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Building new gaming PC - Advice wanted & appreciated

Hi all, after surviving on this Core 2 Duo for 7+ years I'm finally getting around to building a brand new gaming rig. I have most of the parts picked out but there are a couple that I would love to get some input on. Mostly it's a question of "is this worth the extra money" or "which is better between these choices"? The ones I would like some input on I will mark red. Of course, if you see something that you absolutely disagree with, feel free to offer an alternative and explain why. I plan on OC'n quite aggressively with liquid cooling and also running an SLi combo in the future, with a secondary monitor, but for now (just single gpu/monitor). I would like to be able to run basically any new game at 1080p on Ultra settings, like BF4, DayZ - Standalone, etc.

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Also, I am ordering all of these parts through NCIX, so keep that in mind & make sure they stock what suggest, thanks in advance!
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  1. I really disagree on the RAM.

    16GB is a little too much for 99% of games and 2400Mhz definitely is. 8GB of 1600Mhz is fine for most people.

    If you're wanting to play Star Citizen though, 16GB is going to be the minimum.

    The VRAM on the GPUs is good for if you plan on using lots of texture mods in your games. Such as if you play Skyrim.

    It's also useful for multi-monitor setups. Strictly speaking, I think 2GB will be fine. But 4GB doesn't hurt. You'll want either

    a 770 or 780. Exclude the 760 completely. That SSD Is just fine too. I don't think it's necessary to upgrade to the pro one.

    I'd chose a 750W 80+ Bronze PSU from Seasonic, XFX or Corsair. The Case is good, but quite expensive. You could get a cheaper

    one. You didn't mention a specific budget sadly.
  2. X79 said:
    I really disagree on the RAM.
    16GB is a little too much for 99% of games and 2400Mhz definitely is. 8GB of 1600Mhz is fine for most people.
    If you're wanting to play Star Citizen though, 16GB is going to be the minimum.
    The VRAM on the GPUs is good for if you plan on using lots of texture mods in your games. Such as if you play Skyrim.
    It's also useful for multi-monitor setups. Strictly speaking, I think 2GB will be fine. But 4GB doesn't hurt. You'll want either
    a 770 or 780. Exclude the 760 completely. That SSD Is just fine too. I don't think it's necessary to upgrade to the pro one.
    I'd chose a 750W 80+ Bronze PSU from Seasonic, XFX or Corsair. The Case is good, but quite expensive. You could get a cheaper
    one. You didn't mention a specific budget sadly.

    1. Alright, so I'll go with the best 770 I can get for my budget then, that's cool.
    2. As for the RAM I'm going with 16GB, nothing less, nothing more. I am however, open to different brands or types if the ones I chose aren't appropriate or good enough. I was looking at some DDR31600 G.Skill sniper before these tridents. Keep in mind I'm going to be OC'n a lot, so wouldn't higher mhz be better for that? It's been a LONG time since I OC'd, so not sure if that still matters or not.
    3. As for the PSU, wouldn't I need more than 750W? I did some quick research and for SLi 770's & accounting for an aggressive OC, it seems most recommended 850W at least.
    4. The case I just really like haha, I know it's overkill, but I like the fact is has room up top for my radiator built in and lots of space. My current case has lasted me 8 years, so I don't mind spending good $ since they last me so long. I'm open to suggestions of course though.
    5. Lastly, as for a budget, I don't really have one when it comes to a total. I more so have a specific budget for certain parts, like the Mobo, GPU, SSD & PSU when it comes down to it. Thanks for your input!
  3. I updated the Motherboard section to include some ASUS motherboards.

    Also, I've softened on the RAM. Is 16 overkill? I can shave the price in half by going ot 8GB.
  4. Ok, I play DayZ with an i7 4770k and an r9 290 SC'd. I get about 30fps on high. I know it's not optimized yet but an i5 is not going to cut it. For bf4 you can run it on ultra at ~55-60 fps. Consider an i7. Mind you, DayZ is a highly CPU intensive game. For the graphics card I would (IMO) go for AMD so you could get the i7. Take a look at the r9 280x. With the i5 and the 770 you'd get about ~30fps medium on DayZ. Good luck!
  5. Best answer
    16GB is the way to go for RAM, you should always future proof it because you don't want to run into issues when adding another kit, not only with compatibility, but with pricing, availability, and so forth. Also, with extra RAM, you can create a RAM disk that is much faster than a SSD. That is the best for gaming.

    For other hardware, a better motherboard, CPU, and graphics card would take you to next level performance, but also higher level in pricing, so it is up to you whether you think it is necessary. Of the three, if I had to choose one to improve, I would pick CPU, i7-4770K. Problem is it is the greatest price difference as well, over ~$100. :/

    Hope that helps your build!

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