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December 1, 2012 1:00:27 PM

I think I've sufficiently coerced into attempting to build my own rig as opposed to CyberPower. I posted this in those forums but here it is:


Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: Approx $2000 before tax.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Games (Modded Skyrim, Arkham City Etc.) and downloading/browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Complete Core System. I have a GTX 460 I can cannibalize for dedicated PhysX games if I need to.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon. I would prefer to get everything from one place if possible.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - SoCal

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia. I've always used Gigabyte for Mobo but I have no preference on that.

Overclocking: Maybe - If its recommended.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - If its recommended.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080 I suppose.

Additional Comments: I never cool my apartment below 80 degrees so I need decent cooling but i don't care about noise really. Also, I have cats. I know there are cases with filters on the intake fans but if they exceed my budget then forget it.

Why Are You Upgrading: MAX settings on games. It's my downfall. If I can't play at max or very nearly close to with a good FPS rate then I probably won't play the game. My current rig needs everything upgraded so I thought I'd just get a new one.

I enjoy modding games like Skyrim to max textures and such. I think that spells the need right there. I haven't played Arkham City yet because that game just NEEDS to be smooth.

Thanks again in advance to anyone willing to help me on this.
December 1, 2012 1:53:48 PM

Here my suggestion.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1910.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h... <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboar... <--- review w/benchmarks

http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1506.html <--- review of the
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <--- review of the
Gigabyte GTX 670 OC
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December 1, 2012 2:21:38 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1496.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

One 680 gtx will be more than enough for 1080p.
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December 1, 2012 2:53:40 PM

Thank you so far.
I'm not sure but I heard with a heavily modded Skyrim I might need a 4GB card. Is that so?
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December 1, 2012 2:57:03 PM

With really heavy extreme modded Skyrim i hear the same thing not sure if it's true or not i will look into it.
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December 1, 2012 3:07:43 PM

Get 2x 7970s... are they not $349.99 in some cases right now?
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December 1, 2012 3:10:56 PM

For 1080p, one 7970 ghz or 680 gtx will be enough, in my opinion only add a second card when games will be more demanding, or you have a triple monitor setup/ monitor with 1440p.
And he prefers nvidia, but the 7970 ghz edition 3GB is also a good one.
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December 1, 2012 3:34:15 PM

hahaha and the "trolling" has just began my friend "took longer then usual ."
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December 1, 2012 3:37:04 PM

He has a $2000 budget though...
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December 1, 2012 3:40:41 PM

What your point the tittle of the thread is very clear New $2000 Intel/Nvidia build Suggestions which means hes not considering amd for whatever reason so why try and force it on people or suggest it when it's not wanted.
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December 1, 2012 3:43:02 PM

The previous post to mine showed that sli/cf isn't needed because of res... But if he goes with sli/cf because of his budget it wouldn't harm him as it will extend his pc life.
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December 1, 2012 4:44:25 PM

Yeah it all depends on if the OP intends to 3D game or run more then one monitor in future but he would need sli 670 if he wants to stay at min 60+fps in games like 64 maps bf3 1. Crysis 2, and Crysis Warhead
2. Metro 2033
3. ARMA II.
4. GTA4
5. witcher+ubersampling
6.skyrim+8xSS + mods
7. Alien VS Predator
8.BATMAN ARKHAM CITY +PHYSX
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December 1, 2012 5:04:04 PM

Those are games that are out now... No reason with a $2000 budget not to go sli/cf. Crysis 3 is just around the corner.
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December 1, 2012 5:14:50 PM

Ok ok.
Some more information then.
I don't plan on 3D gaming (not anytime soon at least) it hurts my eyes a bit too.

I use a 2nd monitor to keep a web page up sometimes but not always. I had no idea that it might affect FPS that much. I have no problem using one monitor and alt-tabbing. (My 2nd monitor is old and not even widescreen anyway)

Does that change recommendations concerning SLI?
Also regarding 2gb vs 4gb VRAM, for Skyrim I use the S.T.E.P guide with almost max textures. Up to 4k. If that info helps.
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December 1, 2012 5:32:18 PM

Like i said for 1080p either a 680 gtx 2GB or 7970 3GB will do just fine even for skyrim with those textures and will not affect having that 2ยบ monitor.

But if you want to go big :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qr9z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qr9z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qr9z/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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.90 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.48 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1949.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


The 690 gtx 4GB performs the same as two 680 gtx 4GB in SLI, consumes less power and it's a showoff in the case and massive overkill fps.
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December 1, 2012 7:05:22 PM

The above two posters have been of immense help. Thank you.
One final opinion if you please.
I like the idea of getting one GPU for the moment. A 670 I think as other boards suggest its only a 5% loss to a 680 and a lot cheaper.
That way I'll have an immensely superior rig than what I have right now and I'll spend less.
Then later find a monitor that supports higher than 1920x1080 and dropping a 2nd card. As I'll have saved up some more dough by then.
Does that sound prudent?
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December 1, 2012 7:24:31 PM

Yes, but it's not just 5% the 680 gtx it's like 10% and oc's better.
But either 670 or 680 gtx will be fine.
But if your planning to do latter sli, i recommend a 670 with stock cooler like the 670 gtx evga ftw (it has the 680 gtx pcb) cause of the heat between the two cards.

this setup : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qs8P
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December 1, 2012 7:24:38 PM

Sounds like a good plan here i threw this together for you though if you prefer to change things by all means go right ahead.I would at least stick with the motherboard though.



CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1443.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 16:22 EST-0500)
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December 1, 2012 7:31:45 PM

True it's 10% and the cooling won't matter as long as you have a case with good air flow so get the 670 i recommend as it's only $350
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December 1, 2012 7:37:37 PM

No, what ever of the two boards, the gigabyte will be bad for sli, it's better a stock cooler, most of the non reference coolers don't do well in sli in terms of heat.
And that setup is overpriced, he doesn't need a 130$ psu nor a 150$ case that in my opinion is worse than the 500r, and the asrock board is better than the gigabyte, the ssd is better being 256 gb and it's a samsung 830.
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December 1, 2012 7:45:49 PM

djangoringo said:
No, what ever of the two boards, the gigabyte will be bad for sli, it's better a stock cooler, most of the non reference coolers don't do well in sli in terms of heat.
And that setup is overpriced, he doesn't need a 130$ psu nor a 150$ case that in my opinion is worse than the 500r, and the asrock board is better than the gigabyte, the ssd is better being 256 gb and it's a samsung 830.
Your entitled to your opinion we just agree to disagree. No big deal.I have to PE in sli heat is not an issue!!I have a solid case with good airflow.As for the case debate the 500R is great i agree but honestly he should pick his own case not us.The motherboard nah i do not agree.I have done two builds using it and sli setups for different friends of mine.I also strongly disagree that Asrock is better then gigabyte. :) 


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December 3, 2012 8:53:09 AM

i would honestly get a 3570k and a gtx 690
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