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$1500 Gaming PC (Need Help)

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February 22, 2013 7:06:41 AM

Hello everyone,

I'm building a new pc mostly for gaming/editing/rendering.
For example: AfterFX, Photoshop, Vegas 12, BF3, CoD, FC3 and stuff like that.

Now this is where I'm looking at:

Purchase Date: Around two months. Reason for that is because my b'day is coming so I can gather up some money.

Budget: $1500.

System Usage: Heavy gaming, rendering and multitasking.

OS: Win7 Home Premium.

Mice, Keyboard, Monitor: Yes, it's included in the budget.

Overclocking: Probably yes

SLI/Crossfire: No

Preferred Website(s): Live in Holland so don't really have one.

Parts Preferences: Intel and NVidea all the way.



I already made a system myself: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F9IL

Note: I included the OS and peripherals in the budget. Without that it will be around $1200.
So if you guys decide to make a system, please do not include those peripherals.

Any suggestions/advice would be plenty:) .

Thanks in advance.
~ Me

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February 23, 2013 5:29:54 AM

IMHO you need an i7 processor if you going to use it for some rendering... a i7-3770 and a H77 MB and also exclude CPU cooler if you're not planning to overclock your system... a 650W PSU is more than enough for your build since you're not going to SLI/CF your system... as for the SSD, you can always add that into your system in the future...
a c 247 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 5:53:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.78 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer S212HLbd 21.5" Monitor ($145.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($44.99 @ Dell)
Total: $1419.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 02:51 EST-0500)

i7, slightly cheaper ram, slightly cheaper case with usb 3.0 in the front, slightly cheaper psu, a cheaper gpu. This should do better in editing things. Since your waiting 2months, follow around websites like newegg, tigerdirect, outletpc and ncix to check for deals. In 2months, you might be able to build something better.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 6:07:34 AM

TimeLass said:
IMHO you need an i7 processor if you going to use it for some rendering... a i7-3770 and a H77 MB and also exclude CPU cooler if you're not planning to overclock your system... a 650W PSU is more than enough for your build since you're not going to SLI/CF your system... as for the SSD, you can always add that into your system in the future...


Just get a xeon then, $100 less than an i7 and pretty much the same thing but with locked cores
a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 6:21:10 AM

This is what i would get

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.61 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($377.28 @ TigerDirect)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: SteelSeries 62022 Wired Optical Mouse ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1444.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 03:15 EST-0500)

You should really check out Steel series items, way better quality than razer(i have been a big fanatic about razer products in the past too and i switched to steel series because its cheaper and pretty much has the same things/all the things that i wanted/needed)

Got a bigger monitor for you(23") and it is an IPS monitor too

Changed the case to something that felt more appropriate
You can switch to this one if you don't mind the white/want a quiet case
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75047&promoid=1302
(original price of this case is $120! it has great quality but i guess the white version didn't sell as well as the other titanium and pearl black ones)

Added a different model of the GPU getting you a factory overclocked one and a non-reference model cooling design.

550W is really all you need and i added a fully modular supply that is gold rated
February 23, 2013 6:37:10 AM

boulbox said:
This is what i would get

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.61 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($377.28 @ TigerDirect)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: SteelSeries 62022 Wired Optical Mouse ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1444.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 03:15 EST-0500)

You should really check out Steel series items, way better quality than razer(i have been a big fanatic about razer products in the past too and i switched to steel series because its cheaper and pretty much has the same things/all the things that i wanted/needed)

Got a bigger monitor for you(23") and it is an IPS monitor too

Changed the case to something that felt more appropriate
You can switch to this one if you don't mind the white/want a quiet case
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75047&promoid=1302
(original price of this case is $120! it has great quality but i guess the white version didn't sell as well as the other titanium and pearl black ones)

Added a different model of the GPU getting you a factory overclocked one and a non-reference model cooling design.

550W is really all you need and i added a fully modular supply that is gold rated


+1 Dell U2312HM will be good too...
a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2013 6:46:55 AM

Yea that dell monitor is great, i seen my friend with one and it is beautiful.

Only thing though, it costs a *** ton. Like $100 more than the ASUS one i put up there
!