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Hello! I have been out of the scene for a long while now and it seems much has changed in the tech world smile.gif I am a huge console gamer but my heart lies in PC gaming biggrin.gif I have a $3,000 budget and would like to get the best possible gaming solution with this. I will also need a monitor so don't forget to add that in the budget. Anxious to see what I can potentially be buying biggrin.gif
    
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post #2 of 11
Hey mate, are you sure about the $3000?

Sayin' this because members here will max out your budget while you could get an outstanding rig for much less than that.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($585.00 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.64 @ Amazon)
Total: $1858.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 16:16 EDT-0400)

Top-tier parts here, and with a 1440p monitor. I'd bump the SSD to the 256GB model if you want more space but that's pretty much it. thumb.gif
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post #3 of 11
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adridu59 - Thank you very much for your input!! I have always found out that you get what you pay for. If I spend the money now, I would hope I'm not spending it in the future replacing those parts that quit working. Also hopefully would eliminate some future-upgrading when the time comes. But I really appreciate your build!
    
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post #4 of 11
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adridu59 - Thank you very much for your input!! I have always found out that you get what you pay for. If I spend the money now, I would hope I'm not spending it in the future replacing those parts that quit working. Also hopefully would eliminate some future-upgrading when the time comes. But I really appreciate your build!

Honestly, there's no such thing as future-proofing for computer parts, since they evolve pretty fast; not like cars for example.

I believe the parts I've shown here are all high-end while holding a good value. smile.gif
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post #5 of 11
If you're dumping that much money on a build don't you think it would be worth doing a little bit of research yourself to figure out what you want/
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post #6 of 11
Hi, this is just a very quick mock up, the board could be switched to a UD3H with similar performance, and the processor dropped to a 3570k with similar gaming performance. The Titan is the absolute top notch card, but is very expensive and could be replaced with something like a 7970 or a 680. Also, I went a little overkill on the PS unit and money could be saved by switching the 2TB WD Black to a Blue model as well I think. The monitor is highly rated, but there are some popular Korean models which could be had for cheaper as well! Lastly, the case is fairly premium, and for practical measures could be substituted for something less expensive.

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($107.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($153.30 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1025.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($172.78 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($585.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $3053.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 16:27 EDT-0400)
Edited by Tartar - 4/7/13 at 1:28pm
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by BeardedJesus View Post

If you're dumping that much money on a build don't you think it would be worth doing a little bit of research yourself to figure out what you want/

Agreed, You can actually do a real nice i7 build and stay under $2000 as well.
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post #8 of 11
Really like that monitor and 120Hz is butter. For graphics, if you plan on ever going larger than 1920x1080 or play memory-intensive games (BF3, Sniper Elite, modded Skrim, etc), make sure to get card with a minimum of 3GB ram. If you're at all interested in 3D gaming then go with a 670 (or 680 budget allowing) 4GB card.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Slikk View Post

adridu59 - Thank you very much for your input!! I have always found out that you get what you pay for. If I spend the money now, I would hope I'm not spending it in the future replacing those parts that quit working. Also hopefully would eliminate some future-upgrading when the time comes. But I really appreciate your build!

For $3000 you can build a great system that can play anything, and then build another one in 3-4 years if necessary.
    
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You guys are great!!! biggrin.gif
    
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