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So I decided about a month ago that I wanted to save up for a new, preferably game capable computer so instead of wasting $500 on a cheap laptop from Walmart just cause it was newer than my 5 year old PC and the little netbook I'm using right now, I decided to try my hand at building my own PC.

Put it this way I could barely run Minecraft on the computers I owned now so I wanted this thing to have some kick if I could afford it. It will be for gaming mostly, hopefully MMOs, Skyrim, and Battlefield 3. I will be overclocking and probably getting another 680 in the future and definitely more monitors

I am happy to know that even with the HD 4000 integrated graphics I get 50-80 FPS on minecraft with a HD texture pack and all settings on max

I am currently using a CM storm sentinel advanced 2 mouse and it's a great mouse but it's too big for my hand, I'm more claw grip and I can't stand having an always on wired mouse

Only complaint here is my crappy internet :P

I will post more pictures, benchmarks and more info later. Also that is not the Asus monitor it is a Sony PS3 TV

UPDATE: Updated the build a bit and also got the 3D glasses however I warn anyone who thinks about buying them. They are an amazing 3D experience don't get me wrong, beautiful and they do what they promise, however only for a few days. I had to return my glasses after 3-4 days of use because they simply stopped charging. A Google search revealed that the battery in the glasses can die, you can jump start it but I was under my 30 warranty with NewEgg so I'm just gonna try for another pair and cross my fingers it lasts longer.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

$500 for a cheap Walmart laptop to $2500 for a monster PC is a pretty big jump, heh! Hey this is a freaking beastly build, really nice, high-end components.

Since you only mention a purpose of gaming I'll go by that for my possible alternatives for this build. For gaming, an i5-3570K and 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM is really top of the line today and really the most that's needed currently. But hey, it surely doesn't hurt any to get the best.

I see you gave the monitor a 5 star rating. Is that 5ms 120Hz monitor nice for FPS games?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Its the sexiest monitor you will ever get. No ghosting no lag, no nothing, its purely the best gaming fps monitor ever! It is pricey but you do get what you pay for.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

I prefer this monitor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236313&Tpk=VG248QE&IsVirtualParent=1

But i doubt humans can really tell the difference between 1ms and 2ms. But i got it for $100 less than the BenQ and i get 144hz not just 120hz

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Asus doesn't have the black equalizer that makes other player easier to see. The 2420t is > any other FPS gaming monitor.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That feature seemed gimicky when i read about it. Is it really that good? You are making me want to return my monitor. I hear the viewing angles are pretty rough

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Its reall that good, the viewing angles are just as bad as the Asus. Any TN panel will have bad viewing angles.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a great build!

I look forward to seeing more pictures :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

3770K, GTX 680 4GB, 16GB RAM. > Runs Minecraft.

:|

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I do play minecraft yes but I didn't get this just for that. I only mentioned that as a way to show how bad my other computers were since minecraft can be run fairly easy on almost all computers, currently I'm playing Far Cry 3 and it runs like a dream,

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

My build is approximately $1500 and it plays FC3 like a dream as well. If gaming is all you do, then you definitely over-paid on the CPU, and maybe the mobo as well. Other than that, I like it. Being that it's your first rig, it's acceptable to go over-the-top a bit. We all do it. :p

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build the only suggestion I have is to look into other 680's. Such as an MSI one that has better cooling for better overclocking options and is way cheaper.

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

I second this, especially if you can find an MSI Lightning to match that Z77 MPOWER. If you're only going to use one monitor at 1920x1080, having an extra 2GB on your 680 won't be too helpful.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

For now it's only one monitor but I will definitely be getting at least two more in the future

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

what he meant was a different manufacturer

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at the Asus but even with a different brand card wouldn't the 4GB options be better for my future multiple monitors?

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Speaking of the Lightning, there's someone in my city selling one for $440 CAD if anyone here wants it. I'll gladly act as the middle man at no cost, other than reimbursement for shipping.

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Even the lightning's are still 50 bucks cheaper but the twin frozer ones are like 90 bucks cheaper. EVGA has crazy prices for their GPU's.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

He's got a 4GB overclocked card on his parts list, which is where it's quite pricey, but I can personally say that EVGA does have good customer service.