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February 13, 2013 11:01:29 AM

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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a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 11:34:32 AM

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)
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February 13, 2013 2:25:39 PM

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 ?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2013 2:34:25 PM

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.
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February 13, 2013 3:05:54 PM

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)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 1:07:30 AM

Get the i7-3770k with LGA1055.

The difference won't be too big.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 6:04:17 AM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 6:12:31 AM

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)
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February 14, 2013 7:44:09 AM

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 ?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 10:26:56 PM

Motherboards do nothing that will increase performance of a computer ( I use this loosely.)
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February 15, 2013 1:38:31 PM

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 ?)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 1:53:13 PM

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.
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February 15, 2013 2:07:42 PM

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)?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 2:17:49 PM

128gb is generally the norm for an SSD these days.
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February 15, 2013 4:12:40 PM

128gb seems sufficient,
which video card perform better (in most games) 680 gtx or 7970 ?
and is the price difference worth it ?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 6:45:51 PM

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.
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February 15, 2013 9:57:49 PM

Best answer selected by Gtkill.
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February 15, 2013 10:03:12 PM

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 :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2013 10:59:37 PM

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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