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mousseng

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Sure, it's a top-of-the-line PC, but it's extremely wasteful. The CPU, GPU, PSU, motherboard, case, sound card, and CPU cooler have cheaper alternatives that are just as good (if not better) as far as gaming is concerned.
 

hugh117

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If the machine is going to be used for gaming there is no need to go above a i5 3570k as you wont get much of a performance increase and with the money you save you can spend more on other parts such as a better graphics card.
 

chugot9218

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Certainly not the extreme build on there, that is way overkill, I doubt you are doing the level of editing that those components facilitate. Choose one of the builds featured in the Tom's build-off articles, they have practical and price-right builds in there. I mean, the high end build on that site features a thermaltake PSU.....
 

chugot9218

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Right on the home page you should see some big square article pictures, there are 4 seperate ones all titled System Builder Marathon Q4 2012: (here is the description of the build, i.e. budget, gaming, performance, etc...). I would put together one similar to those builds on PCPartpicker.com and then post here, we can eek out any additional value/performance for you.
 

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Thing is, I'm not sure what to pick. If I was just to pick the Q4: 2,000 PC, what would I have to do to optimize it for gaming?
 

chugot9218

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s8wq

Heres a pretty dece build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s8wq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s8wq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s8wq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($90.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.50 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1701.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 09:24 EST-0500)

Start with that, you can look into a different CPU cooler, depending on whether your are OCing or not, the one I provided is the old standby air cooler that most seem to like. You will also want to look at how much storage you want, I picked a 1tb drive and a 128gb ssd. The GTX 670 is a good price/performance GPU, you could change that if you want more or less graphics performance. The case you can change out too, I loved my corsair for my first build, lots of cable management, but you might want one more aesthetically pleasing. Got you a blu-ray reader, no burner, might wanna switch that. The monitor is a good one, same one I have, but again, you could change it. For what I picked, the PSU is a good one, imo. I also have the same MOBO, its got good features but may be more than you need, if you don't plan on SLI or XFire later, it does have a wireless card/module though included. Let me know if you have other questions.

P.S., I also forgot to check if the RAM would clear the CPU cooler, I think low profile RAM may be necessary for the EVO, we can change that out if you decide to stick with it. You also don't need 16gb RAM but I like buying it all at once so I don't have to worry about matching sets later.
 

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I don't think I will be OC'ing. I think the storage looks good, considering I will be DL'ing a bunch of games. As for the GPU, I want to run games on High/Ultra. What would this GPU be able to run? Yeah I like the RAM. But it says "No issues/incompatibilities found." on the site. Or is that not always right.
 

chugot9218

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Should be okay, if you don't wanna OC you can drop the CPU cooler, but the stock one can get a little noisy. The 670 will run anything at ultra at 1080p, if you are going multi-monitor in the future then you could get a 4gb version of the 670. You could grab a cheaper Noctua cooler, high quality, low fan noise, and they provide RAM compatibility charts which are helpful. If you are concerned about the RAM clearance with whatever CPU cooler you choose (besides the stock, all RAM will fit with stock), just buy a low profile set.
 

chugot9218

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Yes, I was going to recommend the 2gb Asus model but they were kind of spendy, if are willing to pay for it, that is a great choice (the 4gb model that is, you want more VRAM on your GPU for multiple monitors, I'm not saying the 2gb Asus model is bad).
 

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