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Gaming PC Budget 2000-3000$ Need Advice

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May 22, 2012 7:53:45 AM

Hey guys,
I' gonna build a new gaming pc this month and I would like to hear your opinions. I'm thinking of going for the 3770k or 3820 or 3930k for the processor. The motherboards I have in mind are ASUS Maximus IV Extreme for 3820 and 3930k and ASUS Maximus V Gene for the 3770k. I've decided to get GTX 680 but I'm not sure which brand I should get. The parts which I have no idea about are case and cooling devices and psu. I mainly need suggestions for those. Do i require cooling if I'm not gonna overclock(since I'm getting a high end card I thought overclocking is not necessary at least for sometime). Also which SSD should i go for?



Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: 2000-3000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d gaming,video editing,watching movies

Country: India

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: ASUS VG278H (1920x1080)
May 22, 2012 8:43:10 AM

You can't put a 3820 or 3930k CPU in a maximus IV extreme motherboard (different socket), i'll let other folk advise on a motherboard if you go with one of those processors.

For a case, have a look for a case that you like the look of (personal preference), which has enough room for whatever size motherboard you buy (ATX, Micro-ATX etc), think about if you want better airflow or a quieter computer (too many options to list really, but an idea of what you're looking for would help)

Cooling depends also on if you're happy with stock cooling, or want something that works better or even just looks good. Again there are lots of good air coolers to choose from to lower temps a bit more than stock (since you're not OCing) depending on looks if you're bothered?
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/cpu-cooler-heatsink-round... (for some ideas)

For the PSU, stick with the regarded 'good' brands (Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, etc), there is a guide here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/284314-10-power-sup...
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May 22, 2012 11:07:06 AM

Mark_F said:
You can't put a 3820 or 3930k CPU in a maximus IV extreme motherboard (different socket), i'll let other folk advise on a motherboard if you go with one of those processors.

For a case, have a look for a case that you like the look of (personal preference), which has enough room for whatever size motherboard you buy (ATX, Micro-ATX etc), think about if you want better airflow or a quieter computer (too many options to list really, but an idea of what you're looking for would help)

Cooling depends also on if you're happy with stock cooling, or want something that works better or even just looks good. Again there are lots of good air coolers to choose from to lower temps a bit more than stock (since you're not OCing) depending on looks if you're bothered?
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/cpu-cooler-heatsink-round... (for some ideas)

For the PSU, stick with the regarded 'good' brands (Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, etc), there is a guide here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/284314-10-power-sup...


Thanks for your reply, I meant Rampage IV Extreme
Cases, I'm thinking Corsair or Thermaltake(ATX). Which ones would you recommend in these brands?
I've decided to go for 3930k. Is cooling required for the graphics card?
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May 22, 2012 11:09:21 AM

Come on guys I need more suggestions!
This is my dream rig and I want it to be real good!
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May 22, 2012 11:40:50 AM

For your RAM needs, the two favourites are Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz, and G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz. No noticeable difference between the two, so I would pick whatever looks better inside the PC. For a gaming rig, you'd need no more than 8Gb, though you may want 16Gb if the Video editing is important. If your getting a non-stock CPU cooler, get the Low Profile versions of these to be safe.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the SSD, the general consensus is to get the Crucial M4 range. Fast speeds and apparently good reliability. Though any SSD is still a marked improvement over a HDD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good luck with your build.
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May 22, 2012 11:49:34 AM

preamc said:
Come on guys I need more suggestions!
This is my dream rig and I want it to be real good!


Something went wrong the link, which I saw it working fine...hope this works

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8F5C

In case, if it does not,

CPU: i7 3770K (£350)
Cooler: Corsair H100 ($105)
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 ($235)
Memory: G.Skills Ripjaws Z series 16 GB (4X4) $150 (since it is for gaming, you may keep it 8GB on G.Skills and save money)
SSD: Samsuing 830 128GB ($140)
HDD: Seagate Barracua 3TB ($160)
GPU: eVGA GTX 680 ($500)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($260)
PSU: Corsair 850w ATX 12V/EPS 12V - v2 ($135)
OS: Win7 64 bit Pro ($140)

Total: $2144 (after rebate). Taxes and postage are extras esp if you want that to be imported into India.
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May 22, 2012 1:12:44 PM

SSri said:
Something went wrong the link, which I saw it working fine...hope this works

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8F5C

In case, if it does not,

CPU: i7 3770K (£350)
Cooler: Corsair H100 ($105)
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 ($235)
Memory: G.Skills Ripjaws Z series 16 GB (4X4) $150 (since it is for gaming, you may keep it 8GB on G.Skills and save money)
SSD: Samsuing 830 128GB ($140)
HDD: Seagate Barracua 3TB ($160)
GPU: eVGA GTX 680 ($500)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($260)
PSU: Corsair 850w ATX 12V/EPS 12V - v2 ($135)
OS: Win7 64 bit Pro ($140)

Total: $2144 (after rebate). Taxes and postage are extras esp if you want that to be imported into India.


Does the 3930k have much of an advantage over 3770k in terms of gaming?
If not I think I'll get the 3770k.
And will the ASUS Maximus V Gene be a better choice than Sabertooth?
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May 22, 2012 1:16:13 PM

manofchalk said:
For your RAM needs, the two favourites are Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz, and G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz. No noticeable difference between the two, so I would pick whatever looks better inside the PC. For a gaming rig, you'd need no more than 8Gb, though you may want 16Gb if the Video editing is important. If your getting a non-stock CPU cooler, get the Low Profile versions of these to be safe.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the SSD, the general consensus is to get the Crucial M4 range. Fast speeds and apparently good reliability. Though any SSD is still a marked improvement over a HDD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good luck with your build.


Thanks, I'm gonna get the Corsair RAM
As for SSD, I'm not sure whether crucial m4 is available here.
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May 22, 2012 1:30:51 PM

preamc said:
Does the 3930k have much of an advantage over 3770k in terms of gaming?
If not I think I'll get the 3770k.
And will the ASUS Maximus V Gene be a better choice than Sabertooth?


Both are good motherboards; I prefer Sabertooth as it is pretty solid...Maximus V Gene allows a little more over clocking, which you won't need if it is an i7 3770K. You do not need i7 3930K, which have extra threads/cores, which you need if you are going to do video editing/rendering and serious number crunching.
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May 22, 2012 1:32:13 PM

Crucial M4 is a good SSD. Samsung 830 is also very good and stable.
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May 22, 2012 1:51:10 PM

Ok then im all set
Last thing, does the graphics card require cooling?
I'm asking because the system will be running for at least 10 hours daily...
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May 28, 2012 11:18:45 AM

will 16gb ram have much of an improvement over 8gb?
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May 28, 2012 11:19:35 AM

and which is the best 3d monitor out there?
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June 8, 2012 11:25:14 PM

Do I need 850w power supply for 1 graphics card and 3 hdd?
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