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I wanna build a monster gaming computer!

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January 17, 2013 12:50:24 AM

This is what I have so far

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.74 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1305.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 21:39 EST-0500)

This is my first time building a pc, The case and cd drive is from my old pc, my friend built but it is about 5-6 years old >.< I want to be able to play games with maximum FPS
I used passmark.com to find out their benchmarks and pick out parts so if that site is bad let me know, everything is based off it!

I have a few questions

i) I am planning to overclock(not sure how but will figure it out!) so is my motherboard and cooling going to be good enough for it?
ii) Could I buy two Corsair memory sticks and get 16gb total? (4 sticks x 4 gbs)
iii) I bought windows 8 professional 32 bit OEM so can I just upgrade to 64? Will it cost money or is there a way around it?
iv) Is my PSU too much for my build? Should I get another one? I don't think my old one will work, not sure what it is o.o
v) Lastly, is there any parts I’m getting that are poor quality or not worth it? As stated before, I used passmark.com to gauge what parts are good but I’m a newbie!
January 17, 2013 1:06:44 AM

There are a few places where you could go beter.

1. Need a Z77 board to overclock.

2. You could, though dont bother with RAM that fast. Your paying double what a 1600Mhz kit will cost for no performance increase.

3. No way to upgrade fro 32 to 64bit, gotta buy a complete new OS

4. Its about right, though I would get a better brand.

5. The 3770k is overkill for gaming needs, games just dont need the extra threads. The RAM I already mentioned.No need for professional Win8, the standard version will cover you for 16GB+ of RAM.

Heres what I suggest you get.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1232.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 22:06 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 1:59:53 AM

This is my Suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y0SN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y0SN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y0SN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($164.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($589.99 @ TigerDirect)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Phoebus 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($187.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($162.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2336.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 22:55 EST-0500)

And that will run any game out there at 60FPS plus. You didnt mention if you were using 1080P so if you are only using 1080P get a 2GB 680 and save some money. You could also save some money on the sound card but personally I cant live without one. Yes 16GB is overkill but ram is so cheap now adays why not? The H100i will keep your 3770K very cool. The Sabertooth Z77 will allow for great overclocking ability. 240GB of SSD storage will allow you to store your OS, games, and programs on there, Not all of them but a few. And I know im going to get *** for this but yes im suggesting 1050W PSU even though your build with Ivy Bridge and an Nvidia card will be very power efficient, I figure why not pay for 50$ more for 300 more watts? Anyways good luck on your build.
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January 17, 2013 2:14:13 AM

whats ur maximum budget, and do u need keyboard, monitor, mouse?

windowS?

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