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Is this the fastest, most powerful Gaming PC I can get for $3000?

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November 10, 2012 4:32:15 AM

This is what I'm looking at for upgrading my computer. I've got $3000 to spend on a new Gaming PC. Here are the parts I currently have in mind and I'd like to know if these would make up the fastest, most powerful computer in terms of components for the money I am able to spend. It currently adds up to $2792 so I have some wiggle room.

Cooler Master HAF X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0
LG BH14NS40 14X Blu Ray Rewriter Bdrw SATA Black 3D Playback M-DISC Support
Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core 12MB 3.2GHZ Hyperthreading Unlocked LGA2011 Processor No HSF
Enermax UCTB12 T B Silence Case Fan 120MM
Thermaltake Frio Ock CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA2011 FM1 AM3/AM2+ 2X130MM Blue LED Fan
NZXT Aperture M 5.25IN PC Expansion 2x USB3.0 Flash Media Hub Reader
Western Digital Velociraptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB SATA3 10000RPM 64MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Corsair CMZ32GX3M4A2133C10 Vengeance 32GB 4X8GB DDR3-2133 CL10 Quad Channel Memory Kit
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe ATX LGA2011 X79 DDR3 4PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Audio Motherboard
Netgear GA311NA 10/100/1000 Gigabit PCI Network Card RoHS
Corsair AX1200I 1200W Digital ATX 12V 80 Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply 140mm Fan
ASUS Xonar Essence ST 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT Headphone AMP 124DB SNR
MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning 1176MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5in SATA3 Indilinx 560MB/S Read 430MB/S Write Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
November 10, 2012 4:35:22 AM

No it is not the fastest for gaming. You would be better off with something like a 3570K and then get multiple video cards instead of just 1 video card and a 6 core processor. You know, because it is your video cards driving the graphics/gaming experience moreso than the processor.

instead of spending 850 on the cpu/mobo, spend 350 on the cpu/mobo and do a GTX 690 or 2x GTX 680.

Stick with 8gb of ram, or just 2 sticks 2x8gb for 16gb total so that your overclock is more stable.
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November 10, 2012 4:43:14 AM

What's the difference between the 3930 and the 3570? Seems like an enormous leap backwards... You're talking about the I5 and the I7...
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November 10, 2012 4:46:49 AM

A few ways to save money and still not suffer performance loss:

1) The i5-3570K is just as fast as the i7-3930K for gaming. Where the 3930K shines is CAD, heavy video rendering, or running a lot VM's.
2) 8GB is enough for a gaming system. 16GB max since it's at most $100 for a good set of 2X8GB of RAM.
3) No need for a separate LAN card these days unless the one in the motherboard is dead.
4) 1200W is overkill for one GPU. A good 750W is more than enough


At most, $1500 will get you a nice gaming system these days. The problem with going higher is in one year, your $3K system will be outperformed by a $1K system. If you're going to spend $3K on a system, get a really nice monitor at least, and save the rest for upgrades.
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November 10, 2012 5:24:01 AM

Yep the 3570k is the sweetspot for gaming right now. i7 usually won't give any more frames.

Get CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO as the heatsink. Get 8gb ram. Do not get more than 2 sticks of ram or the CPU overclock won't be as stable because the memory controller will need more vcore.

Spend the money you saved from the CPU/mobo on video cards. The GTX 690 or SLI 680. That's where your gaming will really shine.

Get a 30" monitor at 2560x1600 resolution. Or 3x 1080p monitors. Then you'll have something nice to game with!
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November 10, 2012 5:28:12 AM

By the way here are some benchmarks for you to look at.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2012/05/01/intel-...

You'll notice that Shogun 2: Total War is very CPU limited (means frames increase with speed of processor) You can see that the 3570k stock is faster than the 3930k stock. At the same speeds they would likely perform identically. 3570k is enough.
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November 10, 2012 6:34:17 AM

for $3000 you really want to either go with 3D or triple display. also an ssd instead of a 10k drive.
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November 10, 2012 7:20:36 AM

personally for 3k i'd got 3570k, 670 sli (or maybe a 680), 16GB (its not expensive) for about 1500, and then buy a 780/880 when they come out and spend the 3k over a 2-3 year period. then at the end of the 3 years you'll have something that would last for another 2 years as very high end. Your current rig in 5 years will be mediocre.

PC's are money pits, lots of small upgrades will get you a better deal often.
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November 10, 2012 7:31:46 AM

Are you building it?
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November 10, 2012 7:45:58 AM

I go for something like this and keep the rest of the money no need to spend that much this right here would be a kick ass high end gaming rig

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($374.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2426.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 04:42 EST-0500) ____________________________________________________________
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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($509.47 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2410 24.0" Monitor ($520.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($87.86 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-4000-KLLN1-GP Wired Laser Mouse ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $2214.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 05:14 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 8:11:30 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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