New 1300-1500 Gaming PC

Hi, I am planing on putting together a build and would love some input. I have been doing research for a few months now and would like some feedback :)


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I am planing on buying the parts on black friday/cyber monday (does anyone know which I would get better deals on the internet from?) to ship to florida to be picked up, and assembled in december (by me).

Budget Range: $1300 - $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, showing off to my friends, general use

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: Everything, I need a full build including peripherals, except an SSD, I have one already

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but I am planing to upgrade an old os to Win 8 for the $40

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere that is reliable, and takes a credit card, also good black friday deals

Location: I am in Canada, but I am shipping to Florida, so I won't be able to pick anything up unless I really need to.

Parts Preferences: I'm looking at Intel CPU, AMD video card, and ASUS mobo, but a deal is a deal, and I will take good parts at a good price over preference

Overclocking: Yes, I want to water cool, if not this year, than maybe next, but overclocking is definitely on my list

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe; if its a good deal, that sure

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 +

Additional Comments: I am want a nice looking build, preferably a color scheme, but it is not mandatory. Also I know that the i7 is overkill for gaming, but I want it anyway, same as the mobo, though I am also looking at the ASUS Sabertooth

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently only have an A6 laptop, so this will be a real upgrade, I also just want to have a computer to work on from time to time.

Here is the build:

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula

CPU: i7 3770k

Memory: at least 16GB

Storage: I have, a Vertex 3 120GB SSD boot drive
Storage: I need, at least 500GB HDD for everything else

Video card: a reference 7970 or 7950, with upgrades for discounts (any Ideas?)

Sound Card: N/A

Case: CM Storm Trooper (preferably with window)

PSU: Whatever I need, I'm think somewhere in the 700w range if I were to go CrossFire/SLI in the future

Optical Drive: Cheapest

Monitor: 20-25", 1080p and up, preferably good response time for gaming, and nice picture, maybe two?

Keyboard, either cheapest, or nice backlit, Mechanical, if its within the budget.

Mouse: I was thinking the Naga, but I can stick with the one I have (my brothers SteelSeries XAI)

Headphones: after reading Eight 5.1- And 7.1-Channel Gaming Headsets, Reviewedthis I decided on the Corsair Vengeance or the Logitech G35

I know the list is a little long, but I'm hoping to get some good deals this holiday season! :)

Thanks in advance!
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    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l78A
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l78A/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l78A/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1547.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    3 120hz 23.6in 1080 monitors powered by an absolute beast of a machine


    Thanks man, but thats not really what I'm looking for, 3 monitors is great, but I just don't need it. Also I really do want that mobo, the i7, and the case.
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    You said you were interested in 2, and 3 monitors is MUCH MUCH better than 2 for alot of reasons.



    I understand that, but I don't want to sacrifice my mobo, i7, and case for them, I personally, would rather have one monitor than not have them. Extra moniters are more of an afterthought if I can get some good deals elsewhere.

    Do you think its a better idea the run those three of the card then to get a second 7950?
  3. Quote:
    read the op more thoroughly. Check this out, might suit your style better, although i stand by that 3 monitor beast.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ku
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ku/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ku/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.07 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1511.97


    Thats more what I am looking for. I forgot to mention that I am looking at putting together a custom cooling loop in the future (maybe after haswell some time), so I don't think I need the H100 now, because I won't be doing any aggressive OCing till then.

    I could probably get the money for the mobo and case I want from the black friday discounts

    Other than that, thank you!
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