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July 16, 2013 12:33:19 PM

Hey everyone! I'm 28 and am just getting into pc gaming, I used to play Call of Duty and stuff on the xbox, but I got bored of that and am looking to expand my gaming interests.

I have no idea if 3000$ is enough or is overkill for a computer, but I can spend the full 3,000, seeing as that I have a crappy house, but nice things xD. I've heard great things about the forums here, and I can't wait to be a part of them. THanks a lot for all of your help!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month, can be purchased tomorrow if needed.

Budget Range: 3,000 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is number one of course, 2nd most use would be video editing, and then surfing the web
Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a nice BenQ gaming monitor

Thanks again for the help!

And i'm not really sure about liquid cooling, it seems a little complicated, but maybe someone could be generous enough to explain it, seems rather weird to me, haha.

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July 16, 2013 12:39:24 PM

well for $3,000 you prob could go for a 3 monitor setup if you chose to do so, is your monitor a 120hz?
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July 16, 2013 12:44:22 PM

I can also scrap that monitor and buy a different one if necessary, give that to my dad or something.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 12:51:21 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($120.56 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.64 @ Amazon)
Total: $2490.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 15:45 EDT-0400)

This is everything you are going to need to have the most pleasant gaming/editing experience.
CPU: i got you the 3770k which has hyperthreading which will help you in Video Editing.
CPU Cooler: the h100i is a great closed system that will allow you to OC to and not have a bulky heatsink
MOBO: great mobo that is good for OC and has plenty of sata ports
RAM: 16gb of 1866 ram that will be great for HD video editing without having to worry about ram getting taken up during editing.
Storage: SSD for you OS, editing software, and games
Storage: HDD for storing the video and rest of your files.
GPU: Evga 780 which when OC can almost perform as well as a Titan and will allow you to take advantage of the 120hz monitor.
Case: the 650D is an awesome case with great airflow, plenty of space for sli, clean looking, just one of my favorite cases.
PSU: corsair 850 watt will allow sli and is modular so no unnecessary cables
Keyboard: Great keyboard i have this one and i have never had any problems with this
Mice: Great mouse with plenty of buttons to use for your games.
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July 16, 2013 12:59:17 PM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($120.56 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.64 @ Amazon)
Total: $2490.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 15:45 EDT-0400)

This is everything you are going to need to have the most pleasant gaming/editing experience.
CPU: i got you the 3770k which has hyperthreading which will help you in Video Editing.
CPU Cooler: the h100i is a great closed system that will allow you to OC to and not have a bulky heatsink
MOBO: great mobo that is good for OC and has plenty of sata ports
RAM: 16gb of 1866 ram that will be great for HD video editing without having to worry about ram getting taken up during editing.
Storage: SSD for you OS, editing software, and games
Storage: HDD for storing the video and rest of your files.
GPU: Evga 780 which when OC can almost perform as well as a Titan and will allow you to take advantage of the 120hz monitor.
Case: the 650D is an awesome case with great airflow, plenty of space for sli, clean looking, just one of my favorite cases.
PSU: corsair 850 watt will allow sli and is modular so no unnecessary cables
Keyboard: Great keyboard i have this one and i have never had any problems with this
Mice: Great mouse with plenty of buttons to use for your games.

Thanks so much sir! I will definitely be checking out all these parts and ordering them as soon as possible. The only thing i don't understand is liquid cooling, will i need to like pour a solution into the computer? And would you reccomend having three monitors?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 1:04:30 PM

abizila said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($120.56 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.64 @ Amazon)
Total: $2490.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 15:45 EDT-0400)

This is everything you are going to need to have the most pleasant gaming/editing experience.
CPU: i got you the 3770k which has hyperthreading which will help you in Video Editing.
CPU Cooler: the h100i is a great closed system that will allow you to OC to and not have a bulky heatsink
MOBO: great mobo that is good for OC and has plenty of sata ports
RAM: 16gb of 1866 ram that will be great for HD video editing without having to worry about ram getting taken up during editing.
Storage: SSD for you OS, editing software, and games
Storage: HDD for storing the video and rest of your files.
GPU: Evga 780 which when OC can almost perform as well as a Titan and will allow you to take advantage of the 120hz monitor.
Case: the 650D is an awesome case with great airflow, plenty of space for sli, clean looking, just one of my favorite cases.
PSU: corsair 850 watt will allow sli and is modular so no unnecessary cables
Keyboard: Great keyboard i have this one and i have never had any problems with this
Mice: Great mouse with plenty of buttons to use for your games.

