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BEST GAMING PC WITH MAX BUDGET OF $1800.00?????

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January 16, 2013 5:56:09 AM

Hello all I am looking at building my first gaming PC, I have built PC's before but never really one for gaming. I was wanting your opinions on what I should build, The price can be less and a monitor is not needed. So thank you all in advance for your help. Oh yeah by the way I am open to AMD or Intel, I have no preference. Thanks again

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January 16, 2013 6:16:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a few weeks

Budget Range: 1800 MAx( To answer your question 1800 is okay, but less is okay too)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming definitely

Are you buying a monitor: No i do not need a monitor

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, New build

Do you need to buy OS: Already able to get OS free with student Microsoft DreamSpark


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:No real preference

Location:Kentucky, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD or Intel no preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560X1440
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January 16, 2013 6:19:38 AM

Actually I forgot, my monitor is rather broken, so 1080p is my television, I may use that or put a monitor into my build good sirs
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January 16, 2013 6:21:00 AM

Oh and I want to play games like Crysis 3 on Ultra, just so you all know, really any game on max settings out now or coming out anytime soon. Sorry for so many posts ^_^
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January 16, 2013 6:28:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($514.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1628.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 03:28 EST-0500)
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January 16, 2013 6:35:52 AM

yes :)  7970 is on par with 680 and with 6GB... it is pretty overkill if you play in 1080p. that card is designed for 3 monitor/eyefinity. normal 3GB version will do
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January 16, 2013 6:37:19 AM

Alright and what makes the i5 better than persay an AMD FX-8350 at 4.0Ghz?
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January 16, 2013 6:40:23 AM

amd core are not optimized enough, i5 at 3,4 kill that fx 8 core 4.0 in games

8 core only win at movie rendering / heavy multitasking workload
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January 16, 2013 6:42:43 AM

Oh so the AMD would fall short and keep me from playing games well? But would be good at me having more things going on in the background while playing games??
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January 16, 2013 6:47:49 AM

patrick47018 said:
Oh so the AMD would fall short and keep me from playing games well? But would be good at me having more things going on in the background while playing games??


An i5 would stomp in just having some background things open. When AMD is talking about heavy multitasking, he is talking about workstation heavy. Like some of the computers I have here at work, 3 monitors, 4-5 programs open, 2 web page windows with 15-20 tabs open. I need cores here like crazy.
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January 16, 2013 6:50:06 AM

Ok and as far as RAM goes would 16GB be overkill?
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January 16, 2013 6:50:30 AM

And how are your feelings about windows 8?
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January 16, 2013 6:52:31 AM

patrick47018 said:
And how are your feelings about windows 8?; Ok and as far as RAM goes would 16GB be overkill?

I personally have not used windows 8 yet, so I can't really say. I'm sticking with 7 for now. And as for RAM, if you are just core gaming then yeah 16 would be super overkill.
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January 16, 2013 6:54:35 AM

I mean gaming would be my first but I may get into other things, maybe even making a game of my own. And I helped my cousin build his PC and he has Windows 8, we just added a program that brings back the start button and opens to the desktop straight away and bypasses the stupid tile crap, which is what I would do if I got it, I can get any Microsoft OS for free, so whatever would be best
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January 16, 2013 7:03:16 AM

my bad i still had that up from looking at fx stuff
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January 16, 2013 7:06:26 AM

^ see my build above, it is for OCing, and comes with great cooler
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January 16, 2013 7:06:53 AM

I see that a lot of things have happened while i was putting together a build.. i'll post it anyway

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSjI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSjI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSjI/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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1567.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 04:05 EST-0500)
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January 16, 2013 7:12:44 AM

^ wow, that cooler is for heavy OCing, i recommend you to get it :o 

but becareful most mobo have a conflict with that giant cooler, can be blocking ram/pcie slot
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January 16, 2013 7:13:49 AM

Know a mobo where it wouldn't??
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January 16, 2013 7:14:32 AM

And to me the GPU I am looking at seems like one of the best out there, do you agree? I mean I dont have multiple screens right now, but i mean just the product as a whole
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January 16, 2013 7:17:02 AM

^ more likely best SINGLE gpu atm, there are some dual GPU in one card 690/7990/7970x2
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January 16, 2013 7:19:37 AM

noctua pretty much makes the highest quality coolers but like AMD Radeon said it may block ram slots..there are other noctua coolers too that you can look into.. although the cm hyper 212 evo is all you'll need for oc'ing.. and 6gb of RAM on the GPU is not going to provide any real world performance improvement..if you find the single fpu setup inadequate then you can always sli in the future.. both my build and AMD Radeon's build allow headroom for sli or crossfire.. and also the vaporx cooler is going to take up 3 expansion slots..
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January 16, 2013 7:24:42 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

smaller noctua?? And here is a tomshardware article about the 7990 I was talking about, and its weird that AMD doesn't even have there own 7990 but yet the advertise PowerColor's on there website, heres the article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devi...


And the 7990 on newegg( sold out however) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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January 16, 2013 7:24:50 AM

And have you all heard anything new about the Sandia Cooler??
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January 16, 2013 7:50:27 AM

Guess everyone is sleeping, reply on the Morrow then, later guys
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January 16, 2013 8:00:41 AM

You could go for the 7990 if your budget allows it. It'll max out everything at 60+ FPS for atleast a few years.

If you do go for it, then I recommend getting a 120 Hz monitor, so you can get the most out of the high framerate.
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January 16, 2013 8:07:14 AM

My television is already 1080p 120Hz, I will use that for now until I get a monitor,
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January 16, 2013 8:11:49 AM

patrick47018 said:
My television is already 1080p 120Hz, I will use that for now until I get a monitor,


It's a TV, so I doubt it's actually 120 Hz. But anyways, the 7990 is the best graphics card on the market today. It should run Crysis 3 and whatever else you want to play at max settings without any slowdowns.

Or just get a GTX 670 or 7970. You can always add a second card later down the line if you feel like you need more performance.
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January 16, 2013 8:16:47 AM

patrick47018 said:
sounds great, and hey all this is super off topic and I'm sorry, but this is a site you can legit get free things, I already have, heres the link http://www.points2shop.com/?ref=patrick47018 , and thanks for all your help with my build questions. Oh another build thing, thoughts on this case??? http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-Trooper-Computer-SGC-500...


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/Storm_T...

Looks like a really good case.
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January 16, 2013 8:18:28 AM

It does especially with the optional 4 more fans you can add to it for super mass air flow
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January 16, 2013 8:23:03 AM

patrick47018 said:
It does especially with the optional 4 more fans you can add to it for super mass air flow


Yes, those could be really useful, if you plan on high overclocks, and / or Dual GPU's or the 7990.
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January 16, 2013 8:24:11 AM

yeah, any other suggestions
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January 16, 2013 8:35:19 AM

Here is a build with the 7990:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7990 6GB Video Card ($1011.12 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($139.91 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1934.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 05:35 EST-0500)

You could go with a cheaper PSU, and you could add a SSD.
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January 23, 2013 2:36:06 AM

Best answer selected by patrick47018.
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