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[New Build] Gaming and Digital art pc $1000-1500

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February 15, 2013 8:26:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This summer, by the end of May.

Budget Range: $1000-1500(Flexible but would like to keep it around this range. Highest I’ll go is $1800) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Digital art, video editing, and Live streaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All New

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: Oakland, CA/ United States

Parts Preferences:

Intel processor

Nvidia video card

CM Storm Stryker case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO built in WIFI (if possible)

Over-clocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: SLI (Just room for it for now until I have enough to get another card)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I'm a heavy gamer, do a lot of digital art ,video editing and going to start Live streaming my game play soon. I need a rig that can handle my gaming and allows me to work in multiple programs at a time. Also has as much airflow and is quiet as possible. The room it’s going to sit in gets warm sometimes. Thinking about some LED lights since the case does have a window. Overall it needs to be as high performance and enough space as my budget can get me plus enough room to upgrade it in the future. I also want to mention that this is my first build and first time building one so I’m really new to this.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My old desktop is broken and limited my gaming. I'm down to my laptop which can’t really handle all the games I play. Since my desktop is gone I haven’t been able to play half the games I play so I want to be able to play them again and be able to play them with better performance. I also do digital art and use programs like creative suite (such as photoshop, after effects, illustrator, etc) and coral painter, so I need to have a rig that won’t crash on me. I've been waiting a while to build a good gaming rig thought it was finally time to do it. I finally have time to build one that can handle what I do. Also I currently play games like Skyrim (with mods), Arma 2( DayZ also), The Secret World, and Borderlands 2.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 8:40:13 AM

This is a high quality build for near the top end of your budget. Tbh i think this is too much if you're only utilising 1 1080p monitor. Ill do a revised budget build shortly.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1529.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 05:39 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 8:49:48 AM

Here's an AMD alternative that's a bit cheaper

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
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 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1115.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 05:49 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 6:35:51 PM

mikerockett said:
This is a high quality build for near the top end of your budget. Tbh i think this is too much if you're only utilising 1 1080p monitor. Ill do a revised budget build shortly.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1529.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 05:39 EST-0500)


I was actually thinking about using multiple monitors since I use a few programs at once especially if I'm going to Live stream. So this would be a good build for what I needed. I'm also thinking about using liquid cooling since it gets really hot in the room. I chose the case because it seemed to have a lot of airflow and big enough to upgrade when i wanted to. As I said before my budget is pretty flexible so adding another video card to this, Would that be too much?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 6:44:10 PM

are you multi-monitor gaming or just running 1 monitor for games and another one for other stuff? adding another video card wont be necessary if you are only gaming on one monitor

liquid cooling is marketing. the noctua d14 cooler is as good as it gets for heatsinks. if you want liquid, go custom loops
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 6:52:31 PM

Big troll has pretty much covered all the points, i concur with his views.
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February 15, 2013 8:03:17 PM

TheBigTroll said:
are you multi-monitor gaming or just running 1 monitor for games and another one for other stuff? adding another video card wont be necessary if you are only gaming on one monitor

liquid cooling is marketing. the noctua d14 cooler is as good as it gets for heatsinks. if you want liquid, go custom loops


I'd be only using one monitor for gaming and the others to do other things such as when I live stream needing to watch the chat , record and play at the same time. Also when I work on my art projects I usually have multiple programs and sometimes i need to view them in two types of views. Other than that I just had a real bad experience with my desktop overheating and crashing so I just want to make sure it is cool enough. So i probably won't be getting liquid unless i really want to go that route.
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February 15, 2013 10:08:20 PM

Thanks guys. That's pretty much all I needed to know. I just wanted to take extra precautions before I went out buying anything.

Thanks again.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 10:57:49 PM

a gtx 670 will be fine for the job. if you were gaming on 3 panels, then id think about amd (but then you need physx for borderlands 2)

the noctua d14 is a 2 pound brick that sits ontop of your CPU. it runs mine at 55c at 4.5ghz full load

the phanteks (which is a 20 bucks cheaper) will be close to that
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February 16, 2013 1:11:29 AM

I'm going to stick with one monitor for gaming. I don't see a purpose in getting three for gaming other than my multitasking. Is there another suggestion for an optical drive for that build? I see the one that was suggested is discontinued. What about using the one in Big troll's build?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2013 6:58:22 AM

The one in the big trolls build will be fine yea. Tbh optical drives are probably one of the least worried over components. They're relatively cheap and don't often get used.
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February 16, 2013 11:41:01 AM

MiaGoRound25 said:
I'm going to stick with one monitor for gaming. I don't see a purpose in getting three for gaming other than my multitasking. Is there another suggestion for an optical drive for that build? I see the one that was suggested is discontinued. What about using the one in Big troll's build?


the ODD isnt really that useful. i tend to use it for playing older CDs. my build will suit you fine
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February 17, 2013 7:04:38 AM

Okay cool. I didn't put up what OS i'm using for this build and I was going to keep windows 7 which I currently use but should I upgrade to windows 8 is it any better or should i just stick with windows 7?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2013 12:27:21 PM

windows 8 is better, but then there is no start button. but that can be fixed by downloading one
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February 18, 2013 6:13:05 AM

Only reason not to switch to 8 would be any compatibility issues with hardware and software but most things should be able to work or will have a fix.
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February 28, 2013 1:11:18 AM

Best answer selected by MiaGoRound25.
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