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Advice on building best possible gaming computer? $4,500-$5,000 budget.

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June 12, 2013 9:49:06 PM

I've been attempting to piece together a computer for a while now on newegg and this is the best I can come up with. I've had the same computer since I was deployed over seas in 20006 so I figure it's time for an upgrade. Any and all advice is appreciated. I'll also answer any questions that you may have. Here's the build: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit...
June 12, 2013 9:56:02 PM

MasterMind0wnz said:
I've been attempting to piece together a computer for a while now on newegg and this is the best I can come up with. I've had the same computer since I was deployed over seas in 20006 so I figure it's time for an upgrade. Any and all advice is appreciated. I'll also answer any questions that you may have. Here's the build: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit...



there is no reason to spend that much money on a computer
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June 12, 2013 9:59:21 PM

First bit of advice: GO SB-E!!! With a build that costs this much, you're crazy not to! Get the 3930k with the Asus P9X79-E WS, which supports TRUE tri-SLI (or, for that matter, quad). Also, for the monitor, get either a). one Dell U2713HM, or three Dell U2412M's. There is nothing to complain about with your GPU's ;) . In terms of the PSU, get the Corsair AXi AX1200i 1200w PSU, or even the EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified (for $350). Get 32 GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM @ 1866 MHz, as that is already more than enough. In terms of the cooler, get a Swiftech H220. Get the Corsair Obsidian 900D case, or perhaps even one of the GIGANTIC Silverstone cases. Get a 240 GB Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD, and a 2 TB, 7200 RPM, 64 MB cache HDD.
There's a start ;) 
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June 12, 2013 10:00:46 PM

it is impractical to spend that much. my suggestion, maybe get a 3 monitor setup, then do SLI.
for the unused funds, just keep it, and in 2015, the upgrade itch will probably be too much.

or maybe if you really want it, get a play seat or something (or get it made), steering wheel, surround sound, etc. at least, these things will still be there even if you upgrade
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June 12, 2013 10:01:29 PM

The only reason I am saying that that's how much I am looking to spend on a build is because that is how I am being paid for a job that I finished for a client of mine. So I am looking to spend at least $4,500 with a maximum of $5,000 since the money is not my own.
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June 12, 2013 10:04:53 PM

MasterMind0wnz said:
The only reason I am saying that that's how much I am looking to spend on a build is because that is how I am being paid for a job that I finished for a client of mine. So I am looking to spend at least $4,500 with a maximum of $5,000 since the money is not my own.


Take a look at what I posted; one of the beastliest setups out there.
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June 12, 2013 10:06:31 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
MasterMind0wnz said:
The only reason I am saying that that's how much I am looking to spend on a build is because that is how I am being paid for a job that I finished for a client of mine. So I am looking to spend at least $4,500 with a maximum of $5,000 since the money is not my own.


Take a look at what I posted; one of the beastliest setups out there.


I'm looking at it right now, going to price it out.

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June 12, 2013 10:07:31 PM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
MasterMind0wnz said:
The only reason I am saying that that's how much I am looking to spend on a build is because that is how I am being paid for a job that I finished for a client of mine. So I am looking to spend at least $4,500 with a maximum of $5,000 since the money is not my own.


Do you have a laptop? You could potentially buy an awesome PC (SNB-E or 4770k) with 3 monitors and still have enough for a pretty nasty laptop with a quad-core i7 and a GTX 6xx GPU if you cut a few unnecessary corners with the PC. Having a laptop is always a nice convenience.


That's not a bad idea. I don't have a laptop as of yet. Was never really too fond of them.

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June 12, 2013 10:16:09 PM

MasterMind0wnz said:
u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
MasterMind0wnz said:
The only reason I am saying that that's how much I am looking to spend on a build is because that is how I am being paid for a job that I finished for a client of mine. So I am looking to spend at least $4,500 with a maximum of $5,000 since the money is not my own.


Do you have a laptop? You could potentially buy an awesome PC (SNB-E or 4770k) with 3 monitors and still have enough for a pretty nasty laptop with a quad-core i7 and a GTX 6xx GPU if you cut a few unnecessary corners with the PC. Having a laptop is always a nice convenience.


That's not a bad idea. I don't have a laptop as of yet. Was never really too fond of them.



I respectfully disagree... laptops get extremely hot, and all are overpriced for what they are, since it isn't really possible to build your own. If you're going to do that, just save the money for something else. :) 
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June 12, 2013 10:34:53 PM

Well honestly I don't want to seem overly greedy and build a pc and purchase a laptop. I'd like to stick to their instructions the best I can so I need to build whatever I can, overkill or not for $4.5k-$5k.
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June 13, 2013 9:00:16 AM

how about just getting an overkill 4k alienware which just game out yesterday?If your going to be overkill make it portable for overseas deployment. Im in the army and went for an alienware laptop for durability and mobility, guess you can say you build it since you choose exactly what you want in it. and get a freaking good new samsung or asus 27" monitor for 500$

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-18/pd.aspx
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June 13, 2013 4:34:14 PM

Still haven't found a better build than what I've built for the price. I'm going to keep looking though.. I will probably finalize a build in a week or two. Could also post pictures of completion if anyone is interested.
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June 15, 2013 1:06:10 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
MasterMind0wnz said:
Still haven't found a better build than what I've built for the price. I'm going to keep looking though.. I will probably finalize a build in a week or two. Could also post pictures of completion if anyone is interested.


