Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Please help with 1st gaming computer build for $2000 or under

Tags:
  • Gaming
  • Computers
  • Build
  • Components
Last response: in Components
Share
February 4, 2014 7:00:50 PM

Hi,
I am planning out my first computer build, a gaming, media, and hobby computer. By that I mean I will be gaming mostly, but it will serve as our media PC, and I will be doing things like video editing, and 3D modeling.
I would like to order parts and start building in the next couple weeks, if possible.

I have decided to go with an Intel CPU, I was thinking about either the i5 4670k or the i7 4770k but dont know which I need. If it was a purely gaming machine, I would go with the i5, but for all the other things I will be doing, should I go for the i7, or not? I probably wont right away, but eventually will be overclocking.
I want to plan for an SLI/Crossfire setup eventually, but right away just want to get one good video card for now. I will be using 1 monitor at times, but will be connecting it to a 1080p HDTV preferably by HDMI most of the time.
I would like to have support for 16GB DDR3 RAM, but install 8GB now, I want to be able to upgrade if need-be.

These are the things I know off the top of my head, I know NOTHING about cooling, cases, or power supplies, and would like oppinions on storage: should I get a SSD for the operating system and currently playing games and a regular HDD for everything else, or just get the standard HDD for everything?
I live in the US, in case that helps.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, as I have a $2000 budget, which rarely happens so I would like to make the best use of it possible.
Thank you!

More about : 1st gaming computer build 2000

a c 683 4 Gaming
February 4, 2014 7:34:45 PM

What all you do tou plan to do with it - from what you said I'd start with the 4770K, get the Asus Hero mobo, 16GB (2x8GB) of Gskill snipers in 1866/9, the Hyper 212 EVO cooler, look for a 1 TB WD Blue HD, a 128 GB SSD like the EVO or PRO, maybe the HAF 912 case, then look into your GPUs and the PSU will depend on the GPUs you select for SLI
m
0
l
February 4, 2014 7:40:41 PM

$2000 for the case or for the whole system??
m
0
l
Related resources
February 4, 2014 7:55:37 PM

$2000 for whole system

Well, what do you mean case, litterally the "case" or everthing in the case, (minus keyboard, etc?)

I have $2000 for case, CPU, mobo, Video card, etc. Not including keyboard, monitor, etc.
m
0
l

Best solution

February 4, 2014 8:23:16 PM

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MONITOR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOTHERBOARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU FAN: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,822.89

You can also go for a 780 but then it is more preferable to go for a slightly bigger PSU considering your SLI future upgrade

The case is really your personal choice depending on what you like the most.

That is a really top notch gaming system and workstation which will keep running for at least 4 years without any problems.
Share
February 4, 2014 9:28:46 PM

Thank you Gate9er, Im going mostly with your setup, however Im going for the GeForce GTX 780, and still browsing cases. This looks like a killer system! Much appreciated!!
m
0
l
February 5, 2014 5:28:46 AM

UncleDaddySwiss said:
Thank you Gate9er, Im going mostly with your setup, however Im going for the GeForce GTX 780, and still browsing cases. This looks like a killer system! Much appreciated!!


If you wanna go for the 780 then go for the MSI OC edition. It is probably the best price/performance ratio card of the 780 version. I will be buying one in a couple of weeks. MSI has done a really important step towards gaming components in the last year.
m
0
l
a c 683 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 10:42:15 AM

If going the 780, then would look for about a 800 to 850 PSU, SeaSonic, Corsair , XFX, Silverstone are all good and on the 780 might look at the Asus CU model, just picked up a pair of them last week, they are awesome ;) 
m
0
l
February 5, 2014 7:48:33 PM

Ha, I know (because I read somewhere that the GTX 780 is the fastest GPU on the market) to get that one, but now I'm not sure which manufacturer is the best. I got a couple recommendations here, but dont know which to choose. I've read that one is slightly faster, and I have read that the other has a better cooler.

Also, with this setup, could I get away with just air cooling, or do I need liquid cooling? I would prefer not, I just dont trust it. If it would leak, there goes my whole system. But I dont want to fry anything either.

Finally, I made my own list in PCPartPicker, so I just click on the "Buy" button by each item when it comes time to order, right (dumb question, I know but just to make sure.)
m
0
l
a c 683 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 7:59:00 PM

On the 780s I've worked with I'd suggest either the Asus or EVGA for best combos of performance along with cooling
m
0
l
February 5, 2014 8:00:51 PM

The MSI 780 is one of the top. Check the review (low temps, quiet and beastly)

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_78...

Also it is not necessary to install a liquid system. You will be just fine with just air cooling.

Finally, you just click on the Buy button next to each item and this will redirect you to the corresponding website.
m
0
l
February 5, 2014 8:10:17 PM

Thank you very much for all the help, I am psyched to get this together!
m
0
l
a c 683 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 8:11:40 PM

Let us know how the build goes ;) 
m
0
l
a c 683 4 Gaming
February 5, 2014 9:18:56 PM

The Silverstone is a good one, that carries about 830 watts on the 12 volt rail so should be plenty, XFX has one that runs 840 on the 12 volt
m
0
l
February 8, 2014 1:14:35 PM

Hey, sorry to raise this topic from the dead again, but

I have really been researching these components before committing to order, and I have some serious doubts about the MSI GeForce 780ti. It just seems like the little more performance doesn't justify the extra $150-$200 (whatever it is.)
Is there a video card out there with comparable performance for a less insane price?
Thank you.

edit: Nevermind, Im so indecisive. I guess, I have the money for it, probably the only time I will have it, so I'll go for the 780 ti.
m
0
l
February 8, 2014 1:40:37 PM

UncleDaddySwiss said:
Hey, sorry to raise this topic from the dead again, but

I have really been researching these components before committing to order, and I have some serious doubts about the MSI GeForce 780ti. It just seems like the little more performance doesn't justify the extra $150-$200 (whatever it is.)
Is there a video card out there with comparable performance for a less insane price?
Thank you.

edit: I know the real difference comes from overclocking, but is it still worth the $700 price tag?


Well the 780ti is an overkill. I would go for the 780 which has a much more "considerable" price. Again the MSI is an excellent price/performance card. Check the OC edition.
m
0
l
February 11, 2014 7:41:27 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MadaraX/saved/3IMM


CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core $324.98
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid $89.99
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 $189.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $88.85
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD $154.95
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $88.97
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB $489.99
Case Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower $139.99
Power Supply XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $114.99
Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $46.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) $99.98
Monitor Asus VS247H-P 23.6" $139.99
m
0
l
February 11, 2014 9:32:42 AM

UncleDaddySwiss said:
LOL, ok that is probably good advice, I just want to make sure it will run my games, and media, and 3D modeling as smooth as possible, with some eyecandy...
Thank you.

So that would be this one?
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n780tf3gd5o...


Yeap.
m
0
l
!