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first time gaming build. 60 fps at $1200. will it work?

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September 20, 2013 8:13:19 AM

Hello this is my first build and I need help with some hardware advice. The purpose of this build is high end gaming. I want to be able to run the latest games at 60+FPS at almost all times, at max/ near max setting at max resolution. Please tell me if this build will do that. Also I am on a budget of 1200 at most less if possible. Wanting to build near the end of September. Only one monitor.

Please feel free to change around parts as long as it stays near budget. Please provide reasons for why that change is better.

Will this build do what I want it to?


Cpu: i5-3570k. I chose this over the i7 because I read that hyperthreading is not used much in gaming and the price is nice. The problem is that I don’t know if I will hit a bottleneck with the more powerful gfx card I chose. Will that be a problem? Will I need to overclock it or get a better cpu? I don’t plan to overclock anything at first because I don’t know anything about it but may in the future if needed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gpu: geforce 770. I chose this because I have been told that the video card is the most important part of a gaming rig. The thing I worry about is that this will be too powerful to be fully utilized with the rest of the build ie bottlenecking. Should I drop to a 760 or 600 series in sli? What brand is the best? I chose the gigabyte model because I read that the 3 fans are better and quieter that the others. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: not sure on this. I have looked at the as rock extreme 4 and the gigabyte-ud3h. I know nothing about motherboards or what to look for when choosing. Advice is greatly appreciated. What makes the asus sabertooth better (or is it) than these 2 or other z77s since it’s like $100 more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: went with 2x4gb corsair vengeance. Any thoughts on this?

Case: I have no idea how to even start to look for a case. Recommendations are welcome. Under $100.

Power supply: again not sure what I need. 750?

HD: western digital blue 1tb. Not sure what brand is better. Saw this in a lot of builds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optics: whatever is cheap and will read a disk. Not planning on burning anything.

I think that is it for the core build. What do you think? Will it work for high-end gaming or am I deluding myself.
At a later date (when things a cheaper ie black Friday ect) I want to add a ssd. No idea how to even use one or how they work. Whats a good pick. 250gb? Is it better to have one when you first build so you can put ur OS on it or is it not a big deal to upgrade later?
Also if I overclock I read a might need a cpu cooler or liquid cooler. Is this something I can upgrade to later or do they need to be installed before the other hardware?
So what am I missing? Are there better parts than the ones I picked that will do what I want for around the same price? Feedback is appreciated.

Thanks for reading this small book :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 8:24:00 AM
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You could easily go for one of the best gaming systems on the market for that budget, with $200 headroom for anything else you want to add:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $999.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 11:23 EDT-0400)
September 20, 2013 8:44:16 AM

why the 4670k over the 3570k? and im guessing that the build u posted will run the latest games at 60+ on max/near max. thanks for ur answer
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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 9:38:33 AM

Simply because the 4670K is newer, it does have small performance gains over the 3570k but that's not that important.

yes it will.

For a gaming build the main thing to look at is the graphics card, then the processor.

BUT as long as the processor doesn't bottleneck the graphics card it is fine, so a nice powerful processor like the 4670k can be paired with anything up to tri-SLI titans if you want that.
September 20, 2013 9:55:21 AM

thanks for the quick response ps3hacker. one more thing will I gain anything by overclocking or will stock work just fine?
September 20, 2013 10:22:37 AM

also would the extreme 4 be better than the extreme 3 since its only $5 more. thanks again for the help
a b 4 Gaming
September 21, 2013 10:26:16 AM

papatim said:
thanks for the quick response ps3hacker. one more thing will I gain anything by overclocking or will stock work just fine?


In terms of gaming performance, you'll gain nothing.

if the extreme 4 is only $5 more then go for it, as long as its also the ATX version of the mobo.
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