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What I'm going to spend my hard earned money on. Waste?

JWProudDadof3
  • 82 months ago

This is my first build. Always got pre-built. Until I noticed I could get more bang for my buck building it myself. I'd like to know if this build is good and if I'd get my money's worth. Or if it would be better to ease it down a bit. All opinion welcomed and appreciated. Thanks! http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JWProudDadof3/saved/1AT6

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That's quite a lot to throw at one build, perhaps two 670s instead of the 680s? There's no need for two 144Hz monitors, as you can only game on one at a time (unless you get one more and have three for surround). Look at getting an 850W PSU from Corsair, Seasonic or XFX. Not sure about that Rosewill PSU, and it's more wattage than you need anyways. Aaaand you don't need that wifi adapter, the Sabertooth has one built in.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to go 2x8gb to allow for future expansion. Also if you can afford it, it is much better to go LGA 2011 when going sli. It allows for 2x16 when it comes to the PCIE Slots.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI on 1155 platform and it's a $3000 build... smh -.- Hate to break it to ya buddy but this is the biggest waste of money ever.. and for gaming only?!

EDIT: Look mate. I'd like to help you out because i'm a generally nice guy and I care too much about what other people think. Even if they're miles away somewhere on the internet.

This is how I'm spending my $3500 on:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $499.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $149.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus Rampage IV Gene Micro ATX LGA2011 Motherboard $269.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $125.09 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $125.09 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $214.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $120.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card $539.99 @ NCIX US
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $26.97 @ Outlet PC
Case Corsair 350D Window ATX Mid Tower Case $104.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Scythe Gentle Typhoon 50.0 CFM 120mm Fan -
Case Fan Scythe Gentle Typhoon 50.0 CFM 120mm Fan -
Case Fan Scythe Gentle Typhoon 50.0 CFM 120mm Fan -
Case Fan Scythe Gentle Typhoon 50.0 CFM 120mm Fan -
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $140.78 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor $314.98 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor $314.98 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor $314.98 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Mionix NAOS 8200 Wired Laser Mouse $65.99 @ Newegg
Other 680 is just a Placeholder for the 780!!
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $3429.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-15 03:03 EDT-0400

This is because I'm building a workstation. This^ is just an idea of what $3000 can actually get you.

There are ALOT of changes you could do to reduce this greatly just for gaming. Those changes would be obviously to change the peripheral setup to whatever you want, you can change the size of the build to full ATX if you would like.. I'd suggest a Gigabyte UP4 motherboard; and the last thing you can change which would both reduce the price and suit you better for gaming would be to change to TWO 7970's (which beats the 680s), downgrade to a 3820, and probably go down to 16 gigabytes. If with those changes you honestly end up 3K or above? I'd be very surprised.

If you can drop the idea of SLI and would like to stick to ivy bridge go for the popular setup of an i5 3570k (or i7 3770k), a SINGLE 7970 since that beats a 680 on its own (or just go for the single strongest GPU you can get... a.k.a the 690 for gaming), 8-16 gigs of ram, and the rest of the parts are up to you.

In all honesty mate, you don't need anywhere near that budget for a great gaming pc. Gaming is much less demanding than people estimate it to be. It depends mostly on the GPU which is basically another small computer on a PCB but only for graphics. The thing that people overthink is bottlenecking, an i5 overclocked should do you just fine.

Anyways it's only my two cents. People who want to disagree with me go right ahead. I like a challenge ;)

EDIT 2: Just to show you that I'm not all talk..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 @ Microcenter
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $103.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard $229.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $144.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $125.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $139.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $449.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $449.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case $145.47 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $216.82 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $2237.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-15 03:40 EDT-0400

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $179.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $103.98 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $179.98 @ Outlet PC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $134.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $125.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $139.99 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $449.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $449.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case $149.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $216.82 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $2131.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-15 03:46 EDT-0400

No peripherals but still a 1k cheaper. I'm sure someone on here can best me in terms of how much cheaper you can go, but this is a much better way to spend you money. One last thing you can make cheaper is the ram but 16 just seems like it should be the minimum and in a couple of years.. it most likely will be.

Peripherals should only add a few extra hundred but it should NOT reach $3000 because then it's just stupid if you're only gaming on it.

-Arcane.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

Get a 690 and save a few dollars. That and get an H80i instea of that noctua. If you don't new the SABERTOOTH, an ASRock Z77 Extreme3 or ASUS P8Z77-V LK are amazing and will save you $100+. Just look at their reviews.

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