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$1300 Gaming Overkill build - need feedback!

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May 10, 2012 5:33:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week, or longer if I need to wait for rare parts

Budget Range: max 1500 or 2000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: The target purpose is playing my favorite MMOs (not WoW, but Champions Online and maybe Guild Wars 2) at max settings even during Raids. Maybe play around with some graphics mods for Crysis or Skyrim.

Parts Not Required: I'm going to buy everything new

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, but I don't really care

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: not really

Overclocking: Maybe, afraid of it

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I just want to maximize performance

Monitor Resolution: idk, north of 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I would like this computer sooner than later, but I will wait for the best if they are not immediately available. Top priority is playing MMOs at max settings!

processor: Intel Core i7-3770K - $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: GeForce GTX 680 - $499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory: Team Elite 4GB - $20.99 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM - $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: APEVIA X-TROOPER Junior Series X-TRPJR-RD - $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

sum: $1271.91




Any part of this build is up for discussion. I may just replace some parts if they are not available. I do have some specific questions:


Is the Intel Core i7-3770K justified over the Intel Core i5-2500K in terms of (gaming) performance?

Is the motherboard and power supply appropriate for this build, especially for the CPU and GPU and general gaming performance? I couldn't figure this out, I just picked recommended ones off newegg.

Will the 4GB of memory bottleneck the gaming performance?

I did not include a SSD. Is one necessary?

Is the GTX 680 worth waiting for, or just get an equivalent?

Also, what are recommendations for (serious) gaming monitors?
May 10, 2012 6:46:54 AM

Both the gtx 680 and 670 are great cards by looking at the benchmarks. The 670 is rumored to be released at the end of this week at an est $400. The big question is will they be on the shelves re: 680.

Anyways here's something to look at.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-Com... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

or...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <----- another look at that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $379.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $374.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $21.27 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/HD7870-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utili... $334.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_... <----- review of that Asus card w/benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $102.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 - $149.99 after mail-in rebate card
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)
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