Gamer Seeking Opinion's on a New Build

Hello everyone,

I am an avid gamer and am looking to build a new PC and would like to get the opinion of others on the build I have decided on after doing some research. The PC will be used strictly for Gaming and basic student use. The games I play are strictly role playing games and mmo's.


Processor = Intel I5 3570k or I7 3770k (Overclocked to around 4.5)
MOBO = Asus P8z77-V Deluxe
RAM = 8GB or 16GB 1600Hz ram (I know 16 is overkill but I just have this insatiable drive to have it)
HDD 1 = 1 X 240GB SSD Corsair Newtron GTX series
HDD 2 = 1TB Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM (Black Edition) 64MB Cache
Optical Drive = Basic DVD Rom (DvD writer 24x/CD Writer 48x)
GPU = Nvidia GTX 670 2GB EVGA FTW overclocked
Cooler = Basic 240MM Radiator liquid cooling system
Power Supply = 800W Corsair GS
OS = Home premium
Monitor = 24 inch 1920x1080 resolution

I will be ordering this from a respectable company so some of my choices are limited to an extent but since I am not super computer literate I wanted to go through a company for "warranty and help incase I need it" than attempt to build all by myself. The company is good about ordering parts they may not carry so any information concerning imporvements or what not I would appreciate. I believe on the site this build came to be around 2,650.

Oh and I will probably never use more than 1 monitor also I doubt I will SLI I tend to like to just upgrade and use 1 cost effective GPU. I also rarely play games on their highest settings I am more interested in story and gameplay than anything. One last note my budget is around 3,000$
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  1. SLI will come in handy for you because your budget allows a 120Hz monitor.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($429.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.07 @ Amazon)
    Total: $2381.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 03:36 EDT-0400)
  2. That BenQ xL2420T monitor looks quite nice. I'm not interested in 3D at all but the 120 Hz monitor will be nice. Are there any other 120 Hz monitors for a decent price around 24 inch that come WITHOUT a 3D bundle since I'm not interested in that aspect.
  3. i would suggest getting this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i0vv

    larger SSD version
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i0vC

    -i recommend a pa238q given i would rather trade speed for much better image quality
    -i recommend a msi power edition 670 given it has the best cooler (beats asus by a litle bit) and has overvolting for higher overclocks. no other 670 has this feature
    -i recommend a pro board given its about as much as a ud5h but has a couple o software features that you would like
  4. Ya the P8z77 V- pro is the MOBO I actually wanted. There site only offers the deluxe but I plan on talking with them to see if they can order the Pro for my build. As for the MSI 670 I will definitly look into it. I will also look into the monitor. I really was unsure on what monitor I wanted. Whether to get a 24-27 inch and whether i wanted a 120 Ghz refresh rate or not.
  5. You could get a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H too. It's just like the V-PRO.
  6. the ud5h and the pro are the same. he ud5h having more hardware features while the asus having wifi and better software
  7. Lemanael said:
    That BenQ xL2420T monitor looks quite nice. I'm not interested in 3D at all but the 120 Hz monitor will be nice. Are there any other 120 Hz monitors for a decent price around 24 inch that come WITHOUT a 3D bundle since I'm not interested in that aspect.


    120Hz monitors support 3D... ALL of them
  8. Lemanael said:
    That BenQ xL2420T monitor looks quite nice. I'm not interested in 3D at all but the 120 Hz monitor will be nice. Are there any other 120 Hz monitors for a decent price around 24 inch that come WITHOUT a 3D bundle since I'm not interested in that aspect.


    120Hz monitors support 3D... ALL of them
  9. I decided I'm just going to stick with the I5 3570k and overclock it to around 4-4.5 Ghz. Since i'll only be doing RPG's, MMO's, and some basic Student work on it I see no reason for the 3770k from what I have read in my research. The company is able to order parts in not on their site so I will Def. go for the P8z77-v Pro over the Deluxe. Graphics I will probably just stick with the EVGA 670 ftw.
  10. Lemanael said:
    I decided I'm just going to stick with the I5 3570k and overclock it to around 4-4.5 Ghz. Since i'll only be doing RPG's, MMO's, and some basic Student work on it I see no reason for the 3770k from what I have read in my research. The company is able to order parts in not on their site so I will Def. go for the P8z77-v Pro over the Deluxe. Graphics I will probably just stick with the EVGA 670 ftw.


    no no no no... screw the GTX670ftw, it uses a GTX680 reference cooler, get a heavily modded gtx670.
  11. like the msi gtx 670 power edition. i dont see the point of sticking to evga for any card, the ftw is good for cases with poor airflow
  12. As you are an "avid gamer" I add a few pieces.
    Monitor and accessories are important.

    For MMO I like the G600 mouse. There is no going back to a normal mouse for MMO once you get used to it. Takes a bit tho.
    Razer has a similar product, but I never tried that. Might want to check which one feel better for your hand / grip.

    For games that do not require as many buttons I use a G500. Its very good too, but the clickable mouse wheel has an issue. It can be clicked right-left and down. However, for me it is pretty impossible to click down without hitting right or left. so thats a wasted button / feature.

    Screen is really important. I recently bought a Samsung S27A950 (27in, 120Hz). It has brilliant colours and colour accuracy out of the box is amazing. However, the screen is highly reflective. No problem in a dark room, but if you have windows or other light sources behind you it becomes a big issue. I am not into 3D either. I tried it, but did not spend a lot of on optimise settings etc. Some ppl love it and think its the future when done right. This screen only fully supports 3D with AMD/ ATI (not Nvidia) ... which might be a loosing proposition considering the current state of play between the red and the green team. Also the asymmetric stand is not everybodys taste.

    I like this screen, its about 10x better than what I had before.
    However, if possible I would recommend and compare in a store vs other offers from Benq, Viewsonic.

    have fun.
  13. Solar AU said:

    Screen is really important. I recently bought a Samsung S27A950 (27in, 120Hz).


    BS, mmmrorgphp games or whatever they're called can be played using a 8bit 360x240 screen, a FPS type of game (TRUE GAMES) are a LOT better on kick ass screens because that type of games are on high-speed instead of those mmmorgpr games with transsexual elfs on which all you have to do is click a few buttons and stay "AFK"
  14. LMAO! Hilarious. I just perfer games with great stories as many FPS and RPG's alone suffer from a lot. I do on a rare occasion play an FPS game if one comes out with a great story to follow but just PvP FPS gaming I am totally not into that at all. In my opinion it is just as horrible as rpg's with intense grinding.
  15. Lemanael said:
    LMAO! Hilarious. I just perfer games with great stories as many FPS and RPG's alone suffer from a lot. I do on a rare occasion play an FPS game if one comes out with a great story to follow but just PvP FPS gaming I am totally not into that at all. In my opinion it is just as horrible as rpg's with intense grinding.


    Naaah, i am the type of person who likes to put bullets on heads and scream like a 5 years old kid onto the mic :lol:
  16. I can totally picture that in my head. I have a couple friends like that. Currently playing icewind dale over again. I just love my games. I'm just not a competitive gamer as many of the people who are into games like BF3, Halo, etc.......
  17. shame halo isnt on pc like the ce days. now im kinda forced buy a xbox for that
  18. Recently got rid of my xboxes. Just weren't enough RPG's for that system and I played Final Fantasy XI for years on ps2 and xbox. Anyways gonna order my the computer on Monday and would still like others to contribute any other ideas/opinions on the build. Everyone has been great so far. Thank you.
  19. no problem.
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