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Gaming System $1200 Budget

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September 9, 2013 7:39:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week
Budget Range: Around $1200
System Usage: Gaming with a little bit of video editing
Overclocking: Yes
SLI/Crossfire: No
Do you need a monitor/OS: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Preferred vendor/website: Newegg.com

Hi all,

I am looking to build a gaming rig for around $1200. So far, I know that I want to go with an i5 3570k, an MSI gtx 760, and a 256gig SSD. Everything else I would like to get some suggestions/opinions on. I have a 1TB 7200rpm Western Digital drive in my current rig I'll be using for media, so really only shopping for a SSD. Pretty much most of my choices are based on popularity & good reviews.

Things in particular I'd like suggestions on:
- A good power supply
- Opinions on a good 256gig SSD in the sub $225 range, the Samsung 840 Pro series had the best reviews from what I saw
- What I need in order to safely OC the i5 3570k to the 4-4.2 range

My initial build is looking like this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wlfx/saved/2lkc

Thanks for your time :) 





a b K Overclocking
a c 358 4 Gaming
September 9, 2013 7:57:42 PM

Drop the thermal paste. The cooler comes with it.

That PSU is great.

Why not get an i5 4670k and a z87 motherboard?
September 9, 2013 8:01:19 PM

Simply put, I figured the 4670k is more than I needed. Will certainly think harder about going with haswell.

Thanks for the tip on the thermal paste!
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a b K Overclocking
a c 358 4 Gaming
September 9, 2013 8:03:24 PM

May as well go with haswell as it is simply newer.
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2013 8:04:41 PM

Id go with this.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1C1gz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($398.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1168.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 23:06 EDT-0400)
September 9, 2013 8:05:40 PM

Hello,

I would honestly recommend getting Ivy over Haswell if you are planning to overclock as they seem to have a higher headroom for that.

Also, if you aren't deadset on nVidia, the 7950 is a very attractive option for cheaper than you can get a 760 for. It outperforms the 760 in most (all?) games.

I personally own that power supply, no complaints; its been excellent. 840 pro is a beast.

One last thing, I would suggest going either 2x4gb or 2x8gb for your RAM to take advantage of dual channel.
a b K Overclocking
a c 358 4 Gaming
September 9, 2013 8:09:11 PM

Eyedeology said:
Hello,

I would honestly recommend getting Ivy over Haswell if you are planning to overclock as they seem to have a higher headroom for that.

Also, if you aren't deadset on nVidia, the 7950 is a very attractive option for cheaper than you can get a 760 for. It outperforms the 760 in most (all?) games.

I personally own that power supply, no complaints; its been excellent. 840 pro is a beast.

One last thing, I would suggest going either 2x4gb or 2x8gb for your RAM to take advantage of dual channel.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/854?vs=855

Depends on the game. BF3, Crysis 3 both have 15+ more FPS with the 760.
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