CPU and GPU can't decide for a first time gaming build. please help

Should I go with 3770k+Crossfire 7870's or 3570k+either Crossfire 7970's /SLI GTX 670. This will be my first gaming PC, coming from an XBOX 360 gamer, I decided to jump the bandwagon PC gaming. My budget for the whole build is around $1800-$1900+tax. Found most of the parts except this two. Can't decide please help! Thanks In advance! :) I would do a lil bit of video encodings and photo editing too. I'm planning to use 120hz monitor btw.
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  1. since you say gaming... and only a "little bit" of video editing. go with 3570k and get the higher end video cards.

    post your build for review
  2. Go with the lastest i5s and the best GPU pair you can afford if your goal is gaming performance.
  3. gussrtk said:
    since you say gaming... and only a "little bit" of video editing. go with 3570k and get the higher end video cards.

    post your build for review


    Here's the build for now http://db.tt/lgKpvHH5 any suggestions? I'm trying to squeeze my budget lol.
  4. that looks like a nice build

    but whats with that hard drive? why dont you get a 120-250 SSD and a storage drive (it may come up a few bucks more expensive, but you will have 1TB storage (prolly one to take) and a nice SSD for system files)

    do you need a 3d monitor? you can get a nice monitor 23inch (LED) for about 150-200

    also maybe use pc parts picker to find best deals and build it yourself?
    i know not all items are there but its missing just auxillery stuff

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1369.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 18:27 EST-0500)
  5. 15SSD69 said:
    that looks like a nice build

    but whats with that hard drive? why dont you get a 120-250 SSD and a storage drive (it may come up a few bucks more expensive, but you will have 1TB storage (prolly one to take) and a nice SSD for system files)

    do you need a 3d monitor? you can get a nice monitor 23inch (LED) for about 150-200

    also maybe use pc parts picker to find best deals and build it yourself?
    i know not all items are there but its missing just auxillery stuff

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1369.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 18:27 EST-0500)


    I didn't go with the SSD+HDD route as I found it complicated. So I decided to get the hybrid drive instead. It's SSD+HDD in one drive. By the way I live in Canada. Can you help me pick parts from canada? Thanks for your help!
  6. PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/GqW0/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($147.80 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $1395.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 21:51 EST-0500)

    you can go to futureshop for some items, the reason i say that is because they do 30day no hassle return and you can price match (futureshop.ca)
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.05 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.63 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.40 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($126.25 @ Amazon Canada)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($148.95 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($97.42 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1645.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 21:52 EST-0500)
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