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$3000 Gaming Budget - What PC can I build?

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June 10, 2012 11:47:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight if possible

Budget Range: $3000 and possibly higher.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for processor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet, cool and powerful
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June 11, 2012 12:08:58 AM

Hardest part will be spending $3K.

Suggest you look through a few $2K build articles and see what features you like. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3770k-overc... etc.

GTX680 runs anything to a 1920x1080 can display. With a $3K gaming PC you want multiple displays or a higher resolution single display.

June 11, 2012 12:14:08 AM

Forgot to add I will be using dual 1920x1080 displays.
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June 11, 2012 12:14:35 AM

$3k?

i7 3960x
x79 mobo
32gb ram
2x Geforce gtx 690
1000w PS
Corsair H100
2x 512gb SSD
cosmos II case

not too hard, good luck
June 11, 2012 12:16:27 AM

Since you only games on 1 monitor, I would just get a single GTX 680 preoverclocked for now, you can always buy a 2nd one and SLI later on if needed, even though I highly doubt you will need it any time soon. Or if you want to, buy 2 of the GTX 670 now and enjoy the fps. The built below is capable of powering 2 GTX 680.

Regarding CPU: Unless you do professional works such as video editting, video encoding/decoding etc there is simply no need for LGA 2011 ie Sandy Bridge E. Ivy Bridge i5 3570k gives you idential performance as the i7 3770k and the much more expensive i7 3930k and the 1000 bucks i7 3960x in gaming. If you feel like you will be doing some video editting, get the i7 3770k instead of the i5 3570k. Save the rest of the money to get a good video card, SSD and high end PSU and mainboard.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper Full Tower $149.99 - $20 MIR = $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=NOkY-LLW...

or

Case: Corsair Graphite 600T Mid Tower Case $159.99 - $20 MIR - $20 Promo Code EMCNDNC49 Ends 06/13 = $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=n6S_drLW...

or

Case: NZXT Phantom White/Red/Black Full Tower case $119.99
White: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Black: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Red: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cases are very personal, choose any other cases that you prefer that is not listed. Just make sure they are designed for cable management and have good airflow. Any of the case listed above have excellent air flow and are designed with cable management in mind.

Mainboard: ASUS P8Z77 V-PRO $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Gigabyte Z77 UD5H $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For mainboard, Asus or Gigabyte are usually first choice for those who have the budget due to high quality. For those who are on low budget, they usually choose a cheaper alternative such as Asrock and MSI, not that the motherboards made by these 2 brands are of lesser quality or anything, it's just that they are newer to the market and thus they need to compete based on price. Also, when choosing motherboard, make sure you choose the one that has at least 12 phases power to ensure overclocking stabilities of the CPU. The Asus P8Z77V-Pro (linked above) has 16 phases power.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: EVGA GTX 670 FTW $419.99 - $10 MIR = $409.99 -- Buy 2 of these if you feel like SLI is a must now. GTX 680 is currently out of stock and being sold by 3rd parties for more than 600 bucks each so its not worth it to get it over preoverclocked GTX 670, which gives you identical performance if not more for 200 bucks less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: For GTX 680 SLI set up
Corsair AX 850W Gold $174.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Cer...

or

OCZ ZX 850W Gold $169.99 - $30 MIR = $139.99
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-Fully-Modular-Performa...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reviews of OCZ ZX PSU: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

If you only SLI GTX 670, 750W PSU is more than enough:

Corsair AX 750W Gold $169.99 - $15 MIR = $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Seasonic X 750W Gold $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Power supply, the Seasonic X series are among the top tier in terms of quality PSU, the Corsair AX linked above is a rebranded Seasonic X and OCZ ZX is also a very good quality PSU as well but cheaper than the other 2. Of course there are other cheaper PSU like the Corsair TX V2, XFX Core Edition etc that can also deliver the advertised power with minimum ripple and noise, but they are not made of highest quality components hence they are cheaper. So go with your judgement which one you prefer.

SSD: Kingston Hyperx 3k 480 GB (240 GB x2) $192 x 2 = $384 ---put these 2 in Raid 0 and you got super speed SSD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R9N0O0/ref=ox_sc_a...

HDD: 2 TB Seagate $109.99
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5...

