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Advice on first Gaming/Multimedia/Developer Rig ($1000-$1500 usd budget)

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May 9, 2013 10:50:13 PM

Hello TH People. I'm a new member and kinda need help in building my own personal computer. These are parts that im eyeing at.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/W69r
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/W69r/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/W69r/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($102.69 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1405.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 01:49 EDT-0400)


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This month surely

Budget Range: 1000-1500 usd or something lower

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I use my computer mostly for entertainment purposes like Games (mostly) and movies. I do use use photoshop and after effects from time to time, and sometimes do a little bit of animation using Maya software.

Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: I'm from the Philippines but i do have relatives from Clifton,New Jersey that can bring it here just in case we don't have it here.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No , single GPU would be fine (Since i heard a powerful single GPU is always better than SLI/CrossFired ones)

Your Monitor Resolution: I think im using a 1600x900 monitor, but i do connect it to my HDTV.

Additional Comments: This will be my first build ever and im really new to this. Im not even sure if these are compatible and if its worth the money. I would appreciate it if we can shave the price more replacing parts with similar performance ones.

Im also an IT student and probably future developer. Its something i could use as a workstation maybe while training or in the future :D 

Also, can this max out most games available now? and how long do you think will this rig's lifespan lasts being usable until needing to upgrade? Is this future proof?

I would really appreciate the help :)  Thanks guys

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a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 11:06:34 PM
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looks good to me. everything is solid. It will play all games on max settings. (aside from crysis 3 with everything cranked up to the max). As for the lifespan, prob 2 years until you'd want an upgrade (gpu) but even then it would still be a good pc.
a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 11:19:58 PM

Are your relatives in NJ buying that CPU from Micro Center for you? If not, it will run about $100 more. If so, I would recommend having them grab you a Phantom 630 (only $40 more than the original Phantom at Micro Center) when they do.

Edit: That rig will max almost all presently available games. Actually, at your resolution, it may well max all of them.
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May 10, 2013 9:03:27 AM

Jack Revenant said:
Are your relatives in NJ buying that CPU from Micro Center for you? If not, it will run about $100 more. If so, I would recommend having them grab you a Phantom 630 (only $40 more than the original Phantom at Micro Center) when they do.

Edit: That rig will max almost all presently available games. Actually, at your resolution, it may well max all of them.


Oh okay, but is the case really that important to improve on? i thought its just aesthetics haha. but anyways. whats the difference between the normal phantom and 630 ones O.O
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 12:01:26 PM

Renz Cruz said:
Jack Revenant said:
Are your relatives in NJ buying that CPU from Micro Center for you? If not, it will run about $100 more. If so, I would recommend having them grab you a Phantom 630 (only $40 more than the original Phantom at Micro Center) when they do.

Edit: That rig will max almost all presently available games. Actually, at your resolution, it may well max all of them.


Oh okay, but is the case really that important to improve on? i thought its just aesthetics haha. but anyways. whats the difference between the normal phantom and 630 ones O.O


Case makes quite a bit of difference, actually. A case with very good airflow can cool upwards of 5C more than a case with poor airflow. That said, the Phantom is by no means a poorly designed case, it's just the older version. The 630 has things like USB 3.0, and (to my understanding), slightly better cooling/radiator support.
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