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

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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  1. woooaaaa

    do you want to max out 1800 or get what you really need? ideal gaming pc usually is 1200 max

    anyway please use this format to ask community :)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgrade-advice

    btw welcome to this forum :hello:
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 ^_^
  5. Best answer
    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)
  6. 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
  7. Alright and what makes the i5 better than persay an AMD FX-8350 at 4.0Ghz?
  8. 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
  9. 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??
  10. 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.
  11. Ok and as far as RAM goes would 16GB be overkill?
  12. And how are your feelings about windows 8?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. patrick47018 said:


    That is an AMD based board, which means it is not compatible with Intel's i5. Also if you want to play around with overclocking you're gunna need a Z77 board.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    Something like that.
  16. my bad i still had that up from looking at fx stuff
  17. ^ see my build above, it is for OCing, and comes with great cooler
  18. 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)
  19. ^ 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
  20. Know a mobo where it wouldn't??
  21. 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
  22. ^ more likely best SINGLE gpu atm, there are some dual GPU in one card 690/7990/7970x2
  23. Well I mean there is this, and I haven't really heard of anyone who has a 7990? Have you?? http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/GraphicCard/AX7990%206GBD5-A2DHJ
  24. 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..
  25. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608020

    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-devil13-7970-x2,3329.html


    And the 7990 on newegg( sold out however) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131479
  26. And have you all heard anything new about the Sandia Cooler??
  27. There is also this Graphics Card I was looking at, sorry if I'm overwhelming you guys http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431
  28. Guess everyone is sleeping, reply on the Morrow then, later guys
  29. 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.
  30. My television is already 1080p 120Hz, I will use that for now until I get a monitor,
  31. 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.
  32. 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-5000-KKN1/dp/B005P7XSV6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EQTBB93KWWOM&coliid=I11Z4BGDT2AKWT
  33. 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-5000-KKN1/dp/B005P7XSV6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3EQTBB93KWWOM&coliid=I11Z4BGDT2AKWT


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/Storm_Trooper/6.html

    Looks like a really good case.
  34. It does especially with the optional 4 more fans you can add to it for super mass air flow
  35. 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.
  36. yeah, any other suggestions
  37. 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.
  38. Best answer selected by patrick47018.
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