Thanks so much sir! I will definitely be checking out all these parts and ordering them as soon as possible. The only thing i don't understand is liquid cooling, will i need to like pour a solution into the computer? And would you reccomend having three monitors?


liquid cooling is using a radiator that sends liquid in a system that basically keeps the system cool, the h100i is a closed loop so no maintenance at all just set it up and plug the power into it and you're set. The 3 monitor setup allows you to have the main screen in front of you and the side ones are basically like an extended view like how a human eye sees 180 degrees. For now just try this setup and later on you can get more monitors this will work amazing for now. Don't forget if i helped to select my answer as best solution Thanks! have fun with pc gaming
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July 16, 2013 1:08:42 PM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
abizila said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($148.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($120.56 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($69.64 @ Amazon)
Total: $2490.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 15:45 EDT-0400)

This is everything you are going to need to have the most pleasant gaming/editing experience.
CPU: i got you the 3770k which has hyperthreading which will help you in Video Editing.
CPU Cooler: the h100i is a great closed system that will allow you to OC to and not have a bulky heatsink
MOBO: great mobo that is good for OC and has plenty of sata ports
RAM: 16gb of 1866 ram that will be great for HD video editing without having to worry about ram getting taken up during editing.
Storage: SSD for you OS, editing software, and games
Storage: HDD for storing the video and rest of your files.
GPU: Evga 780 which when OC can almost perform as well as a Titan and will allow you to take advantage of the 120hz monitor.
Case: the 650D is an awesome case with great airflow, plenty of space for sli, clean looking, just one of my favorite cases.
PSU: corsair 850 watt will allow sli and is modular so no unnecessary cables
Keyboard: Great keyboard i have this one and i have never had any problems with this
Mice: Great mouse with plenty of buttons to use for your games.

Thanks so much sir! I will definitely be checking out all these parts and ordering them as soon as possible. The only thing i don't understand is liquid cooling, will i need to like pour a solution into the computer? And would you reccomend having three monitors?


liquid cooling is using a radiator that sends liquid in a system that basically keeps the system cool, the h100i is a closed loop so no maintenance at all just set it up and plug the power into it and you're set. The 3 monitor setup allows you to have the main screen in front of you and the side ones are basically like an extended view like how a human eye sees 180 degrees. For now just try this setup and later on you can get more monitors this will work amazing for now. Don't forget if i helped to select my answer as best solution Thanks! have fun with pc gaming

Definitely will rate the post as a solution after i write this one. Thanks for introducing me into liquid cooling, anda rig for pc gaming! Much thanks!

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July 16, 2013 1:09:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2690.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 16:05 EDT-0400)

With the extra money you could invest in two more monitors for a triple screen setup. Also make sure you have an OS if not add it to the budget. Installing a water cooling component into the haf X is not difficult, you can refer to this video to help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vk6XfI4BpE

The dual gtx 780 will be overkill for any application.
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July 16, 2013 1:33:33 PM

Surya Mylvahanan said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1hlKG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2690.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 16:05 EDT-0400)

With the extra money you could invest in two more monitors for a triple screen setup. Also make sure you have an OS if not add it to the budget. Installing a water cooling component into the haf X is not difficult, you can refer to this video to help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vk6XfI4BpE

The dual gtx 780 will be overkill for any application.


Thanks a lot for your help but I have already been ordering parts for the build suggested above. I'm sorry.

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