Building a Gaming Rig.

I am in the process of pricing and buying components to build "Ethl" my gaming rig.

Purchase Date: On going
Budget: Around $1400
Usage: Mostly Gaming, some movie watching
Monitor: not buying
Parts to Upgrade/Purchase: Case, Mobo, chipset, Fan, PSU, Vid Card, HD, Ram, Optical, OS
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Preffered Site: Newegg.com
Parts Pref: Best avail.
Overclocking: maybe (not comfortable at this time)
Monitor Res: 1920X1080

I would like a nice quiet PC

Games I play mostly are RIFT, WoW, Diablo III Would love to run them all with stupid awesome graphics.

List of Stuff I am looking at picking up.

Case: NZXT Phantom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146073
Mobo: Gigabtye GA-z77x-up5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559
Chipset: Intel i7-3770k Ivy bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501
GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651
PSU Corsiar TX Series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
HD: Segate Barracuda 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
RAM: 8 comes with the Mobo(however if you all suggest more/better) G-Skill Sniper low voltage http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

Optical: LiteON 12x Blu-Ray http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106451
Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&Tpk=Hyper%20212%20Evo

OS: Win8 Pro (64 bit) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416552

I think I have covered everything. If not please feel to point out what I missed. I am very new to this. This list was compiled mostly from reading reviews and the forums here for what information I could. I would like to thank everyone in advance whom takes the time to chime in on my build idea's. Please feel free to say what ever you thinks needs to be said. You will not hurt my feelings, trust me on that one.
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  1. looks good, i would downgrade the cpu to 3570k and get a better graphics
  2. Your build is horribly underpowered for gaming. Drop the i7 for an i5 3570k since i7s aren't significantly better in gaming, and then get at least an HD 7970 or GTX 680. Also get an SSD. I'd get windows 7 instead of 8, but just my personal preference.

    With $1400, you could be getting significantly more powerful components.
  3. morgoth780 said:
    Your build is horribly underpowered for gaming. Drop the i7 for an i5 3570k since i7s aren't significantly better in gaming, and then get at least an HD 7970 or GTX 680. Also get an SSD. I'd get windows 7 instead of 8, but just my personal preference.

    With $1400, you could be getting significantly more powerful components.


    +1.

    What games are you planning on playing? And how much are you playing a day? What settings do you need? etc.
  4. I'd go with something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1419.80
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 10:01 EST-0500)

    You can go with cheaper HD7970, like non-GHz Gigabyte WF3 or Sapphire standard model for about $390, and if you are willing to buy DVD burner without BD support, you will save about $110 total. Invest this money in SSD.
  5. Most important piece of hardware in gaming PC is graphics card so it's important to get the best for your money, depending on the budget.
    Hyper Threading (provided by i7) won't make a difference in games, especially the ones you've listed. Overclocking the CPU will have much greater impact.
    The board you chose is way overpriced for your needs, unless you really need Thunderbolt connectivity.
    750W PSU is way too big for single GPU system.
    I feel like 1TB HDD is quite a low amount nowadays, also spending that much money and not having an SSD is borderline criminal :ange:.
    You can save a few bucks on OS if you won't take advantage of Windows 8 Pro. Check the differences here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions#Comparison_chart

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (OEM) (32-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1449.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 10:04 EST-0500)
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($393.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.71 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1416.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 10:21 EST-0500)
  7. To play RIFT, WoW, Diablo III ..you really don't need to spend a lot of money. A $1000 build would max out those games.

    Its comical to think people would buy a 7970 for Diablo III or WoW. You can get buy with a $125 GPU such as a 7770 and it'll rip through all those games.

    Look into $1000 builds with a 7770.
  8. envy14tpe said:
    To play RIFT, WoW, Diablo III ..you really don't need to spend a lot of money. A $1000 build would max out those games.

    Its comical to think people would buy a 7970 for Diablo III or WoW. You can get buy with a $125 GPU such as a 7770 and it'll rip through all those games.

    Look into $1000 builds with a 7770.


    You never know. Maybe he wants to play other games later.
  9. Well if you drop a Grand on a gaming PC, anything less than a 7950/660ti would be criminally wrong (imho).
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