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First Build Streaming/Gaming PC, Need advice and Suggestions. (Fairly Large budget, $3000US))

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May 7, 2013 11:43:50 PM

(So on my first post I formatted incorrectly, didn't read all the stickys >.<. Here it is with the update.)

Approximate Purchase Date: Immediate, within two weeks.

Budget Range: ~$3000(including shipping, before rebates.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming, gaming, video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, multiple either 2 or 3.

Parts to Upgrade: All, complete build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, or cheapest that is reliable.

Location: NJ, USA

Parts Preferences: No preferences.

Overclocking: Maybe. (I've heard the term, not really sure what it entails.)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, or higher with multiple monitors.

Additional Comments: Thinking about using a dedicated capture card to help with the streaming and video editing load.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current model is outdated and incapable of streaming and gaming at max settings and 1080p.


Hi everyone,

First off, I just wanted to say that I wasn't sure if this was the appropriate place to post this thread, but I saw similar posts and figured it would be fine.

So this is going to be my first build from the ground up and need a decent amount of help, I plan on building a computer capable of gaming and streaming at max settings and don't know even really where to start except to focus on the CPU and GPU. My current budget is around $3,000 US, but a little over is fine and a little under even better.

Some of the things I plan to include are a SSD for the boot drive, a decent capture card, and pretty much all the peripherals including a multi montior display, speakers, sound card, keyboard, mouse, head set, etc.

So thanks for your help and contribution in advance, I'll check back a few times a day to answer question and provide input.

Ryan
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 3:07:49 AM

I went with the two-monitor setup for my suggestion, but these graphics cards should be able to handle three, if you want to add another:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($318.12 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($216.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($264.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2903.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 06:00 EDT-0400)

I didn't include a capture card, because I have little knowledge of them. I also did not include peripherals, as those often fall under the heading of personal preference. Regarding sound card, unless you're an audiophile with a very good sound system, you probably won't notice the difference btween a sound card and the built-in audio.
For a basic overview of what overclocking is, you can just read the Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking). Long story short, it's increasing the speed of your components, with the potential downside of increased heat, decreased lifespan, and instability. Done correctly, all of those can be mitigated. There are innumerate guides on overclocking on the internet, including several on this site. You would have to ask someone else for a recommendation, however, as I am relatively inexperienced in that area.
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 5:18:23 AM

You are spending way too much on your Build. There is no reason to spend $3000 for a Rig of that kind, but since your also looking for a monitor I would also think about having a build like this set up on a 40" TV as well as a monitor

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 ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($166.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2119.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 08:17 EDT-0400)
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May 8, 2013 6:58:02 AM

Here, the 8350 acctually beats almost all of the intel processors in gaming and will do great for multitasking with 8 cores. dual 670 will take down. triple 27'' will make for a beautiful gaming setup along with your very nice mouse and keyboard.Here you go:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VRgI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VRgI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VRgI/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($193.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($102.38 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($347.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($347.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE278Q 27.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE278Q 27.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE278Q 27.0" Monitor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($125.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00510100-R3U1 Wireless Laser Mouse ($118.84 @ Amazon)
Total: $2674.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 09:55 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 7:07:38 AM

the 8350 doesnt perform better than the i7 3770k. its been proven. one review out of every single other one doesnt mean its better
May 8, 2013 11:02:17 AM

Sorry I meant streaming...
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 11:06:52 AM

streaming is more network based. for example, a isystem with a ntel nic will stream better than a system with a realtek nic due to the fact that the streaming load is better offset from the CPU to the nic itself. and even if they are the same nics, the difference in fps is barely noticeable

and do you have any benchmarks not from teksyndicate?
May 8, 2013 2:31:59 PM

@Noob12 Agreed on the monitor bit considering a lot of capture cards have a max resolution in which they can record and such. I think I'll be looking into getting 2-3 22-24in monitors with a default resolution for 1920x1080 on each monitor, higher when combined. Thanks for you contribution on the build, I'll take a look at the reviews and such on the parts you listed and see how I can fit it into my final build.

@JackRevenant I'm definitely liking what you've done here, those monitors are probably very close to if not exactly what I'll be looking to use. As far as I've seen not a lot of people are familiar with capture cards, so I definitely have to do more research into that before I finialize the build. Thanks for the basic info into overclocking, I'll read into it and see if I want to utilize it.

