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Ok I am basically building the BEST budget gaming rig. $1500 should be sufficient, I hope.

Any suggestions, ideas?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($132.57 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1325.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 18:14 EDT-0400)

My goal is Crysis 3 full specs, no OC. OC is later down the line when anything stands in my way muhaha
Edited by logicPwn - 9/13/12 at 3:15pm
post #2 of 71
Drop down to a i5-3570K for gaming

Get rid of that cooler and get a 212+ or get a Corsair H80/100

Get the Samsung Wonder RAM

I think you can get a 1.5TB 7200RPM Seagate for the price of that WD

Drop the soundcard unless you have an extremely good set of cans to back it up. If you have an okay set of cans, drop down to the Xonar DG

If you are only ever going to run a single card, drop the PSU down to a Rosewill Green 530W

There are cheaper optical drives
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006B7R9PU/?tag=pcpapi-20
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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

Drop down to a i5-3570K for gaming
Get rid of that cooler and get a 212+ or get a Corsair H80/100
Get the Samsung Wonder RAM
I think you can get a 1.5TB 7200RPM Seagate for the price of that WD
Drop the soundcard unless you have an extremely good set of cans to back it up. If you have an okay set of cans, drop down to the Xonar DG
If you are only ever going to run a single card, drop the PSU down to a Rosewill Green 530W
There are cheaper optical drives
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006B7R9PU/?tag=pcpapi-20

Updated, dropped me down 100-200 bucks, now I have room to fit my monitor in my budget.

Edit: I have Sennheiser PC 360 50 ohm cans. I plan on grabbing the Sennheiser HD 650s in the near future though. I like this card a lot but should I just grab the Creative Titanium HD and get a desktop amp for my cans and speakers down the road? I kind of want the O2 amp anyways.

2nd Edit: Going to add back in the EVGA superclock CPU cooler. The Corsair H80 looks nice but with that small of a loop then it won't do much. The EVGA superclock gets GREAT reviews and benchmark scores.
Edited by logicPwn - 9/13/12 at 11:15am
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1. I would get a bigger PSU. If you plan to do another 670 later, spend a bit more to get a larger PSU.
2. Are you planning on getting a decent CPU cooler? Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or the Evo are the basic aftermarket coolers, performance is good up to 4.5 ghz and a bit beyond.
3. Think about not geting a CD drive. I didn't get one, never have needed it. Think back the last 6 months to the last time you used a CD drive? Really, you can install Windows via USB flash drive, and steam is all digital download. It will save you about $20 if you choose not to have it.
4. Do you have an OS already?
5. Spend $5 more and get double the size of you hard drive. Trust me, once you start buying steam games, your hard drive space disappears. Get a 1tb because they are also faster.

This is what I suggest: (though, no OS is included, no sound card because I don't really think they are worth it)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hlDX
Edited by ./Cy4n1d3\. - 9/13/12 at 11:22am
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1. I would get a bigger PSU. If you plan to do another 670 later, spend a bit more to get a larger PSU.
2. Are you planning on getting a decent CPU cooler? Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or the Evo are the basic aftermarket coolers, performance is good up to 4.5 ghz and a bit beyond.
3. Think about not geting a CD drive. I didn't get one, never have needed it. Think back the last 6 months to the last time you used a CD drive? Really, you can install Windows via USB flash drive, and steam is all digital download. It will save you about $20 if you choose not to have it.
4. Do you have an OS already?

I grabbed the EVGA Superclock CPU cooler, I don't plan on dual GPU setup, by that time I will be upgrading more than the graphics card. I do a lot of things that involve my CD drive, so it's kind of needed. And yes, I have an OS already.

Edit: Just remembered I have a nice Samsung DVD drive still in box that I can slap in it. Woot, saved 20 bucks.

Updated list. Changed my sound card to the ST version instead of the STX. Removed the DVD drive. Grabbed the Rosewill 630w instead of the 530w for capability of dual GPU setup. Is 630w enough??
Edited by logicPwn - 9/13/12 at 11:29am
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Originally Posted by logicPwn View Post

I grabbed the EVGA Superclock CPU cooler, I don't plan on dual GPU setup, by that time I will be upgrading more than the graphics card. I do a lot of things that involve my CD drive, so it's kind of needed. And yes, I have an OS already.
Edit: Just remembered I have a nice Samsung DVD drive still in box that I can slap in it. Woot, saved 20 bucks.

Okay. I offer advice, but you are the one that truely knows what you will use it for.

EVGA Superclock CPU cooler? never heard of it.

Edit:
Looks good. Here is what Hardware Canucks had to say about it:
Quote:
Pros:
- Gorgeous looks
- Very good performance at stock and moderate heat loads
- Great, 6 point mounting setup
- Backed by EVGA’s legendary customer service
- One of the best HDT coolers we have seen
- Small footprint for such a large cooler

Cons:
- Can only mount a single fan
- Installation is overly tedious compared to many competitors
- Decreased thermal performance at higher heat loads
- Loud fan

Edited by ./Cy4n1d3\. - 9/13/12 at 11:38am
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Don't bother with a sound card. Get a decent quality USB DAC such as a Fiio E17 instead. If you are going to go for HD650s later, you will also need a decent amplifier to power them. My friend has a Fiio E7 paired with a E9, and it works very well for HD650s.
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Okay. I offer advice, but you are the one that truely knows what you will use it for.
EVGA Superclock CPU cooler? never heard of it.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/EVGA-Superclock-CPU-Cooler-Review/1336

Google it, it does awesome in benchmark scores.
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Don't bother with a sound card. Get a decent quality USB DAC such as a Fiio E17 instead. If you are going to go for HD650s later, you will also need a decent amplifier to power them. My friend has a Fiio E7 paired with a E9, and it works very well for HD650s.

My only thing is I do A LOT of gaming and like the software integration features (voice changing effects, HW EQ settings, etc.) and virtual surround and Dolby tech. I could however do without the headphone amp in the Asus Essence ST, makes me want to grab the Creative Titanium HD.
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Originally Posted by logicPwn View Post

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/EVGA-Superclock-CPU-Cooler-Review/1336
Google it, it does awesome in benchmark scores.
My only thing is I do A LOT of gaming and like the software integration features (voice changing effects, HW EQ settings, etc.) and virtual surround and Dolby tech. I could however do without the headphone amp in the Asus Essence ST, makes me want to grab the Creative Titanium HD.

I did google it. Apparently, one review said it was amazing and quite, and the other two reviews said it was very good but only when the fan was very loud.
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Originally Posted by logicPwn View Post

I grabbed the EVGA Superclock CPU cooler, I don't plan on dual GPU setup, by that time I will be upgrading more than the graphics card. I do a lot of things that involve my CD drive, so it's kind of needed. And yes, I have an OS already.
Edit: Just remembered I have a nice Samsung DVD drive still in box that I can slap in it. Woot, saved 20 bucks.
Updated list. Changed my sound card to the ST version instead of the STX. Removed the DVD drive. Grabbed the Rosewill 630w instead of the 530w for capability of dual GPU setup. Is 630w enough??

It will supply enough power, but it will not have enough PCI power connectors for it. you will need four. You can go and get some molex to pcie adapters but I personally think that looks tacky. tongue.gif The Corsair TX650 might have four. If not, I know the Corsair TX750 does.

I was looking at the cooler and it only seems to have ~7-10% increase from the 212+ when both are tested with stock fans. The 212+ can be found for about $23. So you can save there as well.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
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