Building a dream machine

Allright guys!! :D
First of all, salutations to everyone.. This is my first post on Tom's Hardware Forums..

Now, my question to all you guys is that -
I'm a PC gamer.. & a big fan at it.. But often it happens that several games which are released on the PC suffer from performance issues. Now, to overcome this I have decided to build a brand new rig for myself. I have a budget of $1500 (max.) and I want to build a system whose graphics prowess is comparable to that of an XBOX 360 or a PS3..
A machine on which I will be able to play the latest generation games at resolutions of a regular 19" monitor at medium settings. I dont like AA so that is not my chief concern but the games should run with all other bells & whistles at their max. without hiccups. Some games on which I have my eyes on include Borderlands 2, BF3, Medal of Honor - Warfighter.
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  1. aedanking said:
    Allright guys!! :D
    First of all, salutations to everyone.. This is my first post on Tom's Hardware Forums..

    Now, my question to all you guys is that -
    I'm a PC gamer.. & a big fan at it.. But often it happens that several games which are released on the PC suffer from performance issues. Now, to overcome this I have decided to build a brand new rig for myself. I have a budget of $1500 (max.) and I want to build a system whose graphics prowess is comparable to that of an XBOX 360 or a PS3..
    A machine on which I will be able to play the latest generation games at resolutions of a regular 19" monitor at medium settings. I dont like AA so that is not my chief concern but the games should run with all other bells & whistles at their max. without hiccups. Some games on which I have my eyes on include Borderlands 2, BF3, Medal of Honor - Warfighter.


    Comparable to a 360 or PS3? Man you really haven't played with a high end PC recently. Those consoles were graphically obsolete in 2007

    With $1500 (USD I assume) you can get something which will play most modern games on Ultra@1080p and will last a number of years.

    I'll let the usual tweakers help you pick out the parts, have fun!
  2. My $100 graphics card from 2009 beats the PS3/xbox360. With a $100 card today you can make a PS3 poop.

    Ill start easy, im sure other users will then upgrade these parts to more specifi ones:

    Ivy Bridge i5 quad core processor
    GTX 550ti
    240GB SSD
    Cooler Master Silent Pro PSU
    Bitfenix case
    Coolink fans
    Blu-ray drive
    external HDD for backup
  3. Have you read this - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-radeon-hd-7970-core-i5,3210.html

    all you would need to do is get more memory and perhaps a newer video card
  4. You will want z77, i5-3570k, Noctua d-14 cpu cooler, a good psu(not cooler master) like Corsair, 8G of 1600MHz RAM, and a GTX670 or HD7970. If you only want one gpu a 600W PSU will be more than enough.
    -Bruce
  5. i5 3570k $250
    Asrock z77 Extreme4 $130
    Hyper 212 Evo $20
    Decent PSU $60
    GTX 660 ti $300
    Case you like $60
    OCZ 128 GB SSD $85
    WD Caviar Black 1TB $110
    GSkill 1600-9-9-9 RAM $50

    $1065

    This should be a pretty good start for you.
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.89 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1097.33
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 11:54 EDT-0400)

    This system will happily run everything you throw at it with highest settings @ 1080p. I have almost the same same setup and can highly recommend it. The PSU leaves room for future CF if you feel you need more GPU power, and by that time a second HD 7850 should be rather cheap.

    Enjoy!
  7. Thomas_89 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.89 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1097.33
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 11:54 EDT-0400)

    This system will happily run everything you throw at it with highest settings @ 1080p. I have almost the same same setup and can highly recommend it. The PSU leaves room for future CF if you feel you need more GPU power, and by that time a second HD 7850 should be rather cheap.

    Enjoy!


    That almost sums it up. Some critical points:

    - 2TB Seagates have a high fail rate. Stick with Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB. WD has 5yr warranty compared to seagate's 1yr.
    - I would still go with the EVGA GTX 660 ti. So far this card has been a real eye opener, and it should not dissapoint. It will definately out perform the 7850, and I believe is considered on par with the 7950. All benchmarks show that these two cards trade blows from what I can tell.
    - Keep in mind that the price you list for the 3570K is if you bought it in a Microcenter. If you have to have it mailed it will cost you about $50? more.

    That should still keep you around a price range of $1200, and your computer would scream.
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