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$1500 Gaming PC with option to 1080p live stream recommended specs?

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May 8, 2012 8:59:54 PM

I have a $1500 budget. I have built gaming pcs before, but I am a little lost on what processor and video card(s) would make my life easier to play at 1920 x 1080 and live stream at 1080p.
The i7 3770k seems to be whats recommend the most, of course it is sold out everywhere I looked. Not sure if there is an alternative or not.
As to the video card should I be looking at the 560Ti still (1or 2 of em) or is there something better out there for this? Everything else I can take care of on my own. Thanx a lot for all the help over the years!
May 9, 2012 8:47:52 PM

adjutorus said:
I have a $1500 budget. I have built gaming pcs before, but I am a little lost on what processor and video card(s) would make my life easier to play at 1920 x 1080 and live stream at 1080p.
The i7 3770k seems to be whats recommend the most, of course it is sold out everywhere I looked. Not sure if there is an alternative or not.
As to the video card should I be looking at the 560Ti still (1or 2 of em) or is there something better out there for this? Everything else I can take care of on my own. Thanx a lot for all the help over the years!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.35 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1421.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-09 16:47 EDT-0400)
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May 9, 2012 9:14:46 PM

James McKeane said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($172.35 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1421.25
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-09 16:47 EDT-0400)


850 is *WAY* overkill for even 2 x 7850. For $1500 this is what I'd suggest:


Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $94.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $131.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: LG Black BD-R Burner - $74.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1,494.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,474.89

Add a Windows license and you're good to go.
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May 10, 2012 2:14:45 AM

ToKiiNz said:
you want this computer. the 480 is higher ranked than the 680 on benchmarks and this pc will pwn all, a ssd boot drive, i5, 480, nice case, awesome motherboard.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...


Where is the 480 ranked higher than the 680? Show me those benchmarks.
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May 10, 2012 2:47:54 AM

ToKiiNz said:
you want this computer. the 480 is higher ranked than the 680 on benchmarks and this pc will pwn all, a ssd boot drive, i5, 480, nice case, awesome motherboard.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Troll somewhere else.

@ the OP.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99
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May 10, 2012 3:45:39 AM

ToKiiNz said:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html it isnt higher anymore but theyres really no performance diffrence and you save 100$

The 480 is a 2+ year old outdated heat producing power hog that's on it's last legs. Not only will the OP need a 850+w psu to push two of those cards, the odds of the OP ever finding another 480 later on to SLI is slim to none. Nobody recommends that old arse card on here. The 7870 uses half the juice and beats it in every bench known.
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