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New gaming pc, max $2000 budget

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Last response: in Systems
June 15, 2013 4:13:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$2000 after rebates/ship

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Full System

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Think I'll get 1080P, willing to consider 1440P

Additional Comments: Games I play: WoW>Civ5>Skyrim, will most likely play Elder Scrolls Online

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current setup (i5 3470, HD 6850) too weak for how I want my games to look.

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This is the setup I have now and I have a few questions. I think Civ5 and WoW are both pretty CPU intensive, would it be worth $100 to get a 4770K instead? How well would this rig run a 1440p monitor? I'd be willing to spend up to $2000 to run 1440p well, or if it would give me good performance gains at 1080p. Looking for suggestions on mouse/KB and also wondering if the case is any good, picked it for appearance :p 

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June 15, 2013 5:01:16 PM

I went $2 over ... $2,002 ....Black version of case would be $1,992

Case - $270 - Corsair 500R Black
$25 MIR + $35 off w/ promo code EMCYTZT3582, ends 6/13``
PSU - incl. w/ above - Corsair HX850 included with above

MoBo - $412 - ASUS Z87 Pro
CPU - incl. w/ above - Intel Core i5-4670K Included w/ above and MoBo has built in wireless

RAM - $125 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin CAS 8 DDR3-1600

Cooler - $80 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE
TIM - $7 - Shin Etsu

GFX - $400 - Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce
GFX - Later - Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce Same

HD - $160 Caviar Black 1TB
SSD - $150 - Samsung 840 Pro

DVD Writer - $28 - Asus 24X
Monitor $270 ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor

OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre
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June 15, 2013 6:27:45 PM

The OP mentioned that he lived in Canada. Prices are different in Canada.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($118.65 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($115.25 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($414.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1601.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 21:23 EDT-0400)

-Overclocks really will with the Corsair H100i closed loop water cooling.
-8gb of ram should be enough for gaming.
-The case is built for silence. It also have lots of space and good cable management.

If you were planning to go 1440p, I would grab the GTX780.
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June 15, 2013 11:16:16 PM

OP has a decent CPU already: i5 3470. worse case just upgrade to a i7 3770K and overclock that.

spend the rest on a pair of 780s? not worth it to upgrade from ivy bridge to haswell