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Building New PC Gaming Rig For Streaming/Recording - $2000 Budget

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February 8, 2013 6:11:42 PM

I'm a Tribes player, currently playing Tribes: Ascend.

The game is very poorly optimized and you need a system that's way better than what they recommend.

Here's what they recommend:

  1. OS: Windows 7 64-bit
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  3. CPU: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
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  5. RAM: 4GB
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  7. GPU: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB video ram or better and Shader Model3.0+ support (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).


Anyway, I want to be able to run Tribes: Ascend at 120+ FPS, without dipping much below 120 if at all, while recording/streaming.

I wanna go Intel/Nvidia.

Is this reasonable to assume a new $2000 PC could do this. If not, how much more would I have to spend?

I'm starting from scratch, so I need everything.

What do you guys recommend?

Thanks in advance!

Edit:

Also looking at getting a 120 hz monitor. What do you guys recommend?

Edit #2:

Looking for good gaming keyboard as well.
February 8, 2013 6:14:18 PM

$2000 i think is more than enough to fulfill all your requirements
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February 8, 2013 7:44:08 PM

the odds are that you cant tell the difference between 60 and 120fps.spending to getting more than 60 is often stupid

get this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=73133&vpn=F3%2D12800CL...

hard drive
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1312

case. unbeatable for the price
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75044&promoid=1312

the rest of the stuff
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ch4q

you should be able to max out the game
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February 8, 2013 9:42:22 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the odds are that you cant tell the difference between 60 and 120fps.spending to getting more than 60 is often stupid


The only reason I want 120 fps is because I'm considering getting a 120 hz monitor.

Speaking of which, what 120 hz monitor would you guys recommend?

I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to 120 hz monitors, and I don't know if tearing occurs, or if it's noticeable when your frames drop below 120 FPS. I'm open ears to some education on the matter, though.
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February 8, 2013 10:18:13 PM

personally i cant really tell the difference between 60 and 120hz so i went the IPS route. much better colours, no fading colours when you look at a slight angle, and just better overall

asus and benq have good 120hz panels if you are interested. colour is pretty bad compared to asus' pro art series but if you want speed, you got it
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February 8, 2013 10:51:57 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cj5s

You could switch to a better motherboard without too much trouble.

Left you enough room for a monitor while still coming under-budget.

Good luck on your build.
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February 11, 2013 11:07:45 AM

So, I think I'm going to go ahead and order the parts this week, but I still haven't made up my mind about any of the parts.

More suggestions are very much appreciated and welcomed.

Also, I'm looking to get a nice gaming keyboard, as my current keyboard is completely worn out. Any gaming keyboard suggestions?
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February 11, 2013 7:31:43 PM

yea i personally have a 120Hz monitor(benq) and i can't really tell a difference and i do use it to play some 3-D games but it gets boring and tiring after. Get a 1440p monitor if you want to spend money on it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($679.84 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1992.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 16:31 EST-0500)
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February 22, 2013 11:27:49 AM

the 690 is beter but you need a watercooling loop that you dont have

either one is overkill and a total waste. wouldnt recommend.
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February 25, 2013 8:04:01 AM

If I did get the 690, what watercooling loop would you recommend?


Also, what do you guys think about this monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Edit:

When is the Nvidia 700 series coming out? How much will the 600 series drop in price when they do? Will it be worth waiting for them?
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February 25, 2013 9:56:26 AM

i wouldnt bother watercooling a 690 if i was to ever to get one. wreaks the entire looks. go grab 2 670s and water cool that. performs the same

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i wouldnt game at 120/144hz. id rather have a slower 60hz IPS panel and get a much better image rather than a low quality and fast image

no one knows. if you need a GPU get it now
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February 25, 2013 6:39:55 PM

I have a 120Hz, its not worth it. It does look very smooth in games but i would rather opt for a 1440p monitor if i were to drop that much money on the monitor

I suggest this monitor which is a steal considering that it usually costs $200 more
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-LEONIDAS-30-LED-25...
(went up in price, used to be $600 lower)
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February 25, 2013 7:33:19 PM

i wouldnt get it. the stand isnt that great and the fact that it will take up a ton of desk space isnt very viable to some people
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February 25, 2013 7:53:14 PM

of course there are other options i am just saying that i would prefer this one.

another great monitor would be ASUS 1440p monitor around the same price
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February 25, 2013 8:10:30 PM

byogamingpc said:
If you're planning on doing any video editing you may as well get a processor with hyperthreading and plenty of RAM never hurts. This build will fit well within your budget...