@Emeleth I agree that I probably won't have to spend that much in the base build, but was using the total budget for all the peripherals, OS, and monitors. Thanks for your suggestions.

TheBigTroll Is there a noticable difference between 1080 p and 1440p? Or is it just like overkill? Thanks for the update on Emeleth's build.

@Rawbunnie I like a lot of what you suggested and that you included some recommendations on some good peripherals. Those monitors look sweet, but like TheBigTroll said I have read a lot of great reviews on the i7 3770k and it seems like its actually the go to CPU on most builds.

@TheBigTroll Could you clarify your last post for me? Wasn't really sure what you meant.


Thanks everyone for your suggestions and contributions, I'm going to put together a soft build sometime tonight and I'll post it here either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks again for taking time out of your day to help me out, It is much appreciated.
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 2:58:57 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:

@JackRevenant I'm definitely liking what you've done here, those monitors are probably very close to if not exactly what I'll be looking to use. As far as I've seen not a lot of people are familiar with capture cards, so I definitely have to do more research into that before I finialize the build. Thanks for the basic info into overclocking, I'll read into it and see if I want to utilize it.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and contributions, I'm going to put together a soft build sometime tonight and I'll post it here either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks again for taking time out of your day to help me out, It is much appreciated.


Thank you. I quite like those monitors as well, and have one ordered (sadly it has yet to arrive, or I would be able to give more effective information).
More research is good research when you're designing a system, keep at it.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was our pleasure.
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 3:34:33 PM

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 ($27.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($303.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($303.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($303.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Trigger Wired Gaming Keyboard ($106.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Mouse: Logitech G700 Wireless Laser Mouse ($69.30 @ Amazon)
Total: $3076.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-08 18:33 EDT-0400)

This build is over your budget by a significant amount. If you want, I can easily cut back.

Your monitors, mouse and keyboard have to be picked by you as everyone has their own preference.
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 3:47:42 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:
@Noob12 Agreed on the monitor bit considering a lot of capture cards have a max resolution in which they can record and such. I think I'll be looking into getting 2-3 22-24in monitors with a default resolution for 1920x1080 on each monitor, higher when combined. Thanks for you contribution on the build, I'll take a look at the reviews and such on the parts you listed and see how I can fit it into my final build.

@JackRevenant I'm definitely liking what you've done here, those monitors are probably very close to if not exactly what I'll be looking to use. As far as I've seen not a lot of people are familiar with capture cards, so I definitely have to do more research into that before I finialize the build. Thanks for the basic info into overclocking, I'll read into it and see if I want to utilize it.

@Emeleth I agree that I probably won't have to spend that much in the base build, but was using the total budget for all the peripherals, OS, and monitors. Thanks for your suggestions.

TheBigTroll Is there a noticable difference between 1080 p and 1440p? Or is it just like overkill? Thanks for the update on Emeleth's build.

@Rawbunnie I like a lot of what you suggested and that you included some recommendations on some good peripherals. Those monitors look sweet, but like TheBigTroll said I have read a lot of great reviews on the i7 3770k and it seems like its actually the go to CPU on most builds.

@TheBigTroll Could you clarify your last post for me? Wasn't really sure what you meant.


Thanks everyone for your suggestions and contributions, I'm going to put together a soft build sometime tonight and I'll post it here either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks again for taking time out of your day to help me out, It is much appreciated.


if you do editing work or multi-task with many windows, the extra pixels help. otherwise i wouldnt bother my time spilling that kind of money.

he said streaming may be faster on the AMD platform, but im pointing out the fact that if you have a good onboard networking, it wouldnt make a difference
May 8, 2013 4:43:15 PM

@Jackrevenant Oh ok, well if you get them in within the next two-three days let me know how they are. I'm of the mind of "measure twice, cut once", which is why I want to look into as much as possible before I finalize any purchases even if it means missing out on a sale. Thanks again, I look forward to your input on the soft build.

@mastrom101 Thanks for the build, but as I said a little bit over is quite fine on the build as long as it isn't more than ~10% of the total cost over. I know most of the peripherals would be preference was just asking for some of your opinions on whats good currently.

