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Gaming Rig Build Help

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Software Development, Movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None, just want the best bang for my buck

Overclocking: Maybe, I am inexperienced in this area.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Notes: It's been a good 8 years since I've taken the time to build a PC myself and I am fairly outdated on my hardware knowledge, this is the best i could come up with from what I've read. Thanks for taking the time to give it a look!

CPU i5 2500k 229.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master 212 EVO 34.99
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 154.99
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-8GBXL 69.99
GPU SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 449.99
SSD Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 160.99
HDD Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 296.99
DVD SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black 1.5Gbps Model SH-222AL/BSBS LightScribe Support - OEM 17.99
Case COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP  119.99
PSU CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply 104.99
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    Looks pretty good but swap the motherboard for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498

    And then the case is OK for Cooler Master - you might want to check out these:

    - Corsair Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
    - NZXT Phantom: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068
    - Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

    And then do you really need a 3TB hard drive? You could probably cut that down to a 1.5TB and put the difference into getting a 7970.
  2. Thanks for the reply.

    My question about the GPU is while i know the 7970 is better but is it really THAT much better than the 7950?
  3. ployer said:
    Thanks for the reply.

    My question about the GPU is while i know the 7970 is better but is it really THAT much better than the 7950?


    You probably won't notice that much of a difference in frame rates - either one is a good choice. The 7950 performs about the same as a GTX 580 would, while the 7970 performs better than an OC'd 580 would.
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  5. Thanks for the info!
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