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July 23, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Alright, so I posted a few months back just to try and get an idea of where I wanted to go with this build. After doing some research, I still have no idea. But I've finally saved up enough money to build a gaming rig, so to try and prevent any stupid mistakes and further headaches I figured I should turn to people who know what they are doing!

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks in theory

Budget Range: $2500 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3), recording/editing, internet

Parts Not Required: Everything is required at the moment...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, (whatever is reliable)

Country: Illinois/ USA

Parts Preferences: Would prefer an intel cpu and nividia gpu, other than that I have no real preference. For OS, I plan on sticking with Windows 7.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not sold on it, so unsure. Leaning towards sticking with a single card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080? 1920x1200? Unsure here either

Additional Comments: Recommendations for a speaker set (sound in general), mouse and keyboard would be nice, but I can always figure that out myself. Specific parts is where I need the most assistance.

If there is something I missed, please help me out. Any help is greatly appreciated!
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 4:17:40 PM

I will help! Give my ~ten minutes.

Edit:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5P Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($17.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.38 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Samsung S22C150N 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft 3XJ-00001 Wired Ergonomic Keyboard ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Microsoft SideWinder X3 Wired Laser Mouse ($14.77 @ Mac Mall)
Other: Aerocool F6XT ($24.99)
Total: $2499.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 19:52 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 4:46:35 PM

Generally you want two sticks to take advantage of dual RAM something, which helps increase performance. You can overclock the GTX Titan, using MSI afterburner. The radiator should be at the top of the case, you should have a fan at the rear of the case exhausting, and the side of the case exhausting. And I am unsure of speakers, as I use a headset (Tritton AX 180's).
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a c 246 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 5:52:42 PM
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Jonathan Sifleet said:
I will help! Give my ~ten minutes.

Edit:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jVez/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5P Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($999.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($17.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.38 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Samsung S22C150N 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft 3XJ-00001 Wired Ergonomic Keyboard ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Microsoft SideWinder X3 Wired Laser Mouse ($14.77 @ Mac Mall)
Other: Aerocool F6XT ($24.99)
Total: $2499.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 19:52 EDT-0400)


Extra thermal compound is a complete waste of money. Dual 770s beats a 790 and the Titan. You don't need a sound card or any of the case fans or other useless accessories. I wouldn't pay money for a $2500 rig and saddle it with cheap peripherals and an incredibly cheap case, that's an absolute no. It really cheapens the whole build.. I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a 512GB SSD either as you can always add or remove drives as needed.

I would do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($425.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($425.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1819.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 20:52 EDT-0400)

And then that gives you $300 for a 1440P monitor, and $300 for speakers, keyboard, mouse, and anything else you need.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 8:28:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($185.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($28.20 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Creative Labs Inspire T6160 50W 5.1ch Speakers ($75.99 @ Dell)
Total: $2495.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 23:28 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 1:04:42 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($140.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($161.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 23EA53V-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G300 Wired Optical Mouse ($31.29 @ Amazon)
Total: $2497.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 04:04 EDT-0400)
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