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$1700-1900 Gaming/Rendering Computer

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May 31, 2012 3:18:13 AM

So I've decided I need to upgrade my current computer and I needed some help with the final choices on the build. It's going to be primarily used for playing games such as Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3, it's also going to be used to render 1080p videos and also 3D animations. So any feedback/opinions you could give me would be great!

Country: USA

Preferred Websites: Newegg, Amazon, and TigerDirect

Overclocking: Definitely

SLI/Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



CPU: i7 3770K $350

CPU COOLER: Corsair H100 $100

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 $170

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 2133HZ $70

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 $170

GPU: Currently not sure/Definitely need help picking up a good one that will last for a couple of years!

Boot Drive/Primary Program Storage: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III $200

Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache $100

Sound Card: HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 $76

Case: Currently not sure of either, just something slick and simple though. Under $150 preferably!

So far this all equals about $1250 so that leaves about 350-450 for the graphics card! Please leave any feedback if possible!
May 31, 2012 3:20:15 AM

How far of an overclock do you want? Anything above 4.5 GHz won't net you much of a performance gain. For around $120, get the Carbide 500R. I have it and it is completely tool-free and has great cable management.
May 31, 2012 3:26:38 AM

Depending on how complex the 3d animations you're going to be doing , I strongly reccomend that you step up to 16gb.
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May 31, 2012 3:38:03 AM

That's actually what I want 4.5 GHz for the overclock, and thanks for the case suggestion!
May 31, 2012 3:41:41 AM

For 4.5 GHz, the H100 is overkill.
May 31, 2012 3:43:41 AM

What would you recommend then instead that still uses water cooling?
May 31, 2012 3:50:59 AM

Get 1600Mhz RAM, anything above that only gets a minimal performance upgrade for the cash. Spend the money you save to get more RAM as its an editing rig.

The HAF-XM is a good case at $130. Has all the benefits of its big brother the HAF-X except for its sheer size.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$400 will get you the GTX670, which will play games at high/max settings for a long while, with an easy upgrade path of getting another in SLI. Nvidia's CUDA cores also help with rendering apparently. I would suggest this one, keep an eye on it for when it goes back in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or get this ASUS one now and overclock it manually.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not essential, but you may want to replace the fans on the Corsair h100. Iv heard there not the best.

Thats my feedback, rest of the build looks good.


May 31, 2012 3:52:26 AM

Nothing. WC is not needed for quietness or getting temps down. A Hyper 212 EVO is MORE than you need.
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