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First time build - $1500 Gaming Rig

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July 28, 2012 4:58:43 AM

Hello Everyone,

I am a current computer science major and would like to build my first pc for the experience as well as to have a new pc for gaming and programming (with eventual game development). I would like to dabble in overclocking but not going hardcore OC this rig will be used for gaming and programming 95% of the time with gaming being the main focus.

Approximate Purchase Date: The end of this week or end of next week at the latest (by 8/11 at the latest)

Budget Range: I would like to spend 1500 - 1800 after tax and shipping but before any mail in rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and then programming (down the line some video game dev)

Are you buying a monitor: I have an unopened dell monitor I will use but would like to set up a multiple monitor display within a month or so.


Parts to Upgrade: none - I am building with all new parts!

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com amazon.com tigerdirect.com (I even live relatively close to a microcenter) Basically I will go where the deals are (and good customer service ie: newegg)

Location: Northern New jersey /NYC area

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (ivybridge)

Overclocking: was planning on the unlocked i5 so i could dabble in it a bit but not going crazy OC

SLI or Crossfire: I want either a gtx 670/80 or a 7970 reg/ghz single gpu build to start but when the need arises I would like to have a mobo/psu/case that can handle a second card of the same type.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920

Additional Comments: in terms of gaming I would like to be able to run all the new games coming out fall 2012-2013 at max settings silky smoothlike

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: i think it will be really fun to build my own rig and i cant wait!!!!

Here are my parts so far:

CPU - i5 ivy bridge unlocked (already bought this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS Sabretooth Z77 (If anyone has a suggestion for a better Mobo that will support SLI/Cross and is ivy bridge compatible as well as pcie 3.0 please let me know)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - i found 8gb of corsair vengeance 1600 for 44.95 on newegg with free shipping and bought it.

PSU - Corsair Pro 750W (Im a little torn on the wattage - I want to have enough to make sure i can SLI/Cross either the gtx 670 or Radeon 7970 eventually but for now i will run a single card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - Torn between Nvidia or AMD im leaning towards this 7970 but please any help would be great
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I dont need a bluray drive i was thinking just an Asus 24x DVD is fine

I do want a SSD for my OS which will be windows I was thinking 120gb SSD and either 1 or 2 TB data drive but i cannot for the life of me pick a SSD or HDD so any suggestions would be awesome.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer me.
July 28, 2012 5:08:34 AM

I read recently that with catalyst 12.7 drivers the 7970 tops the GTX thats why I leaned towards the 7970.. Is this incorrect?
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July 28, 2012 5:09:29 AM

It doesn't beat it enough to justify spending over $100 more for it. And that is the GHz Edition, not the other 7970s.
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