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$4500 Budget. Hardcore Gaming PC.

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November 12, 2012 4:16:22 PM

I'm building entirely from scratch except for a mouse and headset. So I need a monitor, OS, case, etc.

I want to get the most fps in games as possible, so try to focus on that. I'd prefer over 2GB of VRAM.
I can always make upgrades to RAM and storage later as long as I get the most fps asap.

What I know I want:
BenQ XL2420T Monitor. Only one monitor please since I want the most fps possible. I'll add more monitors later.
Blackhawk-Ultra Full Tower Case. (or something similar. I want lots of room and lots of airflow.)

Thanks for the suggestions!
November 12, 2012 5:40:29 PM

Thanks for coming on to the forum. To be honest, if you start spending that much, you are wasting money. In the build I will include, it will have 4 GPU's, but to be honest, you don't gain much of anything with the 3rd and 4th. However, if you want to blow your money, more power to you. I also recommend a custom water-cooling solution for the GPU's. Unfortunately, that is not my specialty and I'm not quite comfortable recommending people in that area yet.
Anyway, here is the build. BTW, the i7 is overkill, and you won't really notice a difference between it and the i5, but its in there because its always nicer to make a build cheaper.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($260.01 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)

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)

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: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($304.22 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.73 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Amazon)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $3769.57

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 14:37 EST-0500)
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November 12, 2012 5:54:38 PM

For Ivy Bridge, you should get a cooler with Direct Touch Heatpipes such as the Tuniq Tower Extreme. Ivy responds better to it even if the heat sink is technically an inferior heatsink for most other CPUs because Ivy doesn't generate a lot of heat, it simply has trouble getting what little heat that it does generate out and although the NH-D14 is great at cooling high loads, it is not as great at cooling lower loads with higher thermal resistance. The Tuniq Tower would probably be better for such a load as an overclocked Ivy Bridge i5 or i7 because of that except maybe unless you mod the CPU by removing the crap paste between the CPU die and the IHS with some top-quality paste.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/tuniq-cpu-cooler-crt120exb...
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November 12, 2012 6:04:40 PM

shouldnt you consider vapor - x???
November 12, 2012 6:04:44 PM

I agree with zared619. The monitor you are getting is 1080p, so getting 4 GPUs and an i7 will be a waste.
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November 12, 2012 6:12:55 PM

I partially agree. It may be 1080p, but it's also a 120Hz model, so having two 7970 GHz Editions isn't a bad idea if you throw in some very heavy MSAA/AF and such in games such as BF3, Metro 2033, Sleeping Dogs, etc.

Still, four is overkill. Three can be understandable because although it does usually not scale as well as the second card does, it does often improve any stuttering and FPS consistency issues, but four would have little to no benefit most of the time AFAIK. Four would mostly be spending more money up front and over time in power consumption with little to no benefit to the gaming experience.
November 12, 2012 8:37:23 PM

andreas_vak said:
shouldnt you consider vapor - x???

Those are Vapor x :lol: 
I think it would be a good idea to start with two GPU's. Then maybe sometime down the line maybe add a third, but you aren't gaining much.
November 12, 2012 9:54:06 PM

Why do people always recommend the 7970 GHz but it's always rated less than 5 eggs on Newegg?
November 12, 2012 10:44:26 PM

This piece of advice should help you in life in general. Don't put too much weight to user reviews. The people that review on NewEgg are often in-experienced and don't know what they are talking about. This is most certainly not true for all the reviews, but the idiotic ones bring down the average.
Like I said, put little weight to reviews. In general, if it has 3 or more, it should be okay.
November 12, 2012 11:13:14 PM

zared619 said:
This piece of advice should help you in life in general. Don't put too much weight to user reviews. The people that review on NewEgg are often in-experienced and don't know what they are talking about. This is most certainly not true for all the reviews, but the idiotic ones bring down the average.
Like I said, put little weight to reviews. In general, if it has 3 or more, it should be okay.


I really want to get the 3770k instead of the 3930k but some people have told me that if I'm doing Quadfire or Quad SLI, I should go with the 3930k. Will the 3770k hurt my performance at all?
November 12, 2012 11:28:52 PM

Remur said:
I really want to get the 3770k instead of the 3930k but some people have told me that if I'm doing Quadfire or Quad SLI, I should go with the 3930k. Will the 3770k hurt my performance at all?

The 3770k is more than enough. Do you really want to go Quadfire? I would suggest getting two to start off. If you decide you aren't pleased with two and really want to spend the extra cash, then do that later.
November 12, 2012 11:50:29 PM

zared619 said:
The 3770k is more than enough. Do you really want to go Quadfire? I would suggest getting two to start off. If you decide you aren't pleased with two and really want to spend the extra cash, then do that later.


So the 3770k won't have any bottleneck over Quadfire or Quad SLI?
November 12, 2012 11:52:28 PM

Quad SLI and Quad Xfire have been known to actually decrease FPS in games, use at own risk.
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November 13, 2012 1:04:11 AM

The 3770K would probably be able to beat the 3930K in most games. Having six cores tends to not help much compared to a quad core CPU with higher performance per core.
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