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First Ever Gaming PC Build Advice is Needed Please!

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October 9, 2013 11:37:43 AM

So I've recently decided that for the most part I'm done with console gaming and Mac gaming. I've been a Mac guy forever but I've finally accepted it's just not cutting it for gaming and it's way more constricted. So I've decided to put together a great gaming pc. Last month I've spent a lot of time researching how to build a gaming pc and picking parts for what I want. I think I've come up with a solid rig. There's a few things I'm really looking for advice on though. First off I want to know if this can compete with and blow away next gen consoles. I also wouldn't mind any advice if I'm overbuilding or under-building any part of my rig and does this have good potential to upgrade in a few years (like a second GPU). Sorry for the long write up so here goes.

Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 500R Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache
or should I go for the i7-4770k for a longer life next gen competition?
Motherboard: Asus Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 WF 3X GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5
PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold
Hard-drive: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
Optical Drive: Samsung 24x SATA DVD¡ARW Internal Drive
Mouse: ROCCAT Kone XTD
KeyBoard: Corsair Vengeance K60

So that's the build. Also two final questions. Do i need/want a sound card?
And the only part that I'm unsure of is a good monitor for this beast! So far I'm looking at the ASUS VG248QE Black 24" or the benq xl2420t?

I know I'm asking a lot here guys but any advice or tips you could offer up would be amazing for this PC noob.

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October 9, 2013 12:06:38 PM

well that's a fantastic motherboard.... and it supports some very fast RAM.

there's also the question is money an object? I'll assume it is and that you care about dollar per performance comparisons.

consider 2133 or 2400 RAM isnt THAT much more than 1600, why not use it?

definitely the i5 is plenty for gaming wel linto the future.
i7 wont yield any dividends for the price.

as far as GPU, nothing beats dollar for dollar a 7950 crossfire setup right now... you can get 7950's for $180 after rebate

granted, there is occasionally some headaches there with crossfire drivers.

even so, the 7970 isn't worth the $100+ premium over the 7950.

no reason for a sound card

monitor... I and many people have bought the korean brand monitors with great success.

if you google the Qnix QX2710, its 27" 2560x1440 and runs 120hz.
all for $300

also, if you're buying a K series processor, get a decent cooling unit and overclock it.
newegg has the coolermaster 120xl right now for $40 after rebate.

i have one of those, and i'm overclocked 1ghz over stock with temps still LOWER than stock.
super easy to install as well.
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October 9, 2013 12:25:46 PM

lowriderflow said:
well that's a fantastic motherboard.... and it supports some very fast RAM.

there's also the question is money an object? I'll assume it is and that you care about dollar per performance comparisons.

consider 2133 or 2400 RAM isnt THAT much more than 1600, why not use it?

definitely the i5 is plenty for gaming wel linto the future.
i7 wont yield any dividends for the price.

as far as GPU, nothing beats dollar for dollar a 7950 crossfire setup right now... you can get 7950's for $180 after rebate

granted, there is occasionally some headaches there with crossfire drivers.

even so, the 7970 isn't worth the $100+ premium over the 7950.

no reason for a sound card

monitor... I and many people have bought the korean brand monitors with great success.

if you google the Qnix QX2710, its 27" 2560x1440 and runs 120hz.
all for $300

also, if you're buying a K series processor, get a decent cooling unit and overclock it.
newegg has the coolermaster 120xl right now for $40 after rebate.

i have one of those, and i'm overclocked 1ghz over stock with temps still LOWER than stock.
super easy to install as well.


First off thanks so much for the reply. I know it was a lot to ask. From what I read it really seemed like overkill to get the i7. But I also want to be able to have like 30 windows open in the background and a few apps running in the background (not like serious stuff like video editing or anything but like skype and internet explorer etc.). Is the i5 still good enough to handle that plus high quality gaming?

Also how reliable and how much harder is it to use crossfire. I never considered two 7950 before you suggested it but would that set up be able to crush the highest settings on games to come in the next 2-3 years on like 24-27 inch? Thanks again for all your help.
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October 9, 2013 1:40:40 PM

Also would it be more beneficial to get the 7970 now and get another 7970 in a few years?
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