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Building gaming rig for around 1500$ and I need advice on parts

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December 20, 2013 6:56:43 AM

I am building a rig with hope to run games like BF4, LoL, and AC Black Flag on the highest possible graphic settings. I would like to keep the cost under 1500$ but that is debatable if it is really important I spend more. I would also like to be able to stream games with very high quality. Despite this being my first rig i want it to be top quality and don't really want anything that's going to need soon replacement.

I made this build the other day and I am happy with it but i am still a little unsure on a few parts such as the GPU

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nf8u
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($326.65 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($132.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A31 ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.88 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1547.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 10:08 EST-0500)

I know that i probably don't need to get the i7 and could probably go with a cheaper i5 but i am pretty heart set on an i7
I built this build based upon what others recommended to me but i am not set on any of the parts besides the i7 and if anyone has a recommendation on if i could swap any out for something better that would be appreciated.
in terms of the GPU i really like the GTX 770 but i have also been looking at the 290x and heard really great things about it but it is kind of out of my budget.
The 290x cooling system worry's me but I know soon they will be able to be purchased with a better cooling system so it might be wise for me to hold off and wait for that to be released.
My other main worry is that the GTX 770 just wont be able to handle the high quality games well enough especially in a couple years.

Currently I am leaning towards the 770 because of just how solid in all aspects compared to the 290x which has problems cooling and with them not working at all and also due to the budget.

Because I am new to building rigs I don't know much about overclocking but from what i have heard about the the 4770k and 290x i think overclocking would be well in my interests. As for overclocking the CPU i have no idea if i should or not.

In conclusion I need some input on what my next move should be. Should I order that build maybe with slight alterations? Should I stretch my budget and get a 290x instead of the 4770k? Should i wait for the upgraded cooling system on the 290x to come out?

PS. This is my first post so please forgive me for any errors I may of made in format and such xD

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December 20, 2013 7:00:20 AM

GTX4770K? I really don't know what you actually mean.. 4770K it's a Haswell CPU, not a GPU..
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December 20, 2013 7:07:54 AM

Sorry I had a typo read the thread again :) 
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December 20, 2013 7:09:21 AM

I selected some parts with better value, and added a GTX780 instead, so you will have no issues maxing out any game at 1080P for quite some time.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1457.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 10:08 EST-0500)
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December 20, 2013 7:16:08 AM

Transmaniacon said:
I selected some parts with better value, and added a GTX780 instead, so you will have no issues maxing out any game at 1080P for quite some time.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1457.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 10:08 EST-0500)


How would you compare the preformance differance between the 770 and 780? and is it worth that price jump in it?
Also do i need a optical drive because i see that you added one in there.
Lastly can i cope with 16GB of ram because im really big on multitasking and im not sure how much that will pressure my ram.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 20, 2013 7:26:58 AM

Non-OC build.
Xeon 1230 = i7 with a price of an i5
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.05 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($100.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1354.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 10:25 EST-0500)
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December 20, 2013 7:32:42 AM

VolvoDoto said:
Non-OC build.
Xeon 1230 = i7 with a price of an i5
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($42.05 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($100.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1354.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-20 10:25 EST-0500)


This build scares me because I have never heard of anyone running that CPU but I'll look into it when I'm not on my phone thanks for the post!
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December 20, 2013 7:37:06 AM

The GTX780 is a decent jump up in performance, you could save some money and go with the 770, both are great for 1080P, but the extra VRam in the 780 will help with higher resolutions or heavily modded versions of games like Skyrim.

I have seen mixed opinions on the E3 for gaming. It does give the extra threads for about the same price as the i5, but you can't overclock. I personally would stick with the i7 as it will last you longer (because you can OC).

8GB is plenty, you could get 16 but the main reason for that is programs that require huge amounts of RAM.
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