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Advice on $1,450 Gaming/Graphic design build

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November 8, 2012 9:40:53 AM

Hey guys, this is my first build and after looking around the forums a bit, I think I have a good idea of what I want, but I'm looking for improvements in any way. Please let me know if you see any within my price range.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (fps games), 3D modeling (Maya), Video/Photo editing.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mVsq
November 8, 2012 3:17:54 PM

Im in the same boat as you, gaming/3d modeling and I would go with i7 3770k. Its pretty much on par with 2600 gaming wise and its much better at 3d modeling. Other than that and possibly a power supply(i would pick ax series but thats just personal preference for fully modular) it looks good enough.
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November 8, 2012 4:18:48 PM

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($62.50 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1330.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 13:17 EST-0500)

It should come in under your budget and still allow for some extra peripherals. I believe you'll find all these parts suitable for your needs. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Hope this helps; good luck!
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November 9, 2012 12:04:47 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the replies! I think I will go with the i7-3770k, and wow DeusAres, looks like a great build. Fixed alot of the problems with mine. I think I'm sold! Thanks very much for your help guys!
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November 9, 2012 12:05:09 AM

Best answer selected by jason000.
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