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Multi-purpose gaming rig for $1500-$2000

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August 23, 2012 6:30:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 7 days
Budget Range: $1500 - $2000 Before Shipping, After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop CS6 Extended (Primarily non-3d work), High end gaming (Crysis 3 in my sights), Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Case (More function/cooling than fashion... clean designs are nice. Currently use an antec 900) , CPU, Mobo, RAM, GFX, Sound (unless onboard audio is awesome, I use a Sennheiser PC360 with an Astro Mixamp), Power Supply, HDDs, Optical (burning and playing blu-ray is not something I'm interested in).

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 7 Home Premium

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference so long as they have a decent return policy and competitive shipping

Location: Winter Garden, FL, USA

Parts Preferences: Everything I'm reading says go Intel CPU which is fine by me. I'm not positive on NVIDIA vs. ATI chipsets since Adobe now supports CUDA and OpenCL.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: SLI/Crossfire (Maybe)

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080 if possible)

Additional Comments: I prefer my PCs to be quiet which I why I usually augment default HSF's with big silent case fans :) 

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old PC is over 5 years old and my graphics design work is picking up significantly. I'd also like the option of playing top of the line games on the PC again. Additionally, I'm doing quite a bit of editing in Adobe Premiere Pro for a YouTube channel. I'm looking to future proof this build as much as possible.

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August 23, 2012 6:36:23 AM

Here is what I'd recommend:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1366.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-23 02:34 EDT-0400)

If that Adobe work isn't working with huge files, I'd opt for the i5-3570k. It will game at 1080p with everything turned up at close to 60fps.
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August 23, 2012 6:52:12 AM

First, thanks for the prompt reply! I know I didn't specify, but I am somewhat interested in the Z77 chipset... primarily in offerings for Thunderbolt, etc. Would that be a wise decision or would I be hurting performance?
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August 23, 2012 6:54:30 AM

Thunderbolt has currently no device that makes full use of it, so I wouldn't bother.
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August 23, 2012 6:56:06 AM

azeem40 said:
Thunderbolt has currently no device that makes full use of it, so I wouldn't bother.


Fair enough, and I'm guessing Z77 chipset doesn't have any other features over H77 that would future-proof it a bit?
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August 23, 2012 6:56:47 AM

Other than OCing, no.
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August 23, 2012 8:01:25 AM

Ok, last question... maybe :p  If I wanted to look into SLI (as the gaming requirement is only *slightly* behind photoshop):

Is the gtx670 SLI the way to go or is there enough performance difference to justify doing gtx680 SLI?

I'm fairly certain that regardless of which card I go to SLI with, I'd need to upgrade the PSU. What PSU would you recommend at that point?

Would I need a different motherboard, or would it be recommended, if I wanted to go SLI?

Lastly, I think I'm teetering on my decision about Overclocking... upon further review it looks like overclocking today is much simpler than it ever was on LGA775. What changes would need to be made in leiu of overclocking?

I apologize for all the add-on questions but I really didn't think the above build would come in at 1350... now I'm looking at my finances and easily justifying extra expenditures if it is worth the performance jump in gaming.
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August 23, 2012 6:06:11 PM

Any other build suggestions out there?
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August 23, 2012 6:13:20 PM

Are you going to go for CF/SLI or is it a maybe? I don't see a need for it unless you run a high res monitor. CF/SLI will not fulfill your quiet requirement btw.

For OCing, just change the 3770 to a 3770k and the motherboard to a Z77 chipset like the Gigabyte Z77X UD3H.
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August 23, 2012 6:37:52 PM

SLI isn't a requirement, I just wanted the ability to expand out in the future. Ok, then would the 680 be a big enough of a performance boost to shoot for or is the 690 really the next big thing and I should not worry about the incremental upgrade.
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August 23, 2012 6:49:06 PM

I'd not worry about less power in the future. It is better to replace your GPU with a better one in the future than buy another GPU and CF/SLI it.
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August 23, 2012 7:39:29 PM

That case down below comes with a built in multi channel fan controller that allows you to control the fan speed along with a large 200mm side fan and an LED on/off switch. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver) (SeaSonic OEM)

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Mo... $149.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processo... $339.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $33.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit - CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/... $21.95 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $169.82 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GV-N670OC-2GD-GeForce-Wi... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 Windforce OC 2048MB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Graphics Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1,636.84 *not including mail in rebates


This EVGA backplate down below fits right onto the back of that Gigabyte GTX 670 I posted up above. Make sure to use the screws that come with the Gigabyte card and not with the backplate.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GTX-680-Backplate-M021-00-00... $23.81
EVGA GTX 680 Backplate (M021-00-000008)

or get it here...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Backplate Model M021-00-000008

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $429.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-Motherboard-P8Z77-V-PL... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS DDR3 2400 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V LE PLUS

http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-VX2453MH-LED-24-Inch-Ul... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor - Black


http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4... <----- another look at that Gigabyte board along with a link to the latest bios

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... <----- another look at that Asus board along with a link to the latest bios

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that case

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <----- review w/benchmarks of that gigabyte gtx 670

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <----- review w/benchmarks of that msi gtx 670

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... <----- review of that XFX (SeaSonic OEM) 750w psu

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/933 <----- review of that XFX (SeaSonic OEM) 750w psu
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