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor = $302.38 http://amzn.to/13bv2bL
CPU Cooler
Noctua Ultra Silent CPU Cooler Cooling NH-U9B SE2 = $58.95 http://amzn.to/XWWBO7
Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99 - $10 Rebate = $79.99 http://amzn.to/YweXt7
Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 = $94.99 http://bit.ly/VJ18H2
Storage
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive = $115.99 http://amzn.to/XBR546
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive = $136.99 http://amzn.to/13KYr85
GPU
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition = $429.99 http://amzn.to/XxsAbo
Case
Corsair Obsidian Series Black 800D Full Tower = $273.99 http://amzn.to/13bw2wq
Power Supply
Seasonic SS-1050XM ATX 1050W = $199.99 http://amzn.to/V2n2WO (Still has room for Xfire)
Optical Drive
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer = $17.99 http://amzn.to/ZvSo6X
Operating System Software
Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit​ = ​$95.88 http://amzn.to/VJ1LQP (You could get 7 but you may as well get 8 since it will be the new standard eventually, up to you)
Monitor
Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit Monitor = $185.76 http://amzn.to/YSSKU0
Keyboard
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 = $51.00 http://amzn.to/VJ2hyt

Hope this helps! =)


Pointless money being put into the GPU,PSU,and the Case. I would also say the same for the CPU/mobo too.

The Mobo only has 1 PCIe 16x slot so you will not be able to CFX/SLI so either lower down the CPU to a xeon and the PSU to a 500-600W or up the Mobo to something better.

1000W is not needed for a dual GPU config, just get 750-850W

800D absolutely overpriced an unnecessary

get a regular 7970 for a $50 less and OC to the GHz version

doesn't really matter what version of OS you get, i suggest obuntu for free or whatever is cheaper between 7/8

These DIMMs are $10 cheaper and will do the same thing as your ram
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d...

The ASUS 247H is not an IPS monitor get this one instead
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If wanting to drop $10+ on a keyboard get a mech keyboard(seriously don't waste your time on all of those $30-50 they feel like $10 microsoft keyboards that just have some backlit LEDs)
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February 25, 2013 8:10:36 PM

byogamingpc said:
If you're planning on doing any video editing you may as well get a processor with hyperthreading and plenty of RAM never hurts. This build will fit well within your budget...

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor = $302.38 http://amzn.to/13bv2bL
CPU Cooler
Noctua Ultra Silent CPU Cooler Cooling NH-U9B SE2 = $58.95 http://amzn.to/XWWBO7
Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99 - $10 Rebate = $79.99 http://amzn.to/YweXt7
Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 = $94.99 http://bit.ly/VJ18H2
Storage
Crucial m4 128GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive = $115.99 http://amzn.to/XBR546
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive = $136.99 http://amzn.to/13KYr85
GPU
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition = $429.99 http://amzn.to/XxsAbo
Case
Corsair Obsidian Series Black 800D Full Tower = $273.99 http://amzn.to/13bw2wq
Power Supply
Seasonic SS-1050XM ATX 1050W = $199.99 http://amzn.to/V2n2WO (Still has room for Xfire)
Optical Drive
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer = $17.99 http://amzn.to/ZvSo6X
Operating System Software
Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit​ = ​$95.88 http://amzn.to/VJ1LQP (You could get 7 but you may as well get 8 since it will be the new standard eventually, up to you)
Monitor
Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit Monitor = $185.76 http://amzn.to/YSSKU0
Keyboard
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110 = $51.00 http://amzn.to/VJ2hyt

