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New build for under 2500

Last response: in Systems
February 5, 2013 7:20:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within a month.
Budget Range: Before rebates: 2500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (World War II Online + other WWII games)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Starting at 0.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Win 7 Ultimate 64bit, and probably dualbooting to a hackintosh if the HW specs fit, mostly interested in the gaming, the dualboot to hackintosh is a nice to have)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference.
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Milwaukee, WI
Parts Preferences:
I'd like to build around these components:
Intel Core i7-3930K Hexa-Core Processor 3.2 Ghz 12 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73930K
2 X raided: OCZ Technology 128GB Vector Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 7 mm Height 2.5-Inch SSD with 95K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty- VTR1-25SAT3-128G
Overclocking: Amazingly enough, I don't know how.
SLI or Crossfire: Don't really understand the difference.
Your Monitor Resolution: need to buy one. <don't include monitor cost in the budget, but recommend a nice one>
Additional Comments: Would like it if it didn't make too much noise.
Why Are You Upgrading: Don't have a gaming PC currently.

More about : build 2500

February 5, 2013 8:32:22 PM

You don't come out ahead on a gaming rig by purchasing a 3930K or a Xeon. Too much investment for not a lot of performance gain in return for what you would get by purchasing a 3570K. These platforms really aren't meant for intensive gaming anyways. If it's future proofing that you're going for - keep in mind that there is no such thing as being completely future proof. Take that money instead and invest it in a good 1440p display.

There's no reason to purchase Windows 7 Ultimate either - save your money and get a Home Premium license instead. The OCZ Vector is a great choice for SSD but putting SSDs in RAID 0 or 1 is kind of pointless and will have a greater chance of failing than if you run them independently of each other.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.55 @ SuperBiiz)
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 ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($427.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($427.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($168.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.72 @ 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: $2075.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 17:32 EST-0500)