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Mid Level Gaming First Build Interested in Longevity

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December 28, 2012 5:32:49 AM

I have been reading tom's hardware recommendations non stop for a week, and have made some decisions, learned a ton, and have a few questions and am generally seeking any helpful guidance. Thanks for any help in advance, I am very excited to get started.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or so.

Budget Range: 1000 to 1500 hopefully towards the lower end.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is the objective, but i also surf the web, write papers, and as an engineering student would love to have a computer that can run pro engineer and inventor well.

Are you buying a monitor: No have some around will probably scrounge, eventually take the plunge.

Parts to Upgrade:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
At around $220

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
At around $20

I am not sure about the graphics card. I haven't completely decided on a price point yet. I like the idea of a big bad GPU, like GeForce GTX 670, but i dont think it really fits in with the rest of the build i have planned. Therefore, i am leaning towards the Raedon HD 7870 GHz because its in a better spot on the value-performance curve.

GeForce GTX 670 (no real preference for brand not entirely sure what the differences are)


Raedon HD 7870 GHz edition (same here)

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Was advised to go with 2x8 GB for better upgrade overhead, really not sure about brands, like the ripjaws and the corsair vengance. I also want to try overclocking memory eventually, am not entirely sure about cas latency or speeds.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10D-16GBXL


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R (not sure if i should go with the model that says 1833 speeds instead)

NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

For a running total of: 1244 for the cheeper card and 1370 for the more expensive card.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows 8 Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or not sure.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - near White Plains New York, USA

Parts Preferences: I want intel, but am not sure about raedon vs Nvidia cards at the $230 price point.

Overclocking: I will be trying. but have never before.

SLI or Crossfire: I'm thinking about eventually upgrading to 2 graphics cards when my 1 graphics cart can no longer run the latest games.

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: Looking for value and Longevity run the latest games for a few years, not looking for top notch quality, just want to stay current for a while.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I received a laptop in 6th grade, and kept it running until the end of highschool, but obviously, its gaming capabilities were crippled by the time i gave it to my parents. now i have a laptop i got from college, and a year and a half after purchase, already the graphics doesn't have enough dedicated memory for skyrim. I'm looking to avoid that in the future. I want to build a machine that will last longer and be up-gradable for a longer period of time.

Very Respectfully,

More about : mid level gaming build interested longevity

December 29, 2012 2:35:44 AM

I picked a different power source, not sure about actual power draw of this system, and i saw a good deal on a geforce gtx 660 ti that i liked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.60 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1369.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 00:49 EST-0500)
December 29, 2012 2:31:20 PM

can someone help me out?