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$2000 Gaming PC: Please Review

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May 23, 2012 5:19:26 AM

Hello. I plan on making a gaming pc. The components I have put together sum up to about $2000 with tax and shipping. Since this is such an investment, I would appreciate it if some of you guys would review my components.

I made a wishlist on Newegg to make things easier to review.

Wishlist: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


Approximate Purchase Date: this Thursday

Budget Range: about $1800 before rebates/tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing the internet, watching videos/streams/movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Radeon GPU, Corsair case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I would like to have a case with a window. I also want to keep the Crucial Ballistix memory and blue LED fans. Basically I want my pc to just as good as it's going to perform :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 6:33:41 AM

Post the wishlist here, I'm denied access to it.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 6:35:49 AM

It is cuz he didn't hyperlink the whole url.
May 23, 2012 6:40:26 AM

Sorry, I just edited the link. It should work now.
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 6:42:58 AM

Ditch the Tooth. Get a Extreme4 ASRock Z77 Board. The Tooth has features you might never use. Use the $ saved to get a 128GB Crucial M4. Drop the strap, the H100 to a 212 EVO, and the 200mm fan.
May 23, 2012 7:10:15 AM

Thanks for the comment.
Could you please explain what features you are talking about on the sabertooth? And I plan on OCing to about 4.5ghz, can the 212 EVO handle that? And why drop the 200mm fan?
Thanks.
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 8:09:14 AM

I would actually say that rig is fine, and since your a bit from your budget, the extra fans aren't a problem.

The hard drive you have listed is awfully expensive, it may be better than the one I suggest (Seagate Barracuda 1TB) but it cant be $50 better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money saved on the HDD, you can get a bigger SSD!
128GB Crucial M4 should cover you.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For another $10 you can get the pre-overclocked Sapphire 7950. Save yourself some hassle overclocking and looks like it has a black PCB instead of Blue so may look better as well.

Good luck with the build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 10:06:22 AM

If this is for gaming then it's all about Frames Per Second. Obviously that means the gtx 670 and newegg has most of them back in stock now.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-rev... <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/ <----- gtx 670 review with benchmarks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400
gtx 670

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $334.98 save: $15.00 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $124.98 save: $13.00
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $189.98 save: $10.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $344.98 save: $20.00
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10476/kw/... <----- recent firmware update for that Sandisk SSD
May 23, 2012 10:12:29 PM

Wow thanks for the combos, I didn't notice that.
May 23, 2012 10:18:46 PM

Don't buy into the hype!
Thats the advice I got from some serious over-clockers that have been in the industry for many years.

I asked about building a nice gaming system, they said buy the motherboard, ram and CPU all under £500 and spend around £500 on a Graphics card.

The days where games were CPU intensive are long gone, now its all on the graphics card, not the cpu, the ram or anything.



I would say for that price, get a high range gtx690 if you can or a 680.

A 690 is 2 680's together..

A 680 over clocked could be better than a 670 sli.

Don't worry bout the anything else....But if you need other uses or want future proof, then get standard range of everything and spend more on the GPU.


Me I want future proofing more, but for hardcore gaming, a great card and a PSU, you don't really need more than 4gb ram for gaming, or a expensive motherboard. As long as the Mobo runs the card and the processor.

May 23, 2012 10:24:20 PM

With $2000 I would think you should beable to Crossfire/SLI now instead of in the future.
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2012 11:02:02 PM

xdrake said:
Don't buy into the hype!
Thats the advice I got from some serious over-clockers that have been in the industry for many years.

I asked about building a nice gaming system, they said buy the motherboard, ram and CPU all under £500 and spend around £500 on a Graphics card.

The days where games were CPU intensive are long gone, now its all on the graphics card, not the cpu, the ram or anything.



I would say for that price, get a high range gtx690 if you can or a 680.

A 690 is 2 680's together..

A 680 over clocked could be better than a 670 sli.

Don't worry bout the anything else....But if you need other uses or want future proof, then get standard range of everything and spend more on the GPU.


Me I want future proofing more, but for hardcore gaming, a great card and a PSU, you don't really need more than 4gb ram for gaming, or a expensive motherboard. As long as the Mobo runs the card and the processor.

A stock gtx 680 gets around 5 - 7 fps more than a stock gtx 670 yet it cost $100 more. It takes all of a few minutes to over clock a gtx 670 without upping the voltage to where it surpasses the stock gtx 680 by a few fps. Two cards in SLI = $200 difference. So ya, I would say the gtx 670 is pretty much a no brainer.
May 24, 2012 2:29:55 AM

Would a 670 OC or a 7950 OC give better FPS?
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