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September 21, 2012 2:24:29 AM

So I'm new relatively new to PC gaming, and I make YouTube videos. I'm looking for a build that will be good for gaming, recording, live streaming, video editing, and rendering.

I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset, and case (Corsair 650D). I also get unlimited copies of Windows 7 Pro from school, so I don't need an OS.

My goal is to be able to run MW3, Black Ops 2, and the following Call of Duty release (MW4?) at 120 FPS on max settings.

I looked up some benchmarks for MW3 and found this page, implying that there isn't much difference between a GTX 670 and a GTX 680.

I have $1700 to spend, but I'd like to keep it around $1500 including tax. I'm also in Canada, so I usually get parts from,, or

So I need:
CPU (probably i7 3770k, since I need to be able to run games while recording/streaming.)
CPU cooler (not much experience here)
SSD (120 GB, leaning towards Intel 520)
HDD (2 TB for video storage, considering WD green)
PSU (maybe powerful enough for SLI if I ever need it)
I have an Astro MixAmp, so I don't think I need a sound card.
I also have an AVerMedia capture card which I use for streaming.
Finally, I'm going for a black/blue colour scheme.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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September 21, 2012 2:41:21 AM

i7 really doesnt do much for streaming(its more for video editing and photoshop or more professional kind of work)

i will be right back with a build

also if you are planning on 120 FPS then you need to make sure your monitor is a 120Hz

and unless you plan on running 3D i also suggest trying out 7970 GHz, it is completely awesome and it's just as good as a 680 and has more room for OC
September 21, 2012 2:45:41 AM

i am also building something similiar to you and for similiar uses. youtube, streaming and gaming. hopefully i will get some answers from this thread aswell :D 
this is the build i reccomend

CPU: Intel i7 3770K
SSD: Samsung 830 128GB
GPU: MSI Power Edition GTX 670 2GB or HD 7970 (GHz edition if possible)
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair Tx-750
MEMORY: G.skill Ripjaws-X 1600Mhz (2x8GB)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
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September 21, 2012 2:45:53 AM

also how the heck does your school give you free windows 7 pro. what kind of school is this?
September 21, 2012 2:59:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.50 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($191.90 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($392.96 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1233.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-20 22:57 EDT-0400)

This build is very cost efficient and in no way going cheap on any of the parts as these are all very good quality items

i have left an extra bit of space so you can do things like add another card(yes prepared the PSU for that also) get a better cooler as the 650D is more on the hot side of the Corsair cases and leaves you a ton of room for other kinds of upgrades

NOTE: left some black and blue on it
October 29, 2012 3:55:23 PM

wow im just like nmunro and im looking for pretty much everything he was looking for and my budget is around 2,000 dollars(maybe more?) so i was wondering if i could get what you offered him but maybe a little more better newer faster parts or better processor or graphic card or something like that? and also if i wanted the best of everything thats were talking about right now? can you make a list like you did and lemme know how much would it be and how could i make or purchase a machine like that? an i live in new york city.... thanks so much