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Building gaming pc, budget about $2250

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June 6, 2012 7:47:25 PM

Hello, I am looking to build my first pc and I have been doing a lot of research but I still need help with the parts I should buy, I have a general idea but I am not sold yet. Here are the parts I'm looking at.

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770k Ivy Bridge Quad Core 3.5 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)

Motherboard
Asus Sabertooth TUF Z77

GPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 670

Case
Corsair Obsidien 800D

Memory
Corsair Dominator 16GB

Hard Drives
Corsair Force Series 120GB SSD

Seagate Barracuda 750GB

PSU
Corsair 850W Professional Series

CPU Cooler
Corsair H100

Disc Drive
Sony Blu-Ray, DVD, CD Combo Burner
June 6, 2012 9:11:13 PM

Your psu is overkill..a GTX670 is fine with a good 500 watt unit, even 2 in sli will only require about 750 watts.
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June 6, 2012 9:22:35 PM

16 gigs of RAM is not necessary or even used unless you are video encoding; 8 gigs is more than sufficient.

a corsair SSD?
how about a nice samsung 830? and for just a few dollars more get a 1 TB platter, a little more "bang for the buck".

and as GI_JONES pointed out even a 670 SLI set up does not need a 850 watt PSU. overkill on a PSU is almost as bad as not getting a big enough one.
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June 6, 2012 9:24:25 PM

If you're going for a $2250 build, you should probably get a 680 rather than a 670. Of course it's more expensive, but if you're going for top performance, you have to pay top dollar. You could also consider a heavily overclockable 7970.

If as the title suggests this thing is mostly for gaming, you can save a bit of money by going for the i5-3570k instead of the i7. Hyperthreading is not relevant for games (and might even hurt a tiny bit sometimes), many of which don't even use two processes, let alone four (which is what the quad-core i5 supports).

Agree that 850W is overkill. `16 GB of RAM is also overkill for now. If you want you can get 2x4GB so you can run dual-channel, and then get another 2x4 later (but that's probably a long way away).

You could add more capacity to your SSD. Consider a 180 or 240 GB model.

Last question: do you have a monitor, or are you buying one? If you're going to game on more than one monitor or at 2560x1600, you might consider a dual-card setup rather than a single card. Same is true if you're going to have a 120 Hz or 3D monitor, which will require more horsepower.
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June 7, 2012 1:22:16 AM

Won't my speeds decrease for everyday computing if I go with an i5?

And I agree that the 850W is overkill
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June 7, 2012 1:27:34 AM

mtwrestling said:
Won't my speeds decrease for everyday computing if I go with an i5?

And I agree that the 850W is overkill

not for everyday computing; unless it includes rendering 3D images or video encoding. :) 

for gaming and other multitasking or desktop applications an i5 is very capable; even my i3 is no slouch for that. save yourself the $100!
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June 7, 2012 1:35:33 AM

Ok, so the parts that will save me the most load times would be an SSD and what else?
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June 7, 2012 2:07:30 AM

mtwrestling said:
Ok, so the parts that will save me the most load times would be an SSD and what else?

a BIG SSD to put the game on. a 120 SSD will be enough for an OS and a few programs and games.
a 250 gig SSD will be large enough to fit most everything aside from moving media such as music to a platter.

maybe to give you an idea, right now i have my OS and a few games along with a bunch of adobe stuff; photoshop, dreamweaver, premiere pro, along with far cry2 and BFBC2 and it using 110 gigs . .
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June 7, 2012 2:48:54 AM

mtwrestling said:
Hello, I am looking to build my first pc and I have been doing a lot of research but I still need help with the parts I should buy, I have a general idea but I am not sold yet. Here are the parts I'm looking at.

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770k Ivy Bridge Quad Core 3.5 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)

Motherboard
Asus Sabertooth TUF Z77

GPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 670

Case
Corsair Obsidien 800D

Memory
Corsair Dominator 16GB

Hard Drives
Corsair Force Series 120GB SSD

Seagate Barracuda 750GB

PSU
Corsair 850W Professional Series

CPU Cooler
Corsair H100

Disc Drive
Sony Blu-Ray, DVD, CD Combo Burner

What will you run on this computer?
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Anonymous
June 7, 2012 2:50:56 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
What will you run on this computer?

anything they want :lol: 
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June 7, 2012 3:08:58 AM

You know what I mean..... :p 
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June 7, 2012 11:39:49 AM

Are you talking OS or games or what?
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June 7, 2012 8:01:26 PM

Are you just gaming or doing some video editing, photoshop,...?
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