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My First Gaming PC

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January 26, 2013 12:25:40 AM

Okay, So i am looking to build my first gaming setup. I am not looking to go 100% all out, but close. My budget is ~$2500 with some room to budge, but I'd like to keep it tight for the sake of building it sooner rather than later. I would really like some opinions and suggestions on what I can/should change in order to improve the system overall.

So far, based on a few days of research, this is what I have come up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/nickporter0016/saved/



(there shouldn't be mistakes w/ compatibility, etc. as I have visited all of the manufacturer websites and cross checked everything as best as I could, but please bring it up if I have overlooked something.)

Now one of my bigger concerns is whether or not the CPU Cooler will suffice. Other than that, I'm open to corrections, suggestions, improvements etc.

(Please note that I would like to use as much as my budget as possible to increase potential longevity and performance of the system

All help and opinions are greatly appreciated!

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January 26, 2013 12:47:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1612.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 21:46 EST-0500)
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January 26, 2013 1:07:55 AM

guerrero said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($384.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1612.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 21:46 EST-0500)


Take this build (double the vid cards) and then add two more monitors and play with some eyefinity/surround.
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January 26, 2013 1:13:24 AM

Yeah I was thinking that the 7970 was overkill for one monitor
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January 28, 2013 5:46:51 PM

guerrero said:
Yeah I was thinking that the 7970 was overkill for one monitor



I agree! But, he has a $2500 budget I say let's max it out!
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January 28, 2013 8:16:23 PM

Yeah, I'm with dragonlord. I'm comfortable in the 2000-2500 range. Keep in mind, I'm looking to build a system that will stay competitive for the next few years.
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January 28, 2013 8:26:46 PM

nickporter0016 said:
Yeah, I'm with dragonlord. I'm comfortable in the 2000-2500 range. Keep in mind, I'm looking to build a system that will stay competitive for the next few years.


I would just buy two more of those monitors
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January 28, 2013 11:28:34 PM

nickporter0016 said:
Yeah, I'm with dragonlord. I'm comfortable in the 2000-2500 range. Keep in mind, I'm looking to build a system that will stay competitive for the next few years.


By max it out, I meant install 2 more monitors. Sorry if there was any confusion.
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