$1300 Gaming Rig Looking for Input

Between asking questions, finding a similiar build and learning more as I ask questions, Here's my build
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, dvd ripping

Are you buying a monitor: Yes and I would like your input on that as well.


Parts to Upgrade: No real upgrades, after a year or two I plan to overclock and go SLI

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: One or two vendors.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Chicago il

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes (Future)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (Future)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Looking foward to your input. Thank you.
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  1. I would get this card instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129265
    If you look at benchmarks comparing the 7970 vs the 680. The 7970 often times beats the 680 and is $70 cheaper. Awesome build though. I live a few hours south of you too. :)
  2. Here is what I would get for $1300:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($55.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($357.91 @ CompUSA)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.46 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1315.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. I'm sticking with the Gtx 680. I've read the benchmarks and the games I plan on playing are the ones that the 680 did better in. Also my past experience with ATI hasnt been a pleasant one. I appreciate the suggestion on that part of the build but I would like to stick with Nvidia. Or better yet if the motherboard will support SLI and Crossfire then If I decided to switch later on I could. Thank you all again for your recommendations on that part of the build.


    Also wondering why the powersupply was changed.

    Is the monitor Good for gaming?
  4. Alright Thanks so far. Going to pick up the processor from microcenter right now. Heard theyre having a deal. 189.99 for the cpu.
  5. Also those benchmarks might not have been the ghz edition. THe ghz edition is basically a 680 $70 less.
  6. lt_dan_zsu said:
    I would get this card instead
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129265
    If you look at benchmarks comparing the 7970 vs the 680. The 7970 often times beats the 680 and is $70 cheaper. Awesome build though. I live a few hours south of you too. :)


    I second this! $400 for the strongest card out? YES PLEASE!
  7. @ exc: the 648W the HIVE provides is still enough for a 7970 in CF with room to spare.
  8. I'd wait for the FX - 8350 It'll cost about the same as an i5 and offer i7 performance, and you'll be able to run SLI.
  9. griptwister said:
    I'd wait for the FX - 8350 It'll cost about the same as an i5 and offer i7 performance, and you'll be able to run SLI.


    well you would already be able to run SLI with an i5 so it wouldnt really matter....

    would do this build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($376.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1166.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    you can upgrade 670 into a 7970 GHz but that also means you need to upgrade PSU into a 850W for SLI

    a 670 only needs about 550W for SLI so i put inside a 620W for overclocking needs
  10. You could get by with a 620w psu. But I would recommend something more like a 750w.
  11. boulbox said:
    well you would already be able to run SLI with an i5 so it wouldnt really matter....

    would do this build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($376.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1166.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    you can upgrade 670 into a 7970 GHz but that also means you need to upgrade PSU into a 850W for SLI

    a 670 only needs about 550W for SLI so i put inside a 620W for overclocking needs


    LOL a 7970 CAN run crossfire on a 620w just like a 670 can! I have 2 x 6950 OC editions running on a 600w and I have no problems. Oh and 850w is only needed for GTX 480 SLI...
  12. icked up the CPU for $179.99 and the mobo for $84.99. The ssd for 99.99-20 mail in rebate. Also picked up the Cooler for 29.99. Picked up the storage drive for 99.99, I ended up going for a 2tb seagate, It was only a $20 difference so I decided might as well, one less thing to ship.
  13. Quote:
    ^ that would be a little close for my taste, the 670 is a lot more power efficient than the 7970 which loves da juice


    A 7970GHz uses ~250w. 250 + 250 = 500w. What else is using the remaining 250w? LOL NO! At most you would use 150w more leaving 100w for safety. 7970 CF is fine on a 750w!
  14. A 620w would work fine, you would have to be careful overvolting, but it would work fine.
  15. In case you want a review of the 7970 vs Nvidia after the new drivers it's here.. So i'm kinda sold on the 7970 and I guess I'll give ATI another shot.

    Now I just need to know what brand, My old 8800gts was an xfx and It's been good for me. I checked out tigerdirect and found one thats pretty cheap and comes with games but i'm not sure if it supports crossfire-x or not. . And then theres this one. The only difference I see is one supports crossfire and comes with games. The other supports crossfireX but doesnt come with games. But is there a way to double check incase tigerdirect made and oopsie?
  16. on xfx's website it just says crossfire. Who could I trust....
  17. Thanks. Next question is Do all 7970 cards support crossfireX?
  18. nevermind, I understand that crossfire is 2 cards and crossfire x is more then 2 cards.
  19. azeem40 said:
    @ exc: the 648W the HIVE provides is still enough for a 7970 in CF with room to spare.

