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November 27, 2013 8:02:08 PM

So I finally found my build (mostly)
Did some research, math, algebra and reading and came to this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($316.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($112.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($188.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($115.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($587.84 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1938.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 23:02 EST-0500)

I think I'll Artic cool the 290x later on if needed. I'm not 100% sure everything fit well in the Fractal case tho.

Any tips or suggestions? I want to use this build for the next 6 years or so until I realize I need to change again. (I have a E8400 with 4870 and BF4 told me I suck so it's time to change :)  )

Thank you for your time !

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November 27, 2013 8:16:54 PM

No suggestions :)  Just a heads up: Gaming PC usually don't last for 6 years on Ultra settings, but can still play at medium-high settings.
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November 27, 2013 8:21:00 PM

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No suggestions :)  Just a heads up: Gaming PC usually don't last for 6 years on Ultra settings, but can still play at medium-high settings.


Well GPUs I definitely agree. CPUs though that's a different story. People still game on Core 2 Quads and i7-920s.

The i7 doesn't really do anything for gaming, nor does 16GB of RAM and the BD-R burner. I use my BD-R drive more for ripping and backups than I do for actual game playing and movie watching. Even the new consoles only use the drives for DRM verification and game installation.

I'd tread carefully buying the 290X because there's a lot of overheating issues associated with the card. Get the GTX 780TI on this kind of budget instead. Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($118.38 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Vector 150 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($151.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($710.35 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.25 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1938.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 23:20 EST-0500)
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November 27, 2013 10:36:02 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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No suggestions :)  Just a heads up: Gaming PC usually don't last for 6 years on Ultra settings, but can still play at medium-high settings.


Well GPUs I definitely agree. CPUs though that's a different story. People still game on Core 2 Quads and i7-920s.

The i7 doesn't really do anything for gaming, nor does 16GB of RAM and the BD-R burner. I use my BD-R drive more for ripping and backups than I do for actual game playing and movie watching. Even the new consoles only use the drives for DRM verification and game installation.

I'd tread carefully buying the 290X because there's a lot of overheating issues associated with the card. Get the GTX 780TI on this kind of budget instead. Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($118.38 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: OCZ Vector 150 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($151.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($710.35 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.25 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $1938.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 23:20 EST-0500)


Wouldn't the CPU then Bottleneck the GPU?
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November 27, 2013 11:14:19 PM

No. Games do not utilize hyper-threading so the i7 and i5 performs the same in games.
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