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Gaming rig (1200$) for a serious gamer.

Hey there,

I tried to put a nice gaming build together and I'd like you to take a look.

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of november or today!

Budget Range: Less than 1200$ with shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Programming!

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Overclocking: Not necessary

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future... but I don't think so

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Games: Guild Wars 2 (Mainly), Battlefield 3, Assassin's creed 3 -> (High demanding games)

Here's nice rebates I was looking at when choosing some parts; http://promotions.newegg.ca/NEemail/promotion/oct-0-2012/halloween31/index-landing.html?nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL103112CA&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL103112CA-_-EMC-103112-Index-_-E0-_-All#Per

If there's good deals at other places than newegg, I'll considerate this.

Public wish list from Newegg: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21408166
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  1. You plan on upgrading your monitor anytime soon? You wont need $1200 to max out games on that res
  2. Two things wrong with that build: You can't run a 3570 on P67 without a BIOS update, and it's pointless to get that CPU unless you're getting the K model. Also the RAM you chose is laptop specific. If you're spending that kind of cash on a serious gaming rig you'd better be prepared to overclock. Also don't purchase a Cooler Master PSU.

    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ 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 ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1223.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you want to stay under $1200 you can drop the SSD, but otherwise that's how you spend it on a rig.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m4Bk
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m4Bk/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m4Bk/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $1073.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Another Option, Kept the case you picked but would recommend buying a cheaper case and spending the money on better graphics card like g unit did.
  4. Pgooch said:

    Another Option, Kept the case you picked but would recommend buying a cheaper case and spending the money on better graphics card like g unit did.


    Gaming rigs are *ALL* about the GPU - and on a $1200 build I'd personally put the money in getting the 7970, that's where it matters the most. CPU is definitely important, but not as much as the GPU.
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Gaming rigs are *ALL* about the GPU - and on a $1200 build I'd personally put the money in getting the 7970, that's where it matters the most. CPU is definitely important, but not as much as the GPU.


    I agree, I just gave him another option. A cheaper option, He doesn't need a 7970 to max out games on 1680x1050 resolution. I'd personally downgrade the whole system a touch and get a 1080p monitor in there.
  6. Ok. Thanks for your feedbacks.

    Here's my new public wish list:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18385451

    I am just not sure about the motherboard I've chosen.

    g unit's rig is too expensive for canadian prices and I have dropped the SSD.
    I still use some of products in sale for halloween.

    I think that GTX 670 is right since I only want to max out games on 1680x1050 as pgooch said.

    And thanks for the CPU Fan. I know how important it is.
  7. Best answer
    Emerald55 said:
    Ok. Thanks for your feedbacks.

    Here's my new public wish list:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18385451

    I am just not sure about the motherboard I've chosen.

    g unit's rig is too expensive for canadian prices and I have dropped the SSD.
    I still use some of products in sale for halloween.

    I think that GTX 670 is right since I only want to max out games on 1680x1050 as pgooch said.

    And thanks for the CPU Fan. I know how important it is.


    That looks a lot better but you still can't pair a P67 motherboard with a 3570K because you need a BIOS update before it will recognize the CPU. Try something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  8. what are you programming? if it's going to be serious stuff, you may want to increase your ram and maybe start with 2x8=16gb. Ram is cheap, and this is a drop in the bucket compared to the other parts, so it's really a small tweak.

    Otherwise the other builds are good.
  9. Im studying at university atm. Java/.NET/SQL/JSP .. etc. but not heavy duty programs. But I will definitly look for increasing RAM.
  10. I have finally decided to choose this one for my motherboard : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837.

    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77
    100% compatible with 3570K
  11. Best answer selected by Emerald55.
  12. Emerald55 said:
    Ok. Thanks for your feedbacks.

    Here's my new public wish list:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18385451

    I am just not sure about the motherboard I've chosen.

    g unit's rig is too expensive for canadian prices and I have dropped the SSD.
    I still use some of products in sale for halloween.

    I think that GTX 670 is right since I only want to max out games on 1680x1050 as pgooch said.

    And thanks for the CPU Fan. I know how important it is.


    A 7950 is $70 less than a 670 and overclocks higher, and a 7970 GHz is $30 more and is 2 tiers higher. Sorry a 670 is not the best bang for your buck...
  13. I have bought my GTX 670 FTW for 340$ (halloween rebate) and it normaly costs over 400$. 7970 is 100$ more and I don't need that beast for 1680x1050, it's like wasting money. The stock 670 outperforms the stock 7950 and it is very noticeable when playing GPU based games according to benchmarks and I am a big FPS gamer. To get the best performance out of the 7950 you have to O/C and it is going to consume way, way more power than the gtx 670. The FTW version of GTX 670 is a better card based from the 680 pcb. So after all those considerations, I think I made the right choice.
  14. Emerald55 said:
    I have bought my GTX 670 FTW for 340$ (halloween rebate) and it normaly costs over 400$. 7970 is 100$ more and I don't need that beast for 1680x1050, it's like wasting money. The stock 670 outperforms the stock 7950 and it is very noticeable when playing GPU based games according to benchmarks and I am a big FPS gamer. To get the best performance out of the 7950 you have to O/C and it is going to consume way, way more power than the gtx 670. The FTW version of GTX 670 is a better card based from the 680 pcb. So after all those considerations, I think I made the right choice.



    A few things:

    1) I don't bother with rebates
    2) That is a good deal if that is what you got it for
    3) A 670 is easily overkill for 1680x1050 too lol
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