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CUstom gaming build for under $2000

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February 24, 2013 6:05:51 AM

CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 3570K - LGA 1155
CPU Coolers: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Intel Mainboard - LGA 1155
Desktop Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
SSD: Samsung 840 250GB (MZ-7TD250BW) 2.5" SSD
Internal Drives: Pioneer Blu-Ray Writer (BDR-207DBK)
Memory: G.SKILL DDR3 8GB (2X4GB) PC-12800/1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ram
Cases: Cooler Master HAF X 942
PSU: Corsair TX-850 850W V2
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE RADEON HD 7970 3GB OC

Total: $1787.80

My budget is around $2000. Any suggestions/improvements I can make? And is a liquid cooling system neccessary?
Thanks in advance :D 
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February 24, 2013 6:29:49 AM

No, liquid cooling definitely isn't a necesity. And for $2K you can definitely make some improvements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1926.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 03:25 EST-0500)

Differences:

- Gigabyte UD4 TH has Thunderbolt support.
- NZXT Hale 90 is made by Super Flower which is an OEM that's on par if not better than Seasonic.
- Dual GTX 670 will give you similar or equal performance as a GTX 690.
- Corsair Vengeance is better RAM than G.Skill
- The Switch 810 will handle any cooling solution you can throw at it.
- I actively discourage against BD-R on PC because the playback software costs $100 a license and isn't included with the drives. It also doesn't have native support on Windows 8.
February 24, 2013 6:33:32 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No, liquid cooling definitely isn't a necesity. And for $2K you can definitely make some improvements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1926.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 03:25 EST-0500)

Differences:

- Gigabyte UD4 TH has Thunderbolt support.
- NZXT Hale 90 is made by Super Flower which is an OEM that's on par if not better than Seasonic.
- Dual GTX 670 will give you similar or equal performance as a GTX 690.
- Corsair Vengeance is better RAM than G.Skill
- The Switch 810 will handle any cooling solution you can throw at it.
- I actively discourage against BD-R on PC because the playback software costs $100 a license and isn't included with the drives. It also doesn't have native support on Windows 8.


ok thanks but i think the prices of some of those hardware will be different where I live. Furthermore, I dont intend to buy hardware online
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February 24, 2013 4:06:21 PM

Noob12 said:
Can you prove this?
- Corsair Vengeance is better RAM than G.Skill


It was recently brought to my attention that G.Skill uses poor quality heat spreaders among other things. I'll have to go dig up that thread.

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Do you need thunderbolt support??
- Gigabyte UD4 TH has Thunderbolt support.


True, you can live without it.

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- The Switch 810 will handle any cooling solution you can throw at it.
really? do it carry 560mm radiator?
test: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5479/nzxt-switch-810-when...


That's the first negative thing I've read about the Switch 810, pretty much everything else has been positive.

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Noctua is not the best cooler in market for that price.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H100-CPU...
Look at that chart that shows how much hotter the cpu core is than room air. That way you can get better cooler and save some money.


I seriously dislike closed liquid loops. Most people around here know I'm not the biggest fan of the H100 and there are other people that will agree with me.
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February 24, 2013 5:34:51 PM

smeezekitty said:
A single 7970 will be only slightly worse than two GTX 670 for for around 60% the price.


Not even remotely close: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/585?vs=618

I include dual 670s because it gets you similar or identical performance to the GTX 690 for $300 less.
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February 24, 2013 6:38:48 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Not even remotely close: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/585?vs=618

I include dual 670s because it gets you similar or identical performance to the GTX 690 for $300 less.

GTX680 != GTX670
Also, not a massive difference. Really depends on if the OP really wants to spend $2000.
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February 24, 2013 8:58:37 PM

smeezekitty said:
GTX680 != GTX670
Also, not a massive difference. Really depends on if the OP really wants to spend $2000.


That's true. Just because you have that high of a budget doesn't necessarily mean that you have to hit it.
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February 24, 2013 10:21:20 PM

Personally I think spending $2k on a computer is a bit high but I guess we will wait for a response to find out what is really needed/wanted.
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