Hope this helps! =)


id throw some input in this listing

-the z77 pro3 is super low quality. not recommended by sins hardware (they do extensive motherboard tests) to even overclock whatsoever
-i can find a u12p se2 for a dollar more
-kingston 1.5v black ram is 69.99 elsewhere
-sandisk ultra plus performs better for 89.99
-3tb hard drive is cheaper at 129.99 at us.ncix
-there is no reason to get a 7970 ghz when a regular edition can overclock to the same level. i can find a 7970 from sapphire for 379.99
-there isnt any reason to get such a large case with such a low quality board inside.
-no reason to get 1000w. the fact that you cannot even run 2 way efficiently leaves no reason to get 1000w
-there are better monitors for the money. i believe the vs247 is 169.99 or 149.99 at us.ncix
-for 8 bucks more i can get a mechanical keyboard
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February 25, 2013 8:13:38 PM

id get this over a vs239h. has quickfit, a much better stand, and a better panel
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AS-PB238Q&c=CJ

quickfit is really useful if you are trying to print something. puts a grid over your monitor to help size documents to the size that you want it to appear
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February 25, 2013 8:14:10 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id throw some input in this listing

-the z77 pro3 is super low quality. not recommended by sins hardware (they do extensive motherboard tests) to even overclock whatsoever
-i can find a u12p se2 for a dollar more
-kingston 1.5v black ram is 69.99 elsewhere
-sandisk ultra plus performs better for 89.99
-3tb hard drive is cheaper at 129.99 at us.ncix
-there is no reason to get a 7970 ghz when a regular edition can overclock to the same level. i can find a 7970 from sapphire for 379.99
-there isnt any reason to get such a large case with such a low quality board inside.
-no reason to get 1000w. the fact that you cannot even run 2 way efficiently leaves no reason to get 1000w
-there are better monitors for the money. i believe the vs247 is 169.99 or 149.99 at us.ncix
-for 8 bucks more i can get a mechanical keyboard


lol pretty much had the same thoughts
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February 25, 2013 8:18:04 PM

boulbox said:
lol pretty much had the same thoughts


yeah i realized that after i pressed the post button and saw yours above mine
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March 15, 2013 6:43:48 AM

I have finally have made up my mind and I'm going to get two GTX 670's and go the SLI route.

Will two 670's still work with the rest of the stuff you guys suggested?

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March 15, 2013 4:29:13 PM

prices shot up since feburary.
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March 16, 2013 5:27:13 PM

TheBigTroll said:
prices shot up since feburary.


I want to go ahead and get 16 GB of RAM, but wasn't sure what's the best kind to get with the setup you recommended.

I think I'm going to get exactly what you recommended.

I plan on ordering the parts in about two weeks from now, so if you don't mind, go ahead and suggest what 16 GB of RAM to get with the setup you posted, and then before I order all the parts I can reevaluate my rig with you before I purchase it.

Only reason I want to go ahead and finalize everything is because I might possibly order it sooner, but I'm definitely not waiting any longer than two weeks from tomorrow.

Thanks again.
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March 16, 2013 6:37:15 PM

TheBigTroll said:
i only recommended 16gb of ram because it was cheap. prices have almost doubled since the last time of posting. if you still want it, here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Doesn't CAS make a difference? Last time you suggested CAS 9, now this time CAS 10?

Also, is there any reason why I should get 4 GB version of the GTX 670 vs the 2 GB? Someone said you should get extra VRAM for SLI, but I don't understand why you would need more just for SLI, unless you were doing a triple monitor setup or something.

I will only be using this on a single 1080p monitor.
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March 16, 2013 6:42:28 PM

last time because it was cheaper. this time, this is cheaper. you cant tell the difference between cas 9 and 10 in real life. only in benchmarks

yeah there is no reason to get the 4gb 670. it cant use it properly anyways
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