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Gaming and work PC - Wife gave me a new limit (1500)

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August 29, 2013 2:14:40 PM

So I made another post asking for help with a building a gaming PC for around 800. The wife has agreed for me to raise the limit to around 1500 since I found out Newegg premium allows you to do same as cash for 12 months, so I will make payments on it for a year. Could anyone tell me what to change up in the below build? I'm trying to get the most out of 1500 (obviously) and I do need mouse/keyboard/monitor and plan on doing serious gaming along with tons of work related stuff (VPNs, remote desktop, etc).

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($107.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1427.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 17:11 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:20:13 PM

This should be great. Maybe go for a better power supply, but it seems that your budget is maxed out as it is.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:23:51 PM

I'd suggest this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Downgrade the HDD to WD Blue to save a few $$$ if you want. Because you already have an SSD, that would be fast bro.

By the way, we have the same monitor. You'll enjoy it, even your wife if you watch movies on it. Such a beauty that is!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:28:13 PM

Swap out the SSD for a Samsung 840EVO 250GB. Just as fast and saves you some money.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:41:35 PM

And maybe step down to i5 and invest the saved cash into a better VGA like a hd7970/gtx770
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August 30, 2013 12:15:48 PM

I can't decide to pick an i5 over an i7 as I don't know enough between the two besides the fact that the i7 is better... someone talk me out of this!

Also, does the below system require an additional cooling systems (e.g. liquid cooling or anything):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2094.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 15:14 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2013 8:43:44 PM

No it won't need liquid cooling. BUt Are you sure with the decision of pulling out the HDD? If you only run with the SSD, OS, games, files, cookies, etc.. It WILL shorten the lifespan of your SSD drastically. But if that's fine with you, then ok.. That CPU cooler is fine.
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August 30, 2013 10:51:12 PM

1911 said:
I can't decide to pick an i5 over an i7 as I don't know enough between the two besides the fact that the i7 is better... someone talk me out of this!

Also, does the below system require an additional cooling systems (e.g. liquid cooling or anything):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($107.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2094.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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I can HELP you decide. Let's assume the 4770K will render things 30 seconds faster. The 4770k costs another 100$. Is 30 seconds worth 100$? The way I look at it, the average American makes 30k/year. That simplifies down to $15.63/h which goes into 100 6 times giving us 6 hours. 100$ is worth 6 hours to the average American. The 4770K breaks even after 720 tasks completed @ a rate of being 30 seconds faster than the 4670K per operation. It isn't worth it to me, but could be worth it to you, either mathematically or through simple desire. As to the EVO SSD, stick to the Pro. Not only is it faster at operations, though as many point out, you will not notice a difference for the vast majority of PC tasks, the lifespan of the PRO is signifcantlly higher than the EVO. MLC NAND Flash > TLC NAND Flash. It isn't all about speed. And because the 840 Pro is generally > versus everything, I would always recommend it.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 1:09:22 AM

Unless the budget is for rendering and stuff, the i5 should be quick enough.
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September 3, 2013 2:14:42 PM

Budget is around 1500 (I can spend the extra if needed, would like to stay as close to 1500 as possible).

Can you experts give this a look over and tell me how you feel about the changes and give me any more ideas that you see?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($459.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.48 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.48 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2029.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 17:17 EDT-0400)
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a c 227 4 Gaming
September 3, 2013 2:36:28 PM

Saved you some money while getting better performance:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($248.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Desktop Case ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1754.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 17:36 EDT-0400)
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