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February 5, 2013 1:17:20 AM

I would really appreciate some help with my new build as I am new to home-brew computers and could use as much help as possible! Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of this month, unless I should wait for Haswells.


Budget Range: $2300-$2350+. An extra $50, if it greatly improves it is fine. All prices after tax and rebates.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, browsing, streaming.


Are you buying a monitor: Yes, for gaming with high refresh rate and low input lag. I am including it in this budget!

Parts Not Needed: Mouse, Headphones.



Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever, as long as it isn't illegal and isn't shipped from like, Siberia.

Location: NYC!


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, NVIDIA graphics.


Overclocking: Yes, maybe later for extra power. Now if you think I should.


SLI or Crossfire: No, too expensive after the monitor.


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, 24 inch, as aforementioned has to have low input lag and fast refresh rate.

Additional Comments: Make it look not ugly. If possible keep it quiet-ish. Also, I need a good sound card I believe for the Astro A40's I'm going to get. Also, I am buying a keyboard, a Razer Blackwidow. Brownie points if it looks cool with my computer!

Thanks, efngn
February 5, 2013 1:35:34 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.21 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Intel X25-M 160GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($26.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($165.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($296.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2085.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 22:35 EST-0500)

Well below your budget. Looks nice, lots of room to tuck cables in that case. It'll laugh at just about any game you through at it.
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February 5, 2013 4:15:44 PM

1vh1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.21 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Intel X25-M 160GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($26.99 @ Best Buy)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($165.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($296.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2085.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 22:35 EST-0500)

Well below your budget. Looks nice, lots of room to tuck cables in that case. It'll laugh at just about any game you through at it.



Both X79 and the Xeon are wasted purchases for gaming. You don't need either one of them. If you're going to spend $2300 on a PC you'd better be prepared to overclock and with a Xeon / B75 combo you forfeit that option. This is not what I would suggest.

I would get this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ 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 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1738.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 13:15 EST-0500)

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February 5, 2013 4:37:57 PM

You don't need a sound card for that headset, the asrock extreme 6 has a good audio onboard, the realtek ALC898.
I listed a monitor with 144 hz and 1ms, a mechanical gaming keyboard, the os, two 670 gtx, a high performance cooler and very quiet one, a silent quality case, a high quality modular psu and the os.

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 ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
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)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl ($89.99)
Other: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive ($89.99)
Total: $2152.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The hdd is this one : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66010&vpn=ST2000DM001&...
The case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75044&promoid=1292
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February 5, 2013 5:04:48 PM

djangoringo said:
You don't need a sound card for that headset, the asrock extreme 6 has a good audio onboard, the realtek ALC898.
I listed a monitor with 144 hz and 1ms, a mechanical gaming keyboard, the os, two 670 gtx, a high performance cooler and very quiet one, a silent quality case, a high quality modular psu and the os.


I generally leave things like keyboard, mouse, and speakers open ended because most of that is personal preference anyways - pretty much everyone's tastes are different in this area.
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February 5, 2013 6:32:25 PM

djangoringo said:
You don't need a sound card for that headset, the asrock extreme 6 has a good audio onboard, the realtek ALC898.
I listed a monitor with 144 hz and 1ms, a mechanical gaming keyboard, the os, two 670 gtx, a high performance cooler and very quiet one, a silent quality case, a high quality modular psu and the os.


I'm so happy I saw this. I've been waiting for months to buy a decent 120+hz monitor, but $400 and up was just too much money for a TN panel. I can swing $289 though :wahoo: 

If I were the OP, I'd pick one of the last 2 builds. If you're spending $2000 on a gaming system and not getting dual graphics cards, you're doing it wrong.
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February 5, 2013 7:50:36 PM

Hmmm... Thanks for the feedback. From what I've heard, anything over 4 cores in a chip is wasted, as games can't use over 4 cores, with the exception being Battlefield 3. Thanks for the feedback. Also, I would like to know if I should wait for the Haswells. I'm not going to chose best answer yet, as I'm still open to new ideas. Also, people were coming up waaaay under-budget. That's great, but if it's dropping the performance of the computer, feel free to add more $!
Thanks,
efngn
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February 5, 2013 7:55:04 PM

The haswell cpus are coming in June, i don't know if you want to wait that long, but it's not going to be a huge improvement.
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February 5, 2013 8:08:58 PM

efngn said:
Hmmm... Thanks for the feedback. From what I've heard, anything over 4 cores in a chip is wasted, as games can't use over 4 cores, with the exception being Battlefield 3. Thanks for the feedback. Also, I would like to know if I should wait for the Haswells. I'm not going to chose best answer yet, as I'm still open to new ideas. Also, people were coming up waaaay under-budget. That's great, but if it's dropping the performance of the computer, feel free to add more $!
Thanks,
efngn


You're not coming out ahead purchasing a more expensive CPU - the aforementioned X79 and Xeon platforms really aren't meant for intensive gaming. The build I recommended includes dual GTX 670s which in SLI mode are equivalent to the GTX 690. The difference will allow you to get a nice monitor or two (or a solid 2560 x 1440 IPS panel), and whatever keyboard and mouse you want. Plus you also need to factor OS into the PC as well.
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February 5, 2013 8:42:03 PM

Best answer selected by efngn.
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