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Building a high-end gaming and multi-purpose rig

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January 21, 2013 2:04:53 AM

Hello! I just fried my motherboard pushing an overclock too far (set BClock past 200Mhz) and then told to myself "well, what the hell, I was planning to upgrade anyway" (not true, I felt like an ass)

Well, I'm planning to sell the rest of the parts and build a new computer from scratch. Budget is not an issue right now, but that doesn't mean I want/need a $500+ graphics card. My approximate purchase date would be maybe a month or so from now on.

Here's my current PC specs:

MB: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 (RIP)
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 overclocked @ 4.00GHz (was running like this for 1 year and a half before I became greedy)
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master V6GT [RR-V6GT-22PK-R1]
RAM: 8GB ADATA XPG Gaming Series DDR3-1600 [AX3U1600GC4G9-2G]
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB [ECS NBGTX460-1GPI-F]
GPU COOLER: ARCTIC COOLING Accelero Twin Turbo PRO
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W [RS-500-PCAR]
HDD1: WD Black 1TB [WD1002FAEX]
HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB [ST1000DM003]
HDD3: WD Caviar Green 1TB [WD10EADS]
ODD: LITE-ON DVDRW [LH-20A1H]
CASE: Acteck Calgary [ACG-2870]
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DISPLAY: Samsung 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV [LN32B650]
KB/M: Razer Cyclosa + Abyssus bundle
GAMEPAD: Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
SPKRS: Logitech X-230

I think I'll keep my current RAM (should I?), my HDDs, the KB/M bundle and the X360 controller... everything else I'll just sell it.

So, here's my common system usage:
- Games @ 1080p with everything maxed out; if I get low FPS and choppiness or lag then I change the resolution to something between the former and 720p. Games I've recently played are Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason, Metro 2033, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. with the "complete" mod, Battlefield 3 and others... I really want to play Metro: Last Light in all it's glory! I also play CPU intensive emulators a lot (Dolphin, PCSX2, bsnes/higan), that's why I wanted to increase my GHz in the first place...
- Movies... lots of them! I don't even go to the cinema anymore, only when there's a REALLY GOOD movie showing. One of my HDDs is full of Blu-ray encodes!
- Home-recording studio. I compose/arrange in Sibelius and then go to my primary DAW, which is FL Studio, but sometimes I use Cubase for certain things. For my audio "interface" I put a USB mic in front of my guitar amp. This is where I am (was?) most unhappy with my current specs... everything is laggy and latency is *** even with ASIO4ALL. I know I just need more RAM and a professional soundcard (audio interface), which btw which one would you recommend? Also, I've been having a bad time trying to use my EastWest virtual instruments, maybe an SSD would come in handy here?
- Design. I mostly use Photoshop CS5.5 (I'm planning to upgrade to CS6) but I also use Illustrator and InDesign when they're needed. I'm not a graphic designer or something but I like to make my own show flyers, band logos, digital post-processing and that kind of stuff.
- Encoding/transcoding and ripping. Software I use: AviSynth, CCE, VirtualDub, MakeMKV, HandBrake, to name a few.
- Everyday things like surfing the web, etc.

You can use any website to link me the parts, I just want to compare prices and know your advice and opinions. I live in Mexico and I'm a registered member of a wholesaler in Guadalajara, so I'll just buy the parts there... sometimes it's a lot cheaper than e-tailers and sometimes maybe the online shop has it cheaper but with the added tax + shipment it comes up to the same price.

I prefer an Intel CPU and an NVIDIA GPU. The mobo I would like it to be Gigabyte, but I've hear that now Asus is better, I'm not really sure about that. I'm planning to overclock it again, by the way, this time a bit more conservative (but I know that eventually I won't be afraid to do it and I'll just push the damn thing as far as I can hahaha). I'm not interested in SLI or Crossfire. I'm happy with a max resolution of 1920x1080 or even 1920x1200, but I do want a bigger screen, something above 32" for sure.

Well, I guess that's all... sorry if it's a long read, but I really wanted to be as exhaustive as I could :D 

Cheers and thanks in advance!

