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New to building/gaming on pc. $3000 budget.

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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  1. well for $3,000 you prob could go for a 3 monitor setup if you chose to do so, is your monitor a 120hz?
  2. RaisingTheBarHD said:
    well for $3,000 you prob could go for a 3 monitor setup if you chose to do so, is your monitor a 120hz?


    This is my monitor http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-XL2420T-Professional-Gaming-Monitor/dp/B006HIKIG0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374003752&sr=8-2&keywords=benq+gaming+monitor
  3. I can also scrap that monitor and buy a different one if necessary, give that to my dad or something.
  4. Best answer
    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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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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