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January 25, 2013 1:30:44 PM

Hello, as the title says, I could use some help building a new gaming computer. I was originally set on having it be an x79 build but I understand that might not be the best thing on the market and am willing to change. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next month or two, buying a few things at a time

Budget Range: Around 2k, not including already purchased parts

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Location: San Diego, CA
Parts Preferences: Would prefer x79 or z77 based unless recommended otherwise

Overclocking: Light OC if any (not experienced)

SLI or Crossfire: SLI and if not would plan on doing it in the future.

Already purchased parts:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

OS drive: 2xSAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for RAID 0

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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 2:13:48 PM

ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Intel i5-3570K, 8GB 1600MHz RAM, aftermarket cooler 670 GTX. Same recommendations as always from just about everyone.

You'll also hear your PSU is oversized unless you're doing tri-SLI and that you shouldn't RAID0 SSDs.

All good advice. Cue pcpartpicker from multiple sources! Sorry, it's been pretty repetative here for the past year or so...

500R is a nice case to work in, keeps components cool with stock fans to low, and is relatively quiet (but far from silent).
January 25, 2013 2:17:10 PM

Why do you say that I shouldn't RAID0 SSDs?

And yea I realize my PSU is oversized but I would rather be safe then sorry I suppose, even whenever I decide to upgrade.
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January 25, 2013 2:20:36 PM

Also I have seen many people recommend the 3570k over the 3770k saying that it isn't needed. I was also planning on rendering videos occasionally, with that said would you still say stick with the 3570k or go choose the 3770k?
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 2:43:36 PM

If you render videos enough to make the minutes/seconds saved worth the $80 or so, go with the 3770K. Think the idea with recommending the 3570K for games is that $80 is not insignificant for lots of folks so not a lotta bang for the additional buck.

The argument against RAID SSDs is that they are already ludicrously fast compared to HDDs. I've been using mine for about 9 months and still astonished at how fast it is - and it's a slow last gen model (maybe 2 gens now). By RAIDing, your benchmarks will increase but real world "feel" will not improve appreciably, while increasing the chance of having to do a complete rebuild if either half of the array has a problem. Recommend putting OS and apps on one, games and sundries on the other. If you do good backups and aren't concerned about the RAID complications, it's OK to do it. Good new is TRIM is passed over RAID to SSDs with the Z77 chipset.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 2:53:19 PM

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

CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3770k ($330.00)
Total: $1710.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 11:55 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1762.21
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1710.19






this should do the trick mang :) 
a c 246 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 9:54:20 PM

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

CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($368.98 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3770k ($330.00)
Total: $1710.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 11:55 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1762.21
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Shipping: $7.98
Total: $1710.19






this should do the trick mang :) 


Why would you waste $140 on a sound card when it's not necessary? :heink: 

Also there's no case. You also don't need an i7 or 16GB of RAM for gaming.

I'd suggest this:

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-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1755.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 18:53 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2013 11:58:26 PM

thats because he already bought a ps and case, if u read the post lol.

and whynot get a gaming soundcard i find its worth it :D 

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