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$1100 Gaming rig....Noob needs help..build me a rig

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April 25, 2013 4:35:02 PM

Hello everyone this will be my first build and I need some help and input.

I would add a list of parts that I would like but I have very little experience when it comes to what parts are good and what GPU fits in a motherboard ect...or what ram is compatible...As you see I have very little knowledge

A little about what I want and what I have...

This rig will mainly be used to game and browse the internet...I play a lot of League of Legends, but I also like to play the new games that are more demanding.

I had an Alienware m14x, and when I first got it I was happy with it, since I needed to move from place to place, but now I'm back home and this thing gets to hot, and can't really keep up with some newer games, it can run them..but the fps are horrid..

I have a Hyper X SSD 120GB
I also have the Sony Playstation 3D display which is 24" which I use for the PS3/XBox360, but this will do until I can get a monitor.
And a LiteON iHas drive.

I was going to buy the Alienware X51 which would cost me $1200.00 with these specs..

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 (8M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
8GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
2TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5

but I was told to come here, and get some input from the community and what I can do with that money...

The reason I wanted to get the Alienware was because I'm a complete noob to building a rig and didn't want to mess up anything.

I also would like to go with an Nvidia cards because I'm already use to them, but I'm willing to look at the AMD cards.

Thanks for reading my wall of text, and helping.


Approximate Purchase Date: In May

Budget Range: $1,100..not including shipping will add that after.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: None, new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

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

Location: Los Angeles California, United States of America

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: If possible in my budget yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x 1080

Additional Comments:Can be any case, doesn't have to be flashy


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I game on a laptop need a new desktop.
a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 4:36:31 PM

Wait for Haswell if you can.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 4:37:02 PM

What country are you from? And please fill out this form.
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April 25, 2013 4:45:45 PM

USA..I have updated my post.

I could wait for Haswell, but I would still like a build then I can add the Intel chip after, if it works with the motherboard.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 4:51:51 PM

Azubu said:
USA..I have updated my post.

I could wait for Haswell, but I would still like a build then I can add the Intel chip after, if it works with the motherboard.


Haswell is a different socket type and will not work with current boars. Also, prices on the GPU may drop further if you wait around until the June release of Haswell.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($187.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($187.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.61 @ Amazon)
Total: $1096.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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April 25, 2013 4:58:38 PM

Thanks for your reply..and the build..I kind of need a desktop now though, I got rid of my m14x and have been using an old laptop...which can't run anything....very bored and atm..

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April 25, 2013 5:03:21 PM

You can just do the build now, the difference between gen3 and gen4 Core CPUs in gaming won't be worth the wait.

Although the build slomo4sho linked is decent enough, I don't know if I'd opt for 2 GTX 660s instead of a single, more powerful card such as the GTX 670. Various reasons for this.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 5:09:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($402.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1154.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 20:08 EDT-0400)

That motherboard bundles with the 3570k for an extra $60 off, bringing this in under budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 5:12:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.61 @ Amazon)
Other: Newegg Special Bundle (-$40.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1051.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Or if you can live with an AMD card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.61 @ Amazon)
Other: Newegg Special Bundle (-$40.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1061.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

As a point of reference: the HD 7970 is better than GTX 660 SLI.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 5:13:16 PM

Azubu said:

Although the build slomo4sho linked is decent enough, I don't know if I'd opt for 2 GTX 660s instead of a single, more powerful card such as the GTX 670. Various reasons for this.


Higher power consumption, lackluster support, and micro-stutter amongst other obstacles. Ultimately, it comes down to the games you plan and your needs. a 660 SLI configuration performs better than a 680 but you may revert back to the performance of a single card if you pickup a game that doesn't utilize SLI efficiently.

Also, if OP does go with the Zalman CNPS9900MAX-R cooler, it is highly recommended that you install it onto the motherboard before you install the board in the case.

ksham said:

Other: Newegg Special Bundle (-$40.00 @ Newegg)

As a point of reference: the HD 7970 is better than GTX 660 SLI.


Isn't the motherboard/CPU bundle discount $55?

Also, do you have any benchmarks to support this?
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April 25, 2013 5:19:15 PM

...Which is why I wouldn't SLI two low level cards. Granted you rarely run into games that are entirely incompatible, it can just cause all sorts of weird glitching. Crysis 3 is a good example, the first versions of the game suffered from severe water flickering with SLI/Crossfire setups. Also I recall that DmC had crashing issues with one of them or both.

These kinds of issues are quite commonplace, but are usually fixed with updates/drivers pretty soon. Should also note that the performance gain from SLI is extremely relative to the game you are playing in comparison to single GPU systems. It can range anywhere between 0 to 100 %...
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April 25, 2013 5:26:15 PM

Thanks for the info and builds guys. Hopefully buy this week I can make a choice and order.
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