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Building a new Gaming PC and was wondering what settings this build would be able to run and how future proof it is

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December 27, 2013 6:13:04 AM

Like the title says I was wondering what you guys think this rig could handle and how long it will last me. I did build a gaming PC but it was on a much tighter budget and it was my first foray into PC building.


  • CPU: i7-4770k

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB This is the cheapest I've found so far, any recommendations for brands or 2GB vs 4GB would be much appreciated.So far from what I've seen on benchmarks for games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3 there is no performance difference on average between 2GB and 4GB source

  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 From my old PC. Using old memory so I can save some cash here.

  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 7200rpm from old PC . Again just trying to save some cash, and to my knowledge having a super HDD/SSD isn't to important (only really for slight stuttering in games like Skyrim which I haven't noticed so much in the past).

  • Motherboard: Again open to suggestions but so far this is what I've been looking at: Gigabyte - Ga-H81-D3 Gigabyte Haswell H81 1150 ATX Motherboard and GIGABYTE GA-H81.Amp-UP LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Not sure on the Importance of SLI support, I only used one video card on my previous PC. Also as far as PCI Express 3.0 I don't believe there is a performance difference and PCI Express 3.0 cards are backwards compatible.

  • Power Supply: 600W OCZ from previous build

  • Case: Anything that will be cheap and effective, not worried about how it looks at all. Could look like a garbage can for all I care so long as no one uses it as such. Once again trying to make this as financially sound as possible.

  • OS: Windows 7, unless someone says that the SteamOS is amazing. Since it's Linux I am unsure of how many games are actually playable on it. However I am a Linux fan so persuade me if you can!


  • Thanks in advanced for and comments on this build! If you need more info just say so!
    Also if you know of any better deals for the equivalent or better parts than listed above please post them! :) 
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    December 27, 2013 6:42:43 AM

    If u are planning to overclock your CPU then those mobo's are not good. And an i5 is good enough on a budget gaming rig. 8GB RAM would be good.
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    December 27, 2013 5:30:18 PM

    As chimera201 said, if you're looking to save money, the i5 4670K will be more than enough. Then spend the money on another 4GBs of RAM.

    I'm currently using MSI's GTX 770 2GB (1920x1080) and can run everything I've come across at max settings. Also their Afterburner OCing software is the best on the market (though you can use it with any card). Asus also make a very good 770, albeit a little more expensive.

    Gigabyte make excellent motherboards, but neither of those models would be my first choice. the G1 Sniper B85 would probably be my weapon of choice. but where money is king neither of the two you mentioned are really bad.

    Your HDD and PSU should be fine. Although depending on how old they are, I'd keep replacing them in mind a few months to a year down the line maybe.

    I'm a huge advocate of test bench style cases like the Cooler Master HAF XB but there are plenty of nice ATX tower cases out there to suit your price range. It's just a matter of finding one you like honestly.

    Hmm, I really want to recommend SteamOS but I just don't think it's a viable replacement for Windows 7...yet. I've haven't used it all that much though, so I can't give you a definitive on that personally.
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