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Building a gaming rig on a €1500 budget - need input

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October 2, 2013 6:01:19 AM

Been browsing various sites and have accumulated the following:


    Intel Core i7-4770K Box, LGA1150
    16GB-Kit G.Skill RipJawsZ PC3-12800U CL9-9-9-24 (DDR3-1600)
    Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express
    WD Caviar Blue 1TB 6Gb/s
    Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic 120GB SATA 6Gb/s
    Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW
    Corsair Carbide Air540, ATX
    Corsair Professional Series HX750 80PLUS Gold 750W
    ASUS Z87-PLUS (C2)
    Noctua NH-D14, Sockel AM2/AM2+/AM3/775/1366/1155/1156


Total cost, INCLUDING shipping: €1352.71

I plan to get another 7970 for Crossfire when they're cheaper, when the new RX Series comes out. Would the ASUS Z87-PLUS (C2) accommodate that well ?


Is this setup good for the cost I'm paying for it? The last PC I had was a top end machine purchased way back in 2007, it's pretty much junk now. Would this setup last me a fair while down playing games on max settings?


Any advice given would be greatly appreciated.
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October 2, 2013 6:54:00 AM

To be honest all you'll need is 8GB of Ram use the extra money on a bigger SSD or maybe the PRO edition. I don't believe any game uses more than 8GB of RAM
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October 2, 2013 7:27:30 AM

my five cents:
I'd get an i5 - i7 is way too much overkill for a pure gaming rig. If you wish to stream and record your games, then it would be acceptable, otherwise it's a waste of resources that can be put into GPU or sound...

WD blue - well, the secondary drive is usually a random crap storage /files, documents, music.../ - a green drive is way more suited /also... I'd go for at least 2-3 TB.../

also - a sound card - get at least a SB extreme audio or a SB Z - it gives too much of an advantage :D 
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October 2, 2013 9:11:52 AM

^ Aren't Sound Cards pretty much obsolette now, for gamers anyways ?
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October 2, 2013 9:17:53 AM

Kieran Menon said:
^ Aren't Sound Cards pretty much obsolette now, for gamers anyways ?


I'd say so who games with speakers? Headphones FTW
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October 2, 2013 12:10:44 PM

Kieran Menon said:
^ Aren't Sound Cards pretty much obsolette now, for gamers anyways ?


Well, they are obsolete for pretty much anyone using anything less than koss porta pro headphones /and of cheap $30 speakers/. Also, if you play only casual titles, then you probably won't hear the difference either :D 
But in FPS it is nice to hear what happens on the other side of the map, and it is always nice to exactly pinpoint where the sounds comes from... And RPGs sound richer...
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October 2, 2013 1:45:09 PM

random stalker said:
Kieran Menon said:
^ Aren't Sound Cards pretty much obsolette now, for gamers anyways ?


Well, they are obsolete for pretty much anyone using anything less than koss porta pro headphones /and of cheap $30 speakers/. Also, if you play only casual titles, then you probably won't hear the difference either :D 
But in FPS it is nice to hear what happens on the other side of the map, and it is always nice to exactly pinpoint where the sounds comes from... And RPGs sound richer...


Right hearing footsteps before you see the enemy is an awesome advantage
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October 3, 2013 1:35:44 AM

Aight, with regards to the sound card...

I plan to buy an Astro A50 headset, which is 7.1 - the ASUS Z87-PLUS (C2) has onboard 7.1 - but the suggested Sound Blaster cards are 5.1 ... would plugging the 7.1 headset into the SB card downgrade the headset's 7.1 to 5.1 ?

Kinda confused.

Edit - browsing a bit, seems the ASUS Xonar Essence STX would be a good choice to go with for the A50.
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October 3, 2013 5:22:30 AM

No i don't think they down grade because the 7.1 is in the headset, i imagine that the headphones are USB(with option of headphone plug) because that's how mine are(just a cheap rocket fish 7.1 pair). Now if you had a 7.1 speaker set you wouldn't be able to hook all the speakers up. I assume this is right, someone correct me if i'm wrong?
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