First time pc build for gaming

Im looking to make a pc for the first time ever and i was wondering if i could get some advice on parts since im pretty illiterate when it comes to this stuff. I have a 24 inch monitor already so i dont need one of those and my budget is about $1500 for all the parts including an OS. Dont need a keyboard or mouse either. I play alot of mmos like skyrim, gw2, wow, and also play like bf3, far cry 3 and stuff like that and also plan on getting crysis 3 when it drops so i just want somthing that could run those well. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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  1. My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1428.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    If you prefer nvidia, get a 670 GTX.
  2. Wow thanks for the quick response! Another question i have is not now but maybe some time in the future i might get another monitor and run a dual monitor display so im wondering would this be able to handle that?
  3. Yes, it supports triple monitor, the card itself is a beast, you can always add another one later, the motherboard supports it and the psu too.
  4. Thanks that sounds great. Appreciate the help
  5. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AXOM
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AXOM/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AXOM/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.12 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1328.82
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 00:55 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $1372.62
    Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
    Total: $1362.62

    nice build but 2x7870s xt version will blow up 1 single 7970.
  6. So after going over my money i have $2000 to spend now so i figured id use the same thread rather then start a new one so yea would love suggestions for a $2000 build if someone could help me out
  7. shur
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bhqu
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bhqu/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bhqu/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($80.72 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($259.88 @ Mwave)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.84 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1927.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 14:49 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $1977.15
    Shipping: $9.89
    Total: $1987.04

    :D
  8. Hoodrych2421 said:
    So after going over my money i have $2000 to spend now so i figured id use the same thread rather then start a new one so yea would love suggestions for a $2000 build if someone could help me out


    If you have a single monitor with maximum resolution of 1080p, a single 7970 ghz edition will maxout any game.
    If you have some more to spare i'd get a larger ssd and hdd, the link is custom because ncix right now doesn't show in pcpartpicker : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bmke

    If you have or planning to do a triple monitor setup add another card, it will cover the costs.
  9. little late to the party but whynot.

    decent recommandation tho :P
  10. djangoringo said:
    If you have a single monitor with maximum resolution of 1080p, a single 7970 ghz edition will maxout any game.
    If you have some more to spare i'd get a larger ssd and hdd, the link is custom because ncix right now doesn't show in pcpartpicker : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bmke

    If you have or planning to do a triple monitor setup add another card, it will cover the costs.


    Well my desk isnt big enough to do a triple monitor setup so a 2 monitor setup is probably as big as id go. So would i need another gfx card for a 2 monitor setup or would 1 card be just fine? I ask because im building the comp purely for just gaming because im used to store bought pcs and just putting gfx cards in them so i want this one to be able to run whatever i throw at it with no problems
  11. No, either a single monitor for gaming or a triple monitor, so just play at a single monitor.
    You can use two the monitors but not for gaming, it requires three monitors.
    A single card supports it, it's just for the performance it's better two cards for triple monitor.
    So a single card 7970 ghz edition is fine for you.
  12. u would need 2 cards, witch i already suggested for dual screen for gaming :)
  13. You have to have a triple monitor setup, two monitors won't do(gaming, eyefinity) , it's not needed two cards for a dual monitor setup(one for gaming, the other for other stuff).
  14. no i meant for running double monitor in gaming.

    im pretty shur u can run dual monitor, even if the atis have eyeinfinity.
  15. It has to be a triple monitor setup for it, not dual.
  16. weird my friends had 2 graphic cards and ran 2 monitors.

    thanks for the info.
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