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2000$ Gaming PC build

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Approximate Purchase Date: Dec 10th 2012

Budget Range: 1800-2100 $ (Canadian)

System Usage: Just gaming, nothing else

Parts Not Required: I need everything aside from a headset and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: this is my first build, no idea what I'm doing.. I was going to go for this:

1 x Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
1 x Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H40 High Performance CPU Cooler System LGA1366 1155 AM3 120mm Fan
1 x Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
2 x Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
1 x AMD Radeon HD 7970 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E DVI HDMI 2 X Mini Display Port
1 x Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Case EATX 5X5.25 4X3.5 Hotswappable 2X3.5INT No PS USB 1394
1 x Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120mm Fan 5 Year Warranty
1 x ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS 20000:1DC HDMI DVI VGA With Speakers
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM
1 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive
1 x Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD SATA3 555MB/S Read SandForce SF-2200 Solid State Disk Flash Drive
1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
1 x Razer Lycosa Gaming Ultrapolling Keyboard Black USB Programmable Blue Backlight Non-Slip Keys
1 x Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouse 5700DPI Weight Adjustable USB BLACK/GREY
1 x Please Use The Onboard Sound Card Integrated On My Motherboard
1 x Steelseries Qck Medium Sized Cloth Mouse Pad 12.6X10.6IN
1 x Please Use The Onboard Network Ethernet Card Integrated On My Motherboard

$2,211.72

But when I asked a buddy he just said "no." and to start a thread here xD
Edited by Nerkle - 12/3/12 at 7:05pm
post #2 of 47
Your buddy was a bit harsh since this looks like a decent build for a gaming build. But would recommend a few things (US prices):

Case:
Most high-end GPUs today produce a lot of heat, a side-fan is almost a must in a case, and the 800D doesn't have one.
You can go for :
- CoolerMaster HAF-X
- Rosewill Thor V2


PSU:
For around the same money as the TX750 (good PSU, great company, little old), you can get the 850w KingWin Platinum (supports 3 cards too):
KingWin Lazer Platinum 850watt

GPU:
7970 is fast but you could save 100$US and get a 7950, overclock it a bit and it'll be just as fast (if not faster):
Sapphire 7950
Since it comes with 3 free games valued @ 180$, try to sell them for 150$ and get another 7950, sell those games too and you'll have a monster CF setup for 300$.

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Doesn't look too bad, but if youre not getting an H80 or H100, just get a Hyper 212 and some good TIM (Like Prolimatech PK3). Also, the G500 is a terrible mouse. Look into something else (just go on eBay and pick up an BNIB MX518 - so much better)
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Sorted. thumb.gif
Will rip through anything you throw at it. wink.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($68.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.00 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($138.64 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($309.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($309.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($142.81 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($142.81 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($73.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1976.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 01:40 EST-0500)
Edited by StayFrosty - 12/3/12 at 10:49pm
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Above looks nice, but for me personally one larger monitor works better than two smaller ones.
post #6 of 47
Could take the other 7950 out of the equation to get a nice Asus 1440P monitor for $600 but he said he wants a 1080P monitor, so he'd get more performance with the two 7950's on a 1080P monitor or two monitors if he wants to use the other one for gaming as well. I've seen some 1080P monitors go for $300 but the fact that you could get two 1080P monitors for the same price just makes getting the $300 stupid.
post #7 of 47
With
X fire
Better Psu
Better cpu
Better cooler
120hz monitor..
And a True Gaming MB with Highend onboard Audio 16x16x bandwidth and tons of gaming features.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.90 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($260.01 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec 850W 80 PLUS Certified CPX Power Supply ($108.12 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S23A700D 120Hz 23.0" Monitor ($308.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($68.95 @ B&H)
Total: $2180.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-04 02:01 EST-0500)
Edited by Hokies83 - 12/3/12 at 11:02pm
    
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Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ View Post

Doesn't look too bad, but if youre not getting an H80 or H100, just get a Hyper 212 and some good TIM (Like Prolimatech PK3). Also, the G500 is a terrible mouse. Look into something else (just go on eBay and pick up an BNIB MX518 - so much better)

Ahem, the G400 appears.
 
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If you are going to game on a single 1080p monitor, there is no reason to get two video cards. Just get a single 7950/660 Ti/670/7970 and be done with it. You'd also be fine with a 650W power supply.

Rosewill Capstone 650M 650W Modular 80 Plus Gold
Edited by Forceman - 12/3/12 at 11:40pm
post #10 of 47
Some recommendations:

1- Use a single memory kit. No need to have more than 8GB. By the time you will need extra memory, you will have 2x8GB kits at the same price you paid your 2x4GB kits.
2- The Gigabyte 7950 is very cool and quiet and you can get one at 300$
http://www.shopbot.ca/m/?m=gigabyte+7950
http://www.shoptoit.ca/search/sort-by-lowest-prices?search-term=gigabyte+7950

Use these two websites to find the lowest value possible. It is also worth the try to check price comparison of your item in google. Sometimes these price bots don't catch anything...

3. Don't waste two times your money on the same graphic card. Get a single card for now. I was able to grab a 7970 lately for 300$ and I am planning to upgrade in two years (something I couldn't do if I had bought two cards). Better upgrade more. Get what is the cheapest, as a single 7950 is good enough to max pretty much anything at 1080p for now.

4. If anybody suggest you something else than the Gigabyte z77x-ud3h tell him he is stupid. This board is simply the best price/performance on the market. I was able to get 5GHz super easily, the BIOS is a wonder.

5. Use NCIX.com they have price match so you can order everything from there and save a bit on the shipping while getting best prices.

If you have the time/patience, I think you can save a lot by buying cheap ram and graphic cards on sale. Lately as I said, there was some MSI 7970 on sale for 300$!

Anyway, best luck and have fun!
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