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New gaming build - $2500-3000 budget

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January 18, 2014 8:35:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: March - April

Budget Range: $2500-3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes




Preferred Website(s) for Parts:: PCPartPicker, newegg

Location: Central Mass

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Mobo can be Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, etc

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200

Additional Comments: If you had $2500-3000 for a budget, what would you buy?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a new gaming rig.

More about : gaming build 2500 3000 budget

a c 287 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 8:40:39 PM

Do you need a monitor/os/keyboard/mouse?

-No need for an i7 in games. Games do not utilize hyper-threading, so an i5 will perform the same as an i7. However, people are speculating that games will utilize hyper-threading soon. It's all speculation, but it may be true.
-Games do not utilize more than 4-6gb of ram, so 8gb is plenty. No need for 16gb; 32gb is just complete overkill.
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January 18, 2014 8:46:12 PM

I don't need a monitor/keyboard/mouse but I do need an os. I was going to go with either Win 7 64bit or win 8.1. Not sure which is more stable/better.
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January 18, 2014 8:46:29 PM

With that budget he can easily go i7, even a 6 core cpu if he wanted. But a 4770k would be enough.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 9:04:36 PM

You can try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($128.31 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1966.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 00:03 EST-0500)

It's under your max and it will max out anything at 1080p, 1440p, or 1600p.
It allows for SLI in the future as well.
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January 18, 2014 9:07:10 PM

Just to give you an idea.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($337.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($172.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($769.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2192.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 00:06 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 9:14:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($309.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($505.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($505.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2915.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 00:07 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1817.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 00:14 EST-0500)
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January 18, 2014 9:16:24 PM

realchaos said:
You can try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($128.31 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1966.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-19 00:03 EST-0500)

It's under your max and it will max out anything at 1080p, 1440p, or 1600p.
It allows for SLI in the future as well.


Should I go Dual SLI video cards or is one 780Ti enough?
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January 18, 2014 9:19:09 PM

If you're staying with your current monitor its More than enough. You can run 1440/1600p with a single 780ti
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a c 287 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 9:21:17 PM

A single GTX 780 ti is already very strong. It's the strongest card on the market currently.
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January 18, 2014 9:21:42 PM

marc79 said:
If you're staying with your current monitor its More than enough. You can run 1440/1600p with a single 780ti


Hmmm, I may go dual monitor setup actually since I would have room to spare for my budget. I was thinking I could go with the i5-4670K to allocate the money saved to a second 780Ti card.
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a c 287 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 9:38:45 PM

Even at dual monitor the 780 ti is more than enough. If you only have two monitors, then you can only game on one of them. If you try to game on both of them, then the middle will be split between the two screens which is very unpleasant. Since you're only gaming on one of the monitors and using the other for applications (web browsing, music, skype, etc.), then it's practically the same as having only one monitor since you're only gaming on one.
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January 18, 2014 9:56:19 PM

realchaos said:
Even at dual monitor the 780 ti is more than enough. If you only have two monitors, then you can only game on one of them. If you try to game on both of them, then the middle will be split between the two screens which is very unpleasant. Since you're only gaming on one of the monitors and using the other for applications (web browsing, music, skype, etc.), then it's practically the same as having only one monitor since you're only gaming on one.


Ok gotcha. Thanks man. One more question. If I were to go ahead and get a bigger monitor (I currently have a 22"), but was thinking of getting a 27" so I can run at 1440p, would one 780Ti card still be ok at that resolution and have good fps?
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January 18, 2014 9:58:16 PM

Yes. I run games at that resolution with 2 660's. 200$ cards.
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