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USD $1300 Long Term Gaming Build for 4~5Years, Please comment!

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February 7, 2014 3:50:47 AM

Hello everyone,

I am now currently thinking of building a new gaming rig.
I have done a lot of research lately and would like to hear some suggestion.

Budget around HKD $10000 ~ USD$1300 (Exchange Rate HKD$7.8=USD$1)

This Build is mainly for “multimedia and entertainment” purposes:
1. Gaming
2. Listening to Lossless Music
3. Watching 1080P and 4K video
4. Ordinary Web browsing and Microsoft Office stuffs…

Things I won’t be doing:

    Photo and Video Editing, Photoshop, 3D rendering
    Just nothing CPU intensive I guess
    I won’t overclock my PC, since OC will need an aftermarket CPU cooler…better case fans…Z87 Motherboard, better chassis and maybe OC ram…just much more costly!


My Expectation on this gaming PC:

1. To play games with at least 40~60 FPS (on a single 1080P Resolution Monitor)

    (e.g. GTA series, Call of Duty Series, Crysis Series, Tomb Raider Series, Assassin Creed Series, Battlefield Series, etc.)

    Able to play games in High to Ultra setting in the coming 2~3 years; and
    Mid to high setting in 4~5years


2. No need to upgrade in CPU, GPU and motherboard in the coming 4~5 Years.
 (P.S. Ram and HDD upgrade is acceptable for me.)

3. Long-term and durable (at least 5 Years)
4. low noise and heat level (as it will be placed at my bedroom under my desk)
5. Chassis must be fully dust-filtered

 P.S. I will not play games in multi-monitors but may upgrade to a higher resolution monitor in 2~3 Years later. (e.g. 2560×1440)

My Proposed Gaming PC Build:

Motherboard: (prefer MSI Motherboard + MSI Display Card)
 MSI H87-G43 Gaming Family, H87, LGA1150, ATX (HKD$920)

CPU:
 Intel XEON 1230v3, 3.3Ghz, with Hyper-threading (HKD$1999)

CPU Cooler (To keep it cool for long term purpose)
Cooler Master Hyper 212X (HKD$258)
Ram:
 TEAM Elite DDR3 1600MHz 8GB TED38G1600C1101, CL11 ($540) or
 Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 1600MHz 16GB Kit (2x8GB) (HKD$ 1430)

Display Card:
 MSI GTX780 TWIN FROZR Gaming 3GB GDDR5 OC EDITION PCI-E3.0 (HKD$ 4199)

SSD:
 Plextor 128GB PX-128M5P M5 Pro Series 2.5" (HKD$ 965) or
 Plextor 256GB PX-256M5P M5 Pro Series 2.5" (HKD$ 1739)

Power Supply:
 Antec HCG 620-Watt Power Supply ATX, 80PLUS Bronze Cable Management , 5 Yrs Warranty (HKD$ 698)

Chassis:
 Fractal Design Define R4, Black (HKD$ 900) or
 NZXT H440 Red/Black (around HKD$1000)

Things I don't need:


    HDD
    DVD Writer
    OS
    Monitor; and
    Sound Card (ASUS Xonar Essence STX)


My question is, with the expectation that I wrote above…what parts suit my needs most with my budget?

CPU: Intel i5 4440, 4570, 4670 or Intel Xeon E3-1230v3? (Only Intel)
Motherboard:H87 Chipset is enough for me; Prefer MSI Motherboard + MSI Display Card
Ram: DDR3 1600MHZ is enough
8GB or 16GB? Buy one 8gb ram first to save budget and get another stick of 8GB later?
Display Card:
 GTX780 or 290? (are these two performance at the same level or one slightly better than others?)
 I won’t go for GTX780Ti and R9 290X as the price increase doesn’t justify by performance increase.
 Slightly inclined to NVIDIA over AMD as it is quieter and cooler and AMD card in reality doesn’t enjoy the price advantage as the price roar up because of the coin mining…
 I won’t be doing crossfire or SLI in the future

SSD: since PC games nowadays are so big in size…Is a 128GB SSD enough for it?

Power Supply:
 Need to be durable and stable output
 Is single rail 12v output better for gaming PC?
 600W and 80 Plus Bronze up
 Better with cable management

I know my thread is a bit long, haha.
Just hope to provide as much information as I can so I can receive more accurate advice.

Thank you very much!
a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 9:17:45 AM

The xeon is fine,note it doesn't have integrated graphics though.
For GPU go with the cheapest,performance is similar.
256GB is a very good sweetspot
PSU is okay since you won't SLI
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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 10:44:25 AM

I'd personally go with a 4670K over a Xeon E3 for gaming purposes and then invest in a better GPU. That's where you will benefit more than if you are doing Photoshop or things of that nature. What store are you going to be buying from? I know Newegg has China distribution but I don't know how their prices stack up to your budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2014 10:55:41 AM

go with the 4670. For the SSD, if you only need 1 or 2 games high end games ready to play at a time then 128 will be enough, otherwise you need 250+. Go with the 780.
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February 8, 2014 3:52:28 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd personally go with a 4670K over a Xeon E3 for gaming purposes and then invest in a better GPU. That's where you will benefit more than if you are doing Photoshop or things of that nature. What store are you going to be buying from? I know Newegg has China distribution but I don't know how their prices stack up to your budget.


One of the reason why I opt for XEON over 4670K is that an overclocking build is much more expensive to my understanding...
for instance, I have to invest in an aftermarket CPU cooler, a Z87 motherboard and more case fans for better ventilation..etc..

Since my build is for long term purpose, I think I better not overclock and get the XEON because hyper-threading maybe beneficial in the long run...

However, at this moment, hyper-threading doesn't help me because I won't do photo and video editing, just nothing CPU intensive.

I will shop in Hong Kong at around mid Feb I think...
current XEON is $1999 and i5 4670K is $1829
although 4670K is cheaper but a need of an aftermarket cpu cooler and Z87 motherboard outweigh the price difference itself...

thank you for your information though:) 

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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 8, 2014 10:58:43 AM

Eric Wong said:

One of the reason why I opt for XEON over 4670K is that an overclocking build is much more expensive to my understanding...
for instance, I have to invest in an aftermarket CPU cooler, a Z87 motherboard and more case fans for better ventilation..etc..


That all depends on how you budget. You don't necessarily have to get the cooler right away, that's one of those things that you can always add later on and then overclock. It won't necessarily shorten the lifespan of your rig any. You could also get a regular i5-4670 (non K version) and an H87 motherboard and save some money there.

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Since my build is for long term purpose, I think I better not overclock and get the XEON because hyper-threading maybe beneficial in the long run...

However, at this moment, hyper-threading doesn't help me because I won't do photo and video editing, just nothing CPU intensive.


But that's why I say you don't necessarily need a Xeon. You can get an i5-4430 or an i5-4670 and save some money there. I'd post links but my translation tools aren't working at the moment.
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