This is pretty nice, but it is a bit over your budget @ $5,500. It is a 3770k with 3 way SLI Titans. The seller can upgrade the CPU though, if you want.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-High-End-Gaming-Computer...


Ah yeah, a bit out of my price range.. maybe if he were to upgrade the processor and downgrade the GfX cards to 780's.
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June 15, 2013 2:02:00 AM

You can do a custome waterloop
Tri sli scales bad.
I7-4770k is the maximum for gaming although a i5-4670k would be already plenty.

Memory can be replaced for 2x4 gb 1600mhz sticks, (picked dominators because they look great,performance wise they are the same as cheaper ones)

One 1440p screen would be also an option
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb278q




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.63 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($152.95 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($197.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $3348.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 05:01 EDT-0400)
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June 15, 2013 5:57:51 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
You can do a custome waterloop
Tri sli scales bad.
I7-4770k is the maximum for gaming although a i5-4670k would be already plenty.

Memory can be replaced for 2x4 gb 1600mhz sticks, (picked dominators because they look great,performance wise they are the same as cheaper ones)

One 1440p screen would be also an option
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb278q




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.63 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($152.95 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($197.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $3348.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 05:01 EDT-0400)


Would there be anything that you could add to that or upgrade to put it close to the $5,000 mark? Again, I want to get as close to that as possible as I won't be replacing it for a while or paying for it myself.
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June 15, 2013 6:13:09 PM

Lol triple titan....

Unless you plan on getting like 10 1440 P monitors, and just go crazy with them playing on max in crisis 3. You don't need 1/3 of that.

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June 15, 2013 6:19:09 PM

opponentmule2 said:
Lol triple titan....

Unless you plan on getting like 10 1440 P monitors, and just go crazy with them playing on max in crisis 3. You don't need 1/3 of that.



I'd honestly like to stick with triple 780's if at all possible.

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June 16, 2013 1:02:30 AM

No paying more then this won't give you more performance
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June 16, 2013 1:42:24 AM

MasterMind0wnz said:
I've been attempting to piece together a computer for a while now on newegg and this is the best I can come up with. I've had the same computer since I was deployed over seas in 20006 so I figure it's time for an upgrade. Any and all advice is appreciated. I'll also answer any questions that you may have. Here's the build: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit...


best I have ever seen.laptop repair goodyear

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June 16, 2013 2:11:25 PM

I'm thinking about adding water cooling for the whole system.. Any suggestions?
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June 16, 2013 2:18:22 PM

Swiftech h220 has a powerfull enough pump for watercooling gpu and cpu
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June 16, 2013 2:33:07 PM

Computers are not a poor man's hobby, but this is ridiculous :p 
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June 16, 2013 4:20:04 PM

I just want something that's going to be cutting edge for a while and that I can brag about ;) 
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June 16, 2013 4:29:08 PM

Hmm what about my recommended build + fully custome watercooling for ~4k
And a nice 1k watch ?
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June 16, 2013 4:33:07 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Hmm what about my recommended build + fully custome watercooling for ~4k
And a nice 1k watch ?


I like the build for the price but was looking to push the budget to the max as I am not paying for it. What exactly didn't you like about the build I posted?
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June 16, 2013 6:29:19 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Who pays lol

I dont like your memory, motherboard, psu, h110, case

Newer case version of yours:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-...

More then 2gpus is not needed.
850w is plenty
More then 8gb 1600mhz is not needed.






I recently finished up a job for a client of mine and they are choosing to pay me buy allowing me to build a computer of my choosing for around $5-$5.5k. So you're saying that even if you could build any computer you wanted you'd only go with 8gb of ram and 2 gpus?
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June 16, 2013 6:38:37 PM

I would appreciate any help
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June 16, 2013 8:12:00 PM

thesuperguy said:
If you really want to shoot that paying price high, go for dual or tri titans. You can also switch out your CPU for something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yeah I was thinking dual titans but from what I heard, you get about 20-30% more performance out of 3 780's? I do really like that processor though and there's another one that they just came out with this month that looks fairly decent.
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June 16, 2013 10:36:49 PM

With this budget, you might even be able to fit in a dual CPU server motherboard :p 
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June 17, 2013 1:18:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($338.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($155.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 900D ATX Full Tower Case ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $5020.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-17 04:17 EDT-0400)
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