New gaming rig suggestions..

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: sometime in october

Budget Range: $3000 Max but 2.5kish would be nice!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes BenQ XL2420T - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006HIKIG0/?tag=pcpapi-20

Parts to Upgrade: basically everything.. see below

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have been planning on building my first gaming computer so i've been saving up for a while now, not 100% sure but this is the rough draft of what i've got. As good as laptops are they aren't the best for gaming which is what i love to do when I have time. I'll probably be recording in-game footage and uploading it, watching movies here and there and doing school work. I'm not sure about overclocking/SLI haven't looked into it too much. As long as it runs i'll be happy.

With some help with friends this is what I came up with and i'm looking for your constructive criticism.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.58 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.03 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($170.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K60 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2313.01

Also i was looking into buying a good headset and sound card. I was looking at the Sennheiser PC 360s and Xonar Essence STX, but i'm pretty open to suggestions. thanks.
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  1. Get the MSI Power Edition 670. Much better cooling, and has over volting for OCing.
    i7 is totally not necessary for gaming. Get the 3570K and the Noctua NH-D14.

    Thats all I can recommend, as thats what Ive seen wrong. If idroid sees this thread, your in luck. :D
  2. thanks both of you for your quick responses.
    @Nw33 i went with the EVGA version because of their quality customer service. i havent heard or looked too much into MSI are they good?

    @idroid thank you as well, i didn't really think to go Radeon but i will surely look into it. That looks like a solid build! Are there any specific disadvantages/advantages of going with Radeon cards of like a 670 ect. From what I hear they have around the same performance?
  3. This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's. Windows 7 is combo'd with the motherboard. Just add a case to this build.


    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Supply/dp/B005IUVYA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347949610&sr=1-4 $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)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1032178 $279.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1053944 $290.98 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226245 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_sim_pc_3 $23.49 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=sr_1_5?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347949429&sr=1-5 $98.03 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

    http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC256B-WW/dp/B0077CR66A/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1348117460&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=samsung+256gb $192.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685 $409.99 - $400.00 after $10.00 rebate
    MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685 $409.99 - $400.00 after $10.00 rebate
    MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $1,816.92 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/ <----- review of that MSI GTX 670 w/benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187.html <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2654 <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list
  4. cr7z said:

    @idroid thank you as well, i didn't really think to go Radeon but i will surely look into it. That looks like a solid build! Are there any specific disadvantages/advantages of going with Radeon cards of like a 670 ect. From what I hear they have around the same performance?


    The 7970Ghz performs fairly faster than the GTX670 for a little tiny bit more.
  5. My recommendation for cost/performance would be the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition. It's easily the best buy out there currently for gaming at 1920x1080 resolution. If you think you might move to a higher resolution or 2-3 monitors in the next year or two get the 7970.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685 <---This is the best deal out there in my opinion.
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