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Gaming Desktop $1500 Budget More or Less for AMD R9 290X

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December 18, 2013 10:51:22 AM

I'm going to build my first machine that will primarily be used for gaming. I want to play all of my favorite games at Ultra Settings 1080p like Crysis, Battlefield, and etc. Can you share to me your best recommended setup for R9 290X Video Card? The budget would be $ 1500 more or less. If you could add that into the budget that would be great! Thank you!

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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 11:00:08 AM

How does this look?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($153.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1482.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 13:59 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 11:02:57 AM

Sylvanriv said:
How does this look?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($153.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1482.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 13:59 EST-0500)


thats great though going for newer is always best
so 4670k with a AS Rock Extreme 4 Z87 mobo will be nice

and not really 16GB Ram is needed , you can be cool with 8 GB (2x4) of ram.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 11:09:52 AM

Agreed, you can get it for cheaper then and still have money to get the Haswell i5.
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December 18, 2013 11:09:54 AM

Sylvanriv said:
How does this look?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($153.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1482.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 13:59 EST-0500)


Great setup! Thanks for your time! Any suggestion for this setup are welcome!
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December 18, 2013 11:11:27 AM

Niko_boy said:
Sylvanriv said:
How does this look?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.95 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($153.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1482.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 13:59 EST-0500)


thats great though going for newer is always best
so 4670k with a AS Rock Extreme 4 Z87 mobo will be nice

and not really 16GB Ram is needed , you can be cool with 8 GB (2x4) of ram.



Yeah! I'm happy with 8 GB. Thanks for your time!

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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 11:12:37 AM

How is this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($221.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1412.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 14:12 EST-0500)

You can still get Windows and spend under $1500.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2013 11:13:03 AM

One suggestion would be that, to run those games at 1080p on ultra, you don't really need such a beefy GPU. Something like a GTX 770 or an 29 280x would be more than sufficient.

You don't need more than 8GB of RAM, you can save yourself $80 right there.

Upgrading to an i5 4670k and "downgrading" to an ASRock z87 Extreme4 will get the job done at the same price. Not to mention it's a 10% increase in performance.

Everything else is more than good enough for what you plan on doing.
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December 18, 2013 11:15:51 AM

Sylvanriv said:
How is this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($221.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($595.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1412.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-18 14:12 EST-0500)

You can still get Windows and spend under $1500.


Thanks you very much for your time. Very much appreciate. Godbless!

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December 18, 2013 11:18:07 AM

burritobob said:
One suggestion would be that, to run those games at 1080p on ultra, you don't really need such a beefy GPU. Something like a GTX 770 or an 29 280x would be more than sufficient.

You don't need more than 8GB of RAM, you can save yourself $80 right there.

Upgrading to an i5 4670k and "downgrading" to an ASRock z87 Extreme4 will get the job done at the same price. Not to mention it's a 10% increase in performance.

Everything else is more than good enough for what you plan on doing.


Noted. Thanks for your suggestion! Very much appreciated! Thank you!

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