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1200-1500 Gaming/3DRendering Rig

Hello guys, I need some help getting a 1200-1500 gaming/3D Rendering rig. I haven't kept up with the hardware advances, therefore my knowledge in hardware is a tad (for lack of words :p) obsolete.

The price does not include monitor, keyboard, mouse or OS (I have the OS). I'll buy the rest apart.

Thanks in advance.

PS. Couple of things I would really like.

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM 16 GB at least.

Also, if possible various suggestion wanted. =)

Thanks djangoringo for the fast reply.
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  1. Best answer
    My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    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: $1341.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The case is this one :
    The hdd this one :
    This includes a high performance cooler and a quiet one, a quality silent case, the i7-3770k+16GB ram, a 670 GTX.
    If you prefer amd cards get the 7970 : (same price as the 670GTX).
    Also worth mention, is if you have a microcenter store near by, you can get the i7 for 230$ and the extreme 4 for 75 or 80$.
  2. For future suggestion, I'm getting that i7 from micro center today, so, please use this CPU.

    Again, thanks djangoringo for that Micro Center suggestion, 100 dollars saved on the CPU is extremely good. =)
  3. Yes, get the extreme 4 there too, it's cheaper.
    And the plextor ssd 256GB and the 670 gtx on microcenter.
    Also since you can access one, get the ram there :

    It's cheaper.
  4. So basically, everything is cheaper there :-p
  5. Yep, almost, somethings aren't.
  6. djangoringo said:
    Yep, almost, somethings aren't.

    also the extreme 4 (assuming this is the motherboard you put up there.) Is still at 130 in micro center, unless I'm missing something. =(
  7. When you buy the i7-3770k+z77 extreme 4 you get a discount combo, the mobo goes for 80$.
    See here :
  8. Best answer selected by lecrash.
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