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post #1 of 10
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Hey everyone,

I planning to build a new gaming rig for around $1600-1700. I've come up with a preliminary build and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($390.04 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1553.26
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by creamwolf View Post

Hey everyone,

I planning to build a new gaming rig for around $1600-1700. I've come up with a preliminary build and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F5Cq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($390.04 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1553.26

looks very solid. Id change out the ram to Samsung's low profile awesome RAM OF PWN lol. (Its like 10 bucks cheaper too and overclocks really well). Also where's the SSD at?!

Edit: Why that particular motherboard? Are you planning on going with several video cards at some point? You may be able to save some more money by getting an ATX motherboard.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bonkers View Post

looks very solid. Id change out the ram to Samsung's low profile awesome RAM OF PWN lol. (Its like 10 bucks cheaper too and overclocks really well). Also where's the SSD at?!

Edit: Why that particular motherboard? Are you planning on going with several video cards at some point? You may be able to save some more money by getting an ATX motherboard.

Thanks. I'm not really sure which motherboard to get. I may add several video cards sometime in the future, but I have no immediate plans.

Here's an updated list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($380.04 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1550.20
post #4 of 10
Unless you need something specific that only one of the more expensive motherboards offer (like Thunderbolt or something) just get a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - for less than $150 it'll overclock as far as you can push the chip on air or AIO water, it has all the standard connectivity and features, and it has excellent build quality.

Why not just get a single 256GB SSD? You won't see a whole lot of benefit from RAIDing two smaller drives.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by creamwolf View Post

Thanks. I'm not really sure which motherboard to get. I may add several video cards sometime in the future, but I have no immediate plans.

Here's an updated list:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F7nx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($380.04 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $1550.20

haha that looks pretty good too! Just keep 1 SSD and 1 HDD and I think you've got a really solid rig.
post #6 of 10
Overspending on: CPU, motherboard, cpu cooler, hard drive, case, powersupply. Lacking: SSD, monitor information (do you have a really good monitor? If not, spend less on other components and get a better one). Also, poor price/performance GPU choice.
    
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by MisterFred View Post

Overspending on: CPU, motherboard, cpu cooler, hard drive, case, powersupply. Lacking: SSD, monitor information (do you have a really good monitor? If not, spend less on other components and get a better one). Also, poor price/performance GPU choice.

Do you have any recommendations? What would be a more cost effective GPU or CPU that doesn't sacrifice too much in performance?
post #8 of 10
Well for instance are you going to be playing games only or will you be editing videos? I didn't say the i7 was too much because its only 10$ more expensive then an i5 3570. So imo you should go ahead with the cpu you have. The cpu cooler is pricey but thats a really nice cooler. A Kraken x40 or H80 may be better but in reality that CPU cooler is in the same league as those two. As for the GPU you can get a 7970 for almost the exact same price as the 670 (while getting 3 free games I might add). In many tests the 7970 beats the 680.

Going off your build I would look at something to this affect.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.78 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1544.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 09:40 EST-0500)

I used the 3570 for 2 reasons. 1.) I couldnt find the microcenter offer on the 3770k anymore and 2.) if you're just going to be playing games the i5 is plenty. I also added a monitor to your build.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bonkers View Post

Well for instance are you going to be playing games only or will you be editing videos? I didn't say the i7 was too much because its only 10$ more expensive then an i5 3570. So imo you should go ahead with the cpu you have. The cpu cooler is pricey but thats a really nice cooler. A Kraken x40 or H80 may be better but in reality that CPU cooler is in the same league as those two. As for the GPU you can get a 7970 for almost the exact same price as the 670 (while getting 3 free games I might add). In many tests the 7970 beats the 680.

Going off your build I would look at something to this affect.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.06 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.78 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1544.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 09:40 EST-0500)

I used the 3570 for 2 reasons. 1.) I couldnt find the microcenter offer on the 3770k anymore and 2.) if you're just going to be playing games the i5 is plenty. I also added a monitor to your build.

Yea, I plan on mostly using it for gaming. Thanks for your suggestion!
post #10 of 10
No problem at all. I think you'd be very satisfied with that build and its also cheaper then you expected it to be. You could get a nice monitor if you wanted.
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