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New Gaming PC 2500$ budget need advice

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November 11, 2012 9:33:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time soon, maybe a month.

Budget Range: 1000$-2500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, music

Are you buying a monitor: No, been thinking about getting a second monitor but not now.


Parts to Upgrade: Everything pretty much, gonna use my old computer as backup/testing PC

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I will buy all of my parts from swedish onlinestores (most likely komplett.se)

Location: Sweden

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU and Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a solid gaming PC that will last for a while and I am willing to for pay quality. I you think any of the parts are overpriced or not needed, feel free to I am open to suggestions. Also looking for suggestions on a MB and PSU haven't picked any of them yet

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I wanna play new games on max, and new stuff is fun.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($536.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $1578.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 18:31 EST-0500)
November 11, 2012 9:59:40 PM

There is a problem man, you can't look at prices from Newegg because Newegg does not ship to the EU. You want to make sure where you are buying from has your parts.

I wouldn't buy the 3930K, the 3770K is the best per clock.
Go with the H100i, it's the new cooler, just came out, it is replacing the old H100.
Intellipower green HDD are unbearably slow to be in your system.
The plextor m3 pro is a better SSD, but the 830 is a very good one too.
Don't buy the GTX 680 ever, huge rip-off. Buy the Radeon HD 7970 Ghz Editon, Sapphires or ASUS's.
For $130 you could get a better case, however I believe that a case is a personal preference part.
November 11, 2012 11:13:23 PM

In terms, purely, of gaming performance, going beyond i5-3570K and HD7970, gains you little, in real terms, at 1080p. You have to spend a lot extra for small performance gains.
If you use 120Hz/3D monitor, or high resolution, or 3 monitors, in eyefinity, THEN a more powerful system does have real benefits.
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November 11, 2012 11:19:55 PM

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Go with the H100i, it's the new cooler, just came out, it is replacing the old H100.


The "i" part in that H100i is only enabled if you have a corresponding PSU like the Corsair AX1200i, which allows you to control all the aspects of the device. But it's pointless to get closed liquid cooling blocks. If you're using liquid cooling - use the real thing or not at all. $2500 would allow you to get a nice custom loop.

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For $130 you could get a better case, however I believe that a case is a personal preference part.


The 600T is an excellent case choice, nothing wrong with it.

For gaming there's no point in purchasing X79 - it's nice but it's not meant for gaming. It's meant more for high end workstations and intense video and photo editing or rendering.

I'd suggest this for a gaming machine:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ 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 ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1507.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 14:58 EST-0500)
November 11, 2012 11:29:08 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The "i" part in that H100i is only enabled if you have a corresponding PSU like the Corsair AX1200i, which allows you to control all the aspects of the device. But it's pointless to get closed liquid cooling blocks. If you're using liquid cooling - use the real thing or not at all. $2500 would allow you to get a nice custom loop.


I agree a custom loops with 480mm rad would easily fit in that budget, I suggest the h100i because it has better fans and tubing. Some people don't have the confidence to construct a custom loop, I didn't my first build, or second.
November 11, 2012 11:38:10 PM

Thomas Creel said:
I agree a custom loops with 480mm rad would easily fit in that budget, I suggest the h100i because it has better fans and tubing. Some people don't have the confidence to construct a custom loop, I didn't my first build, or second.


True. If it's your first time I wouldn't suggest liquid at all. Just get a strong air fan like a D14. I'm thinking of getting an open loop like a Swiftech Edge for my system but that's a long way off.
November 12, 2012 10:02:11 AM

Okay I have read through a bunch of forum posts and suggestions and made some tweaks.
What do you think?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($175.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2175.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 07:01 EST-0500)
November 12, 2012 3:34:15 PM

Zargnar said:
Okay I have read through a bunch of forum posts and suggestions and made some tweaks.
What do you think?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($175.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2175.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 07:01 EST-0500)


That looks good but don't purchase an H100 - get a Noctua D14 or NH-U9B instead. The fans included in the D14 are horrendous quality and very noisy, and plastic water blocks are cheap toys compared to what real liquid blocks will give you. Also for gaming you won't need the 3770K, you won't use the extra theads unless you're doing hardcore multimedia applications or video editing / rendering.
November 12, 2012 3:36:25 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks good but don't purchase an H100 - get a Noctua D14 or NH-U9B instead. The fans included in the D14 are horrendous quality and very noisy, and plastic water blocks are cheap toys compared to what real liquid blocks will give you. Also for gaming you won't need the 3770K, you won't use the extra theads unless you're doing hardcore multimedia applications or video editing / rendering.

I agree with this for the most part, the h100i isn't as loud as it's predecessor and scores lower temperatures. A good air cooler will still match it though.
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