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December 27, 2013 11:50:40 AM

Yesterday I had someone from this site give me a parts list from PCpartpicker.com and I would like to know if the final outcome is a good setup to run Crysis 3 at 60 FPS on Max settings and Tomb Raider at 60 FPS on Ultimate settings. I personally believe its an excellent setup but I just wanna be on the safe side considering this is a $2000 build. So if you can give me some feedback of the parts list and suggestions for different parts if you have any then that would be great. :)  Here is the list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2r52A

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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:05:32 PM

I wouldnt build that for gaming at this time

Use a 4670K processor and a Z87 motherboard
The 3770 is last generation , already obsolete and you are paying for hyperthreading games will not use

Use 2 x4 gig of RAM . Games dont need more

Use a $34 Cm Hyper 212 cpu cooler . Thats all you will need even if you want to overclock

Now you can afford a GTX 780

and a 650 watt psu
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December 27, 2013 12:15:27 PM

Looks good ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:16:04 PM

imho you should consider a i5 + GTX780ti for a $2000 gaming build. Something like that:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($679.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($103.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Razer Goliathus Alpha Mouse Mat ($26.79)
Total: $2111.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 15:15 EST-0500)
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December 27, 2013 12:17:03 PM

BecomeLikeWater said:
Yesterday I had someone from this site give me a parts list from PCpartpicker.com and I would like to know if the final outcome is a good setup to run Crysis 3 at 60 FPS on Max settings and Tomb Raider at 60 FPS on Ultimate settings. I personally believe its an excellent setup but I just wanna be on the safe side considering this is a $2000 build. So if you can give me some feedback of the parts list and suggestions for different parts if you have any then that would be great. :)  Here is the list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2r52A


I made some changes.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($604.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($103.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1961.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 15:14 EST-0500)

This build will far surpass yours in games.
you will hit 60fps max settings no problem with this.

Edit: This build will run almost identical to filippi's build, for about $150 less.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:18:12 PM

Why on earth you buy 3770K at 300$ when 4670K is 240$ ?
Change cpu : Intel Core i5-4670K http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k $229.98
Motherboard : MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gami...
PSU : XFX 650W 80+ Bronze http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650xxxb...
For gaming 8GB RAM are more than enough : G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
And with all those changes you can replace the video card with this MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n780tf3gd5o...
And i think you are on the same budget and more performant in gaming.
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December 27, 2013 12:28:19 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I wouldnt build that for gaming at this time

Use a 4670K processor and a Z87 motherboard
The 3770 is last generation , already obsolete and you are paying for hyperthreading games will not use

Use 2 x4 gig of RAM . Games dont need more

Use a $34 Cm Hyper 212 cpu cooler . Thats all you will need even if you want to overclock

Now you can afford a GTX 780

and a 650 watt psu


Alright, I've considered Outlander_04's excellent suggestions along with Shwerfy and filippi's builds and I think I've got the best build for my budget. Thanks alot guys for the help!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:55:51 PM

I like the Radeon R 290 as a graphics card but I would avoid them for the time being . So far the models available have the reference cooler and it is not good enough to keep the card from thermal throttling.

A build like filippi's is where you should be in this price bracket IMO , but since that 780ti also has a loud reference cooler I would want to replace it with an Asus or gigabyte model with dual or triple axial fans that will be much much quieter . Even if that means dropping to an GTX 780

I would also want to use Win8 64 bit . The license lets you transfer it to another computer , unlike Win7's oem license which locks it to the first mb it is activated on .
3 minutes right clicking on the metro screen nukes all the non-windowing "apps" , and then it takes another 3 minutes to download and install a free start button program like Classic Shell , or a paid program like Start8 .
A few more clicks and win 8 looks and behaves like 7 , or XP , or 98 if thats your taste
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December 27, 2013 12:58:50 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I like the Radeon R 290 as a graphics card but I would avoid them for the time being . So far the models available have the reference cooler and it is not good enough to keep the card from thermal throttling.

