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February 15, 2013 12:46:10 PM

Looking to build a gaming rig. Also this will be my first rig build (I will take pics and post them when done).
Please no need to be gentle with me, if I mess up lingo, component combos or the like let me know.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 3-4 months

Budget Range: 1500 buckaroos

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and some movie watching.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: fresh build, so all

Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Location: New Hampshire, USA

Parts Preferences: None really, I have selected Intel however

Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: I would like it as quiet as possible.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I think it was time I finally build a rig that would last a while that I could just upgrade components on as needed/wanted.

Here's the list for your consideration.

Case: NXZT Phantom Black & Orange
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Gigabyte GA z77X-up5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Chipset: Intel i7-3770k Ivy bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G-Skill Sniper 2x4gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: LiteON 12x Blu-ray internal http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair TX series 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Win8 Pro (64bit) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 15, 2013 12:53:18 PM

after 3 months price will change and maybe the 700 series will come out or the 8000 series so need to ask now
February 15, 2013 12:58:52 PM

that is an outside ball park I am hoping that I am way off and can pick this all up next month. If that helps any.
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February 15, 2013 1:07:48 PM

i can pick you parts but they may get more expensice but not alot or cheaper
so its always better to ask before buying by a day or 2
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 1:09:33 PM

Since this is a gaming setup, and if you are close to budget, i'd drop to 3570k and dump the extra cash into a faster gpu

If u dont know the ram will clear the evo, just get low profile so u dont have to work around it.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 1:27:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.17 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1198.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 10:26 EST-0500)

You dont need an i7 for gaming its not worth the price/performance
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 1:33:40 PM

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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1368.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 10:33 EST-0500)
February 15, 2013 1:44:07 PM

As for the i5 vs. the i7 does the i7 provide any "future proofing" advantages over the i5?
February 15, 2013 1:50:55 PM

Future proofing doesn't exist.

Buy the best you can now, that's about all you can do.

I would also suggest the i5.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 1:51:32 PM

If its in the budget you might as well, but not at the cost of a higher end gpu, imho.
February 15, 2013 5:58:37 PM

So i5 it is.
a b 4 Gaming
February 15, 2013 7:16:13 PM

With either of the systems that we posted for you still have money to upgrade on some items as well
February 16, 2013 11:56:22 AM

Are the solid state drives for the OS?
a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2013 1:58:17 PM

Yes, OS and anything u want to load fast (like games)
a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2013 1:58:41 PM

Yes, OS and anything u want to load fast (like games)
a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2013 7:35:24 PM

It all depends on the games your playing
February 23, 2013 9:34:26 AM

Mostly games like WoW, RIFT, DiabloIII and the like.
a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 10:02:49 AM

tanglefish said:
Mostly games like WoW, RIFT, DiabloIII and the like.

You would see better performance out of the AMD card for those games, but why buy something so powerful for those games? You really don't need to spend that much, those are hardly demanding titles at all. If you are an MMO gamer most of them are highly optimized which means you don't need top of the line hardware to run those games. A 7850 would be able to max those games for 3-5 years without a problem.
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