@TheBigTroll Oh alright, then I think I'll be fine with multiple lower resolution monitors. I see what you mean, now for onboard networking would you recommend a motherboard with built in wifi? Such as:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007G51UWY/cupcr...
a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2013 4:45:53 PM

no. your streaming is going to suck on wifi. avoid wifi if possible. built in wifi isnt that great either. when you want to move to newer system, you cant carry it to your next rig
May 8, 2013 5:01:51 PM

TheBigTroll said:
no. your streaming is going to suck on wifi. avoid wifi if possible. built in wifi isnt that great either. when you want to move to newer system, you cant carry it to your next rig


Alright thank you, Yea I could definitely do a hardline Ethernet connection.
May 9, 2013 9:54:04 PM

Spent most of my free time today looking at different parts and reviews for them and this what I came up with, let me know what you think and any changes that I might have to make or that I over looked. Thanks for you time!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($122.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($102.69 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.31 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Logitech X-140 4W 2ch Speakers ($25.99 @ Expansys US)
Total: $2817.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 00:52 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 10:25:49 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:
Spent most of my free time today looking at different parts and reviews for them and this what I came up with, let me know what you think and any changes that I might have to make or that I over looked. Thanks for you time!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wg95/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($122.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($433.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($102.69 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.31 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Speakers: Logitech X-140 4W 2ch Speakers ($25.99 @ Expansys US)
Total: $2817.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 00:52 EDT-0400)


Very nice build. There's only one thing I would change, if I were in your shoes: that's the old NZXT Phantom design you have selected. While it's a fine case, it is beaten by more recent NZXT products, such as the Phantom 630, the Phantom 820, and the Switch 810. It also lacks modern amenities such as USB 3.0 ports.
May 9, 2013 11:15:25 PM

Oh alright I see what you mean, I originally put in the 820, but figured I could save a bit by using an older version that was still roomy. Do you think I should go to the 630 maybe? Or I could go to the 820 if you think its the best of the series.
a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 11:17:26 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:
Oh alright I see what you mean, I originally put in the 820, but figured I could save a bit by using an older version that was still roomy. Do you think I should go to the 630 maybe? Or I could go to the 820 if you think its the best of the series.


I personally own the 820, but I gave the 630 serious consideration. I would say that you could use either, according to your preference.
May 9, 2013 11:42:55 PM

Alright thanks, appreciate you taking the time out. Stopping by a near by microcenter tomorrow to see what they have at good prices.

a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 11:47:55 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:
Alright thanks, appreciate you taking the time out. Stopping by a near by microcenter tomorrow to see what they have at good prices.



My pleasure. I hope that you find something that will work well for you.
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 2:36:54 AM

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-C14 CPU Cooler ($73.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($156.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.46 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2706.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 05:40 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 2:44:43 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
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-C14 CPU Cooler ($73.00 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($156.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.46 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2706.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 05:40 EDT-0400)


Why use a high-end air cooler in NZXT's top water cooling case?
May 10, 2013 3:29:59 PM

Got a bunch of parts from Micro center today, and ordered the rest. Thanks everyone for the help, I'll post pictures when its up and running and let you know how it turned out.
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 4:07:26 PM

TheTruePrince07 said:
Got a bunch of parts from Micro center today, and ordered the rest. Thanks everyone for the help, I'll post pictures when its up and running and let you know how it turned out.


Awesome. I'm glad that we could help. Can't wait to see the pictures.
Happy gaming!
a b 4 Gaming
May 12, 2013 6:03:15 AM

TheTruePrince07 said:
@Jackrevenant Oh ok, well if you get them in within the next two-three days let me know how they are. I'm of the mind of "measure twice, cut once", which is why I want to look into as much as possible before I finalize any purchases even if it means missing out on a sale. Thanks again, I look forward to your input on the soft build.

@mastrom101 Thanks for the build, but as I said a little bit over is quite fine on the build as long as it isn't more than ~10% of the total cost over. I know most of the peripherals would be preference was just asking for some of your opinions on whats good currently.

@TheBigTroll Oh alright, then I think I'll be fine with multiple lower resolution monitors. I see what you mean, now for onboard networking would you recommend a motherboard with built in wifi? Such as:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007G51UWY/cupcr...



I would definitely pick up a mechanical keyboard like the CM Storm Trigger. The mouse is very subjective. As for the monitors, I would go with IPS monitor(s). 3 U2412Ms or U2312Ms are a great choice, but a single Dell 2560 X 1440/1600 is also a great choice if you don't want to have to look between a bezel.
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