Building Brand New PC Gaming Rig From Scratch - $3000 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing - But mostly gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Win 7 vs Win 8 - Which one?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Lexington, KY, USA

Parts Preferences: I have always been told that Intel & Nvidia are the best for gaming, but I'm open minded.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Looking for a full HD 3D monitor - Need suggestions

Additional Comments: Looking to run modern PC games on high settings @ 120+ FPS.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC gets poor FPS.
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  1. Now you'l get a proper answer.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($108.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($279.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($83.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($228.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Silverstone RV01-BW ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($296.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($296.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($296.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $3186.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-15 06:58 EST-0500)

    Thats what I recommend you get.

    EDIT: Forgot a HDD.
  2. ^ Would he not want 120hz monitors if it's for 3d gaming?

    Also to OP, are you still hoping to get a machine that'll last 5 years maxing all games at 120+fps, i still reckon you should decrease your budget and upgrade more often, will be a much better solution.

    That is unless you can afford this budget every few years then in that case, go for it.
  3. id get this. i would rather have a higher res screen, way more colour accurate screen vs a faster 3d screen and not so accurate screen

    you dont need a i7 for a gaming rig no matter how high the price goes. its just not useful

    i wouldnt get the gigahertz edition of the sapphires. also not worth it given you can overclock this one to the same speeds
  4. True, but a 27" 120hz monitor is at minimum $500 each. Eating up half the budget and not leaving enough money for a powerful enough rig to power it.
  5. i wouldnt get 1080p at this point. rather pick up a PLS 1440p at 60hz
  6. 1080p by definition, but there's the important number "5760" before the "x" :D.

    5760x1080 = 6220800
    2560x1440 = 3686400
    For roughly the same price you get just under double the number of IPS pixels.
  7. yes but 3x 24 inch panels take up a lot more space than a single panel
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