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December 26, 2013 1:18:21 PM

Hi I have no idea on what type of motherboard to get. I'm building my first ever gaming PC.Could someone suggest a good motherboard? Also, if you can suggest anything else for my build. My budget is $2000.

NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case, Black 921RB-001-BL - NZXT $69.99 Amazon

Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply - Corsair $83.24 Amazon

G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 RipjawsX Series for Sandy Bridge (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - G.SKILL $81.95 Amazon

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit Dual-Link DVI-I DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Graphics Cards 03G-P4-2884-KR - EVGA $729.99 Amazon

BenQ XL2420TE 144Hz, 1ms High Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor - BenQ
$299.99 Amazon

Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) - Asus
$21.95 Amazon

Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DM001 - Seagate $89.00 Amazon

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW - Samsung $159.00 Amazon

Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K - Intel $219.99 Amazon

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December 26, 2013 1:28:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2qtDA
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2qtDA/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2qtDA/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($90.64 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($132.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420TE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1903.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-26 16:26 EST-0500)

If I had $2,000 to spend on a PC this is what i would buy. If you want, you can spend that extra $100 on a 256GB SSD instead of a 128GB.
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December 26, 2013 1:44:52 PM

oh thank you guys =). So i don't know much about hardware but I'm guessing this will play any games max? Im trying to "future" proof it.....
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December 26, 2013 2:05:49 PM

This will play basically any game out there in 1080p maxed. Maybe not Crysis 3 or AC4, as they are very good looking games.
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December 26, 2013 2:25:28 PM

Good enough for me :) . Thank you, you've helped out a lot.
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December 26, 2013 2:34:37 PM

No problem, my pleasure. If you need anything else, just private message me and ill be glad to help. Also, if you don't mind, please select your best answer as if helps out very much.
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December 27, 2013 3:50:51 AM

Addictive said:
Good enough for me :) . Thank you, you've helped out a lot.


Your build is definetly OVERPOWERED for gaming, and it WILL ABSOLUTELY PLAY Crysis 3 and AC4 and BF4 and any other game in the future, maxed out, 1080p or 1440p on 60-100FPS , and overclocking this card which is DAMN possible, WITH GOOD TEMPERATURES AND QUIET OPERATION will push any game 10-15 FPS HARDER. I am so jelaous of your build, i wish I could do the same kind of thing... Hope this helps :D 

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December 27, 2013 11:42:19 AM

Changed the thread to a question :) 

Ditch the Corsair CX for a good power supply. The CX is a budget line and uses cheap Chinese capacitors that die early. A high end build deserves better.

Much better Seasonic G series 80 Plus Gold and modular.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=PS-SSR650R&c=C...

Haswell likes higher speed RAM. Get DDR3 2133 and get 16GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Absolutely get a 250GB Samsung 840 Evo over a 128GB 840 Pro. You will never know the difference except you will not have to uninstall games to install new ones. Keep in mind 20% of an SSD needs to be kept as free space. A 120GB drive formats to 111GB so out of the 111GB you will need to keep 22GB of that free so TRIM works correctly. I just upgraded from a 120GB SSD to a 500GB SSD and I finally feel like I have enough space.

The H100i is a good cooler but it's loud. The Noctua NH-U14S performs almost as good and is silent.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.asp?px=CJ&scriteri...

Review.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/12/26/noctua_nhd14_...


Those changes may up your price a little but you will have a much more solid build.


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December 27, 2013 12:03:42 PM

Thank you wise moderator I have made the changes:) 
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December 27, 2013 12:14:21 PM

Oh and you can max any game out with a GTX 780 at 1920 x 1080. You really only need a 780 Ti for higher resolutions. I have the EVGA GTX 780 ACX Superclocked and out of the box it's maxing every game I have played so far, so much that I have not even played with overclocking it yet. Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Metro Last Light etc. so you could really save $220 on that build and drop to the card I have for ~$500. That would be up to you and your budget but the 780 Ti is overkill for 1920 x 1080.

Glad to help! :) 

Edit: Oh and don't forget you will need a copy of Windows so add another $100 to your build for that.
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December 27, 2013 12:33:30 PM

oh I did not know that..But do you think it would come in handy for the future, if i did get the gtx 780 ti ? Also is the i5 or i7 processor better for gaming?
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December 27, 2013 12:45:00 PM

I personally think the 780 will be fine for a couple of years at 1920 x 1080. In fact by the time the 780 is not good enough anymore I think 2560 x 1440 monitors will be the new standard cards are tested at. I almost bought the 780 when it was the best card out there at $650 so price was not really the factor in my choosing it over the 780 Ti. I just didn't need that much card and I don't plan on a new monitor anytime soon. If I do decide to upgrade the monitor 2 x 780s in SLI will certainly max any games in the foreseeable future even at 2560 x 1440 or higher so I can just add another card. Or get an 8xx series when they come out next year.

The i5 is great and in 90% of gaming situations as good as the i7. There are a few games that can make use of the extra threads provided by Hyperthreading though and those games do better with the i7. Most games in general are GPU biased and don't really care what CPU you have. Some games are CPU bound though like Skyrim and the Battlefield series multiplayer those games and the newer games like Crysis 3 and Metro Last Light do better with the i7.

It's all about budget. If the extra money is no big deal get the i7, if it is a tight budget get the i5. The i7 is certainly better in productivity and video encoding/editing and processing usage.
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December 27, 2013 12:52:03 PM

Oh OK well i think you convinced me sir, good job. I looked online for 1440p monitors, they seem to have only 60hz compared to the 1080p monitors having 140hz well the one I would buy that is, besides the price they seem to be untrustworthy since most of them come from Korea at the moment.
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December 27, 2013 1:10:40 PM

Some people have great luck with the Korean monitors and they are the cheap way to get into 1440p. On the high end you have the Apple displays at $1000 and up.

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December 27, 2013 1:50:00 PM

Is the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard good ?
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December 27, 2013 1:59:30 PM

Yep. I always use Gigabyte boards in my personal builds. That is a board I recommend.
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