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September 18, 2013 6:25:30 PM

I am getting into pc gaming, I'm 14 so the budget is tight. I have ideas of what I want but I need help with parts.
Amd 6-8core
Gtx 660ti sli
16 gb ram
128 gb ssd
2tb hdd
2 1080p monitors
Win 8
I have a baseline and I know a bit so anything that could help especially with a specific part would be great. I don't have a set budget but I hope to stay under 2k. The cheaper the better. Thanks!
This is also because of next gen and I don't want consoles. I want to run bf4 on ultra 1080p. My current laptop could run bf3 on medium, maybe high with out aa.
I'm adding this after posting, I'm very leaning on the dual cards. If a better single card option is out to save money I'm all ears. I prefer nvidia but amd is fine.

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September 18, 2013 6:52:31 PM

Since this is a gaming rig, and your budget allows for it, you should go with Intel i5 processor over AMD FX processor.
16gb of ram is overkill. 8gb of ram is plenty for gaming.
Why 2 1080p monitors? It's bad to game on two monitors because the middle of the game will be cut between the screens.
Instead of going with GTX 660ti SLI, you can go with a single, stronger card.
$2000 is a huge budget for a computer, especially for a 14 year old. If this is considered tight for you, then prepare to be amazed by the build you'll be able to afford:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.97 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1995.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 21:50 EDT-0400)

-Intel processors are better than AMD.
-Overclocks extremely well.
-8gb of ram is enough. There's 2 extra slots for extra ram in the future.
-144hz 1080p 1ms reponse time monitor. 144hz means that it can display up to 144fps.
-GTX 770 SLI for a phenomenal gaming performance. It helps you achieve the 144fps on the higher end games.
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September 18, 2013 7:00:00 PM

realchaos said:
Since this is a gaming rig, and your budget allows for it, you should go with Intel i5 processor over AMD FX processor.
16gb of ram is overkill. 8gb of ram is plenty for gaming.
Why 2 1080p monitors? It's bad to game on two monitors because the middle of the game will be cut between the screens.
Instead of going with GTX 660ti SLI, you can go with a single, stronger card.
$2000 is a huge budget for a computer, especially for a 14 year old. If this is considered tight for you, then prepare to be amazed by the build you'll be able to afford:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.97 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($387.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1995.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 21:50 EDT-0400)

-Intel processors are better than AMD.
-Overclocks extremely well.
-8gb of ram is enough. There's 2 extra slots for extra ram in the future.
-144hz 1080p 1ms reponse time monitor. 144hz means that it can display up to 144fps.
-GTX 770 SLI for a phenomenal gaming performance. It helps you achieve the 144fps on the higher end games.


This is a fantastic build and will get you the best performance for your budget. The only things I would change are a matter of personal preference. My favorite mobo manufacturer is Asus and they have the z87-k for 115, and I don't like the glossy finish of the phantom 410. I got it for one of my builds and found that it really attracts fingerprints other things like most glossy finishes.
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September 18, 2013 7:26:59 PM

That would do good for a gaming rig. However the only thing I would disagree on is the fact that a FX-8350 will perform just as good in a gaming rig. The intel is better than AMD is so old and is absolutely not true in any way. If you go for AMD or intel you will have a great gaming PC. I have both and there is no game that my intel can play that my AMD will not with out a doubt. Either way you would have a good rig.

As far as ram I would agree on that 8gig is more than enough for gaming.
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