    It does. I didn't deny that.
    All I said was I wouldn't suggest it since it cheaps out amps and you're paying 750w price for what actually is a 650w.
    If he was to attempt to do something that would go over 648w thinking he had enough for 750, it could/would cause complications.
  20. purgeofdarkness said:
    Between asking questions, finding a similiar build and learning more as I ask questions, Here's my build
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

    Budget Range: $1300

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, dvd ripping

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes and I would like your input on that as well.


    Parts to Upgrade: No real upgrades, after a year or two I plan to overclock and go SLI

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: One or two vendors.

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - Chicago il

    Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

    Overclocking: Yes (Future)

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes (Future)

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

    Looking foward to your input. Thank you.

    Seeing how you live in Chi Town then stick to Microcenter and Amazon.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Black-Computer-CC-9011011-WW/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350202440&sr=1-5 $87.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011011-WW)

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/361181/High_Current_Gamer_750W_Gamer_Power_Supply_HCG-750 $89.99
    Antec High Current Gamer 750W Gamer Power Supply HCG-750

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387554/Z77_Extreme4_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard $134.99 ($84.99 when bundled with 3570K cpu)
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor $179.99
    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO_Universal_CPU_Cooler $29.99
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules) $39.99
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit Two 4GB Memory Modules)

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/392825/24x_DVD%C2%B1RW_Burner_-_OEM $15.99
    LG 24x DVDRW Burner - OEM

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/391067/SDSSDP-128G-G25_128GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD) $79.99
    SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_14?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350201970&sr=1-14 $83.57 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Graphics-GV-N670WF2-2GD/dp/B008LZKLF0/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1350202092&sr=1-2&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+670 $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD

    Total: $1,092.48 *not including rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1350202540&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+21.5+led+monitor $138.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
  21. All 7970's support xfire, also I think you should consider that visiontek 7970ghz ed. on newegg. It is only $20 more than the one on tiger and will give 680 level performance.
  22. from what i've read the ghz edition is just a factory overclock. So for less than $20 i'm getting a few games and the same card with a slower speed. I could always just overclock it myself, or buy another 7970 card. So 2 years from now gotta buy 2 more monitors and another 7970 card. I forgot how much fun technology is. This is almost as fun as working on cars.
  23. don't forget to save some money for games and such or else you will be building $1200+ computer that will be running the same stuff a $900 computer can do at the same performance
  24. Quote:
    of course it can run on 750 ez, you mentioned 620 which it still could probably do it would just be cutting very close; which is what i said ;(


    Ok my bad. But still, a 650w-700w would also do just fine and they can be found for as low as $55w while still being 80+. I guess I just think this shouldn't be an issue since I would get a stonger, cheaper PSU than what is currently planned.
  25. CaptainTom said:
    Ok my bad. But still, a 650w-700w would also do just fine and they can be found for as low as $55w while still being 80+. I guess I just think this shouldn't be an issue since I would get a stonger, cheaper PSU than what is currently planned.

    If you plan on running dual 7950's then you don't want anything less than a 750w psu. You can run it on a 650w psu but it would be pushing it and the more you push your psu the shorter it's life span. When it comes to psu's you get what you pay for hence the reason Iv'e never purchased a Rosewill psu.
  26. Why_Me said:
    If you plan on running dual 7950's then you don't want anything less than a 750w psu. You can run it on a 650w psu but it would be pushing it and the more you push your psu the shorter it's life span. When it comes to psu's you get what you pay for hence the reason Iv'e never purchased a Rosewill psu.


    My cousin has an 80+ rosewill and it is great. Also I never mentioned rosewill lol
  27. CaptainTom said:
    My cousin has an 80+ rosewill and it is great. Also I never mentioned rosewill lol


    hes putting it as a reference
  28. I believe Rosewill had some crap PSUs back in 2009ish, but it has long changed and redeemed itself since then.

    You won't see much complaints about recent Rosewill PSUs these days, mostly just DOA units, but that happens to everyone.

    Their units are also manufactured by ATNG, which in my book, is a respectable company for PSU.
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