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November 17, 2013 12:14:45 PM

Hey all,

I have mostly been a console gamer my whole life, but am currently considering breaking into the PC gaming arena. I understand the benefits of building your own rig as opposed to buying an overpriced machine from a company like alienware (overpriced b/c of brand, skimps on some components). That being said, after a lot of research, I put together a build which I think would far exceed the requirements needed currently and down the road. I want something that will handle max settings for the most demanding games and especially FPS's. Below is said build. Please consider looking over it and provide some feedback/suggestions. It would be most appreciated. Also, please keep in mind, when I put this build together, I was starting from scratch and wasn't too concerned with price. So, any suggestions as to cutting down the expense are also welcome. Thanks in advance!

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $329.98
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid $117.13
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 $295.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $159.99
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD $219.00
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $84.65
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB $514.99
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower $159.99
Power Supply: Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V $149.99
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $94.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 $129.99
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 24.0" $259.99
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 $119.99
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical $52.99
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 2000 $159.99
November 17, 2013 12:17:46 PM

river7city said:
Hey all,

I have mostly been a console gamer my whole life, but am currently considering breaking into the PC gaming arena. I understand the benefits of building your own rig as opposed to buying an overpriced machine from a company like alienware (overpriced b/c of brand, skimps on some components). That being said, after a lot of research, I put together a build which I think would far exceed the requirements needed currently and down the road. I want something that will handle max settings for the most demanding games and especially FPS's. Below is said build. Please consider looking over it and provide some feedback/suggestions. It would be most appreciated. Also, please keep in mind, when I put this build together, I was starting from scratch and wasn't too concerned with price. So, any suggestions as to cutting down the expense are also welcome. Thanks in advance!

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $329.98
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid $117.13
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 $295.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $159.99
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD $219.00
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $84.65
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB $514.99
Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower $159.99
Power Supply: Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V $149.99
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $94.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 $129.99
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 24.0" $259.99
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 $119.99
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical $52.99
Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 2000 $159.99


Everything looks good to me but I would recommend the logitech 700s as a mouse I too just switched to PC and the additional buttons on the mouse help me. Controllers force you too use your right hand for most controls so having buttons I could program made the switch easier for me.
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November 17, 2013 12:24:36 PM

Well you could save money in few places if you wanted

1- The i5-4670k is going to perform pretty much equal to an i7-4770K for gaming.
2- You could get a much cheaper motherboard
3- You could drop down to 8GB of RAM
4- You could get a high performance air CPU cooler. E.g. The Noctua NH-D14 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE

If money is no object for you then the build you have is pretty excellent.
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November 17, 2013 3:57:09 PM

Hey, I really appreciate the feedback guys. Yea Gutless, I will have to think about the mouse. However, it isn't nearly as heavy as an investment as many of the other parts, but important nonetheless. I will check out the 700s as well, so thanks.

And Ronald, those are some good tips for keeping the price down for sure. However, my only concerns would be that I plan on using the machine for a few things other than gaming such as video editing, music/audio recording etc. Also, my thinking was that if I foot the bill now for some far and beyond components, I won't have the issue of specs becoming obsolete, upgrade compatibility, and any related limitations any time in the near future. Please let me know what you guys think. Still, I will certainly not rule out any compromises for the sake of balancing performance with practicality. I do want a monster gaming rig though... Again thanks for the helpful input!
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November 17, 2013 4:03:19 PM

Ronaldspiers said:
Well you could save money in few places if you wanted

1- The i5-4670k is going to perform pretty much equal to an i7-4770K for gaming.
2- You could get a much cheaper motherboard
3- You could drop down to 8GB of RAM
4- You could get a high performance air CPU cooler. E.g. The Noctua NH-D14 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE

If money is no object for you then the build you have is pretty excellent.


Also, I forgot to mention, is there anything glaring that I may be leaving out that would be needed/recommended? I only bring it up because like I mentioned, I am starting from scratch. Aside from a desk/workstation, chair, etc. However, I am also looking into to getting maybe a new chair and desk. So, I will take any suggestions for what to look for and where to find some quality examples as well. I apologize if this comes across as "hey, do all my research and shopping for me" haha. Once again, thank you in advance.
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