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January 21, 2013 4:56:02 AM

Anyone? :/ 
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January 21, 2013 5:06:19 AM

Budget?
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January 21, 2013 5:09:17 AM

Mmm around $1,500-$1,700 I guess...
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January 21, 2013 5:14:25 AM

john...i would see if the old mb is under warranty..most mb have a 3 year warranty on them. take about 5 min on the mb vendor web site to se if it under warranty. if not
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
169.00 gaming mb for overclocking.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
230.00 i5. the i7 that the same speed and spec is 60.00 more. very few games and aps use hyper threading. your better off saving the 60.00 and tossing in a ssd.

myself i toss in a new case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or a seal liquid cooler...for low sound and better cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the 7870g cards right now are the best gpu for the $$$
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January 21, 2013 5:14:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $848.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 02:13 EST-0500)

You already have a CPU cooler, memory, storage, case, OS, optical and monitor.
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January 21, 2013 5:18:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($107.33 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1232.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 02:17 EST-0500)

If your gonna spend $500+ on gpu then this is the way to go. GTX 670's in sli will get up to around GTX 690 speeds.
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January 21, 2013 5:20:14 AM

get rid of everything except for the ram, hdds, heatsink and your controller and mice. thats include that TV??? why are you using a tv for a computer monitor??? there is a large difference in quality especially when close up.

this really isnt that hard of a build honestly
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yJVh
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January 21, 2013 6:11:38 AM

smorizio said:
john...i would see if the old mb is under warranty..most mb have a 3 year warranty on them. take about 5 min on the mb vendor web site to se if it under warranty.


Some pins are bent... I already tried to straighten them to no avail, I even bent some more :( 

Thanks for the suggestions! Which liquid cooler would you recommend? I'm interested in reducing the noise, it's becoming an issue in some recordings.

FinneousPJ said:
You already have a CPU cooler, memory, storage, case, OS, optical and monitor.


Yeah, but I want to sell some of those in order to get something newer, specially the ODD (it doesn't even open anymore, I have to use a clip or something to force it out) and the HDTV. Thanks for the suggested build!

blake1243 said:
If your gonna spend $500+ on gpu then this is the way to go. GTX 670's in sli will get up to around GTX 690 speeds.


I think you misread my first post, I said "Budget is not an issue right now, but that doesn't mean I want/need a $500+ graphics card." :p  I also said that I'm not interested in SLI or Crossfire... I just want something powerful but not THAT powerful and that occupies 50% of my case's interior. One GPU is enough, I think.

The rest is good, I'll compare it to what others chose. Thanks :D 

cbrunnem said:
get rid of everything except for the ram, hdds, heatsink and your controller and mice. thats include that TV??? why are you using a tv for a computer monitor??? there is a large difference in quality especially when close up.

this really isnt that hard of a build honestly
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yJVh


I like playing on a big screen... I really can't get into the game if it's something smaller than 32". Also, I have tried using Sibelius in my laptop (15.6" display) and it's just plain horrible... imagine a score with 10 instruments or more, you have to keep scrolling up and down; and if I change the resolution to 1080p on a tiny screen as that everything looks so small! Besides, I like using my PC for everything, that includes watching movies and playing console games and other stuff you do with a TV. Contrary to what you say, I can't really tell there's a lot of difference in quality between a TV and a monitor, specially when almost all monitors I've tried have a max resolution of 1366x768.

Your parts selection is good, but that Radeon... The monitor is good, but I still think 27" is a small size compared to what I'm used to now. Thanks, mate!



Thanks, I already checked it out. Excellent review!
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January 21, 2013 6:12:14 AM

So, everyone seems to be suggesting the Intel Core i5-3570K. Would it be sufficient for something besides gaming? DAWs, Adobe Creative Suite, encoding/transcoding and stuff like that... how far has people pushed it when overclocking?
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January 22, 2013 7:36:07 PM

probably around the 4.3-4.6 ghz mark.
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January 23, 2013 5:07:05 AM

And yes it's sufficient.
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