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~$1500 Scratch Intel Gaming PC Build.Asking 4 Suggestions

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November 9, 2013 11:12:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ~Late December

Budget Range: $1200-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most to least Important: Gaming, running applications (games & ts & music & websites, at once etc.) streaming occasional movies/videos. work. College.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I think i'd prefer a 27" monitor w/ 2560x1440

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No, I can purchase this at my college for $5

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but i'm open to cheaper selections if it's there

Location: Fredonia, NY United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
I'd like to have 16GB of DDR3 1600
1TB HDD is plenty.

Overclocking: No, Don't know how don't want to break anything.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, In the future. Not initially. (For future purchase for SLI, duel geforce)

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440 is the current best for 27" i believe.

Additional Comments: Games Will Vary. So i'd like to be able to run most if not all on high or more. Such as Battlefield 4, WoW, Dota, LoL, Skyrim, Final Fantasy, Eve. Too many to list.
FPS & MMOs

I'd like to duel screen and maybe far in the future triple for FPS is 27" still too large?
If majority says this can be an issue i'm willing to drop to about 24" i think is the next standard step down.(or if 27" is just too expensive)
Wall mounting capabilities for monitors would be nice if thats out there.

I'd like liquid cooling if it can fit.

Large cases are preferred So i don't have to worry about room.


Thanks for the help everyone. I feel bad this is alot to ask but i feel at such a loss when i first begin searching. Staring at screen and browsing in circle. I'll be able to critique and compare once we start having a good base build.

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November 9, 2013 12:31:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.57 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Qnix 1440p Monitor ($350.00)
Total: $1521.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-09 15:31 EST-0500)
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November 9, 2013 2:39:42 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.57 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Qnix 1440p Monitor ($350.00)
Total: $1521.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-09 15:31 EST-0500)


This will definitely run BF4 on ultra settings.

27'' is pretty large but in the end it comes down to personal preference.
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November 11, 2013 9:35:30 AM

Not bad never knew this PCPArtPicker was out there thanks. But i'd like to upgrade to 16gb(2x8gb DDR3 1600) sticks.
Any suggestion on company?

Can the GTX770 2gb run a 1440p monitor?
what about the GTX 770 4gb running at around $390 only $50 more for double doesn't this sound a bit better of a deal?

Also like to up the CPU to something a bit more around 3.7GHz.

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November 11, 2013 10:37:58 AM

i would get the r9 290 4gb non-reference if its available.
only ~400$ and performance is similar to gtx 780 and gtx titan.

3.3 or 3.7 not much of a difference.
3.7ghz only with a overclockable cpu, but u dont overclock.

you can pick i5-4670k for overclocking ...
i5-4430 if you dont overclock, or xeon e3 1230v3 if you want the extra hyper threads.
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November 11, 2013 6:24:01 PM




Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor(~$200)
VS
Intel Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 Haswell 3.3GHz Quad-Core(~$245)

What's the difference between these two in performance field?
the extra .1 ghz looks appealing but the prices don't make sense. What does the server processor(Xeon) have on the i5?
Anyone know?

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard(~$150)
VS
ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard(~$120)

These look identical in performance. just price and branding difference. ?
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November 11, 2013 6:25:00 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
i would get the r9 290 4gb non-reference if its available.
only ~400$ and performance is similar to gtx 780 and gtx titan.

3.3 or 3.7 not much of a difference.
3.7ghz only with a overclockable cpu, but u dont overclock.

you can pick i5-4670k for overclocking ...
i5-4430 if you dont overclock, or xeon e3 1230v3 if you want the extra hyper threads.


IF I were to go with the r9 290 though i'll have to switch chipsets to amd. I've never ventured to that side of the Intel Vs AMD world lol.
suggested for gaming?

As for CPU I see what you mean. I just want to make sure this PC is Future proof for ULTRA/HIGH gaming for at least a good 5 years.

You think this build accomplishes that? Especially if in future I pick up a pairing gpu for SLI(around march)


Lastly if i'm going to go all in with this build should i go the extra mile and pick up liquid cooling. I don't know how to maintain it i'd have to do some research but not an issue if its worth it.
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