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Old 25-07-12   #1
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Gaming Rig in ~$1200


Hello, fellow [E]onians ! Now that my studies are done, I'm thinking of getting back to my gaming roots (hoping to post more around here as well)

I already have a config in mind, but I have been out of touch with the hardware scene for 2 years now, so I would definitely appreciate a little help !

Budget: $1200

Existing hardware setup: None.

Components from the existing setup that you intend to keep: None.

Components that I have in mind for my new PC:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 ~ $190
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ~ $150
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 ~ $54
GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX680 OC 2GB ~ $500
Storage: Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200RPM ~ $70
PSU: Corsair CX600 600W Power Supply ~ $60
Case: Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower Case ~ $60
DVD: LiteOn DVD RW ~ $25
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (Yes, we have to buy this in the States ) ~ $91
Display: None, planning to use my HDTV.
Some additional money for keyboard + mouse.
Total: ~$1200

Plans to upgrade in the future:
After a couple of years maybe.

Places from where you will buy components along with your location:
Amazon.com

Are you comfortable with buying secondhand components from the Erodov market? :
No.

Intended use of the PC [gaming/office use/rendering/HD playback etc]:
Gaming.

Brand preferences:
None, really.

Monitor resolution and size:
1080p, 42".

Will you be overclocking your setup?:
Not right away, but in a few months, sure.

Which OS will you use?:
Ze Windoze.

Muchas gracias, amigos !
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Go for a k series processor like i5 3570k if u plan to overclock.

I wud prefer hd7970 ghz edition over the gtx 680..

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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200


check the config from new egg that i have done may be 50 $-100 more but its worth it with , if you want it in your budget you can remove the water cooler & you can buy psu of 750w & if your not gonna sli or crossfire there is one more model of asrock which provides only single pcie slot which will be fit right in your budget.
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

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GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX680 OC 2GB ~ $500
PSU: Corsair CX600 600W Power Supply ~ $60
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Can I call you a cheap skate without offending your sentiments? Alright jokes apart. This is usually a mistake many of us make. Good CPU - high flying GPU - highly future conscious motherboard, but then skimp on the PSU.

Please please for heaven's sake get a good PSU.
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

Thanks for replying guys.

Originally Posted by Jazztecho View Post
Go for a k series processor like i5 3570k if u plan to overclock.

I wud prefer hd7970 ghz edition over the gtx 680..

I believe the i5-3450 is a pretty capable overclocker, but I will take that under advisement. Also, the HD7970 GHz card has some amazing benchmarks, but runs really loud according to a lot of people.

Originally Posted by Kaneunderground View Post

check the config from new egg that i have done may be 50 $-100 more but its worth it with , if you want it in your budget you can remove the water cooler & you can buy psu of 750w & if your not gonna sli or crossfire there is one more model of asrock which provides only single pcie slot which will be fit right in your budget.
Hope this helps you.
Wicked config !

The Asrock board's a monster, and pretty cheap for the features !

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Can I call you a cheap skate without offending your sentiments? Alright jokes apart. This is usually a mistake many of us make. Good CPU - high flying GPU - highly future conscious motherboard, but then skimp on the PSU.

Please please for heaven's sake get a good PSU.
I was going with the assumption that this config should come under 400W of power at full load, considering that I am not doing SLI/Crossfire. But you do make a good point, it could be a little too close to the PSU wattage to be safe. I'm guessing a 750W PSU is the way to go ?
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

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I was going with the assumption that this config should come under 400W of power at full load,
Its not just about the wattage Techster. Get a good PSU which is more reliable than the CX 600.
Here are a few
Newegg.com - XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Newegg.com - SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

Great suggestions, thanks ! I just read the customer reviews for the CX600 and they were good, so I just thought, what the hell ? Anyway, revised my configuration with Kaneunderground's motherboard suggestion and krashnburn's PSU suggestion:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 ~ $190
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 ~ $120
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 ~ $54
GPU: Gigabyte Geforce GTX680 OC 2GB ~ $500
Storage: Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200RPM ~ $70
PSU: XFX PRO650W Core Edition ~ $92
Case: Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower Case ~ $60
DVD: LiteOn DVD RW ~ $25
OS ~ $91
Total ~ 1202 !

Sound good ?
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

Originally Posted by techster View Post
CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 ~ $190
1.I would again suggest you to go for the 'K' series one cuz resale value of K series will be better than present CPU choice. Ya 30$ extra but they are worth it.
2. I guess you already have HDDs from your old rig so do you really need new ones ?
3.And if you have decided to keep this PC for only 2 years no point in buying k series & if your also not planning in sli or crossfire get the downgraded version of same mobo which has only single pcie slot.
4.650w sounds good but I like to have extra power(750-900W) as a back up & power suppiler comes with 5-7 years of warranty so its a worthy investment if you plan to sli or crossfire in near future.
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1.I would again suggest you to go for the 'K' series one cuz resale value of K series will be better than present CPU choice. Ya 30$ extra but they are worth it.
Good point. I might not upgrade after 2 years if I feel the current CPU is good enough after over clocking. Judging by the fact that most CPUs are just getting die shrinks these days, I might not feel the need to throw it away. I will factor that into my purchase decision but I am on a bit of a tight budget right now.

