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$3250 Gaming System Advice

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July 25, 2012 11:30:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: November/December

Budget Range: $3250 Including Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Movies, Lite 3D modelling.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Montana, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Primarily gaming system, need a good reliable solid system that will last me at least 2 years. Never going to get more than one monitor.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old system wasn't satisfying my gaming needs, want a fresh system.

I picked out some parts and need some opinions on them.

CPU: Intel i7 3770K

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula

RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2X4) 2133

Storage: Intel 330 120gb SSD Boot
Intel 520 480gb SSD Games
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Storage and Other Programs

Case: Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra

GPU: ASUS GTX 670 TOP if I can find one. (x2 when I get the money)

Monitor: ASUS VE248H

PSU: Corsair AX1200 1200w

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Phoebus

Other Peripherals: Microsoft Sidewinder X4

This is my first time building a completely custom system (I have modified countless other pre-built computers) and I want to know if it is a good combo, Thank you.
July 25, 2012 11:45:22 PM

i think you have added complexity by going with 3 storage drives.

You can just get like a 256GB SSD and then a bigger HDD.

I also don't see how you really are going to be using up 480gb of ssd as APPs even with most of the apps on the world if you are properly managing your space

If you want to get fancy to speed up a bigger chunk of storage, then you should instead use SRT to speed up your BIG data drive, either with another small SSD or partition your SSD to give a chunk up for SRT purposes.

So I would say you should start like a 256gb SSD boot/apps drive then add on as many (cheaper) 2TB data drive as you want.

If then your 2tb drives seem slow, then you can decide to either carve a partition out of your SSD to use for SRT, or add on a 60gb SRT....or go back old school and RAID your data drives for speed.

For your budget, you should be spending more on a monitor i think. Monitor is not going to go obsolete. I'm sure there are recommendations for monitors where extra cash will get you an upgrade (and not just gimmicks like 3d).

if you are spending this much on a system, I would suspect just in terms of balance you should be going for more ram. even if you don't need it, you can afford it...I would think you should start with 16gb. Windows will cache stuff so this memory will be more useful than your "wasted" 480gb of ssd you had in your build.

I don't think you need a sound card, unless you have specific need for it such as you are mastering or doing audio work.

keyboard/mouse is personal preference.
July 26, 2012 12:01:42 AM

Thanks for the quick answer. Thinking about it more I have decided to go with one 256 SSD for now and save some cash. As for the sound card I need it as I am going to be using some high performance headphones that need the built in amp and I can get a good deal on that specific card locally. Is there any 16gb ram kits you would recommend, as you probably know price isn't much of a problem.
I have chosen this SSD, what do you think about it?
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July 26, 2012 12:14:51 AM

i don't have personal experieence with that SSD, but it is often recommended.

Most recommended here are the samsung 830 or crucial m4. (i have m4).
People who want the bleeding edge and care less about stability go with the vertex4 since they are releasing new firmware that scores well in benchmarks and gets articles written about it..

In reallife home gamer user behavior used as boot/apps drive, once you have ANY SSD, then you are sped up, and there is only much less difference between them. So people buy what is considered stable and reliable rather then squeezing out benchmark speed.

As far as ram, I don't have any specific recommendations. Just go with any of the popular choices or see what is recommended by other experts in other build threads. You should not pay a premium for overclocking RAM, but don't get cheapest ram either. Any 16000 "performance" ram should be good.
If 2x8 kit is about the same price as 4x4 go for that. But if it's wildly more expensive, just buy the 4x4 (or 2sets of 2x4).

most of your overclock comes from multiplier and not from changing the clock. As a result, you don't need to get overclocking ram.

For gaming, Take all your savings and plunk it into your Video card. Everything hinges around that.
July 26, 2012 1:59:33 AM

I decided to go with a Samsung 830 256 SSD, a pair of 8g sticks of corsair ram and a 2gb WD HDD.

And about the video card, I have done the most research into that and the 670 looks like the best option, but I am thinking about getting a 680 instead. Is it worth it to get a 680? I will go SLI later when I get the money because now I only have about 250 extra and I can only afford to get 1 670 or 680.