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February 11, 2014 8:30:42 PM

Alright hey guys, I'm here with a huge question, I've been on the Tom's Hardware forums for quite some time now and I have been researching gaming rigs for the best performance for the size and quality of my Budget. I have racked up a little over 2000$ for a gaming rig I have bought and built myself. However, I wanna know if this is enough for years to come in gaming. I'm looking for 1080p only nothing above, maxed settings at good framerate. I am open to ANY upgrades or suggestions, any flaws, anything to throw at me tell me. Is this rig good enough for gaming? Like games like BF4? Crysis 3? Metro LL?

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K 4.6 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1150 (All Venom OC Certified)
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG V2)
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Z87-A ATX w/ Remote GO!, GbLAN, 3 PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe x1, 2 PCI [+79]
SOUND: * ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCIe Sound Card [+45]
VIDEO: MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770 2GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0. Somewhere down the line I plan to buy a MSI GTX 780 TF2.
Monitor:ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D Monitor Height&pivot adjustable 350 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers. It also is 3D
OS:Windows 8.1 64 bit
I'm sorry for such a gigantic question, thanks in advance guys. Much appreciated

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February 11, 2014 8:35:42 PM

...best gaming CPUs are the FX 8350/I5 4670k so you're good with that
You have a 780 which is a phenomenal GPU/and 2 of them is about as high end as they come.

What's the PSU you're using? you'll need it to be quite beefy if you're strapping in 2 780s
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February 11, 2014 8:40:38 PM

Right now I'm using a 770, but down the line in about a month I'm taking it out and applying a 780 to it. Maybe a few weeks later yes I'll SLI, right now all I have is 800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready....Any upgrades?
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February 11, 2014 8:41:35 PM

You don't need 16gb memory for gaming so you can drop that to 8gb and that would be enough. With the money you save from the ram you can put a little more on top of that and grab gtx 780 instead or you can grab a 120gb ssd and install your OS on the ssd.
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February 11, 2014 8:41:35 PM

Not to be rude, but how is it you've been on Tom's (or any computer tech site) for "some time now" and not looked through the vast collection of performance benchmarks for the latest CPUs/GPUS/components/etc?

Now, for actual substance:

Yes, of course this is a good enough gaming build. You have Intel's second fastest unlocked quad-core processor, and Nvidia's fourth fastest single-GPU card, alongside nearly four times the RAM required by most modern games. You're all set as far as hardware requirements go; everything else like monitor/mouse/keyboard is subjective as far as what's considered best. That Asus 144hz monitor is excellent for gaming, assuming the lower color and contrast quality is an acceptable tradeoff for you in exchange for a much smoother gaming experience.
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February 11, 2014 8:55:04 PM

doubletake said:
Not to be rude, but how is it you've been on Tom's (or any computer tech site) for "some time now" and not looked through the vast collection of performance benchmarks for the latest CPUs/GPUS/components/etc?

Now, for actual substance:

Yes, of course this is a good enough gaming build. You have Intel's second fastest unlocked quad-core processor, and Nvidia's fourth fastest single-GPU card, alongside nearly four times the RAM required by most modern games. You're all set as far as hardware requirements go; everything else like monitor/mouse/keyboard is subjective as far as what's considered best. That Asus 144hz monitor is excellent for gaming, assuming the lower color and contrast quality is an acceptable tradeoff for you in exchange for a much smoother gaming experience.


I5 4670k check, 780 check, rig is good you need more than 4 GB of RAM he's going to be playing BF4, Crysis 3, etc.. etc.. so he'll definitely need at aleast 8 and he clarified he'll be using this for a while so he could use at least a little future proofing I don't think 16 GB of RAM would hurt I would recommend 12 but honestly 4 GB sticks are almost Garbage now.
An SSD for the OS would be nice but in all Honesty you have the best bang for your buck Intel CPU and probably the 2nd best bang for your buck GPU on Nvidia's battle lines(due to mining destroying team red's gaming position). I'd go with a 60hz monitor though in my personal taste the trade off for the highest end monitor is never one wrought with value.
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