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Gaming and Music Build $2000 Budget - Advice

Hi everyone,
I’m back in the market to build a new gaming and music listening rig….pretty much my all-purpose machine. I am going for quality that will last and a good looking rig. (I'm 37 and want a respectable rig and don't need a windowed case with lights.) Also, I listen to my music (FLAC files and 320kbps MP3 files, hence the massive storage requirements) through a WooAudio WA7 headphone DAC/AMP and eventually through a set of powered desktop speakers, so I don't need a soundcard. I probably should overclock the CPU but not sure I will. I may go SLI as a future upgrade but once again, not sure. (It’s also why I want the EVGA GTX770 model with the external exhaust vents – I want the heat going out of the case, unless you can convince me that a different EVGA model with aftermarket cooler is worth it, but SLI wouldn't be good would it due to the lack of space between the GPUs, right?) Thoughts on compatibility, budget improvements? Thanks in advance!

-Misfit14

Approximate Purchase Date: February 22, 2014

Budget Range: Around $2,000 after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Primary: Newegg, Amazon Secondary: MicroCenter, NCIX, TigerDirect

Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Parts Preferences: CPU – Intel, GPU – EVGA, RAM and PSU - Corsair

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (HP ZR2440w 24" IPS)

Additional Comments: Good airflow, dust filters, fairly quiet

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My almost 2 year old 17” Samsung laptop with GTX 570M is not cutting it in games anymore and my 2009 build (i7-920, 6GB RAM, with EVGA GTX 570SC) is a bit-outdated.


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  1. Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.
  2. Bassim Ansari said:
    Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.


    He still may be a little short on the $ I'm going with a 7704gb(SLI in future) myself the price is good when i don't see the difference being THAT big of a deal. You can still Game hard with a 770 and for awhile too i'm sure. Especially if you SLI in the future.
  3. Bassim Ansari said:
    Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.


    Thanks for the feedback Bassim, but I have over 2TB of high-quality music files, so I need the two drives. One 3TB drive for the music, another for general file storage. This PC is my "media center" as well. I knew the storage requirements would be pointed out sooner or later. Maybe I will change one drive to 2TB. Thanks again.
  4. atayeu said:
    Bassim Ansari said:
    Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.


    He still may be a little short on the $ I'm going with a 7704gb(SLI in future) myself the price is good when i don't see the difference being THAT big of a deal. You can still Game hard with a 770 and for awhile too i'm sure. Especially if you SLI in the future.


    I agree.

    But let's look objectively shall we?

    A person is spending 2000 dollars on a rig, and that's hell of a lot of cash isn't it?

    The person says his priority is gaming on a full HD monitor most likely.

    A 2000 Dollar Gaming Rig with a medium to barely passable high end card that will become outdated in a year or so, just doesn't make logical sense to me.

    Sure he can SLI later with a 770, but I was talking about a single one card.

    Everything is relative.

    Now if his requirements in priority were music, videos and gaming, your case would be better.

    If the requirements were video editing, then his CPU would not be a good one.


    When you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, albeit one for gaming, you look at maximum impact, and the coming games will only get more and more intensive, not less intensive.

    Anyways, I present my case.

    Rest is up to OP.
  5. Bassim Ansari said:
    atayeu said:
    Bassim Ansari said:
    Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.


    He still may be a little short on the $ I'm going with a 7704gb(SLI in future) myself the price is good when i don't see the difference being THAT big of a deal. You can still Game hard with a 770 and for awhile too i'm sure. Especially if you SLI in the future.


    I agree.

    But let's look objectively shall we?

    A person is spending 2000 dollars on a rig, and that's hell of a lot of cash isn't it?

    The person says his priority is gaming on a full HD monitor most likely.

    A 2000 Dollar Gaming Rig with a medium to barely passable high end card that will become outdated in a year or so, just doesn't make logical sense to me.

    Sure he can SLI later with a 770, but I was talking about a single one card.

    Everything is relative.

    Now if his requirements in priority were music, videos and gaming, your case would be better.

    If the requirements were video editing, then his CPU would not be a good one.


    When you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, albeit one for gaming, you look at maximum impact, and the coming games will only get more and more intensive, not less intensive.

    Anyways, I present my case.

    Rest is up to OP.


    All excellent points being made Bassim and atayeu.

    Gaming is my priority, but I do have expensive storage requirements for music and other media as well. I am trying to balance both requirements here, but I do have some external drives I can use for storage and I can perhaps re-purpose an old 1TB WD Black drive I have as well. So, I may remove one 3TB drive and upgrade to a GTX780. Or, I may SLI the 770 in a year's time or upgrade to a new card. I have think about this. You both have me thinking.....so thanks!!
  6. misfit14 said:
    Bassim Ansari said:
    atayeu said:
    Bassim Ansari said:
    Nope.

