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Finding a 1700$ Gaming Rig

Hello !
I want to buy my first gaming rig for budget of 1700$
i think its cheaper building it myself is it ?
and is this build good enough to play games on highest specs on a 1920*1080 monitor for few years?

i7 3820 (3.60 GHz,4cores) ( i think its the highest i7 base clock without overclock)
evga GTX 680 ( i will sli it later )
corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3 1600Mhz
Crucial M4 256 Go SATA Revision 3.0
Case :Zalman Z9 U3
Corsair GS800 Edition 2013 - Gaming Series 800W
Optical drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST
Asus P8Z77-V LK
Samsung SyncMaster S23B300B
and i will buy another 2To HDD later

thanks in advance ! :)
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  1. You won't need an i7 for gaming. This rig will do you much better.

    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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($132.03 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($161.10 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $1576.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 08:34 EST-0500)
  2. i will need the i7 for 3d and video encoding later :)
    is their any difference between the corsair vengance 8Gb ddr3 1600 and G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ?
    is the 7970 better than the gtx680 ? (i know it's cheaper but better ?)
    how much watt is enough for sli or crossfire ?
  3. You should mention that in your first post or people won't know :)

    No difference just the G.skill is generally cheaper.

    7970 and gtx680 are pretty much on par, one performs better in some games, the other, better in different games.

    750-850w is a good point to be around for xfire.
  4. thanks for your fast answers
    the problem with the i7 is that the 2011 motherboards are expensive :(
    is the cpu water cooler nessecary ?
    (i live in a place that could be really hot 45°C in summer)
  5. Get the i7-3770k with LGA1055.

    The difference won't be too big.
  6. Gtkill said:
    thanks for your fast answers
    the problem with the i7 is that the 2011 motherboards are expensive :(
    is the cpu water cooler nessecary ?
    (i live in a place that could be really hot 45°C in summer)


    No, water cooling shouldn't be necessary, a decent air cooler should be fine such as CM hyper 212 evo or Noctua NH-D14
  7. Best answer
    My build suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dsyv
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dsyv/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dsyv/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1428.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 03:12 EST-0500)
  8. Thanks for your suggestions , but isn't the 2011 motherboard better
    so i can upgrade to a 3970x for example later ?
    and i heard that the 680 gtx is a little bit better than the 7970 and the price difference worth it ?
  9. Motherboards do nothing that will increase performance of a computer ( I use this loosely.)
  10. No, i mean isn't a 2011 motherboard better so if i want to upgrade my cpu i don't have to change the motherboard because i think the best 1155 cpu is the 3770K (is it ?)
  11. Have you seen the price of a 3970x? You'd be better off, and probably cheaper, buying a new mobo and CPU at the time of upgrade.
  12. that's probably a wise decision :)
    Also what SSD capacity will be just enough (i plan to use it for OS,essential programs and some games)?
  13. 128gb is generally the norm for an SSD these days.
  14. 128gb seems sufficient,
    which video card perform better (in most games) 680 gtx or 7970 ?
    and is the price difference worth it ?
  15. Generally people will go for the 670 rather than 680. The 680 has roughly 5-10% performance increase but with a 25% price increase. The 7970 performs better in some games the 670 performs better in others. Its much of a nothingness if you ask me.
  16. Best answer selected by Gtkill.
  17. so that's my build is mostly gonna be :

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3 1600Mhz
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST
    Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)

    Thanks guys,
    that helps a lot ,
    i wish i could be a good member of this forum too :)
  18. Gtkill said:
    so that's my build is mostly gonna be :

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3 1600Mhz
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST
    Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)

    Thanks guys,
    that helps a lot ,
    i wish i could be a good member of this forum too :)


    Looks good (cause its mine :) ) Your welcome for you help and thanks for best answer.
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