaper and better psu
-cheaper mouse but is just as good
-cheaper keyboard that is just as good
-IPS panel over a TN panel. its slower, but color reproduction is much more superior and angles are also much better. therefore a second 670 is currently not necesssary as the monitor can only run at 60hz
April 16, 2013 11:20:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.01 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.06 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.43 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Corsair Vengeance K70 ($120.00)
Other: PC 360 Headset ($180.00)
Total: $2493.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 14:15 EDT-0400)

Use this combo it custs out another $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram isn't the best but ram plays such a small role I don't think it kill you or really affect any performance. And it gives you a good cpu/mobo and what is essentially free stick of ram and than pays for a bit on the second stick.

Went with a cheaper monitor to cut price down a bit, as well as i5 since the i7 doesn't really benefit you anymore for gaming. The 212 evo is more than capable for overclocking. Case was swapped due to budget as well, still a quality case though. Put in an Xonar DG because it's a very good budget sound card with a built in amp that can drive up to 150ohm headphones. Though I reccomend going on Head-Fi and asking them for headphone/soundcard reccomendations, even though the Xonar DG/PC 360 is a nice setup for what your paying I'd rather you have something more tailored to you.
April 16, 2013 1:13:32 PM

I am currently using the following...The reason I am posting this is because some of you mentioned downgrading my monitor and I cant revert back from 27".

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 x Antec Lanboy air Yellow Black / Yellow Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...

1 x Linksys WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band

1 x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 (CMPSU-950TX) 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...

1 x CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

1 x ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card

1 x CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

1 x Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

1 x ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

1 x SAMSUNG P2770H Rose Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Logitech G15 Keyboard and G9x mouse
April 16, 2013 1:39:15 PM

Since this is a high-end build, use at least a dual raid-0 SSD [2], or even a raid 10 SSD [4]. The SATA III ports is the current bottleneck. A high-end CPU, GPU & MB are always starve for data & waiting for the SATA III ports IOPS. Improving that improves everything else. :-)
April 16, 2013 2:01:03 PM

kuq2Wr said:
Since this is a high-end build, use at least a dual raid-0 SSD [2], or even a raid 10 SSD [4]. The SATA III ports is the current bottleneck. A high-end CPU, GPU & MB are always starve for data & waiting for the SATA III ports IOPS. Improving that improves everything else. :-)


That is not the bottleneck for a gaming build. Things get loaded up into ram, at best his computer boots faster and loading times for maps and initial load times are cut down. But at an expense of increase price, less reliable with raid 0. Where that money can be put towards parts that will increase the FPS in games, which is where it matters.
April 16, 2013 2:17:30 PM

Yes, there are pros & cons using a raid setup. I myself have a high-end i5-3570k with Samsung 830 128GB in raid-0. It's been completely reliable for 6+ months that I've used it. I've restarted it in the 100s. Pulled the plug. Brown/black outages. Nothing has happened. I think SSD in raid array has been stereotype with spinner hard drives in raid setup. It is way more reliable & faster.

A tier-1 SSD like the OP's 840 Pro should work great in raid-0.

What's a few $ for a Acronis True Image [$20] for a backup strategy. :-)
a b 4 Gaming
April 16, 2013 2:27:54 PM

1080p for a 27" is not really the best way to go. I suggest to lay off the 2nd GPU until you get a bit more money and get a 1440p monitor which looks a lot cleaner and crisper.

All in one watercoolers are pretty much a waste of money(maybe not the h220 but you can get better than the h220 for around the same price)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($639.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1587.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 17:26 EDT-0400)

650W is enough to power 2 670s

Your choice on what 670s you want to get. I would rather suggest the 7970 because of the higher Vram that can and will help with the higher res but that is up to you to decide.
April 16, 2013 2:55:10 PM

May I suggest a full tower design as it allows for extra air flow, space for extra cables, and issues with heat is less intensive. A wider case allows for extra internal fans.
a b 4 Gaming
April 16, 2013 3:14:01 PM

TenPc said:
May I suggest a full tower design as it allows for extra air flow, space for extra cables, and issues with heat is less intensive. A wider case allows for extra internal fans.


Not really a need to get a full tower for what he is doing. Mid tower is fine and can fit a good amount inside while achieving good airflow and being smaller than full towers.

I would go with Full tower if he was going to do a water cooling loop with future upgrades though.

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a b 4 Gaming
April 16, 2013 4:24:36 PM
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I am currently using the following...The reason I am posting this is because some of you mentioned downgrading my monitor and I cant revert back from 27".

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 x Antec Lanboy air Yellow Black / Yellow Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX ...

1 x Linksys WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band

1 x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 (CMPSU-950TX) 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...

1 x CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

1 x ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card

1 x CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

1 x Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

1 x ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

1 x OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

1 x SAMSUNG P2770H Rose Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Logitech G15 Keyboard and G9x mouse


you can reuse 90% of the rig. all you need is a GPU upgrade
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