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My Planned Gaming/Streaming Build (~1100$)

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January 21, 2013 5:44:39 PM

Below are the current parts I have picked out. I just want to make sure everything will work fine together and if anyone has any suggestions to improve the quality for lower or equal cost I would be happy to listen! I am going to be purchasing this computer next Monday so I'm trying to finalize everything.

This computer will be used for playing all sorts of high quality video games along with streaming/recording them.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($43.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Razer Lycosa Programmable Backlit Gaming Keyboard ($72.77)
Other: Cisco-Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Card with SpeedBooster ($15.99)
Other: Turtle Beach TBS-2214 Ear Force Z6A Gaming Headset with Multi Speaker 5.1 Surround Sound ($73.98)
Other: Microsoft 7PD-00008 LifeCam HD-6000 USB 2.0 WebCam ($24.99)
Total: $1123.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:26 EST-0500)
January 21, 2013 5:54:29 PM

Hi. You don't need an aftermarket cooler; stock will be sufficient.
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January 21, 2013 6:16:21 PM

For that setup you definitely don't need a Hyper 212 - you can run off the stock cooler and be fine. Also too much money being spent on peripherals. For first and third person games you will not benefit from a dual monitor setup. Either use a large single or a triple. I wouldn't go too cheap on the case either. Also - get a full ATX board.

I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.37 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
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: $907.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 15:16 EST-0500)
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January 21, 2013 6:28:32 PM

The dual monitor setup is for streaming the actual gameplay.

First Monitor- Gameplay
Second Monitor - Browser, Chat, etc

Edit: I also need the second monitor helping out with homework (vmware etc)

What would be the big difference in needing a full Atx board over a micro atx
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January 21, 2013 6:42:33 PM

shmoex said:
The dual monitor setup is for streaming the actual gameplay.

First Monitor- Gameplay
Second Monitor - Browser, Chat, etc

Edit: I also need the second monitor helping out with homework (vmware etc)

What would be the big difference in needing a full Atx board over a micro atx


More SATA ports, RAM slots, PCI slots.
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January 21, 2013 7:09:36 PM

Can someone please educate me on why people stream games? See it a lot lately and am missing the "why." Quick google check the other day didn't help me out.
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January 21, 2013 7:10:30 PM

whats ur maximum budget and country of origin and do u need win.monitor+key+mousse.

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January 21, 2013 7:18:36 PM

JED - Streaming games can be for enjoyment and small profit. I personally like to show off my gameplay to a live audience and explain situations. www.twitch.tv

iceclock - My budget is around 1000-1200 including the dual monitor and keyboard/ other items i picked out. No i do not need windows.
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January 21, 2013 7:25:02 PM

did a few modifications.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($47.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Other: Cisco-Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Card with SpeedBooster ($15.99)
Other: Turtle Beach TBS-2214 Ear Force Z6A Gaming Headset with Multi Speaker 5.1 Surround Sound ($73.98)
Other: Microsoft 7PD-00008 LifeCam HD-6000 USB 2.0 WebCam ($24.99)
Total: $1103.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 16:24 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1167.20
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $1142.20

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January 21, 2013 7:26:25 PM

Alrighty then. Thought there was more to it :)  That's too easy an explanation.
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January 21, 2013 9:25:26 PM

iceclock said:
did a few modifications.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($47.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Other: Cisco-Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Card with SpeedBooster ($15.99)
Other: Turtle Beach TBS-2214 Ear Force Z6A Gaming Headset with Multi Speaker 5.1 Surround Sound ($73.98)
Other: Microsoft 7PD-00008 LifeCam HD-6000 USB 2.0 WebCam ($24.99)
Total: $1103.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 16:24 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1167.20
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Total: $1142.20


You still don't need a Hyper 212 if you're running a 3470, you're just spending money needlessly there. Take that and upgrade your GPU to a 7870 GHz edition.
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January 21, 2013 10:53:10 PM

the 660 is just as fast and somethimes faster than the 7870 :) 

added cooling is good for optimal cooling, stock coolers are of bad quality, been there, done that, if the client can afford an aftermarket cooler i recommand it highly.

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