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

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Which should I choose?

Total: 6 votes (2 blank votes)

  • 3770k + 7870 crossfire
  • 25 %
  • 3570k + either 7970 crossfire/GTX 670 SLI
  • 75 %
February 27, 2013 6:18:37 AM

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.
February 27, 2013 9:16:37 AM

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
February 27, 2013 9:37:29 AM

Go with the lastest i5s and the best GPU pair you can afford if your goal is gaming performance.
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February 27, 2013 6:45:41 PM

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.
February 27, 2013 9:27:51 PM

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)
February 28, 2013 12:44:42 AM

2927734,5,15SSD69 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!
February 28, 2013 12:51:50 AM

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)
February 28, 2013 12:53:01 AM

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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