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16 GB (2x4GB x2) $44.99 x 2 = $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 Closed Loop Watercooling $102.74
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Extreme-Performanc...

or

Full custom watercooling XSPC RASA 750 RX 360 kit $189.99 --- currently oos
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14183/ex-wat-182/XSPC...

or if you prefer simple air cooler:

Nocture DH14 $82.95
http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpipe-Bearing-Cooler-NH...

There are also good low budget coolers out there such as Hyper Evo, Hyper 612 etc.. but since you have a good budget why not aim for a good coolers to keep temperature down, considering Ivy runs hot when overclocking.

Needless to say the RASA kit has highest cooling performance but setup can be tricky especially for 1st timer, the radiator needs to be placed externally. Corsair H100 is a full closed loop water cooling kit and requires no maintenance, installation is similar to any air coolers and has higher performance than any air cooler on the market. Nocture DH14 is the cheapest of the 3 and performance is also not as good as the other 2 but should be close to the corsair H100.

Here is the review of CPU cooling performance that has all 3 of the coolers listed above. Note: Corsair H100 in the review uses only 2 fans push configuration, to maximize performance of the Corsair H100, a push/pull configuration with 2 fans on top and 2 fans on the bottom should be used. Replace stock fans with Cougar fans to eliminate noise for those who are sensitive.
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsai...

Optical: 12x Blueray burner Liteon $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For OS, if you are a college student or graduated from an accredited university and have a valid .edu email address, you can get MS Windows 7 Professional for $30, go here and follow instructions: http://ms.bluehornet.com/surveys/submit_my_school/en_us

Computer Speakers: Logitech Z906 5.1 $340 (optional)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

June 11, 2012 12:18:59 AM

For $3000 he should build off LGA-2011
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June 11, 2012 12:39:29 AM

Not for gaming. Spending $ for the sake of spending $ is a careless way to build a gaming pc.
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June 11, 2012 4:13:57 AM

mookial said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight if possible

Budget Range: $3000 and possibly higher.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel for processor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet, cool and powerful

A single GTX 670 will max every game out at 1920x1080p. There is no reason to spend 3k just to game at 1080p. You can max every game out with a 1500$ budget. Now if I had 3k I would get an Nvidia Surround setup which needs much more graphics power and you can justify 2 GTX 680's in that build.
You first want to set yourself up with three good monitors. The Dell U2412M is a fantastic monitor that is deemed recommended buy by the Tom's Hardware site.
Dell U2412M- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=930$
These monitors will last you many builds and they are something to build around.

Now with 2070$ left here is what should be in the tower-

i5 3570k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 240$

Asus GTX 670- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2=840$

Asrock Z77 Professional- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 220$

Cooler Master Storm Trooper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 150$

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 55$

Cooler Master Hyper 612- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Asus DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 22$

Rosewill Capstone 750-M 750w Gold- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$

Samsung 830 256gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 249$

Samsung F4 2tb HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 120$

Total=3016$
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June 11, 2012 5:14:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2131.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-11 01:30 EDT-0400)
June 12, 2012 1:21:55 AM

If I had $3000+ to spend on a rig here's what I would do:

1) Pre-Order this:

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS27B970DS/...

2) Then build a rig

CPU/Mobo: $875: LGA 2011 Set-Up http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU Cooler: $105: Corsaid H80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: $219.99 : 32 GB GSkill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: $250: 256 Gb Samsung SSD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR66A/ref=ox_sc_a...
Hard Drive: $120: 2TB Caviar Green http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: $520: GTX 580 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: $135: 850 W Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive: Blu Ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: $190: Windows 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Pick out one that looks nice and will look good in whatever room it goes in.

Now sure we've gone over your budget a bit, but you did say $3000 PLUS. Which brings us to our next step:

3) Select some random lucky guy who posts a System thread who has a $500 budget and needs Windows and a Monitor in addition to a rig and just send him your old 1920x1080 monitor.


Here's what you've now accomplished:
- You've got a sweet rig, the envy of the Tom's Hardware community.
- It's got plenty of room for future upgrading, and will last your for, well, a while.
- You've got an awesome monitor and all of your non-tech savvy friends will marvel at how thin and big it is.
- You'll make some lucky blokes day/year/decade providing him with HD quality Diablo 3.
- You become an instant legend around these parts

Seems like a win, win, win, win, win situation to me.
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June 12, 2012 2:40:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 WS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Total: $2358.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-11 22:39 EDT-0400)
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