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Looking for Build for Live-Streaming Games (1000-1500USD Budget)

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November 26, 2012 9:08:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:
End of December/Start of January

Budget Range:
1000-1500 (excluding monitors)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Live-stream Games, General-Use

Are you buying a monitor:
Most likely. Thinking of having a three-monitor set-up

Parts to Upgrade:
New System

Do you need to buy OS:
No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg.com or Amazon.com. Although sites that don't charge sales tax would be nice...

Location:
California SF Bay Area

Overclocking:
Yes

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:
1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments:
I hope to be able to stream in 720p or even 1080p. I am guessing that I want i7?
I am thinking air-cooled with a case that have dust filters. Any suggestions?
SSD + Storage Drive?
Thanks!
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November 26, 2012 9:27:54 AM

Naw, i7 would only be needed for CPU-heavy workloads such as video rendering. You'll most likely benefit from higher RAM though.
If you really wanted to though, the budget fits for an i7 too, so go ahead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($120.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1313.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 06:29 EST-0500)
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 9:39:45 AM

my build is similar to excella's build but i upped the CPU cooler, swapped for a cheaper motherboard (still just as good), cheaper ram, changed the video card to a gtx 670 (the 7970ghz is not 100 dollars better performing than the 670), changed for a better case, and changed for a modular power supply

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pyg4
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November 26, 2012 9:56:12 AM

This build is top-tier with an i7(steal at $270!) and dual GPUs:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.90 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1496.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 06:54 EST-0500)

PS: It's a hard to build a decent 3-screen streamer under $1500.
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November 26, 2012 10:25:42 AM

I think they are all decent builds.I agree with TBT 7970GHz performance is not worth $100 more although it is faster but not enough to justify the extra cost.
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 3:01:12 PM

Well i cannot tell you which build to pick because they are all decent but as far as case goes those are all good pick which ever looks best to you.
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November 26, 2012 3:06:44 PM

Okay, thanks everyone. Time to price shop the components!
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 3:08:06 PM

I think i would go with TBT build because it's the cheapest and well balanced he did not skimp in any area
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 4:34:59 PM

i7-2600k is beaten by i5-3570k. Sorry your build isn't really that good. cutebeans < no need for this type of post.
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 4:39:43 PM

alazyguy said:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Should I jump on this? 249.99 for i7-3770K. Pretty sure no CA tax too.
Any major differences between the cases? Or is it just preference?
How to decide between the builds. Hm...


There no tax from tiger direct.I only buy from there because i live in L.A.. California and tigerdirect is the only place that sells p.c. hardware and does not charge me tax.Go for it. ;) 



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November 26, 2012 4:56:27 PM

Well, pulled the trigger on the i7-3770K and Intel 330 SSD from TD. Now I'm committed to building a system within the next 30 days.

Do I need miscellaneous items like thermal compound and such?
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 5:12:37 PM

It depends most cpu aftermarket coolers come with some but i always use buy the good stuff which only gets me 2C to 3C better cooling performance lol kind of retarded i know.
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a b C Monitor
November 26, 2012 5:24:23 PM

Use an antistatic wrist-strap cable most will say you do not need it but it's better to be safe then sorry imo.
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November 28, 2012 2:31:37 AM

This is what I ended up going with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.28 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1367.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 23:31 EST-0500)
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a b C Monitor
November 28, 2012 2:33:36 AM

That looks sweet to me enjoy!
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November 28, 2012 2:53:23 AM

Is there anything I should be aware of when putting it together? I understand that the Noctua will cover near the entire top of the board?
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