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Looking to build a gaming rig around $1,300 [need advice]

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I was unsure where to post this, but I was wondering if somebody would be kind enough to help out a newbie choose some parts that will allow me to do some decent overclocking but giving me room to upgrade in the future. I did some research but I'm still relatively unfamiliar with motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, etc. that are out now.

I'm most unsure about motherboard selection, but any suggestions/advice for other components would be peachy as well. I'm looking to build a decently powerful, well-balanced system under $1,300.

Here's what I've been looking at:


Type Component Price
CPU i5 2500k $220.00
GPU EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 $300.00
HD Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 16MB $80.00
Motherboard P8Z68-V PRO $200.00
Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $50.00
PSU SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W AT SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD $150.00
Case Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90.00
Reader/Burner Asus Black Blue Ray Burner $80.00

Total Cost: $1,170.00


Thanks so much, and fight on!
Edited by Feladis - 5/7/12 at 2:56pm
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Crucial M4 128gb Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb Asus DVD/CD Corsair H110 
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post #2 of 5
Well I am currently an AMD guy, but since you have no replies yet I will just regurgitate what I have read from other people...

I would imagine that for that budget you might as well go Z77 instead of Z68. There are several good boards in the $200 price range that I have read good things about:

ASUS Maximus V Gene
Gigabyte UD5H
ASUS P8Z77

Also, for that budget I would personally go for a better video card since I mainly play games. A Nvidia 680 would be great for $500 (if you can find one in stock) which would put you right at your $1300 budget (original total +$200 for 680).

Here is an example even though it's out of stock EVGA Geforce GTX 680

That card or a 7970 will last you awhile longer than a single 570.

SSDs are all the rage these days. I own one of these and it works great Crucial M4 64GB. If you can find some room in your budget for it, that is.

The PSU and RAM seem fine. I don't know much about that hard drive or case.

Like I said, though, I'm not an Intel guy (yet) so perhaps someone else can chime in here. At the very least this gets you a bump.
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Intel i7-4770k @ 4.6 Asus Maximus Hero VI 2 x Gigabyte R9 290 w/ EK block Crossfire 8 GB Corsair Dominator 1866 
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Swiftech MCP655 ASUS MG278Q Ducky Shine 3 TKL White LED Corsair AX850 
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NZXT Switch 810 Gun Metal 
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Intel i5-3570k @ 4.5 MSI Z77A-G45 SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 G.SKILL Ares 8GB 1600 
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Samsung EVO 120GB WD Black 750GB Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK QNIX 27in IPS @ 96Hz 
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Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB WD Black 2 TB EK Supremacy EVO XSPC RX360/ AlphaCool XT45 240 
CoolingMonitorKeyboardPower
Swiftech MCP655 ASUS MG278Q Ducky Shine 3 TKL White LED Corsair AX850 
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Intel i5-3570k @ 4.5 MSI Z77A-G45 SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 G.SKILL Ares 8GB 1600 
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Samsung EVO 120GB WD Black 750GB Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK QNIX 27in IPS @ 96Hz 
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I would recommend an SSD. The 128GB M4 is a solid choice and has been hovering around $120 lately, with Newegg running a special a few days ago for $99. An SSD is a huge improvement.

The rig in my sig costs about $1600 including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers for reference. Take the peripherals out, and it was about $1200.
Edited by Wattser93 - 5/8/12 at 2:51pm
 
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post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, guys. I think a single GTX 570 will be enough for now but I wanted to make sure to get a motherboard/PSU that will complement another GTX 570 in SLI and some decent overclocking. I will definitely get a SSD and a motherboard with Z77 chipset. I might get a i5-3570k instead because they're $190 at Microcenter, $170 for the i5-2500k.

I'm still a little confused about motherboards because I don't want to cheap out on quality but don't want to pay for features I won't need. I plan to replace the stock fan/heatsink with the Noctua so I can do some decent overclocking.

What's the real differences between motherboards like these...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA ($140 on newegg)

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard ($90 if bundled with i5-3570k; $140 on Newegg)


...and those $200 motherboards mentioned by shelter:

ASUS Maximus V Gene
Gigabyte UD5H
ASUS P8Z77

I guess my question would be what kind of features would I be giving up by going with a less expensive motherboard? If spending the $50-60 could be useful down the line I'd definitely splurge.

Thanks a ton, this seems like a great community so far.
Edited by Feladis - 5/8/12 at 4:38pm
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i5 4690k oc'ed to 4.6ghz asus Maximus VII Formula Sapphire Radeon 7870 XT w/ Boost oc'ed to 1100 mhz corsair vengeance 16 gb 1866 mhz (oc'ed to 2133... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128gb Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb Asus DVD/CD Corsair H110 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows Home Premium 7 2x Asus VE248H 24" LED LCD Ducky Zero Corsair AX850 
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NZXT Switch 810 Matte Black Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB and PS/2 Comp... Creative Inspire T3130 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128gb Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb Asus DVD/CD Corsair H110 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows Home Premium 7 2x Asus VE248H 24" LED LCD Ducky Zero Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseAudio
NZXT Switch 810 Matte Black Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB and PS/2 Comp... Creative Inspire T3130 
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post #5 of 5
the big difference in mobos is all the extra features and overclockability. personally i would go with the asus board, but thats just me. ive had numerous asus products and never once had an issue with them. i do hear asrock makes good quality products though so it may not be a bad choice.
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