2. I guess you already have HDDs from your old rig so do you really need new ones ?
I have nothing on me right now ! My old gaming rig is being used by my mom back home to check email and browse the web, power-hungry GPU and all.

I don't need too much storage however as I am only using this rig for gaming (I like to think of it as a high-end console).

3.And if you have decided to keep this PC for only 2 years no point in buying k series & if your also not planning in sli or crossfire get the downgraded version of same mobo which has only single pcie slot.
I believe I saw a single slot variant (the Asrock Z77 Pro4) but it was only $5 cheaper on newegg, and comes without the free extended warranty. Unless you were talking about another board, so please feel free to correct me.

4.650w sounds good but I like to have extra power(750-900W) as a back up & power suppiler comes with 5-7 years of warranty so its a worthy investment if you plan to sli or crossfire in near future.
I don't think I will do SLI/crossfire in the future. I am planning to use my GTX680 until it stops performing well (which, judging by the way games are progressing, should be around the 2 year mark). Then, I will simply upgrade to whichever single-GPU solution is currently popular.
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

You can save $100 by buying GTX 670 instead of GTX 680 and invest it in a SSD. At same clocks there is hardly 3-5% difference between those two.

also checkout these RAMs

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A2133C11B

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

I really appreciate you providing me those links, but I believe that RAM faster than 1600MHz has very little impact on gaming. And I'm guessing that I could always OC my Vengeance sticks to go above 1600MHz.

You do make really good points with the GPU and SSD. The GTX670 seems to be close enough to the GTX680 that the $100 premium for the 680 might not be worth spending. I do plan to get an SSD, but probably later. I'm finding it hard to swallow a $120 price tag for a 128gig SSD at the moment. The SSD would help cut down load time on games for sure. But, in my experience, HDDs tend to do long sequential reads fairly well, and with file-system features like read-ahead, the performance gap between an HDD and an SSD is pretty minimal once you get past the initial longer load time. I believe SSDs really shine in doing small random reads and writes, due to the lack of any seek time/rotational latency traditionally found in rotational media, which makes general usage feel really nippy and fast.
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Re: Gaming Rig in ~$1200

@ SSDs are not worth it right now if it is only for gaming my win 7 pc boots up less than 30sec & shutsdown within 10 sec thats quite fast enough to cut down or increase 5 sec time I wouldnt spend so much on it rather buy usb 3.0 HDDs
I have see that you have 320+ 500 HDD
Allow your mom to use 320gb & keep 500 for your self & save the extra few bucks for the k series .
8gb will be sufficient right now for gaming as of now
As far as GPu goes I wud still use 460 * sli ( reason available @ dead cheap price ) [ 12k rs i can sli here in India ]
sli scaling is very good ( it will come any where between 570-580gtx if am not wrong ) 480-570-580-670-680gtx they are still in top 5 nvidia cards range if am not missing the current league of GPU status.
People are selling it half the price that will be good enough for gaming .
Best thing about sli \ crossfire mobo is people who buy a mid range card in future by sli \ CF ing the card they can still enjoying excellent graphics with 30frames + when they go for graphics duo-logy.
Buy a mid range 2 gb card
sli \cf in future
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I have see that you have 320+ 500 HDD
Allow your mom to use 320gb & keep 500 for your self & save the extra few bucks for the k series .
Trust me, I would definitely have re-used my hard drives if I were able to get them shipped over here.

8gb will be sufficient right now for gaming as of now
As far as GPu goes I wud still use 460 * sli ( reason available @ dead cheap price ) [ 12k rs i can sli here in India ]
sli scaling is very good ( it will come any where between 570-580gtx if am not wrong ) 480-570-580-670-680gtx they are still in top 5 nvidia cards range if am not missing the current league of GPU status.
People are selling it half the price that will be good enough for gaming .
Best thing about sli \ crossfire mobo is people who buy a mid range card in future by sli \ CF ing the card they can still enjoying excellent graphics with 30frames + when they go for graphics duo-logy.
Buy a mid range 2 gb card
sli \cf in future
I am not really inclined towards dual GPU solutions due to the power draw and heat and other concerns. Also, that would mean I have to buy a hefty PSU, and that goes beyond my budget. Although, I really do appreciate you trying to make sure I get the most bang for buck.

I was actually going to go for a GTX670, but then Amazon had this amazing deal on the Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce edition and I just had to get it.

Here's a few photos of the beast:

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The card's a monster ! Here it is next to my iPad, just to give you an idea of the size.

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