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Custom gaming pc $1500-2000

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December 26, 2012 8:39:21 PM

Hi, thinking about building my own gaming rig, here are the things I have picked so far. I'm happy to listen to any advice on the components and things that may be changed to get the best gaming desktop possible. The desktop will be used for bf3/far cry 3/LoL and other games. I want a gaming rig that will be used for the years to come and I have thought about dual GTX 680, but isn't GTX 690 almost the same power? Also I can upgrade to 2x in SLI in the future if I need more power

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1840.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

December 26, 2012 11:03:30 PM

If you go with SLI 680's you will get better fps for less.
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December 26, 2012 11:15:16 PM

H100i or go air cooler instead, noctua NHD14 will do
h60 is just waste of money
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December 27, 2012 12:20:07 AM

Garpatron said:
If you go with SLI 680's you will get better fps for less.


yea that's what I have read, but the difference is around 3-5% less fps with GTX690 vs dual gtx 680 , and I want a gaming rig that has the possibilities to be upgraded in future for new games. So will it not be smarter to invest in the more expensive gtx 690 if I want to get two of them in the future?
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December 27, 2012 12:24:28 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 110.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1485.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 21:22 EST-0500)

about the cooling , if going to air cooling i recommend the havik 140 , wouldn't pay all that much in a gpu that some day will be outdated.
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December 27, 2012 12:25:05 AM

Indeed, drop that cooler, get an aircooler like phanteks ph-tc14pe or noctua nh-d14.
Also drop the asus z77 sabertooth, get a msi z77 mpower, it's better.
As for the card, well it's your choice, you can have same performance for less $, but if you want a single card...
Also the psu is overkill you can get a seasonic x-650w and it will do just fine.
December 27, 2012 10:53:00 AM

what's the difference between the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor? I see many people pick the i5 for gaming instead of the i7
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December 29, 2012 4:34:05 AM

If you are only gaming, get the i5. i7 is mainly for people that do heavy video editing and things that a CPU intensive. Gaming is GPU intensive so a better GPU and and i5 is much more beneficial to gamers than a inferior GPU and an i7. Hope that clear it up for you
December 29, 2012 12:42:16 PM

but isn't games more intensive than before so an i7 should be beneficial compared to i5?
December 29, 2012 6:07:14 PM

njubiaim said:
what's the difference between the Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor? I see many people pick the i5 for gaming instead of the i7

Since your rig is mainly for gaming go for the i5, the i7's hyperthreading ability doesn't help with gaming from what I know(I'm a new guy to all of this so could be wrong) but it would just be a wasted $100 that could be spent on your graphics card or some other component.
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December 30, 2012 12:56:48 AM

njubiaim said:
but isn't games more intensive than before so an i7 should be beneficial compared to i5?


A GPU has its own processor(s) that the game runs on. The i5 wont bottleneck and the i7 is pointless unless you plan to do some hardcore video editing..
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December 30, 2012 12:58:03 AM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 110.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1485.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-26 21:22 EST-0500)

about the cooling , if going to air cooling i recommend the havik 140 , wouldn't pay all that much in a gpu that some day will be outdated.


+1 for this build, it is a really good one for the price
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