    If you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, you would be better off buying at least Gtx 780 or r9 290x.

    Scratch one of those hard drives, into 1 TB and go and for a Gtx 780.


    He still may be a little short on the $ I'm going with a 7704gb(SLI in future) myself the price is good when i don't see the difference being THAT big of a deal. You can still Game hard with a 770 and for awhile too i'm sure. Especially if you SLI in the future.


    I agree.

    But let's look objectively shall we?

    A person is spending 2000 dollars on a rig, and that's hell of a lot of cash isn't it?

    The person says his priority is gaming on a full HD monitor most likely.

    A 2000 Dollar Gaming Rig with a medium to barely passable high end card that will become outdated in a year or so, just doesn't make logical sense to me.

    Sure he can SLI later with a 770, but I was talking about a single one card.

    Everything is relative.

    Now if his requirements in priority were music, videos and gaming, your case would be better.

    If the requirements were video editing, then his CPU would not be a good one.


    When you are spending 2000 dollars on a rig, albeit one for gaming, you look at maximum impact, and the coming games will only get more and more intensive, not less intensive.

    Anyways, I present my case.

    Rest is up to OP.


    All excellent points being made Bassim and atayeu.

    Gaming is my priority, but I do have expensive storage requirements for music and other media as well. I am trying to balance both requirements here, but I do have some external drives I can use for storage and I can perhaps re-purpose an old 1TB WD Black drive I have as well. So, I may remove one 3TB drive and upgrade to a GTX780. Or, I may SLI the 770 in a year's time or upgrade to a new card. I have think about this. You both have me thinking.....so thanks!!


    Oh and another thing.

    A 770 SLI will crush a single Gtx 780 quite easily.

    But SLI has scaling issues for many games, and me personally , I always prefer a single card solution.

    Same Scaling issues are encountered in crossfire for many games.

    But if you are actually looking towards the SLI route, you might wanna think about the 770 then.

    See it's all relative : )
  7. Any other recommendations, such as upgraded case fans such as the Corsair Quiet series?

    Also, I always wanted a mechanical gaming keyboard, but want to be able to type on it and not have too much noise. I chose the Corsair Vengeance K70 with the Cherry MX Brown switches since some reviews said it was good for both gaming and every day typing uses. Any suggestions before I spend $130 on a keyboard? Also, I need a keyboard that has a removable wrist rest since my desk has a nice one built in that I want to use.

    Lastly, I am itching to get an i7-4770K, and I know it might be a waste of $100 for gaming, but any other performance gains I would see, perhaps in future CPU-intensive games? I don't video edit or photo edit, but might in the near future. Thoughts?

    Thanks again for the great feedback everyone.
  8. Best answer
    Case Define R4 no windowed version, excelent silent case, which also looks good check it out you may only need get a fan or 2 that is your totally preference

    graphics cad, i would say gtx 780 their prices are awesome now, so you can spend a little more than the gtx 770 and get something way better the evga acx 780 is cool and quiet, also check te asus direct cu ii

    the corsair k70 is awesome i own the silver version and love the blue leds and the comfort

    for the cpu i would say stay with the i5 4570k and with the money you save, get the gtx 780

    PSU corsair ax760 awesome power supply platinum certified, black sleeve cables, and plenty of room power for a sli in the future

    hope it helps, sorry for my bad english
  9. misfit14 said:
    Any other recommendations, such as upgraded case fans such as the Corsair Quiet series?

    Also, I always wanted a mechanical gaming keyboard, but want to be able to type on it and not have too much noise. I chose the Corsair Vengeance K70 with the Cherry MX Brown switches since some reviews said it was good for both gaming and every day typing uses. Any suggestions before I spend $130 on a keyboard? Also, I need a keyboard that has a removable wrist rest since my desk has a nice one built in that I want to use.

    Lastly, I am itching to get an i7-4770K, and I know it might be a waste of $100 for gaming, but any other performance gains I would see, perhaps in future CPU-intensive games? I don't video edit or photo edit, but might in the near future. Thoughts?

    Thanks again for the great feedback everyone.


    I know for a fact that you would be wasting your money going to core i7 4770k over core i5.

    From purely a gaming point of view core i5 is enough and would cover all your processor needs.

    i7 has hyperthreading which is more important for video editing and all high res editing.

    If you are tempted to spend 100 dollars extra, spend it on the graphics card !

    The keyboard is a good one and you will like it.

    Can't say anything about cooling though considering the fact i live in a place where it is deathly cold all the time.
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