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Good friend of mine has just asked me to build him a gaming rig from the ground up, thing is its been a while since I've kept up with the latest hardware. Was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out with some good specs? When I asked him his budget he said "as much as you want", so I'm going to cap it at $3000 excluding peripherals and a monitor.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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$3000 EXCLUDING peripherals and a monitor?

 

You could build at least 2 FULL top gaming rigs with everything for $3000. Hell you could build a good gaming rig for $1000.

 

 

Intel Core i5 3570K - $245

gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard - $165

G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $65

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB - $499

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX - $135

Lite-On IHAS324 24x DVDRW - $25

Antec TruePower TP-650 650W - $125

BitFenix Shinobi Black Case - $69

LG IPS231P-BN 23inch IPS Widescreen LED Monitor - $199

Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse - $39

Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - $55

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM - $99

 

$1720

 

And I think this is overkill - but it would play absolutely everything on the market today and for the next 3 years all on high settings.

 

You could add:

 

An SSD.

A Blu Ray player.

 

You could get:

A cheaper video card (i.e a GTX 560Ti) which is till very good.

 

Just some ideas.

 

Prices from PC Case Gear.

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GhostFaceKilla suggestion is very good value and well suited to a 1920x1080 display

but if he does want to go a bit further and perhaps look at 3 monitor 120hz gaming or a 2560 res monitor this may be an option

 

just quickly from the parts guide

High End

CPU i7-3770K 3.5GHz/8M/22nm $369 (for a gaming only rig stick with 3570k)

MB ASUS Sabertooth Z77 $259

RAM G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB 16GB (4x4GB) $169 - OR - G.Skill Trident X F3-2400C10D-16GTX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $245

GPU's 7970 3g $499 - OR - GTX 680 4G $779 1-2

SSD 480Gb Sandisk Extreme SSD $489

DVD Pioneer BDR-207 12X Blu-Ray Write $109

PSU Corsair AX-750 Gold $215 - OR - SeaSonic 860w Platinum $283

CASE Silverstone Fortress FT02B Black USB 3.0 $239

cooling is up to you For a watercooled option see here

TOTAL $2348-3551

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er...........you could go 2011pin, if you really want to reach $3K.......at well over $500 a CPU (you could go the full duck's guts, but Intel charge you around $1K or more)

and the RAM and mobo to suit (RAM at least $120 -140 much dearer if you go Corsair or similar) the mobo $300-500

but personally, having had the 2500K, and the 2600K, I reckon you'd be hard pressed to use the power

in real life, there's little offered for your money with IB-E, but by jesus, it reads good!

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maybe spend $2000 on the system and $1000 on a nice screen and speakers/sound card? a gaming computer is only ever going to be as good as the screen you utilise it on and all that.

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Back in the day I used to save up and drop 3K + on a rig to last me a couple of years but these days its better to spend half that and upgrade in half the time. You end up with better / more current tech plus your old rig isn't so old that it cant be sold.

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maybe spend $2000 on the system and $1000 on a nice screen and speakers/sound card? a gaming computer is only ever going to be as good as the screen you utilise it on and all that.

That's a very good suggestion.

 

I game on a 2560 x 1600 monitor and it's fantastic, although it does demand that you spend a little more on graphics cards.

 

An alternative would be to spend a similar amount and you could get 3 22" screens for a Eyefinity type setup.

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