Building my first gaming Pc, $2,500, Tips?

Hey guys, i have been taking adivce from people on here and this is the build that i have come up with that would allow me to play at 1080p resolution, 75+ fps, $2,500 budget.

Overclocked to 4.5Ghz

If this is a good build let me know what everybody thinks, this is going to be b=my first build for gaming/editing.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($23.35 @ Compuvest)
Total: $2315.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 17:00 EDT-0400)
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  1. RaisingTheBarHD said:
    Hey guys, i have been taking adivce from people on here and this is the build that i have come up with that would allow me to play at 1080p resolution, 75+ fps, $2,500 budget.

    If this is a good build let me know what everybody thinks, this is going to be b=my first build for gaming/editing.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.54 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($23.35 @ Compuvest)
    Total: $2315.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 17:00 EDT-0400)


    Yeah, that's a damn good build. It might be a bit OTT, but if you're happy to spend that much money, then you're all fine.
  2. Yeah it might be a bit much but i want something that i can easily upgrade when need be, and then also this will be overclocked to 4.5Ghz
  3. I would wait for Haswell and Z87 platform more SATA 3, the 4770k seems to overclock quite high with a little voltage increase!
  4. As it stands, it looks really nice; that said, I'm with redeemer on this, there is new EVERYTHING coming out. For $2500 I would wait, but obviously only you can decide if that's worth it.
  5. I'm on the same CPU, mobo and cooler. The NH-D14 is an absolute monster - the pics you see never really give an idea of just how big it really is. Depending on your airflow you may want to consider low profile memory sticks. I've got my cooler venting to the rear of my case (Corsair Obsidian 550D) and the cooler fan hangs out over the memory with only a few mm clearance. Get big memory with fancy heat spreaders and I think you may have problems.

    3770K is overkill for gaming but I do a fair amount of video transcoding etc and it's great for that.

    The Sabertooth Z77 ticks pretty much all the boxes for me but on reflection I realised that whilst the TUF armour looks great it's a bit of a gimmick. The audio chipset is OK but not brilliant and I've never really used all the fancy Asus utilities that come with it (they're bloatware for me). Overclocking is dead easy though and mine's perfectly happy at 4.3GHz without messing with voltages etc.

    Looking at the rest of the build, personally I'd go for the standard 840 in a 500GB version rather than the pro at 256GB.

    As redeemer says, Haswell is inbound and you can already see prices starting to drop on the 3750K and 3770K.
  6. Personally, id go with the titan. more consistence performance(SLI issues in the 690), less heat and once the price lowers and SLI becomes more prevalent in optimization you can get a second. the 690 is a 100m dash with a 10cm photo finish loss to the titan. You wont be dissapointed with either but there you go
  7. Anonymous said:
    Personally, id go with the titan. more consistence performance(SLI issues in the 690), less heat and once the price lowers and SLI becomes more prevalent in optimization you can get a second. the 690 is a 100m dash with a 10cm photo finish loss to the titan. You wont be dissapointed with either but there you go


    I'm sorry, absolutely untrue. The Titan does not even come close to matching the performance of the 690 for the same price.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-titan-performance-review,review-32635-13.html

    "Pay the same price for a GeForce GTX 690 if you only want one dual-slot card and your case accommodates the long board. It remains the fastest graphics solution we’ve ever tested, so there's no real reason not to favor it over Titan."
  8. bemused_fred said:


    I'm sorry, absolutely untrue. The Titan does not even come close to matching the performance of the 690 for the same price.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-titan-performance-review,review-32635-13.html

    I never said that it did. I said it was more consistent, which it is in games with low SLI optimization, which is still an issue. The higher vram accommodates for better multi monitor/ high res setups even though they are extremely close, it depends on what you want and your future upgrades. besides, the performance difference between the 2 cards on pretty much all games is about 10fps so its not as big of a performance leap as you seem to state.
  9. I Would choose a titan over the 690 any day. Both get playable frame rates, but the SLI problems with the gtx 690 isnt worth it for the extra 15-30fps, when the game is still very playable on the titan. Also, less heat issues.
    I would never buy a 7990 or a 690. Good performnce, but the issues they have are pretty huge.
  10. RaisingTheBarHD said:
    Hey guys, i have been taking adivce from people on here and this is the build that i have come up with that would allow me to play at 1080p resolution, 75+ fps, $2,500 budget.

    Overclocked to 4.5Ghz

    If this is a good build let me know what everybody thinks, this is going to be b=my first build for gaming/editing.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/X2F6/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.54 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($23.35 @ Compuvest)
    Total: $2315.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 17:00 EDT-0400)

    An i7 is not needed unless you don't plan on upgrading for a few years, I would wait for Haswell-E and if you can afford, than an ASUS ROG dual GTX 660's 4GB are good for future proofing. http://www.asus.com/uk/ROG_ROG/MARS7604GD5/
    EDIT.
    Haswell E will not be out until Quarter 3 or 2K14 so forget that.
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