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September 26, 2013 10:35:31 AM

Hey all,
I am looking to build a decently high end gaming PC. I have lost touch with the latest in th hardware and thats the reason i am here. My budget is 1500-2000$ (does not necessarily have to include the monitors but if it does then even better). As for the games being played on it, They range from Black ops2 to the latest MMOs released. I would really appreciate it if someone count help me by suggesting the build.

Thanks !

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a b 4 Gaming
September 26, 2013 11:28:25 AM

I would reccommend waiting till AMD release their new radeon lineup which was announced today, from what was shown and the pricing schemes, its really exciting stuff.

But if you need the PC now:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($637.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VX279Q 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1772.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 14:31 EDT-0400)

You didn't specify what size monitor, what resolution monitor, how many monitors you wanted, so I wasn't sure.
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September 26, 2013 11:50:16 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
I would reccommend waiting till AMD release their new radeon lineup which was announced today, from what was shown and the pricing schemes, its really exciting stuff.

But if you need the PC now:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($637.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VX279Q 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1772.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 14:31 EDT-0400)

You didn't specify what size monitor, what resolution monitor, how many monitors you wanted, so I wasn't sure.


Thanks a lot ! I had not really thought about the monitor at all but thanks for the suggestion ! .. I also heard about the announcement and will probably wait for more information. I wanted to get an idea about what kind of processor etc i would need for a good gaming comp and thats the reason I came here. Thanks.

Also, i7 is not necessary for gaming purposes?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 26, 2013 11:52:38 AM

There is no noticible gaming performance difference between an 2nd/3rd/4th gen i7 and an i5 currently, so getting an i7 for gaming would really just be for bragging rights :p 

as far as gaming processors go its:
first tier 3rd or 4th generation i5/i7 (i5-3570k or the i5-4670k mainly)
second tier FX8350
Third tier FX6300
Fourth tier Athlon II 750K

Those are the primary gaming processors that are reccommended for different budgets and needs generally.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 26, 2013 6:05:14 PM

id get this instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1I0ZZ

main differences from the above build is that i used a better CPU cooler, board, case and psu. as for the GPU, its a spot holder as id probably recommend getting a r9 290x from amd given the performance its going to offer

as for the monitor, i chose a pro-art series panel instead. the stand is infinitely more robust and since its 23 inches, it doesnt look like crap compared to 27 inch 1080p
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October 11, 2013 7:58:47 AM

Sorry I havent come here in a while. I thought tom's hardware would send email everytime someone replies but apparently not. Thanks for both your suggestions.
@TheBigTroll : Isnt r9 290x the new one that amd announced? I am looking into those as well.

@ps3hacker12 : Thanks for the clarification !

Also quick question - I saw this deal and want to know if its worth it on a monitor
http://www.neweggflash.com/Product/N82E16824009460

Its the Acer S275HL bmii Black 27" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers IPS Panel on the newegg flash sale.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 11, 2013 12:17:01 PM

dont bother with 27 inch 1080p panels. they look disgusting one provided in build is much better

as for the GPU, the 290x is not out yet. the 280x is the 7970 rebranded
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October 11, 2013 12:29:49 PM

TheBigTroll said:
dont bother with 27 inch 1080p panels. they look disgusting one provided in build is much better

as for the GPU, the 290x is not out yet. the 280x is the 7970 rebranded


Ok Thanks. I think I will wait for the 290x to come out and see some official benchmarks and the price tag to make a decision.
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