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Looking for a gaming pc build for early 2014 (tax time) Budget $2500 w/monitor

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December 15, 2013 9:34:22 AM

Im looking to spend around $2500 including monitor. I have keyboard, mouse and speakers. I want to be able to max out current game titles and have plenty of room for upgrades in next few years. Pc will be used primarily for games. I want an Intel CPU and prefer Nvidia GPU. Was considering a single GTX 780 now and going duel cards later for first upgrade if viable so a big PSU now would be preferable. Also a good SSD, at least a 120GB. Ive built a couple rigs in the past and have had a few heating problems (still a novice). So a solid case with good cooling features would be a plus. Never messed with water cooling and have to admit the idea scares me a little but would be willing to try if needed. Would also prefer getting a great CPU now so as not to have to upgrade it for as long as my current budget will allow. Keep in mind Im also a novice to OCing. I will be using only 1 monitor with the highest resolution this budget allows.

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December 15, 2013 11:54:03 AM

I would go with the following. The gtx 780 TI will futureproof you longer will max out gaming titles with a single card then you can get another later on if you need more but atm 1 is plenty for 1920x1080 monitor. You can also consider the R9 290x's when the new coolers come out when you plan to purchase.

I currently don't have any recommendations for a 2560x1440 monitor for gaming. I have a LG 27EA83-D 27 inch but thats a pretty expensive monitor and not really made for gaming, but its really beautiful colors.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($167.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Total: $2342.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 14:46 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2013 3:05:50 PM

sportfreak23 said:
I would go with the following. The gtx 780 TI will futureproof you longer will max out gaming titles with a single card then you can get another later on if you need more but atm 1 is plenty for 1920x1080 monitor. You can also consider the R9 290x's when the new coolers come out when you plan to purchase.

I currently don't have any recommendations for a 2560x1440 monitor for gaming. I have a LG 27EA83-D 27 inch but thats a pretty expensive monitor and not really made for gaming, but its really beautiful colors.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($167.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Total: $2342.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 14:46 EST-0500)



That looks good. I will probibly get 16GB of faster memory ( just hard to resist) since there is leftover cash and most likely more when I actually go to purchase. I looked up the R9 290x and have to say its tempting although Ive had problems with Radeon in the past. Thanks and well done.
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December 15, 2013 5:06:16 PM

Good luck with your build, sure you can get 16gb if you wanted and faster doesn't hurt too. I just picked the EVGA 780ti as its the only one listed on pcpart, otherwise you can look at the gigabyte one or zotac one.
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