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How does this build look for a gaming/photo editing setup? ($1,500 budget)

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November 4, 2013 6:44:35 AM

Hello all,

So I am looking to build a new PC for gaming, and photo editing. I plan on upgrading to a 1440p monitor so I would like for this setup to max out on a 1440p resolution as well, but I won't be getting the monitor for a couple months or a year. So far this is what I picked out so far:

Any issues, complaints, concerns, or comments?

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a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2013 7:04:36 AM

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.00 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.20 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($484.70 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1510.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 10:00 EST-0500)

You don't need a full tower case, or a 500 GB SSD, especially on a 1.5k budget. A GTX 780 will do much better at 1440p than a 770. Also switched out your MSI mobo to ASRock. MSI has a reputation for sub-par quality with their boards and ASRock is a better alternative on a budget. If you are willing to go a little more over your budget I would suggest an Asus board - those are generally the best if you can afford them.
a c 489 4 Gaming
November 4, 2013 7:07:52 AM

An excellent list of parts.
Some might quibble, but really, don't change a thing.
a c 489 4 Gaming
November 4, 2013 7:08:05 AM

An excellent list of parts.
Some might quibble, but really, don't change a thing.