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1500$ for gaming build. What do you think guys??

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September 26, 2012 10:55:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: 1500 after rebates and shipping (If it makes the computer substantially better and its worth it I have up to 1600$)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing Web, School

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX but any reliable site will do

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia Graphics Card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: If possible to future proof it so i can add another card later, but its not a necessity

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 LED 24" preffered

Additional Info: I have 1500$ so I might as well make the best computer I can, that won't need upgrades for as long as possible. I wasn't able to fit in a water cooling system so if that's possible without taking away from the performance that might be tempting. I do need a monitor and keyboard.

Something I put together relatively quickly:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/itpW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/itpW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/itpW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($324.74 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.89 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1505.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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September 26, 2012 11:02:44 PM

why don't you get a cheaper mobo and save money and a ssd or maybe a corsair psu to have a better quality one
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September 26, 2012 11:03:24 PM

Since your first priority is gaming, ditch the i7-2700k and get the newer i5-3570k.

Buy a Z77 platform (upgraded Lucid Virtu if you care about it), not a Z68 and you probably don't need to spend 325$ on it, around 250$ is probably more than enough.

With the money you save get yourself a 120gb ssd or a better gpu. The Gigabyte gtx 670 windforce is very quiet and around 400$.

Good luck!
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September 27, 2012 12:39:59 AM

After taking some of the stuff you guys said into consideration I changed the CPU and the motherboard and decided to run sli 660ti's which from reviews seem to run close to the 690. However I can't decide if this is overkill, maybe I should go up to a 670 or even stay with a 660ti and invest into a different case, water cooling, and/or an SSD?


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.89 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1515.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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