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My finished $3.3k gaming Rig- Thoughts

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February 20, 2013 5:25:01 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EHSQ

i recently won $5k from the lottery :bounce:  and decided to pay off an credit debt + build an extreme gaming PC.

i realize that i could crush anything out there with much less, but i started off with the intention to go overboard.

any thoughts?
February 20, 2013 5:34:39 AM

BoltHead513 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EHSQ

i recently won $5k from the lottery :bounce:  and decided to pay off an credit debt + build an extreme gaming PC.

i realize that i could crush anything out there with much less, but i started off with the intention to go overboard.

any thoughts?


If this is "Just" for gaming, do yourself a favor and buy an i7-3770K with the Asus Maximus V Extreme
and buy 16GB of RAM instead of 32.

Trash the 3 7970 and get a GTX 690 SLI setup if you wanna splurge.

You'll be playing games on Ultra for 4-6 years.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 6:04:22 AM

Looks nice, but again, if it is just for gaming, i would rather pay half that price for a decent todays rig and spend the extra on upgrades in the coming years. You will look back on this rig in 5-10 years time and it will be out classed by newer things. 3x 7970 is way overkill for todays games, unless you are going 6 monitor eyefinity. If you are only playing on a single moniter, one 7970 is plenty. If you plan to 3 screen eyefinity, i suggest crossifiring

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($127.39 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($155.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1417.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 03:03 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 6:31:41 AM

If you want to go overboard, do it on things that will stand the test of time.

Make yourself a reasonable rig (Camohanna's for instance) and invest the rest in more permanent components. So get some nice 2560x1600 IPS monitors, an even more overkill case (Silverstone TJ-07/Corsair 900D, something from Mountain Mods), a killer custom water loop.
Because as has been pointed out, in a few years the 7970's and the 3930K (about $2000) will be equivalent to mid-range or low end hardware, but the case, cooling and monitors will still be useful long after that time.

militar3rd said:
Trash the 3 7970 and get a GTX 690 SLI setup if you wanna splurge.

You'll be playing games on Ultra for 4-6 years.


Nope, nothing will last that long. Its like saying that a Core 2 Duo Extreme and dual 8800GT's will max out Crysis 3.
February 20, 2013 8:03:49 AM

I'm with splurging on monitors and things that will last:
A good PSU
Monitor... or 3
The i5, listed above is still a killer cpu and cheap.
I'm not sure about 690's yet, you hear mixed views but a single 7970ghz edition sounds very nice. You can get like 1.1 factory clocked so warranty is all good n tidy.

Grats on the lotto win, wish I was in your position :) 
All the best,
Marqo
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