[Home Built] 1500-2500 Gaming/Recording PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or two

Budget Range: $1500-$2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Recording Games, surfing the web, movies

Parts Not Required: Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: United States of America

Parts Preferences: Intel, nvidia, asus, corsiar, cooler master
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Needs to be fast and be fairly quiet.

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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  1. Is recording games very CPU or RAM intensive? I don't know, honestly, so if they are then ignore the following:
    - Drop down to 8GB RAM
    - Drop down to the i5 3570k... cheaper and performs just as well for gaming

    Don't get a 3TB internal hard drive, I've heard of a lot of problems. I'd probably just get a 2TB or even two if you really need the space.

    I'd get the Gigabyte 670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    It's the Toms Hardware recommended buy and since it has three fans, they won't have to work as hard as the Asus' two, and will probably be a bit quieter.

    Edit: Oh and if you're not going to crossfire, then 650W is enough power.
  2. Should I crossfire? I dont really know much about it.
  3. Sorry, I meant SLI, since you have an Nvidia card. With a 670 you shouldn't need to for awhile, but it's nice to have enough wattage to know that you can in 2 or 3 years when you want the extra graphics power. So I would say that for now, one 670 is plenty powerful, but leave room in your system for another one in a year or two.
  4. Ok Now I have two 2TB hard drives and I switched to the gigabyte 670, I think I need the ram I picked and I've heard that i7 is better for editing too, which I will do a lot of. Anything else you think I would need?

    Thanks you have been very helpful

    [Edit] The total cost as of now is $2,240
  5. A case might be helpful. Maybe. Take a look into the NZXT Phantom, Corsair Carbide series, Corsair Obsidian series, Silverstone cases, Cooler Master HAF series, the Fractal Define, and BitFenix cases. Find a few that fit your price range, personal tastes, and has the features you'll want. Look around for some reviews on them, too, those are always much more enlightening than a feature list on Newegg. I'll help you look when I get a bit more time later on.

    Edit: On the more expensive-ish side, you could get this Corsair Carbide 500R (White) for $140. There's the NZXT Phantom 001 I mentioned for $120 (it comes in lots of other colors, too), or if you'd like something more affordable you could get the Cooler Master HAF912 for $60, and then load it up with some real nice third-party case fans (Scythe, Noctua, Corsair, BitFenix, etc).
  6. Oh, case! Didn't see that you don't have one. I use the HAF 912, it's solid and pretty cheap. Here's a link to all the HAF cases on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=haf&x=0&y=0

    Antecs are also popular.
  7. you don't have a bluray or dvd drive in your build.

    Also, don't base noise just on # of fans. lookup a review. Techpowerup does a good job measuring for noise:
    they say gigabyte quietest at idle, but asus quieter at load.

    FWIW the gigabyte got a 9.8, the asus a 10.0. i don't think you can go wrong either way.

    Idle noise levels are outstanding, actually the card is the quietest GTX 670 we tested so far in idle. Under load the fan ramps up a bit but ends up being much quieter than the NVIDIA reference design. It is barely audible under load, but we've tested other cards like the ASUS DC II that is even quieter.

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