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December 23, 2012 4:55:05 AM

So I have been saving up to build a beast of a gaming machine, I have around 2000$ dollars now and I have come together with a general idea on what I was thinking would be a good build. But I could use your expert advice on whether I've chosen good parts or not.


Case: Antec Darkfleet 85 | http://tinyurl.com/38fbwxu

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading LGA1155 3.5GHZ | http://tinyurl.com/bv3s4e8

CPU cooler: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100I | http://tinyurl.com/d24vrnv

Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 | http://tinyurl.com/bwhlosu

SSD: Intel 520 Series 240GB 2.5in SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive OEM | http://tinyurl.com/cl94umy

PSU: Seasonic X850 Gold | http://tinyurl.com/chr3s93

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V | http://tinyurl.com/cxx4c8v

Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II 1006MHZ 4GB GDDR5 6GHZ PCI-E 3.0 | http://tinyurl.com/d9by7rv

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E1 SPDIF Sound Card 124DB SNR | http://tinyurl.com/c8eaz9s


So what do you guys think? Is this a good setup or should I use some other parts or what? your opinions are much appreciated.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 5:10:39 AM

You don't need to spend this much to get a quality gaming computer. I'll be back in a few minutes with a revised parts list.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 23, 2012 5:18:58 AM

Try this instead...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1166.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 02:11 EST-0500)

You don't need an i7 to play games. The i5 would be a better and cheaper choice. The GTX 680 is also highly overpriced and is primarily for bragging rights. The GTX 670 will serve your needs better and for nearly $150 less than the GTX 680.

Also, you don't need to spend $200+ on a motherboard. A $130 motherboard will more than serve your needs. The Asus Sabertooth's thermal armour actually traps more heat than it prevents. It's a gimmick; don't fall for the marketing propaganda.

Also, a simple air cooler will do the trick. It'll easily get you 4.5GHz on your processor if you do decide to overclock it. However, if you want, you're more than welcome to go with the all in one water cooler. They're convenient and to be honest, they look pretty freakin' cool. Just my opinion though. I'd rather save money than have a fancy water cooler.

One more thing, you don't need a discreet sound card. The motherboard already comes with stellar on-board audio.

You can pick whichever case you want. Feel free to switch out the case I chose with the one you chose. I didn't feel like changing it from a previous build recommendation. It's still a great case though.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
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December 23, 2012 6:13:57 AM

Also my recamend is Buy "TRANSCEND" ram .reason other manufacturers give only 1year warenty but transcend give "lifetime warenty" so no need to warry about problems. Then cost "no more dealer and distributer " because anyone can "buy directly in TRANSCEND.COM" so cost lower then other.
Buy 256gb ssd and axe ram(2000+mhz oc enabled).
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December 23, 2012 6:16:07 AM

My recamend is fill all slots dont see capacity. see mhz in board and ram.Reason mhz is the key to achive speed. if board support 1600mhz u insert 1333mhz its waste because not get full speed of ram slot. if board support 1333mhz u insert 1600mhz its also waste of money (1333mhz ram is cheaper than 1600mhz)also u not utilise full speed of ram. (4x1600mhz=6400mhz =6.4ghz) vs (2x1600=3200mhz=3.2ghz). think.
U r mobo support 2000+mhz ram.
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December 23, 2012 6:19:54 AM

If u r a over clocker use coolermaster v10 water cooler otherwise dont buy coolers the given with processor is enough.
coolermaster psu 5year warenty.
cabinet haf series from coolermaster.
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December 23, 2012 6:54:40 AM

DeusAres said:
Try this instead...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1166.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 02:11 EST-0500)

You don't need an i7 to play games. The i5 would be a better and cheaper choice. The GTX 680 is also highly overpriced and is primarily for bragging rights. The GTX 670 will serve your needs better and for nearly $150 less than the GTX 680.

Also, you don't need to spend $200+ on a motherboard. A $130 motherboard will more than serve your needs. The Asus Sabertooth's thermal armour actually traps more heat than it prevents. It's a gimmick; don't fall for the marketing propaganda.

Also, a simple air cooler will do the trick. It'll easily get you 4.5GHz on your processor if you do decide to overclock it. However, if you want, you're more than welcome to go with the all in one water cooler. They're convenient and to be honest, they look pretty freakin' cool. Just my opinion though. I'd rather save money than have a fancy water cooler.

One more thing, you don't need a discreet sound card. The motherboard already comes with stellar on-board audio.

You can pick whichever case you want. Feel free to switch out the case I chose with the one you chose. I didn't feel like changing it from a previous build recommendation. It's still a great case though.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!


Case: Freezer Case

Power Supply: Platinum Full Modular PSU

Motherboard: Best Motherboard/Price

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance C7

Solid State Drive: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB

Hard Disk Drive: Western Digital WD Blue 7200RPM/64MB Cache

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Cpu Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64B

Lastly is the Video Card. I would recommend going with MSI Lightning 7970 and picking up another one in a year when they are cheaper. If you are not an AMD guy, then Galaxy 680. Both are good options and depending on what you're doing you could go with either one. If you plan on a 3 monitor or tv setup, the 7970 is better. But if you plan on using 1 monitor with 3d nvidia is the better way to go. For strictly gaming performance, I would give it to the 7970.

Total Price: $1,757.89 This gives you room for maybe another 7970/680 if you want to CS/SLI right now, or room for, what I would get, a nice mechanical keyboard/mouse @ Best Mechanical Keyboard Sold and a Great Mouse but so is the G9X/500/600 series from Logitech.

And for a good review between performance, check out http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/23/msi_geforce_g...

They are using the Sapphire 7970 which is 369.99 and overclocked it pretty awesomely. Comparing it to the MSI 680 lightning. Bit of a leepfrog, as both cards are great. Price difference is considerable though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That's the 680.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That's the 7970.

Hope that might help you if you're unsure on going AMD or Nvidia, GL :hello: 

And as far as that ram pick for the lifetime warranty, any good company offers lifetime warranty on their ram. Here is much faster ram from a much more reliable company Corsair Goodness. Lifetime warranties indeed.

As far as the 4GB 680 goes, I would definately get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... over that ASUS. Either card you get in this build your total is 1750. Intel SSD are slow but reliable. Go with a Samsung or Corsair SSD for speed, and reliability. You don't need to sacrifice either in today's SSD market. I put in the best SSD out right now. And lastly, the sound card, is not needed unless you actually have an amazing set of headphones, insert http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PC-350-Collapsible-Mic... here.
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December 23, 2012 7:16:15 AM

Thanks for the info guys I'll have to reconsider somethings. And my headset is a Sennheiser pc 360.

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December 23, 2012 7:24:00 AM

sirgray said:
Thanks for the info guys I'll have to reconsider somethings. And my headset is a Sennheiser pc 360.


Great headset, you definitely want a sound card. SInce the build above is only 1750, I would buy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hands down, best sound card you can get.
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December 23, 2012 7:48:46 AM

sirgray said:
heh that's the same soundcard that's in my opening build idea.


Nice, it is by far the best especially if you have 360s. DOIT!
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