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Looking to build strictly gaming pc

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July 2, 2012 5:59:22 PM

Hey, i would like to build a future proof gaming rig that will play all games in ultra settings. I would like it be around $1500. I already have a case that I bought a few years ago and hope I can still use it (Thermaltake Armor Super Tower---VA8000BWS). I found parts that I would love to have but probably will never be able to afford. Here is my dream machine:

INTEL CORE I7-3930K 3.2GHZ 12M NO-GRAPHICS NO HEATSINK 2011 [BX80619I73930K]

THERMALTAKE FRIO OCK COOLER OVERCLOCKING THERMAL SKT 2011/ 1366/1156/1155/775/AM3/2+/2 [CLP0575]

CORSAIR FORCE GT 2.5 120G SSD 2.5 TO 3.5 BRACKET INCLUDE [CSSD-F120GBGT-BK]

ST SV35.5 SERIES 2TB CE 3.5 SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB CACHE [ST2000VX000]

CORSAIR DDR3 4X4GB 1600 XMP VENGEANCE BLUE [CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B]

ASUS S.2011 INT X79 4X PCIE 3.0,8D.DDR3-1866MHZ,4-WAY CROSSFIREX/SLI,SATA [RAMPAGE IV EXTREME]

LG CH12LS28 12XBLU-RAY PLAYER SATA (BULK), LIGHTSCRIBE , 3D PLAYBACK [CH12LS28]

THERMALTAKE 1200W MODULAR 14CM FAN, ATX 12V 2.3, 6X PCI-E, 8X SATA CONNECTOR, 80+ STANDARD [TRX-1200M]

MS W7 ULT SP1 64BIT 1PK ENG DSP OEI DVD [GLC-01844]

EVGA E-GEFORCE NVIDIA GTX690 4096MB,512 BIT GDDR5,PCI-E 3.0 MINIDISPLAYPORT,3XDUALLINK DVI [04G-P4-2690-KR]

All together worth about $3500

By the way, im pretty much a noob when it comes to building my own rig, all I know is I want to be able to play games in max settings and not have to worry about lag.

If all of that is overkill, I would love some suggestions. Thank you.

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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 6:27:30 PM

For strictly gaming you're spending too much on the CPU. There is absolutely zero advantage with an i7 over an i5. The i7 has HyperThreading and the i5 doesn't. NO game uses HT, and its most likely no game ever will. Plus when you're dealing with the LGA2011 CPUs, you're pretty much getting into industrial strength. Games might have pretty graphics, but their coding is actually still the same crap they used 15 years ago for the most part.

Save the money and get something like an i5-2500K or a 3570K.

Cheaper Mobo and CPU

$230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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You're spending way too much on a CPU cooler, this is all you should really need:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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No need for more than 8GB of RAM, drop 2 of those modules.

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Do you really need a bluRay player? I wouldn't bother honestly, up to you.

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Do you really need a GTX 690? A GTX 670 is much more practical and powerful enough to more than max out anything.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Power supply is overkill.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even that is overkill, but less so than the other one. Does that cut the price enough for you?
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2012 6:40:25 PM

I would also say: Drop the phrase "future proof" from your vocabulary. There is no such thing in the world of computers. The only parts that are "future proof" are your hard drive, your case, power supply and optical drive. Everything else will be junk in 5-6 years. Its much more practical to build a cheaper system that can do everything you need it to do today, then in a few years when its no longer up to snuff, save the parts I mentioned and do another build, rather than spend 4000 on a system and try to stretch it to last you 10 years.
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