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Gaming Budget First Desktop Ever(excited :D) Advice please :D $2000ish

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February 1, 2014 12:56:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but can wait if there is info for price drops coming up

Budget Range: 2000ish giver er take prefer under, less is always good.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Editing, Workspace

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: One centralized location, except for cheap parts. I plan on opening a card with a specific store to utilize their no payment plan, i.e. amazon, newegg, etc.

Location: Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics.

Overclocking: Maybe ( want the option once I learn more, currently researching extensively)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (In the future i.e. if 780ti is on the board will want 2 in the end)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 only 1 monitor

Additional Comments: Atm I would like the power to use skyrim mods that use extensive graphics overall and run this at min. 40 fps but would love still 50ish on max settings. Also would want it to be able to run future games with extensive mods for this down the road with no need to upgrade. Plan on playing titles like crysis 3, watchdogs, titanfall etc. I also do streaming and video editing. My plan is to have a system were I don't have to overhaul it to extensively. Im a whore for eye candy on the case with lights etc. but that can be outside the budget for down the road. I love colors etc.

P.S. I have zero components and I use headphones primarily. I have Ultrasone 600s for my headphones and they are very lovely. So I dont "need" speakers. All that extra stuff ill be getting out of budget, just need the case filled with a monitor. Got a mouse and am looking into a mechanical keyboard here shortly. Wont need parts like that from the same site..

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently using a laptop with a 560m. Nough said?
February 1, 2014 1:35:43 PM

Try this. The monitors also have built in speakers, and although they are not amazing, at least they are there.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.55 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($769.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($86.66 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2113.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 16:34 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2014 1:39:02 PM

I've decided I don't want the 780ti since it isn't that much better for 200$ unless someone can convince me otherwise. Also I don't want two monitors and an OS as stated. That seems like a good baseline so far. I've seen a lot of people suggest 8 gigs of ram is enough for gaming and with all those deductions if I could get a 1440 tv out of the deal with enough power to run games near max settings around 40-60 fps that would work more in my line.
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February 1, 2014 2:28:33 PM

Well, those scores are based on a resolution I don't plan on grabbing, the monitor to run 2560x1600 is around 600$ and for me that is a little extreme for my initial setup, by the time i'm ready to upgrade to that resolution i'm pretty sure there will be better cards out there that exceed the 780ti and im talking around 2 years from now, no? The fps on a 1920x1080 will run above 60 fps on max settings alone, no or do I go the 780ti route than just grab another 780ti once the price drops and when im ready to upgrade to a 2560x1600?

Any thought on upping the cpu to a Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz? I also notice newegg only carried pny pci express 3.0x16 cards. Does any other manufacture make them that way? I'm also not looking to blew the bank all on one graphics card. 700$ is a wee bit much if I can OC a 780 to perform as a stock ti
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February 1, 2014 4:17:58 PM

This is what I tweaked on the rig for what I hope might be more in line with what i'm looking for

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($91.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Silver Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($263.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1842.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 19:18 EST-0500)0)
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February 1, 2014 4:50:42 PM

I suggest either a 650w psu or 850w if you want sli
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February 1, 2014 5:01:51 PM

I took your build and then added cheaper but better RAM, and a much better CPU cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($116.06 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($91.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($86.66 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($263.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2014.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 20:01 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2014 5:49:18 PM

Hmmmm, let me see if I can get those new parts with newegg.

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February 1, 2014 6:03:25 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($91.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($263.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1969.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 21:03 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2014 6:05:54 PM

The case ill buy seprately since newegg doesn't sell it. That looks legit though. Had trouble finding the psu since the name was filed in a weird way on newegg
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February 1, 2014 9:55:58 PM

Would I need that in order to use my headphones? I am an audiophile but not in terms of sound cards xD I have ultrasone pro 900's for my head phones with an fiio e17 amp to tag it with some supremely juicy bass with nice highs and lows and very well clarity, what makes it awesome is it is noise canceling as well. i would definately be spending more than what those two are worth for my sound quality. I would drop around 100 for the card.
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February 1, 2014 10:22:20 PM

DontTouchMyHoHos said:
Would I need that in order to use my headphones? I am an audiophile but not in terms of sound cards xD I have ultrasone pro 900's for my head phones with an fiio e17 amp to tag it with some supremely juicy bass with nice highs and lows and very well clarity, what makes it awesome is it is noise canceling as well. i would definately be spending more than what those two are worth for my sound quality. I would drop around 100 for the card.


Personally, no need to get a sound card as these days mobo's have decent onboard sound.
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February 1, 2014 10:42:40 PM

Well i'm an audiophile, so maybe ill start of with a cheap end sound card than just to see how much of an improvement it is. If not maybe mid-range. My headphones ran me 600$ with a 140$ amp. So i will spend some money on my sound. I didn't need to spend that much money, but I did.
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February 2, 2014 12:00:57 AM

DontTouchMyHoHos said:
Well i'm an audiophile, so maybe ill start of with a cheap end sound card than just to see how much of an improvement it is. If not maybe mid-range. My headphones ran me 600$ with a 140$ amp. So i will spend some money on my sound. I didn't need to spend that much money, but I did.


Cheap soundcard will actually be the same as the motherboard onboard sound. Just run with the onboard and if its not up to standard for you then buy a sound card later on.
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February 2, 2014 2:30:38 AM

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February 6, 2014 6:55:31 PM

camohanna said:
DontTouchMyHoHos said:
Well i'm an audiophile, so maybe ill start of with a cheap end sound card than just to see how much of an improvement it is. If not maybe mid-range. My headphones ran me 600$ with a 140$ amp. So i will spend some money on my sound. I didn't need to spend that much money, but I did.


Cheap soundcard will actually be the same as the motherboard onboard sound. Just run with the onboard and if its not up to standard for you then buy a sound card later on.


Thanks for the input. I'll stay with stanard till than.

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