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$1400 Gaming PC

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June 6, 2012 7:34:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $1200-$1400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, 3D rendering, internet
Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers.
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel processors, Nivida graphics cards
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Newegg parts wishlist

What can I improve on? Also, is everything compatible? I've checked myself and it seems to be, but I'd like to be sure.

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June 6, 2012 7:50:03 PM

How much video editing and rendering are you doing? You might benefit from an i7.

You are overspending alot on that motherboard. Money that could be used to get a better GPU.

Your paying A LOT for that 560Ti. If your spending that much, get a 7850 OR get the cheaper MSI Twin Frozr or the ASUS DCII. In the $250 range nothing beats a 7850 unless, of course, the programs you intend to use will benefit greatly from Nvidia's CUDA cores. If I were you, I would get a mobo in the $130-150 range and up your GPU to the GTX670.

ETA: This board has almost the exact same features, just fewer ports like SATA3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use the money to up to a 670.
June 6, 2012 7:51:02 PM

Yes, put more of the budget toward the GPU and/or processor.
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June 6, 2012 7:52:52 PM

First off, that motherboard is good, but probably unnecessary. Get something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then, you probably should invest a little extra money on an i5-3570k.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thirdly, even though you don't plan to CF, this PSU is a very good value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also think you should stretch your budget to get a GTX 670 to help future-proof you longer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 6, 2012 8:39:34 PM

That motherboard's slot layout doesn't work too well for me. I'd like to stay with the one I picked out. I'll be using the PSU, GPU, and CPU you suggested, though.

Newegg's wishlist system is acting screwy for me, so here's the current list.
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750
CPU: i5-3570k
GPU: EVGA GTX 670 2GB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Just to be absolutely sure, all of this will work together right?
June 6, 2012 8:43:07 PM

Just curious, why do you need Windows 7 Pro?

As far as I know, they are all compatible.
June 6, 2012 8:45:23 PM

Merueth said:
Just curious, why do you need Windows 7 Pro?

Windows XP emulation.
a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 9:21:43 PM

@ the OP. You have been given some good advice on here. Your build isn't "balanced". You have a crap load of money socked into that board meant for dual cards and hard core over clocking, and you shorted yourself elsewhere in that build. You state you have no plans on dual cards yet you have that 650w psu wich is over kill for a single 560 ti, and under kill to push two of those cards in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $184.98 save: $15.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates
OCZ ZT Series 550W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4/ <----- another look at that board along with the latest bios

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 993995

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400 - $430
GTX 670

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
June 6, 2012 9:23:39 PM

Merueth said:
I already told him to get the ASRock, but he doesn't like the slot layout :/ .



Oops, didn't see that up there. I don't see the problem with the layout. It's basically the same. Has two PCI-3.0 slots that run 8/8, what more do you need?
a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2012 9:33:50 PM

cranked said:
Oops, didn't see that up there. I don't see the problem with the layout. It's basically the same. Has two PCI-3.0 slots that run 8/8, what more do you need?

The OP marked NO on the format in regards to a second card. It's in the OP.
June 6, 2012 9:35:44 PM

Why_Me said:
The OP marked NO on the format in regards to a second card. It's in the OP.

Just because the mobo supports two cards doesn't mean he needs to put two in.
June 6, 2012 9:36:24 PM

Why_Me said:
The OP marked NO on the format in regards to a second card. It's in the OP.


I know. What I was saying is he was complaining about the slot layout, but it's basically the same as the one he chose just a lot cheaper. Money saved that could be spent on a better GPU. :) 
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