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July 16, 2013 5:45:12 AM

Hey everyone,

I've been lurking the forums looking at suggested builds around my price range, and I've been following this pcpartpicker list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/SrOy

I've been a long time mac user but decided that I want to go back into PC Gaming and my old mac takes a while to use resource intensive programs.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$1800 depending on rebates/bang for buck

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/animation and graphics (CS6/Blender/Unity/video)

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, have a 40" LG TV I was planning on using but may not be the same; IPS not needed



Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any within US. Have microcenter around the corner; amazon.com, newegg.com

Location: Detroit Metro

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Prob not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: TV is 42LH40 (I think);

Additional Comments: Main priority is heat; the computer will be in the office so noise won't be an issue.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't had a new PC in a long time

Thanks for the help!
a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 8:23:13 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($81.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($137.45 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($93.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1733.20
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a b 4 Gaming
July 16, 2013 8:53:18 AM

this is how i would do it
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cZVm

if you are not to SLI in the future, id suggest downgrading to a xfx 550w psu instead. in this build i also used windows 7 pro if you are going to expand your ram. if not, just stick with the premium. dual booting with mac osx is possible and shouldnt be much of a hassle with this rig as well as gigabyte boards are great for that purpose
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July 18, 2013 10:24:11 AM

I've been out of the pc world for quite some time; do you see a benefit to SLI for FPS?
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July 18, 2013 10:26:13 AM

SLI is beneficial if you do it. if not, just get a 550w psu and you are fine
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July 18, 2013 10:41:57 AM

Got it; I'll buy it as is. Thanks for the help!
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