Gaming PC Budget 2000-3000$ Need Advice

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)
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  1. 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-roundup,review-32054.html (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-supply-guides-info
  2. 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-roundup,review-32054.html (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-supply-guides-info


    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?
  3. SSri said:


    Thanks, I need suggestions for RAM and SSD. Which ones do you think are good?
  4. Come on guys I need more suggestions!
    This is my dream rig and I want it to be real good!
  5. 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=N82E16820231314
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    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=N82E16820148442

    Good luck with your build.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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=N82E16820231314
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    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=N82E16820148442

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Crucial M4 is a good SSD. Samsung 830 is also very good and stable.
  11. 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...
  12. The GTX 680 should be running pretty cool as is. Unless you want a full-fledged custom watering set up. That would be nice but pretty expensive.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/162884/EK-Unveils-its-GeForce-GTX-680-Full-Cover-Water-Blocks.html
  13. will 16gb ram have much of an improvement over 8gb?
  14. and which is the best 3d monitor out there?
  15. Games won't benefit from anything more than 8 GB RAM, while the more the better in the case of Video, Number Crunching, etc

    please check out these links for 3D displays

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/333843-15-120hz-monitor
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1201092/which-is-the-best-3d-monitor-for-gaming-and-why
    http://www.squidoo.com/3d-monitors
  16. Do I need 850w power supply for 1 graphics card and 3 hdd?
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