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February 18, 2013 8:17:03 AM

Im looking at building a new gaming PC, now i have had previous experience in building PC's but they have all been intel. Im curious to whether i should stick to Intel or move to AMD, my budget is $2000. I have built a list of parts for an Intel rig, it would be much appreciated if someone could guide me on compatiblility and the purchase of useless parts. My goal is to build a PC that will last me for the next 4-5yrs.

Intel build:
CPU: Intel i7 3770 - $295
MotherBoard: MSI Z77 MPOWER - $205
Ram: Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 - $229
HDD: OCZ Vertex4 SATA3 256G - $229
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Superclocked (X2) - $678
PowerSupply: Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W TPQ-1200 - $255
Case: NZXT Switch 810 Case Gun Metal - $205
CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU Cooler - $79

Total: $2159

Prices from pccasegear and msy

Thanks.

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February 18, 2013 8:20:05 AM

What is the usage of said PC?
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February 18, 2013 8:27:36 AM

There's no point spending that much cash these days, considering that things are cheap (compared to the past) and are only going to get cheaper.

You are overspending on CPU and RAM, and probably underspending on graphics.

A $800 worth of hardware gets you i5 3550, 2x4GB DDR3 1600 and GTX 670. This will easily last you 5 years, and if you don't like it, just upgrade it 2-3 years from later with the $1200 saved and get an even more powerful system later!
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February 18, 2013 8:27:38 AM

There's no point spending that much cash these days, considering that things are cheap (compared to the past) and are only going to get cheaper.

You are overspending on CPU and RAM, and probably underspending on graphics.

A $800 worth of hardware gets you i5 3550, 2x4GB DDR3 1600 and GTX 670. This will easily last you 5 years, and if you don't like it, just upgrade it 2-3 years from later with the $1200 saved and get an even more powerful system later!
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February 18, 2013 8:46:16 AM

Here.... Pick your own case... I'd use the 670 until you were no longer content, and then buy another one. I honestly don't think you need this kind of build to make it 5 years, but this is definitely a high end pc.

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 ($80.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 OC Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($390.04 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1647.25 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 05:51 EST-0500)
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February 18, 2013 9:37:03 AM

eyeage said:
What is the usage of said PC?


Daily use and gaming
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February 18, 2013 9:38:55 AM

quas said:
There's no point spending that much cash these days, considering that things are cheap (compared to the past) and are only going to get cheaper.

You are overspending on CPU and RAM, and probably underspending on graphics.

A $800 worth of hardware gets you i5 3550, 2x4GB DDR3 1600 and GTX 670. This will easily last you 5 years, and if you don't like it, just upgrade it 2-3 years from later with the $1200 saved and get an even more powerful system later!


I have been doing that method for the past 6 years, where i upgrade to something new every 2-3 years. Although i wanted to see whether it was feasible to spend more and not have to upgrade again. I suppose i was doing the right thing.

Thanks for your advice appreciate it.
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February 18, 2013 9:40:40 AM

eyeage said:
Here.... Pick your own case... I'd use the 670 until you were no longer content, and then buy another one. I honestly don't think you need this kind of build to make it 5 years, but this is definitely a high end pc.

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 ($80.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 OC Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($390.04 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1647.25 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 05:51 EST-0500)



Thanks for taking the time to help, appreciate it.
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February 18, 2013 9:43:29 AM

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