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Best parts I can get on a gaming pc on a budget of $3000?

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January 18, 2013 3:48:03 PM

Hi, I'm looking foward to buy/build a gaming pc that will crash all the latest games on ultra settings and that will last long... I do not know a lot about putting computer parts together, so I'm not sure if im gonna build it my self. Here's a list of a few things I already have in mind:

CPU: intel

GPU: single

RAM : 8GB+

PS: Please do not include monitor, keyboard and mouse, however I do plan on playing on high resolution, ( it can go over $3000 a bit if needed ).

I would like to thank all of u who take ur time to help me! :) 
January 18, 2013 3:56:05 PM

Hi, here's some build for you :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks




CPU:  Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler:  Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM  CPU Cooler  ($80.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard:  ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ Microcenter) 
Memory:  Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($35.57 @ NCIX US) 
Storage:  Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($89.99 @ NCIX US) 
Storage:  Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  ($169.00 @ Adorama) 
Video Card:  EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card  ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case:  Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ NCIX US) 
Power Supply:  Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive:  Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($19.98 @ Outlet PC) 
Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) 
Total: $1965.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I listed the best single card available, but it's expensive, if you want one single gpu, get the 7970 : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351... or this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100351...
You might also switch the cooler if you just plan to overclock the cpu mildly : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...
Feel free to change anything to whatever you like.
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January 18, 2013 3:57:42 PM

In terms of performance, you don't need to spend 3k on a gaming system. I'd spend 1.5k on it. After around 1.5k you start to see rapidly diminishing returns for your cash.

i5-3570k
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Z77 Motherboard
GTX 670 or HD 7970
120-256GB SSD depending how much room you need for programs
500GB+ HDD depending how much space you need for mass storage
Decent CPU cooler, Noctua NH-D14 is a good one
Decent Mid Tower case, (Antec 902/Coolermaster HAF 922/NZXT Phantom 410 etc.)
Decent ~550W+ PSU, Seasonic G Series 550W is good

That should cost a lot less than 3k and be fine for any game at the moment. If you really must get something more powerful, then you could get 2 x GTX 670 or HD 7970 but I really don't think it would be necessary. Personally I would prefer to just wait until a single card starts to show its age and replace it.
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January 18, 2013 4:05:15 PM

If you want to spend the money go with a 3930k x79 mobo, gtx 670 4 way sli, 16gb ram, h100 liquid cooling. :) 
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January 18, 2013 4:06:55 PM

Hey, thanks for replying! it looks pretty damn good, I just think it could get better. I have $3000 bucks to spend on a pc and Im going for it, maybe a better cooling system there coz I do plan on overclocking too.. thanks :) 
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January 18, 2013 4:15:47 PM

Hi, if you don't mind spending much more, and you want extreme overclock :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 OC Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
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: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($146.76 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2227.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That's the best board for overclocking, with 1.35v ram for oc too, and a full tower case, and the best cooler available, and the fastest ssd drive for 256GB better only if you plan to do a custom loop watercooling.
You can change for a 7970 ghz edition if you want a single card with single gpu.
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January 18, 2013 4:23:09 PM

Best answer selected by DarkThings.
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January 18, 2013 4:24:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($279.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Performance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($514.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($514.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg) Total: $2840.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 13:22 EST-0500)
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January 18, 2013 4:26:07 PM

Where can it get better to reach at least $2600 - $2700? I do edit videos and stuff, so an i7 would be rly helpful... thanks for ur time man :) 
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January 18, 2013 4:27:21 PM

Hi, just switch the i5 for the i7-3770k :) 
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January 18, 2013 4:29:13 PM

Wow, that looks amazing too, but i dont need dual video cards, maybe take one out and put that money somewhere else. Thanks for helping all of you! :) 
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January 18, 2013 4:32:17 PM

Is that the best I can get in terms of performance on a budget of $3000?
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January 18, 2013 4:33:23 PM

jmsellars1 said:
In terms of performance, you don't need to spend 3k on a gaming system. I'd spend 1.5k on it. After around 1.5k you start to see rapidly diminishing returns for your cash.


This. You'll be doing a lot better if you spend half now and save the other half. That way you'll be trading off that 0.1% performance boost to get a shiny new computer two-three years from now with like, [Moore's Law] % performance improvement.
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January 18, 2013 4:34:02 PM

Hi, an i5 or i7 will have the same performance in gaming, if for video editing, an i7-3770k is more than enough.
Paired with what i listed, it's a good pc :) 
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