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$1600-$1700 PC Gaming-First time build

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February 7, 2013 4:09:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the month

Budget Range: $1600-$1700 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, watching movies, browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preference on Amazon and Newegg, but it doesn't really matter

Location: Ames, Iowa, USA

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if I do it would probably be a few months down the road

Your Monitor Resolution: Need a monitor

Additional Comments: None

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 5 year old laptop is nearing death, and I'm in bad need of an upgrade

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I completed a build, but it's my first time building a PC, so I'm very uncertain as to if this is optimal. As a note, I will be able to purchase the CPU from Microcenter

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1555.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 01:07 EST-0500)

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
February 7, 2013 4:11:38 AM

That's pretty good except you can save more money on an i5-3570k and just get an Air cooler.
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February 7, 2013 4:30:06 AM

By streaming, do you mean uploading live footage of gameplay, or just watching Youtube/Twitch type streaming?
If its the live gameplay, then a 3770k may be worth it, but otherwise just go for the 3570k. The i7's Hyperthreading wont help you in games.

Agree on the cooling, get a 212 EVO, it will give good temps under a decent overclock and is far cheaper than that H100i.

Use the saved cash on a better case, something like a HAF-XM would go well with this build.
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February 7, 2013 4:35:24 AM

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By streaming, do you mean uploading live footage of gameplay, or just watching Youtube/Twitch type streaming?
If its the live gameplay, then a 3770k may be worth it, but otherwise just go for the 3570k. The i7's Hyperthreading wont help you in games.


Sorry for the ambiguity, by streaming I mean live streaming, so the twitch.tv type streaming
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February 7, 2013 4:39:20 AM

But are you uploading or downloading?
Uploading will be more intensive CPU wise, as chances are whatever program you will be using will have to compress the footage on the fly to get a nice upload speed if your using a decent resolution. So a 3770k will be better here.
Downloading/watching Livestreams doesn't require CPU grunt at all, so an i7's performance is wasted here.
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February 7, 2013 4:45:18 AM

Ugh, that was really dumb of me, apologizes, I mean uploading. So then it looks like the 3770k would be a better buy in this situation?
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February 7, 2013 5:19:32 AM

your build is nice , but have a look into this also and "Note" by buying the cpu from microcenter the price will be $1490

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1580.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 02:19 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2013 12:29:21 PM

Best answer selected by PGiven.
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February 7, 2013 12:29:31 PM

Thank you for your help everyone
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