Building a new gaming rig and I would like an opinion on it.


Jan 25, 2013
Hello, I'm new to computer building and I wanted a nice new upgrade towards a gaming rig. Please tell me what you think about it. I'm currently looking to buy from I haven't placed an order yet, so your feedback is appreciated.

Case 1 x NZXT Phantom Full Tower Gaming Case-Black

Case Lighting 0 x None-

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction 0 x None-

iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion 0 x None-

Processor 1 x Intel® Core™ i7 3930K Processor (6x 3.20GHz/12MB L3 Cache)-Intel Core i7 3930K

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive 0 x None-

Processor Cooling 1 x Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (Intel)-ARC Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)

Memory 1 x 16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-G.Skill Ripjaws X

Video Card 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 - 4GB-Single Card

Free Stuff 1 x [FREE] - Gigabyte GC-WB300D Bluetooth 4.0 / Dual Band WiFi Expansion Card-Free with purchase of selected Gigabyte Motherboard

Free Stuff 1 x [FREE Game Voucher] - Assassins Creed III-Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti or above

Motherboard 1 x Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 -- 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16-

Power Supply 1 x 1000 Watt - AZZA Titan 1000W-

Primary Hard Drive 1 x 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Dual 1TB Drives (2TB Capacity) - RAID 0 High Performance

Data Hard Drive 0 x None-

Optical Drive 1 x [12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive-Black

2nd Optical Drive 0 x None-

Flash Media Reader / Writer 1 x 12-In-1 External USB Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-

Meter Display 1 x NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display-

Sound Card 1 x ASUS Xonar DSX-

Network Card 1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)-

Operating System 1 x None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only-

Keyboard 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming

Mouse 1 x iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse-Blood Red

Monitor 0 x None-

2nd Monitor 0 x None-

Speaker System 0 x None-

Video Camera 0 x None-

Advanced Build Options 1 x Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound-The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks

Advanced Build Options 1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Basic Pro Wiring

Advanced Build Options 1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis

Case Engraving Service 0 x None-

Warranty 1 x 3 Year Standard Warranty Service-
Rush Service 1 x Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee)-No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days

Subtotal* $2336.00 (plus tax & shipping)


Jan 25, 2013
I would like to note that I would very much like to stay under $2000. I also want to clarify if my current build is actually worth the $2336.00 I might spend, or if I can create a similar build using a different service(for a better price of course). Thank you in advance!


Jan 25, 2013
I don't plan on rendering videos or video editing for that matter. I just plan on gaming. I don't know if you misread (due to my long list), but I plan on getting a Intel i7 3930K, not a i7 3770k. I would love to get a SSD, but I will get one down the line.


Jun 11, 2012
Don't listen to Ramzzz. His post doesn't make sense, and it incorrect.

Basically, for gaming an i5 will perform just as well as an i7. If you don't plan on video editing you won't even notice a difference. Try to switch in an i5 3570K or similar. I'm not even sure if iBuyPower will let you, but that is the main thing you should switch. Everything else looks good.

Also, I assume you realize that this PC doesn't come with an OS?

It is better value to build your own, but if you'd like to order from iBuyPower that is fine.

This is the approximate cost if you were to build the PC instead. There are some little extra things removed, but the gaming performance would be identical. Like with the iBuyPower one, it doesn't have the OS. I assume you have one already.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.67 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.19 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($589.99 @ TigerDirect)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 1000W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1489.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 20:32 EST-0500)

As I said, the gaming performance will be equal to the iBP one, plus you can get an SSD within budget.

Building the PC isn't that difficult. Watch this series to learn more:
+1 for

3750k--dont need more than that for gaming

the hyper 212 if not going to heavily overclock

g skill rip jaws--though 8gb would be plenty for gaming

the motherboard i am not familiar with

the case nzxt phantom is fine

gtx680 4gb seems to be very expensive--personally i would get a gtx670 or a 7970 if you want more than 2gb graphics memory

1000w psu seems like severe overkill

do you actually need a blu ray drive? if not just get a dvd/rw

and would be looking for a bigger ssd --128gb or 256gb preferably



Jun 11, 2012

Yep, completely agree with all your points. I was trying to put together a similar system to the iBP one.
along with the rest, i agree its a bit overkill for gaming on the cpu and psu.
if your not gonna sli the 680 then 650w will be more than enough if you are then 850w will do the trick.
as for the cpu if your gonna stream videos/3d render then 6 cores will work well but if all your doing is playing games then the 3570 or 3770 will be more than adequate. as your spending a fair whack maybe you should hold off till haswell arives(if it lands in march if its later then buy ivy now) also if your an overclocker then the 2500k/2600k will be a better option they run cooler and when overclocked theres no difference between sandy and ivy.