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Hi there,

I'm looking to build a gaming PC for under $1500, and was wondering what the best combination of parts would be. While I think a small form factor case would be cool, I don't have any space constraints, so a full ATX tower would be fine as well. I am hoping to include watercooling, possibly custom, for overclocking and especially if it is a small form factor build. For RAM, I'm assuming that a 4x4 GB setup would work well, considering that it is not much more expensive than 2x4GB, but much more future proof. Also, I'm looking at getting a GTX 670 or AMD 7870, unless anyone has a better idea. Also, I'm looking at an Intel core i5 (Ivy Bridge), unless haswell is released before the PC is built.

Any suggestions would be great!

Side note, I'm looking at the Bitfenix Prodigy (mini-ITX) and the NZXT Vulcan, or on the other end of the scale, a CoolerMaster HAF X.
post #2 of 20
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E3St
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E3St/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E3St/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.04 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1268.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 06:25 EST-0500)
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1070.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 06:15 EST-0500)

That's a nice basis.

The NZXT Havik 140 is a very good performer for a great price and dead silent 140mm fans, that said if you wanna go into custom watercooling I'd look into the incoming Swiftech H220:
http://www.swiftech.com/H220.aspx
It's All-In-One but it's expandable (like Cooler Master Eisberg units). thumb.gif

Also, if you want to go into µATX I'd recommend those:
PCPartPicker part list - option 1

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($102.00 @ Amazon)

- or -

PCPartPicker part list - option 2

Case: Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)

If you're interested in the SG09 which is the most compact and very versatible micro ATX case, I'd recommend you to check this [Build Log] Silverstone SG09 Micro-ATX SFF Powerhouse. thumb.gif
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post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the answers!

Also, what is a good monitor for under $400? I'm probably not going to go with multiple monitors, as that would

a) need multiple video cards to run smoothly and

b) cost too much

Also, I'm planning to get an Oculus Rift when they are released to consumers, rendering any multiple monitor setup obsolete.
In the meantime, however, what is the best lot of monitors around 20 inches, and 1080p or higher?
Edited by w0w0w - 2/17/13 at 11:03pm
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Wow, I can't stop looking at that Phantom 410 now!
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Also, what is a good monitor for under $400?

I'd look at the Dell Ultrasharp's, they have one of the best panels (AH-IPS) and have very accurate colors. thumb.gif

So either the Dell U2312HM - 23" 1080p - $219:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/dell-monitor-4691253

or the U2713HM - 27" 1440p - $700:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/dell-monitor-u2713hm
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I read somewhere that I'd need to buy a system builder OS. Is this true? Also, what would be the best OS to get? I'm hoping to use Ubuntu once more games are on it, but for the moment, I'm not sure whether the benefits of Windows 8 outweigh the (numerous) flaws. Any thoughts?
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I read somewhere that I'd need to buy a system builder OS. Is this true? Also, what would be the best OS to get? I'm hoping to use Ubuntu once more games are on it, but for the moment, I'm not sure whether the benefits of Windows 8 outweigh the (numerous) flaws. Any thoughts?
It would be better to buy non OEM software.
Regular Windows 7 or 8 will do.

If your a university, collage or technical school student in a design, engineering or computer science related field you may be eligible for a free copy of Windows though MSDNAA (Microsoft Academic Alliance)
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Wow, I can't stop looking at that Phantom 410 now!

The Phantom 410 is a good case, but just keep in mind that it doesn't come with dust filters, which can make life a bit of a pain in terms of cleaning.

 

In all other respects, it looks great, performs great and you won't look at another case until it breaks.

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Would it be worth retrofitting dust filters?
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