Mid-range Gaming Build

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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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. my first question is why would you need 2 monitors?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AwKi
  5. TheBigTroll said:
    my first question is why would you need 2 monitors?
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AwKi


    Wondering the same thing BigTroll :)
  6. We'll be repurposing my current PC and monitor. I'd like to run two monitors for playing EVE.
  7. 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.
  8. no. i have yet to hear about someone gaming on 2 monitors at the same time
  9. 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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