A build like filippi's is where you should be in this price bracket IMO , but since that 780ti also has a loud reference cooler I would want to replace it with an Asus or gigabyte model with dual or triple axial fans that will be much much quieter . Even if that means dropping to an GTX 780


A watercooled aftermarket 290x will be fine...
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 1:16:03 PM

Shwerfy said:
Outlander_04 said:
I like the Radeon R 290 as a graphics card but I would avoid them for the time being . So far the models available have the reference cooler and it is not good enough to keep the card from thermal throttling.

A build like filippi's is where you should be in this price bracket IMO , but since that 780ti also has a loud reference cooler I would want to replace it with an Asus or gigabyte model with dual or triple axial fans that will be much much quieter . Even if that means dropping to an GTX 780


A watercooled aftermarket 290x will be fine...


It would be awesome . But does it fit the budget?
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December 27, 2013 1:17:20 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Shwerfy said:
Outlander_04 said:
I like the Radeon R 290 as a graphics card but I would avoid them for the time being . So far the models available have the reference cooler and it is not good enough to keep the card from thermal throttling.

A build like filippi's is where you should be in this price bracket IMO , but since that 780ti also has a loud reference cooler I would want to replace it with an Asus or gigabyte model with dual or triple axial fans that will be much much quieter . Even if that means dropping to an GTX 780


A watercooled aftermarket 290x will be fine...


It would be awesome . But does it fit the budget?


check my build again..

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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 1:29:14 PM

Shwerfy said:
Outlander_04 said:
Shwerfy said:
Outlander_04 said:
I like the Radeon R 290 as a graphics card but I would avoid them for the time being . So far the models available have the reference cooler and it is not good enough to keep the card from thermal throttling.

A build like filippi's is where you should be in this price bracket IMO , but since that 780ti also has a loud reference cooler I would want to replace it with an Asus or gigabyte model with dual or triple axial fans that will be much much quieter . Even if that means dropping to an GTX 780


A watercooled aftermarket 290x will be fine...


It would be awesome . But does it fit the budget?


check my build again..



Yes , did that .. It still had a reference cooler R290x . And doesnt include any watercooling block, radiator or pump for a vga system . Is it still cheaper than the nVidia option if you add thse things?
No .
But a new release card like this MSI makes some sense
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/-msi-r9-290x-r9-290-ga...
Or equivalent ASUS or gigabyte models
if they are available .

Good thing you asked me to check again though . The RE hard drive you suggested is designed for use in a NAS RAID array and for video surveillance recording . Its not a suitable hard drive for a desktop pc
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 2:26:34 PM

This Gigabyte GTX780ti has triple axial fans that will be much quieter, just like Outlander_04 said. I totally agree. Check out:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($735.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.49 @ Staples)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($103.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Razer Goliathus Alpha Mouse Mat ($26.79)
Total: $2077.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 17:26 EST-0500)
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December 28, 2013 2:59:41 PM

filippi said:
This Gigabyte GTX780ti has triple axial fans that will be much quieter, just like Outlander_04 said. I totally agree. Check out:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($231.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($735.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.49 @ Staples)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($276.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($103.00 @ Amazon)
Other: Razer Goliathus Alpha Mouse Mat ($26.79)
Total: $2077.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 17:26 EST-0500)


That looks great but I have a few questions. The case doesn't have USB 3.0 front panel ports but the Motherboard has USB 3.0 header. Will that be a problem, and do I really need an aftermarket cooler if I'm not overclocking and how is the cooling on that Rosewill case? Sorry if I sound overly careful, this is my first build and I wanna be sure all parts are of the highest quality per this price point. I might change the case back to the Corsair 500R depending on your answer.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 4:12:50 PM

There is a version of the rosewill challenger with front usb 3 ports

But its still a dog of a case . Its thin metal , only moderately well made and the cooling is unremarkable .
For a few dollars more you can have a quality case like the Antec 302
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