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First time game rig! 1500$ Budget -WoW, etc

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May 28, 2013 10:21:09 AM

Hey guys, I wanted to build my first Rig, but I want to make it as sustainable as possible.

I know you guys know your stuff; can you help me out? Fill in the blanks down here, or recommend something completely different, all insight is appreciated!

CPU: i5-3570k Processor

CPU Cooler: Clean air, or Liquid?

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX

Memory: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Ram

Storage: I could use some help here, recommendations for HDD/SSD?

Video Card: GTX-670

Case: Some help here, please!

Power Supply: I’ve heard a 600w+ Seasonic is the way to go, opinions?

Optical Drive: Lite-On Ihas124-04

OS: Windows 7.

Monitor: ??

If this build isnt ideal, could someone post a list of things that would be better for my value?

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May 28, 2013 10:24:51 AM

Definitely stick to air if it's your first time building. Here's what I would suggest on this budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($0.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1431.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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May 28, 2013 10:31:38 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Definitely stick to air if it's your first time building. Here's what I would suggest on this budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($0.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1431.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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+1 this build.

this is tight and very high performing. very nice. my only complaint is the gpu is probably overkill and a bit out of budget. knock that down to a 670 and put an SSD in there with the saved cash.

cause unless the op is gaming across 3 monitors he really doesn't need all that gpu power.
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May 28, 2013 10:32:30 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Definitely stick to air if it's your first time building. Here's what I would suggest on this budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($0.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1431.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Not needed such GPU 680 is more than enough.
RAM is also important and Windows 7 uses about 2 GB every sec so I put 16
HDD WD most reliable series are Caviar Black not blue
ASrock divided from ASUS and try to copy on a lower price and lower quality and I myself recommend ASUS- have had 4 differenct computers including notebook and 0 problems no crash dumps no fail nothing :) 
Nice SSD choice nothing more to say
If he wants the pc to last he should better get i7 and he could play games for three years with 0 problems at max graphics i suppose, anyway he can later change GPU only if games become too heavy but for now 780 is overkill
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May 28, 2013 10:41:13 AM

For a psu I'd recommend the corsair cx750 though something like the cx500 is good if your not plaining on adding another card
cooling just a the hyper 212 evo
a case it really depends if you want a more aggressive or a more subdued look
also swap out the 670 for a 660ti it has almost identical for less
also you might want to consider swapping out that gigabyte motherboard for something like the asrocks extreme 4
as for a hard drive i have heard the 1.5 tb seggate barracuda is a good deal and mabey paired with something like the 120 gb version of the samsung 840
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May 28, 2013 10:42:42 AM

ingtar33 said:


+1 this build.

this is tight and very high performing. very nice. my only complaint is the gpu is probably overkill and a bit out of budget. knock that down to a 670 and put an SSD in there with the saved cash.

cause unless the op is gaming across 3 monitors he really doesn't need all that gpu power.


Yeah that's probably true especially if you're only going to be playing MMOs. I do have an SSD in the mix.
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May 28, 2013 10:48:51 AM

g-unit1111 said:
ingtar33 said:


+1 this build.

this is tight and very high performing. very nice. my only complaint is the gpu is probably overkill and a bit out of budget. knock that down to a 670 and put an SSD in there with the saved cash.

cause unless the op is gaming across 3 monitors he really doesn't need all that gpu power.


Yeah that's probably true especially if you're only going to be playing MMOs. I do have an SSD in the mix.


you're right. then let me say... very tight build. no complaints. he probably doesn't need the gpu but you get a boatload of computer for that money. nicely done.
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May 28, 2013 10:51:57 AM

really a 660ti would be best its almost as fast as a 670 but significantly less
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May 28, 2013 10:55:15 AM

You might want to hold out a week. New chips out next week and it just seems like a silly time to buy unless you're getting a kickin deal on CPU/mobo. You could pick up the PSU, case, and optical drive - but there's also the possibility of a new 770 next week which could bring drops to the 6xx cards.

The new CPU isn't going to be a lot faster but you're staying current with all the new things it brings and it shouldn't bring a premium to the purchase. I'd rather buy something current than drop 1500 on something that's outdated in under a week.
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May 28, 2013 10:57:30 AM

unless your planing of getting a 780 the next product cycle is not expected to bring dramatic improvements
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May 28, 2013 10:57:30 AM

unless your planing of getting a 780 the next product cycle is not expected to bring dramatic improvements
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May 28, 2013 10:57:53 AM

For the CPU the i5 3570K is more than enough no need in spending almost $100 more on a i7 3770K.
The GTX 670 you picked is the best right now no need for a 680 or 780 just to much money unless you intend to game on 3 monitors or super high resolution.
Get the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . About $30 cheaper and just as good cooler.

Actually nothing in LeVsKaR pick is really need for a gaming rig. There is no need for 16gig ram stick with 8 it will save money and there will be no performance loose what so ever. The i7 3770K is not ideal for a gaming rig it really only adds Hperthreading over the i5 and in most games it is not needed. So turning it off leaves you in most respects with a i5 for more money.

With the hardware in my sig I am able to play any game I want with no slow down at all and with the games that support it run at 5760x1080 max/ultra settings no problem. Yes I am running 16gig in this rig but that is only because when I got it the 16gig kit was on sale for the same price as the 8gig kit so it only cost me around $57 instead of over $100 that LeVsKaR linked to. Do not mistake the hardware he picked is good just not for a gaming rig.
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May 28, 2013 11:14:21 AM

ingtar33 said:
g-unit1111 said:
ingtar33 said:


+1 this build.

this is tight and very high performing. very nice. my only complaint is the gpu is probably overkill and a bit out of budget. knock that down to a 670 and put an SSD in there with the saved cash.

cause unless the op is gaming across 3 monitors he really doesn't need all that gpu power.


Yeah that's probably true especially if you're only going to be playing MMOs. I do have an SSD in the mix.


you're right. then let me say... very tight build. no complaints. he probably doesn't need the gpu but you get a boatload of computer for that money. nicely done.


You'll also get a build that will last several years should you expand your gaming interests outside of MMOs. I don't pick junk hardware (and there's lots of it) and I don't expect anyone else to. I always pick the best hardware that's available for the budget range.
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May 28, 2013 11:28:54 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Definitely stick to air if it's your first time building. Here's what I would suggest on this budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($0.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($663.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1431.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-28 13:24 EDT-0400)



Thank you so much for the reply, absolutely exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the help; and thanks everyone in the thread, looks like an awesome build, I can't wait. EXACTLY the answer I needed.
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May 28, 2013 11:51:13 AM

Clarification:
Did you need to buy a copy of Windows 7?
-If so need to add that price in for the suggested builds

Did you need to purchase a monitor(s):
-If so need to add that price in for the suggested builds

I play WoW in Eyefinity at (5760 x 1080; (3) 21.5" Asus LED monitors) and now that I have I could never go back.



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