Kickass Gaming and Editing PC


Jun 17, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: In a Month

Budget Range: $2000-$2250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Photoshop, Streaming Videos, Web Surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything including Keyboard and Mouse

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,

Location: Australia

Parts Preferences: Whatever is Best
Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future)

Your Monitor 1920x1080 (tripple monitor in the future)
Hey guys,

I finally managed to make enough money to get me a kickass gaming pc. Ive got around $2400 to spend but im gonna need everything – Tower, Keyboard, Mouse, OS and maybe a racing wheel. Here is what i have so far

CPU – Intel Core i7-3820 $295 – CPL or Intel Core i5-3570k $229
MOBO – Asus RAMPAGE IV Formula/BF3 $299 or Gigabyte G1. Sniper 3 $355
RAM – G.Skill Ripjaws-X 16G 8Gx2 DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL $76
SSD – Samsung 830 series 256G SSD-MZ-7PC256 $209
HDD -Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001 $99
GPU – Sapprie 3GB 7950 OC PCI-E VGA Card – $325
I plan to go trifire in the future along with 3 screens
PSU – Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1000W $218
ODD – ASUS Black/24x DVD-RW Writer Retail Packing $23
COOLER – Corsair Cooling Hydro H100 High-Performance CPU Cooler $145
CASE – Coolermaster HAF X Full Tower Case No PSU $189
SCREEN – Need a recomendation – 24 inch around $200
KBD – Need a good one for FPS and MMO
MOUSE – Need a good one for FPS and MMO
OS – Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Thanks in advance


No reason to purchase the 3820 for a gaming rig. Even most Photoshop tasks can be handled by the i5-3570K. Too much money spent on the CPU and RAM and not enough on the GPU. Cooler Master PSUs also have a horrible reputation for lying about their products and falsely advertising wattage and output.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ PCCaseGear)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($469.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($141.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 3-Pack (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $1719.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-30 11:51 EST+1100)

As far as monitor, keyboard, and mouse - I generally leave those open as that's entirely personal preference.



I suggested the exact same cooler. :lol:

The D14 is good - but a lot of people - especially new builders - are turned off by the massive size. Which is why I recommend the smaller U9B.


Sep 18, 2012

I know that, that chart is just to show other coolers that are better than the U9B.