$2,200 gaming build help

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

Budget Range: $2200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording/steaming games, general computer usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, operating system

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: the cheapest site that isn't shady

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel parts. Good airflow case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like it quiet even under high load. Cosmetics aren't important, just want good airflow to keep things cool, and I heard good things about the HAF X in regards to this.

Also I have some concerns about when I eventually do add a second gtx 680, that microstutter results from having this CPU. Sprouted from this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1247550/which-are-you-buying-i5-3570k-or-i5-2500k/10
Where some folks talk about sli 680s will get microstutter with 8/8 lanes or something. Not sure what it all means, though.

Finally, I would like to drop down the optical drive to some cheap but durable dvd reader, since writing/blue ray isn't important.

All in all I would like a build that can Max all current and immediate future games at a high (60+FPS)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.47 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($254.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($138.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG236HE 23.0" Monitor ($299.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2145.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-04-30 19:34 EDT-0400)
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Any and all help would be appreciated
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  1. The one thing I keep hearing about is that Ivy isn't as great of an overclocker as Sandy Bridge is - if you want to design a $2K+ system with that in mind I'd say either go X79 or 2500K.

    That original build looks good, I'll suggest an X79 build just for comparison purposes:

    Case: NZXT Switch 810 - $169.99
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $319.99
    CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $309.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 Socket LGA 2011 Edition - $89.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB Quad Channel - $139.99
    SSD: 128GB Plextor PX-M3 - $179.99
    HD: 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $99.99
    Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

    Total: $2024.29

    I don't include monitors or peripherals on builds as that's mainly a personal preference thing.
  2. Mathias90 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks

    Budget Range: $2200 before rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording/steaming games, general computer usage

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, operating system

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: the cheapest site that isn't shady

    Country: United States

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel parts. Good airflow case

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Would like it quiet even under high load. Cosmetics aren't important, just want good airflow to keep things cool, and I heard good things about the HAF X in regards to this.

    Also I have some concerns about when I eventually do add a second gtx 680, that microstutter results from having this CPU. Sprouted from this thread:
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1247550/which-are-you-buying-i5-3570k-or-i5-2500k/10
    Where some folks talk about sli 680s will get microstutter with 8/8 lanes or something. Not sure what it all means, though.

    Finally, I would like to drop down the optical drive to some cheap but durable dvd reader, since writing/blue ray isn't important.

    All in all I would like a build that can Max all current and immediate future games at a high (60+FPS)

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.47 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($254.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($138.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VG236HE 23.0" Monitor ($299.00 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2145.94
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-04-30 19:34 EDT-0400)
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    Any and all help would be appreciated

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/344297-31-gaming-2000 <----- This thread might give you some idea's to that build (options) although you have a solid build up there. :)
  3. I updated the build because of some sales on newegg. I downgraded the PSU from professional to enthusiast series, but I should still be good, right? This saves me 70 bucks. It's half the price, so I doubt Professional is worth 2x the price for the same wattage. Non modular is fine because this case supposedly comes with nice cable management for the PSU. Also found a good dvd reader which saved me some money. New build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.47 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($254.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VG236HE 23.0" Monitor ($299.00 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2052.93 (actually 2024 after everything, prices aren't updated in pcpartpicker)
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-01 16:28 EDT-0400)
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