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Mid-range Gaming Build

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January 30, 2013 8:39:37 PM

I've been given a very specific budget to build myself a new gaming rig. I need to stretch the budget to cover the build and a pair of monitors. I've put together a few options and would like to hear what you all think of them and if you have any suggestions. I plan on upgrading to a SSD when I have the money. The builds are as follows:

i7-3770K & GTX 660 - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Av2s

i5-3570K & GTX 660 Ti - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AvGy

i5-3570K & GTX 660 - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AwjJ

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 8:44:14 PM

both builds dont make sense

give me a budget and ill get started with a build

heres whats wrong

-i7s are for work and i5s are for games. pick one
-k series CPUs are meant to be overclocked on a z77 chipset. otherwise the unlocked CPU is wasted
-if you plan on overclocking, you can save yourself so serious money
-why get 2 monitors when you have not even achieved a 1200 rig (where rigs tend to end up with the components that have the best performance)
January 30, 2013 8:45:35 PM

I've never overclocked before. Not sure if I'm knowledgeable enough to do so. My budget without the monitors is about $800. Thanks for your help.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 8:48:36 PM

Here is my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1035.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 17:49 EST-0500)

You don't need the k version CPU unless you are overclocking. The 3470 will perform equally as well for gaming. The 7970 will crush the 660 Ti, especially in a dual monitor setup. The 200R is a nice case, but you can save there too. You don't need black edition HDD, they are overrated and over-priced. The blue editions will be just fine. The XFX is a much more reliable PSU.
January 30, 2013 8:59:14 PM

We'll be repurposing my current PC and monitor. I'd like to run two monitors for playing EVE.
January 30, 2013 9:00:04 PM

Since I'm assuming you won't overclock then here is my recommended buy sticking to the $800 budget.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AwOe

This is also assuming you don't need an OS.
a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 9:03:31 PM

no. i have yet to hear about someone gaming on 2 monitors at the same time
a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 9:04:28 PM

meltona2 said:
We'll be repurposing my current PC and monitor. I'd like to run two monitors for playing EVE.


Either a triple monitor setup or a single monitor.
Get a better single monitor and a 120GB SSD, my suggestion : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AwSK
It covers all the thing you need.
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