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gaming pc build need help 1500-2000$ ( no specific budget)

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January 3, 2014 8:14:28 AM

alright, so I'm planning on building a pc with a good video card so that it would last a while, so that it would be up to date with the gaming market for the next 5 years or so. do you got any advice? here's what i put together: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2uTxk
I don't really have a budget, but lowering the price a bit would be quite nice. so, you got any advice?

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January 3, 2014 8:27:37 AM

The i7 is pointless for gaming. Change it to an i5 4670k and a z87 motherboard. I would change the liquid cooler for a Noctua NH-D14. It will perform about the same and make WAY less noise. That PSU is pointless and not even very good quality. Change it to Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic. 750w is plenty. Drop the sound card as any motherboard has great sound built in. A sound card like that is only really for music production.
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January 3, 2014 8:44:14 AM

tiny voices said:
The i7 is pointless for gaming. Change it to an i5 4670k and a z87 motherboard. I would change the liquid cooler for a Noctua NH-D14. It will perform about the same and make WAY less noise. That PSU is pointless and not even very good quality. Change it to Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic. 750w is plenty. Drop the sound card as any motherboard has great sound built in. A sound card like that is only really for music production.

here, I changed it. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2uVCV
Thanks.
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January 3, 2014 8:49:16 AM

Looks perfect. You might consider a normal mid-tower case as the full towers are huge and generally only needed for large custom water loops.

Also, get an aftermarket version of that GPU because the stock coolers are barely enough to keep them cool.
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January 3, 2014 9:31:09 AM

Actually, Can i ask what headphones youre using, as that Xonar card wont make a difference unless youre using a 300+ dollar pair of headphones. Gaming headsets wont take advantage of it in the slightest.
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January 3, 2014 9:33:29 AM

JMR120600 said:
Actually, Can i ask what headphones youre using, as that Xonar card wont make a difference unless youre using a 300+ dollar pair of headphones. Gaming headsets wont take advantage of it in the slightest.

Razer Tiamat.

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January 3, 2014 9:40:16 AM

Ok, it uses 7.1 by jacks dosnt it?
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January 3, 2014 9:45:19 AM

JMR120600 said:
Ok, it uses 7.1 by jacks dosnt it?

I'm not exactly good at this, but I'm pretty sure it uses 2.2


*also, off-topic*
right now I'm having some doubts as to getting a 290x. any advice whatsoever?
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January 3, 2014 10:04:01 AM

It runs stupid hot, but runs so close to the titan.
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January 3, 2014 10:06:42 AM

JMR120600 said:
It runs stupid hot, but runs so close to the titan.


yeah, that's exactly what I heard.
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January 3, 2014 11:23:40 AM

However, Consider these things AMD Dont have - ShadowPlay, CUDA, GeForce Experience. Make your mind up on what you want to do.
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January 3, 2014 6:39:03 PM

JMR120600 said:
However, Consider these things AMD Dont have - ShadowPlay, CUDA, GeForce Experience. Make your mind up on what you want to do.


None of this matters. This is all marketing except CUDA. That is for HEAVY video rendering and encoding only.

There are r9 290s with aftermarket cooler out now and they run perfectly fine.
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January 4, 2014 6:02:42 AM

Those Gigabyte cards are a good option. I recently did a build with a Windforce 780 and it runs almost 15 degrees cooler than the reference 780s I've seen. The 780 reference cooler is very good so the difference between the 290/290x windforce and reference designs should be pretty dramatic.
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