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$1500-$2500 Gaming Build / Sanity Check

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July 8, 2012 11:30:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range:1500-2500, would rather stay low, but current layout has it up to 3000 but I'm not sure I need whats actually here, or if something are actually obsolete how high they are.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Gaming, Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Location: Fairfield, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, everything else is free game

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or larger or smaller doesn't really matter

Additional Comments: This would be purely a gaming rig but I believe my selections that I've made are overboard and not necessarily the best to just play games with. My fear is to have something that I can crank all the settings up to maximum on all games (BF3, APB Reloaded, COD) and not even come close to overloading CPU/RAM/GPU and w/o having fans go ape*%it. If possible could someone let me know additional supplies that are required for a build (thermal grease, wires, peripherals that i'm forgetting for basic functionality).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I bought an ASUS G60VX for gaming and in a year its basically become obsolete playing games which angers me. So I've decided no more laptops and now have a kickarse tower, but for the right price and sustainability. Thank you so much for the help, its truly appreciated since I'm not entirely up to par in the brand new rig building (have done before 10 years ago).

Here is the parts list for things I've picked so far from PC PartsList:PC PartsList for Chris

Detailed List:
CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-3960X 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($1019.98 @ NCIX US) <---COMBO DEAL WITH GPU and MB

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($60.24 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - Xpower II Limited Edition XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($822.81 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($106.28 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.95 @ B&H)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($429.98 @ NCIX US)

Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Rosewill 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $2935.19 Plus and supplies/peripherals that I'm not thinking of.

Once again, I appreciate any advice, I basically went off the combo offer from Newegg, but I'm not sure if I actually need that much processor. Just want a awesome gaming rig where I won't have to worry if my computer has got enough balls to play the games because I'm frustrated with this "gaming" laptop I currently have! Thanks again!!

V/R
Chris

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July 9, 2012 12:07:16 AM

X79 is extreme overkill on a gaming rig (it's made for CS5 and CAD/rendering builds), and you don't want to waste $1k on a PSU when one that costs half as much can be clocked to match or beat those speeds. I'd also drop liquid cooling entirely if it's your first time - air will be far safer. Closed liquid loops like the H60 and H100 are never a good idea on a first build when a strong air fan like the Noctua will give you far better results and is much safer.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($492.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1602.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor and peripherals you want - I don't suggest those things on builds as they're entirely personal preference.
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July 9, 2012 12:20:50 AM

You are going over kill for a gaming build an I5 3570k is your best choice. As for the motherboard an 1155 Socket set is going to be a lot cheaper and unless you are an extreme overclocker you don't need any thing more. The graphics card you chose is the best price performance point. The cavilear green hard drive is not for gaming upgrade to the black.
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July 9, 2012 12:28:05 AM

jt8935 said:
You are going over kill for a gaming build an I5 3570k is your best choice. As for the motherboard an 1155 Socket set is going to be a lot cheaper and unless you are an extreme overclocker you don't need any thing more. The graphics card you chose is the best price performance point. The cavilear green hard drive is not for gaming upgrade to the black.


With an SSD as your primary - there's absolutely no difference between having a 5400 RPM drive as your secondary vs. 7200 RPM.
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July 9, 2012 1:58:51 AM

I appreciate the advice! I've dialed it down a notch, but I was curious as to the RAM situation. Would 32GB be overkill/plus would 4/8GB cards fit with the CPU fan? I understand that its a far shot from the rec. 8GB I'm just exploring the options. Thanks again!
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July 9, 2012 2:03:50 AM

I just find that I still run some games on my storage drive were I do notice a difference.
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July 9, 2012 2:58:58 AM

g-unit1111 said:
X79 is extreme overkill on a gaming rig (it's made for CS5 and CAD/rendering builds), and you don't want to waste $1k on a PSU when one that costs half as much can be clocked to match or beat those speeds. I'd also drop liquid cooling entirely if it's your first time - air will be far safer. Closed liquid loops like the H60 and H100 are never a good idea on a first build when a strong air fan like the Noctua will give you far better results and is much safer.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($492.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1602.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor and peripherals you want - I don't suggest those things on builds as they're entirely personal preference.
+1 it's a solid build IMO ;) 
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