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$2000 Gaming Rig, Finals Thoughts before I buy it

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June 4, 2013 9:06:14 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12RT2

I have picked out all of the parts and just want some advice on this being a good build, and any suggestions for changing parts.

Will be playing games like LoL, Skyrim, Fallouts, etc. and newer games coming out

Thanks
June 4, 2013 9:13:34 AM

What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.

Edit: Did not see your monitor, yes it's 1080p so I would recommend the HD 7970 instead.
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June 4, 2013 9:20:41 AM

9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.

Edit: Did not see your monitor, yes it's 1080p so I would recommend the HD 7970 instead.


but would it allow me to play recent games at the highest settings, plus newer games coming out?
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June 4, 2013 9:21:35 AM

9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.


People said the same thing about Ivy Bridge when it first came out. If you're buying a new system *ALWAYS* get the latest hardware you can possibly get. That's the only real way to ensure a build's longevity. The original build looks decent - I'd make a few changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 12:20 EDT-0400)

Swapped the SSD, power supply, and case. And then you can add whatever monitor you like.
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June 4, 2013 9:30:44 AM

9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.

Edit: Did not see your monitor, yes it's 1080p so I would recommend the HD 7970 instead.


g-unit1111 said:
9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.


People said the same thing about Ivy Bridge when it first came out. If you're buying a new system *ALWAYS* get the latest hardware you can possibly get. That's the only real way to ensure a build's longevity. The original build looks decent - I'd make a few changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 12:20 EDT-0400)

Swapped the SSD, power supply, and case. And then you can add whatever monitor you like.


do you think the 780 is overkill?
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June 4, 2013 9:44:09 AM

No such thing as overkill. It'll last a while that's for sure, but it's not necessarily the best bang for your buck card. A 7970 would certainly handle 1080p without problems and it would be cheaper, but it probably wouldn't last as long. Whether that year or so difference between how long each card lasts is worth the extra $150-$200 is up to you.
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June 4, 2013 9:45:55 AM

g-unit1111 said:
9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.


People said the same thing about Ivy Bridge when it first came out. If you're buying a new system *ALWAYS* get the latest hardware you can possibly get. That's the only real way to ensure a build's longevity. The original build looks decent - I'd make a few changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 12:20 EDT-0400)

Swapped the SSD, power supply, and case. And then you can add whatever monitor you like.


I don't look at things as newest vs oldest. I just look at them in terms of their specifications. I know that Haswell performs slightly better than Ivy Bridge but it also consumes more power and runs hotter, pretty ironic right?

I would honestly get Ivy Bridge over Haswell, it even overclocks better.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
June 4, 2013 9:46:53 AM

DeadlyZ said:


do you think the 780 is overkill?


Depends on what resolution you want to play at. If you want to use a 1080P monitor, maybe. But if you want to use a 1440P monitor it definitely isn't.
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June 4, 2013 9:51:06 AM

2wenty said:
No such thing as overkill. It'll last a while that's for sure, but it's not necessarily the best bang for your buck card. A 7970 would certainly handle 1080p without problems and it would be cheaper, but it probably wouldn't last as long. Whether that year or so difference between how long each card lasts is worth the extra $150-$200 is up to you.


There is no future proofing in technology. From my experience it's better to buy the most suitable GPU right now. If it becomes outdated in a few years time it's time to upgrade again.

Also I believe overkill is when the performance is higher than you need for example if it's giving you 100 FPS it's overkill because you could have gotten a graphics card which gives you 60 FPS, saved a lot of money, and you won't even notice the difference between 60 and 100 FPS.
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June 4, 2013 5:46:03 PM

g-unit1111 said:
9a3iqa said:
What resolution will you be playing at? If at 1080p or less you don't need that GTX 780 it's overkill. A 7970 would be more than enough for 1080p and would save you a lot of money + would come with 4 awesome games.

Also I would not personally buy the new Haswell CPU's (e.g i5-4670k) because they are really no better than the older generation CPU's which I am sure you could find for cheaper.


People said the same thing about Ivy Bridge when it first came out. If you're buying a new system *ALWAYS* get the latest hardware you can possibly get. That's the only real way to ensure a build's longevity. The original build looks decent - I'd make a few changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1826.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 12:20 EDT-0400)

Swapped the SSD, power supply, and case. And then you can add whatever monitor you like.


and that power supply would be fine with everything im using?
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June 4, 2013 5:59:26 PM

DeadlyZ said:


and that power supply would be fine with everything im using?


Yup. Believe me one thing I definitely do not recommend crap power supplies.
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June 4, 2013 6:04:10 PM

g-unit1111 said:
DeadlyZ said:


and that power supply would be fine with everything im using?


Yup. Believe me one thing I definitely do not recommend crap power supplies.


ok thanks alot I appreciate it, im buying all the parts now
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June 4, 2013 6:55:36 PM

I would go with a better case (Antec P280 on sale now at NewEgg). You should have the case, powersupply, and some storage components for a long time so get a great case with good air filtration and positive pressured so dust isn't sucking into your computer. The Samsung 840 Pro is excellent! KEEP THAT! Power Supply should last you a long time and 600W to 750W should be fine. I would spend less on graphics as they get outdated quickly. I would recommend (two or three) 1 TB drives for stripping performance on stuff that won't fit on the SSD. As a minimum you could do two drives and have Intel RAID 0 and RAID 1 volumes on them. You probably know that the 4670K's don't overclock worth a crap unless your lucky, but the Z87 is great if you need to attach more than two SSD drives, or more than 4 USB 3.0 drives. Your cooler is excellent, but could be cut and swapped if you don't have the cash. If this is just for gaming and not video processing, I would go with i5-K IVY CPU unless you really intend on getting more than two SSD's. I don't mean to be a downer, but having a sense of what depreciates most quickly should have input to your decision on components, so don't go spending the most on what depreciates the fastest (video card). the best thing about building your own new system is component upgrade ability for the lifetime of you or your computer. Get an AMD 8000 series in 4 months instead of spending so much now. Fractal Design cases are pretty good and recommended, but g-unit1111 is out of his mind on the SSD. Stay with the Samsung as long as it is a "Pro" version. I would spend an extra $45 for an LG 3D 12X Blu-Ray Burner though unless you already have some in other PC's and my new cost of everything would be about $1500.
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