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Advice for New Gaming PC Build - Budget $1000-$1500

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July 20, 2012 6:35:42 PM

Hi Folks, I am in the process of building a new Gaming PC. My budget is $1000-$1500. I already own some parts that I am going to use. I am mainly looking for some advice on what the BEST build for my budget and already existing parts is that I can get. I also already have monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset, etc already, so I dont need any of that, just the tower.

I am looking for an Intel build and I prefer a NVIDIA based GPU card over AMD/ATI. Also I would like a minimum of 16GB of ram. Thanks ahead of time! :) 

I have answered the appropriate questions below:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but will also possibly be doing some streaming/recording of games as well.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I already own monitors

Parts already I already own: Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Case (Brand New), WD Caviar Black 1TB HD (Brand New), Sony DVD Burner (Brand New)

Parts needing to buy: CPU, CPU Fan, Motherboard, RAM, GPU, Power Supply, Possibly a SSD (I already own a 1TB WD Caviar Black)

Do you need to buy OS: No, I already own Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (I DO have to pay sales tax with Newegg), TigerDirect, Amazon

Location: USA - Nashville, TN

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU

Overclocking:
Yes, but probably just the CPU

SLI or Crossfire: Preferably a Motherboard that supports both, but if only one then SLI

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
July 20, 2012 6:48:22 PM

Any reason why you think you need more than 8gb ram?

Your budget can easily fit an SSD, why would you NOT want one?
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July 20, 2012 6:53:55 PM

ohhgourami said:
Any reason why you think you need more than 8gb ram?

Your budget can easily fit an SSD, why would you NOT want one?


I would just prefer to go ahead and get 16GB now and not have to deal with upgrading later. Probably in a 4x4 configuration.

Well I am open to suggestions on the SSD, I just don't want to take away from other areas, as in I would rather have a more powerful GPU than a SSD etc.
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July 20, 2012 7:10:04 PM

Unless you do video editing, you won't need 16gb. 4gb is already more than enough for games. 8gb is considered getting ahead already.

You already have a decent amount of things purchased, you should be able to fit an SSD in your budget.

Also, got any ideas how high you plan to OC your CPU later?
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July 20, 2012 7:21:40 PM

Here is what I picked out for you and should be more than enough for your needs: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cCzl

Depending on how much you plan to OC, you can save a bit on the CPU Cooler. That money could go to a higher capacity SSD.

The GPU is obviously more than enough too. No point in getting a GTX680 as the 670 is within 8% of the performance difference for $100 less. I have the same card and mine OCs so well, mine beats factory OCed GTX 680s.
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July 20, 2012 7:35:37 PM

ohhgourami said:
Here is what I picked out for you and should be more than enough for your needs: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cCzl

Depending on how much you plan to OC, you can save a bit on the CPU Cooler. That money could go to a higher capacity SSD.

The GPU is obviously more than enough too. No point in getting a GTX680 as the 670 is within 8% of the performance difference for $100 less. I have the same card and mine OCs so well, mine beats factory OCed GTX 680s.


Nice build, thanks for the feedback! :) 

I am not sure how high I was going to overclock the CPU at this time. For the SSD, would you plan on installing the OS, games and everything on it or just the OS on the SSD and games on my WD Caviar Black 1TB HD?
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July 20, 2012 7:45:08 PM

Definitely do not skip out on the SSD if you like fast OS and game level load times. I use a 60GB boot drive with a game or two on there. Love it and I'll never go back to having my OS or games on a HDD. Nowadays 120GB is so cheap you might as well get that. A midrange OCZ Agility 3 will be more than enough.
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July 20, 2012 7:47:38 PM

If you're not sure how high you plan to OC, you could save a ~$30 and get a Thermalright HR-02 Macho instead. It has very good performance and easily beats the highly overrated CM Hyper 212+. If you need more cooling, all you need to do is add another fan on the back of the heatsink.

Depends on the size of the SSD, but obviously install the OS on it with frequently used programs. So if there are games you play a lot, put them in there too. Overflow and things that don't require fast loading (music, movies, recorded games) get shoved into the HDD.

You are well within budget so even a 256gb SSD wouldn't hurt.
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July 20, 2012 7:49:11 PM

i second ohh's build, though I have often seen this cooler master EVO 212 recommended http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as the SSD, which was also recommended to me - I would put only the OS and any programs that you use all the time (for my son and I it was LoL and D3 - and he couldn't be happier with his load times) and put everything else on the HDD.

Also I made sure my RAM was listed as officially approved for my MOBO just to be safe.
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July 20, 2012 7:58:44 PM

bgrt said:
Definitely do not skip out on the SSD if you like fast OS and game level load times. I use a 60GB boot drive with a game or two on there. Love it and I'll never go back to having my OS or games on a HDD. Nowadays 120GB is so cheap you might as well get that. A midrange OCZ Agility 3 will be more than enough.


Make sure if you go with OCZ that you get the Vertex 4. The vertex 3 use sandforce controllers which are reported to be buggy. I have gotten flawless performance from our 128gb vertex 4.
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July 20, 2012 8:04:19 PM

edtheguy said:
Make sure if you go with OCZ that you get the Vertex 4. The vertex 3 use sandforce controllers which are reported to be buggy. I have gotten flawless performance from our 128gb vertex 4.


The OCZ SandForce SSDs used to give BSODs I heard, but they've been taken care of with not-so-recent firmware updates. Mine's running great for me.
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July 20, 2012 8:07:22 PM

The CM EVO 212 performs almost the same as the 212+. Both are good for the money if you can get them for around $20-25, but don't expect to get amazing temps. Also the stock fans on both coolers are awful as they are super loud for the amount of cooling they do. A lot of people just recommend this cooler just because they see a lot of others doing it while never having tried better.

Any issues with BSODs on sandforce SSD have been long fixed. I would still recommend the Vertex 4 if it is a good price since it has really good performance.
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July 20, 2012 8:17:08 PM

ohhgourami said:
The CM EVO 212 performs almost the same as the 212+. Both are good for the money if you can get them for around $20-25, but don't expect to get amazing temps. Also the stock fans on both coolers are awful as they are super loud for the amount of cooling they do. A lot of people just recommend this cooler just because they see a lot of others doing it while never having tried better.

Any issues with BSODs on sandforce SSD have been long fixed. I would still recommend the Vertex 4 if it is a good price since it has really good performance.


That makes sense about the 212, I got it based on one of those recommendations and while I have no complaints it hasn't blown my socks off either.

And I love my Vertex 4, which was also recommended on these forums.
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July 20, 2012 8:23:51 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cCOe
A 750 watt psu should be better if you want to overclock and sli. The psu is a hx series, which is one step below the ax series, but still has the 80 plus gold rating but isnt as modular. Also this one has a corsair force gt ssd instead of a crucial m4. The cooler is a coolermaster 212+ which is a good cooler for overclocking. Full build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $997.92
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-20 16:37 EDT-0400)
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July 20, 2012 10:07:40 PM

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro $209.99
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RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix @1600mhz $47.99
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GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 670 Video Card $429.99
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CPU: i5-3570K $229.99
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SSD: Crucial m4 2.5" Solid State Drive - 128GB $119.99
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CPU COOLER:NH-D14 $79.99
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PSU: PC Power & Cooling 750W, 80 Plus Silver $74.99
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