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$2500 - $3000 Gaming/Game Dev computer build help

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August 20, 2012 11:18:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Soon, (maybe a couple weeks.)

Budget Range: $2500-$3000 After everything.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Game Development (Unitiy3D, other programs like that), Android App Development, Surfing the net, watching movies, other things.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Pccasegear

Location: QLD Australia, 2hrs from Brisbane.

Parts Preferences: Doesn't bother me - would prefer a GeForce GTX graphics card tho - as it will make Borderlands 2 when it is out look so much better.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Getting a new monitor,

Additional Comments:
- Would love it to be nice to look at - look pretty you know?, nice colours etc. (would love to avoid red, I do love green. but red is fine if its easier. lol)
- Would like to make it as quiet as possible as I will be using it a lot but noise isnt really that much of a hassle.
- Will be using large cpu and ram stressing programs - all the adobe products - flash, photoshop etc. Some open up all at once, other programs like Unity3D and SourceSDK and some other things for Android app development.
- Would love to be able to play any of the current games out on max settings + be future proof for a good while.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using a shitty HP Compaq Presario CQ42. Nuff said.


----Current Config-----
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K - $339.00
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW - $479.00
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P - $149.00
RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 - $205.00
HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 - $230.00 (for 2 - 115 for one)
SDD: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB - $199.00
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $155.00
CASE: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window USB3.0 - $119.00

Peripherals;
Monitor: LG E2351VR 23in LED Widescreen Monitor - $150.00
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Left Hand Edition - $65.00
Keyboard: CoolerMaster QuickFire Pro Cherry Blue Mechanical Keyboard - $105.00
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM - $139.00
Headset: Creative HS-420 Chat Max Headset - $29.00
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mousepad - $19.00
WIFI: TP-Link TL-WN881ND Wireless N PCI Express Adapter - $22.00

Services;
PCCG System Assembly Service - $99.00
PCCG PCI Card Installation - $10.00

Total: $2,513.00

August 20, 2012 11:43:16 PM

The mouse pad isn't needed - you're wasting money there. I personally wouldn't spend $200+ on peripherals - to me a $105 keyboard is kind of a waste of money.

For that budget I'd get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($595.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($86.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Scorptec)
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($147.30 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($479.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Grey ATX Mid Tower Case ($138.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($207.90 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $2180.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 09:42 EST+1000)

The extra cores and more RAM give your development system more room to work with, and then even with the expensive peripherals and monitors you still come in at about the same budget.
August 20, 2012 11:51:10 PM

DarkMiner2011 said:
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Soon, (maybe a couple weeks.)

Budget Range: $2500-$3000 After everything.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Game Development (Unitiy3D, other programs like that), Android App Development, Surfing the net, watching movies, other things.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Pccasegear

Location: QLD Australia, 2hrs from Brisbane.

Parts Preferences: Doesn't bother me - would prefer a GeForce GTX graphics card tho - as it will make Borderlands 2 when it is out look so much better.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Getting a new monitor,

Additional Comments:
- Would love it to be nice to look at - look pretty you know?, nice colours etc. (would love to avoid red, I do love green. but red is fine if its easier. lol)
- Would like to make it as quiet as possible as I will be using it a lot but noise isnt really that much of a hassle.
- Will be using large cpu and ram stressing programs - all the adobe products - flash, photoshop etc. Some open up all at once, other programs like Unity3D and SourceSDK and some other things for Android app development.
- Would love to be able to play any of the current games out on max settings + be future proof for a good while.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using a shitty HP Compaq Presario CQ42. Nuff said.


----Current Config-----
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K - $339.00
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW - $479.00
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P - $149.00
RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 - $205.00
HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 - $230.00 (for 2 - 115 for one)
SDD: SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 240GB - $199.00
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard - $155.00
CASE: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window USB3.0 - $119.00

Peripherals;
Monitor: LG E2351VR 23in LED Widescreen Monitor - $150.00
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Left Hand Edition - $65.00
Keyboard: CoolerMaster QuickFire Pro Cherry Blue Mechanical Keyboard - $105.00
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM - $139.00
Headset: Creative HS-420 Chat Max Headset - $29.00
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mousepad - $19.00
WIFI: TP-Link TL-WN881ND Wireless N PCI Express Adapter - $22.00

Services;
PCCG System Assembly Service - $99.00
PCCG PCI Card Installation - $10.00

Total: $2,513.00

If you don't plan on going with a second graphics card later on then look at changing your psu and possible the board.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $115.00
Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular HCG-620M

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $145.00
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Motherboard


After market cpu h/s

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $36.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

If you have the money I would give dual band wireless a good look. It makes a world of difference in your speed and connection. It's not cheap (Asus dual band routers), but it's like going from night to day (2.4Ghz to 5.0Ghz).
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