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Gaming Build For $2500

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October 18, 2012 4:04:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month
Budget Range: $2500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Bench-marking,Rendering,Streaming
Parts Not Required: Sound Card, Internal Wi-Fi Card
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg,Amazon
Country:[/b USA]
Parts Preferences: Either Sandy Brdge-E or Ivy-Bridge.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Sli
Monitor Resolution: 3X 1080p
Additional Comments: No Reference cooler video cards please.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 4:43:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $2230.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

It was a bit unclear whether you needed the monitors or not.

I used 2x7970GHz instead of SLi as AMD cards work better at higher resolutions.

EDIT: Added 3770K
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 4:58:33 AM

He needs monitors in the budget too.
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October 18, 2012 5:01:02 AM

Sorry for not putting it in there but I already have the monitors
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 5:05:20 AM

Good:) 

I was starting to run out of ideas for using up money at the end. Feel free to change the case as they are mainly personal tastes.

I just realised that getting a 3770K is probably a good idea as you are doing rendering. Anything else you'd like to ask about it?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 8:18:54 AM

Windows 7 pro. Or take the upgrade offer to win 8 pro later(runs till January) . 64bit upgrades to 64 bit.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 8:26:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.00 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2260.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I don't like Win8, though the OP is free to use whatever he wants. Try it first is my advice.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 8:56:40 AM

Alternatively,isn't 3tb just abit more?
Corsair Force GS is faster.
Sapphire Vapor X Ghz Edition.
LG blu ray drive is faster.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 9:03:07 AM

You could get a 3TB HDD. Or a 4.
I don't think so - Sandforce only works well with compressible data. Could get a Vertex 4 though.
Not in stock.
Maybe.
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October 18, 2012 10:11:26 AM

I had fun doing this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.05 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S23B300B 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S23B300B 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S23B300B 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($93.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $2492.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 11:21:13 AM

^he doesn't need the monitors.
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October 18, 2012 11:34:14 AM

^Kingston RAM voids Intel CPU warranty because of high voltages. Extreme6 is not worth it over the Extreme4, you may get a bit more but overall no difference.
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October 18, 2012 2:48:37 PM

That RAM is 1.5V, specifically why I chose those sticks.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2012 7:04:57 PM

^still needs windows pro.
Also, isn't the gigabyte up5 th also kinda futureproof?
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October 18, 2012 9:30:49 PM

Kingston made RAM with 1.5v? Lol. Who knew.

Also, no. The UP5 wont be future proof because of next years release of Haswell, which will be on the 1150 socket. Its perfectly fine though if you dont want to upgrade.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2012 8:27:01 AM

Damn you Intel.They have got to stop forcing chipsets on us. If only amd was competing performance wise...how far is steamroller?
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October 19, 2012 8:39:29 AM

Not sure. Early next year, I guess. Depends on AMD. :D 
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