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$2000 Gaming Setup; 1920x1080

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March 4, 2013 12:30:03 AM

Third times a charm! I have now narrowed down what I want in my new gaming PC!

-Single Monitor Setup: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VH236H-23-Inch-Full-HD-Monit...
I currently own this monitor and will not be upgrading to a 2560x1400 setup right now

-Will be going with 1 video card to play on the above monitor at 1920x1080! Wanting to max out games, crysis, battlefield, MMO's, anything game related.

-The i7-3770k is best for this build because it's $229.99 at microcenter

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($524.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1766.72 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:25 EST-0500)


Two cards I was also debating:
-http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Classified-Graphics-...

-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Highest I will push the budget with this is $2200! Thank you everyone!
March 4, 2013 12:33:31 AM

if you arent doing video editing or other tasks other than gaming you will not need the i7 at ALL.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Kraken x60 CPU Cooler ($139.99)
Total: $2140.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:33 EST-0500)

add i7 if needed
March 4, 2013 12:36:17 AM

granthomas99 said:
if you arent doing video editing or other tasks other than gaming you will not need the i7 at ALL.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Kraken x60 CPU Cooler ($139.99)
Total: $2140.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:33 EST-0500)

add i7 if needed


Actually, Crysis 3 is utilizing HT to some extent and maybe this will give ideas to other game developers to design HT enabled games.
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March 4, 2013 12:37:44 AM

for 1 vid card:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmwW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmwW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HmwW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1912.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:37 EST-0500)
March 4, 2013 12:39:00 AM

granthomas99 said:
if you arent doing video editing or other tasks other than gaming you will not need the i7 at ALL.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hmtu/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Kraken x60 CPU Cooler ($139.99)
Total: $2140.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:33 EST-0500)

add i7 if needed


Yeah I will add an i7 just because of the microcenter deal! And I have never cross-fired or SLI'ed before it just seems to be too much work if one card dies etc etc and I already have a monitor so that saves em $215 :p 
March 4, 2013 12:39:14 AM

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SHORYUKEN said:
Actually, Crysis 3 is utilizing HT to some extent and maybe this will give ideas to other game developers to design HT enabled games.


ok, with the i7 maybe 5 frames will be added. Pretty much undectectable.
March 4, 2013 12:40:59 AM

jshookz said:
Yeah I will add an i7 just because of the microcenter deal! And I have never cross-fired or SLI'ed before it just seems to be too much work if one card dies etc etc and I already have a monitor so that saves em $215 :p 


lol sli is best if one card dies because then you have another....and I accidentally put a 690 in my 2nd you can switch that out or make a 3 monitor setup with that sucker.
March 4, 2013 12:45:02 AM

granthomas99 said:


ok, with the i7 maybe 5 frames will be added. Pretty much undectectable.
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wat

No you don't understand, it's optimized for HT.
March 4, 2013 12:45:47 AM

Ah yeah very true with 1 card dying :p  I really like the 680 cards, there not worth it? And with the 690 I heard it's not worth it becase it can be beat by 2 680's
March 4, 2013 12:48:46 AM

jshookz said:
Ah yeah very true with 1 card dying :p  I really like the 680 cards, there not worth it? And with the 690 I heard it's not worth it becase it can be beat by 2 680's


The 690 is 2 680. It can be beat by non-reference SLI 680s.
March 4, 2013 12:49:00 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
wat

No you don't understand, it's optimized for HT.


Ok i hear ya, but i have an i5 and my brother has an i7 and we both get pratically the same performace in Crysis 3.
March 4, 2013 12:49:57 AM

jshookz said:
Ah yeah very true with 1 card dying :p  I really like the 680 cards, there not worth it? And with the 690 I heard it's not worth it becase it can be beat by 2 680's


yea 2 680s is right. 680 is only 5% better than 670 and $100 more, so that speaks for itself.
March 4, 2013 12:52:22 AM

So my first build, if I put in 2 680's or 2 670's which brand should I get? Would I need to change around a few of the items like lower SSD and such? I also really like the NZXT Cases perfer white
March 4, 2013 12:57:05 AM

EVGA or Gigabyte are my favorite brands for Nvidia cards. I am not sure what you would need to switch as I do not have the case I have suggested, my friend has it. The brand of case does not matter as much as the airflow and space.
March 4, 2013 12:59:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($426.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($426.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ 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 ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i7 3770K @ Microcenter ($230.00)
Total: $1952.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 21:59 EST-0500)
March 4, 2013 1:02:47 AM

Ah maybe I can lower the case to a CM Storm stryker. What about a 680 EVGA FTW or classfied like I listed? Would that be good enough for me to max out games if price dosen't matter to me?
March 4, 2013 1:04:46 AM

680 is overkill...just get a 670 you wont notice a difference, you can but that 100 toward something else...if you can afford it by all means go for it im just trying to save you some money.
March 4, 2013 1:10:38 AM

yeah money is not really that much of a problem for for on a GPU, as long as a get an amazing card, not $1k on a 690 because I really want a good looking case and other accessories
March 4, 2013 1:34:49 AM

A friend of mine did a i7 build and I can say in Crysis 3 there was really no difference in performance between my i5 3570 and his. While I agree for the price if you are by a Micro Center the i7 is good price given the fact that it is the same price as the i5 3570K every where else. Going for the full price of both the 3570K is the best choose.
March 4, 2013 1:37:16 AM

Yeah I see what ya guys are saying. Maybe just go down to a 3570k and still stick with a GTX 680 classified or FTW edition. Which mobo should I get to make sure it's compatiable with that huge cooler?!
March 4, 2013 10:18:59 PM

Extreme 4 should be fine
March 4, 2013 10:37:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.89 @ Mac Mall)
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: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.80 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i7 3770K @ Microcenter ($230.00)
Total: $1951.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Single card setup.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.89 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($453.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.80 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i7 3770K @ Microcenter ($230.00)
Total: $1665.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
March 7, 2013 8:59:04 AM

Anyone can answer! Should I go with proper's first build with 1 monitor or 2nd build with 1 monitor?!
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