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November 15, 2012 5:54:03 PM

I am remaking this thread becaues I only got one real response and I feel that there are more builds to consider ou there.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1 week

Budget Range: 1800 before tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (gw2, CS:Go, SC2, Etc)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Northridge, California

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, still torn between amd and nvidia graphics

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: Would like a third party cooler and a heavy air flow case

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old gaming rig is dieing
a b 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 10:37:34 PM

Something like this would be good. Given the budget, I've included one of the very best, dual purpose, monitors. A cheaper one could be virtually as good, for gaming.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($80.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2410 24.0" Monitor ($449.00 @ Dell)
Total: $1703.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:33 EST-0500)

Don't know if you have access to Microcenter, but it's very good deal, for processor. Elsewhere, it's $40+ more.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 10:47:38 PM

Just a note, for the games you're doing, you can spend $800 and max those games out just fine.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 10:54:04 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($332.74 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($332.74 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1840.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This thing is beefy and will be able to run anything today @ max settings
It can even play minesweeper
Did i mention it is future proof?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 15, 2012 10:57:18 PM

DarkSable said:
Just a note, for the games you're doing, you can spend $800 and max those games out just fine.


That is true, but with a $1.8k budget you can future proof a pc. And if he decides to play other games that require a better gpu he will be prepared
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November 15, 2012 11:27:37 PM

Well you don't need an i7 for gaming since essentially it is an i5 with hyperthreading, so there goes $100 off. Then 16GB RAM is also overkill for gaming, most games don't pass the 4-6GB mark so again $40 saved. That H100 is old, Corsair just released their new H100i which has better tubes and fans which are really just their SP120 series without some of the perks like rubber mounts and those colored rings. Another way for the OP to save $150 is to just go with a 7970 GHz. Unless he is gaming on multiple monitors (which he isn't, and said they did not want SLI/Crossfire) you don't need more than 1 good card, like the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X. The Vapor-X is better than other 7970s (it's a GHz edition I believe) is because it comes with a phenomenal cooling system that allows higher overclocks and better performance. Otherwise all of these savings turn out into this better (and in budget) build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248Q 24.0" Monitor ($208.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1768.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 20:29 EST-0500)

Just have to remember that the H100 listed is supposed to be a H100i. PCPartPicker has not yet listed the new H100i as well as it's cousins the H60i and H80i.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2012 12:09:16 AM

dont bother with poor mans watercooling. totally not worth it. either go full custom or forget it

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nSU7

-the ud5h is much cheaper than the v-pro while offering the same feature set if not more
-the d14 is a lot quieter and is the best heatsink you can get other than the phanteks but thats slightly louder
-no need for a gold power supply. a silver is fine
-the pb238q is a better or just as good as the u2410 for half the price
-600t is not really worth it when the fractal has better cabling and silence for half the price

you can definitly play all your games with a $1000 pc though

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November 16, 2012 12:15:12 AM

TheBigTroll said:
dont bother with poor mans watercooling. totally not worth it. either go full custom or forget it

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nSU7

-the ud5h is much cheaper than the v-pro while offering the same feature set if not more
-the d14 is a lot quieter and is the best heatsink you can get other than the phanteks but thats slightly louder
-no need for a gold power supply. a silver is fine
-the pb238q is a better or just as good as the u2410 for half the price
-600t is not really worth it when the fractal has better cabling and silence for half the price

you can definitly play all your games with a $1000 pc though


I kinda nudge my own personal preferences in there :p  Well I myself aren't a fan of Gigabyte products. Just not enough experience with them. I do agree that air cooling is a good option, but with the new H100i it just outperforms (most) air coolers. Even though it is poor man's watercooling, not everyone wants to or has the experience (or cash) for full custom loops.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2012 12:25:39 AM

asus generally has a lot more bundled software but its fine since you are not really supposed to use it

it will outperform air coolers but you pay 40 more bucks for 5c tops and then you have the risk of a pump failure or leaks (not common but does happen). not worth it

custom watercooling is expensive, but im not telling him to get it. he could just get a rasa kit and it would be the crap out of the h100i if he wants watercooling
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November 16, 2012 7:30:38 PM

Thank you for all the feedback. Took me a day to get back on this thread. I will get back to you all shortly. thank you for the help
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November 16, 2012 7:55:07 PM

Best answer selected by cgleckman.
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