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February 26, 2014 12:28:54 AM

Hi there tomshardware community , I'm really in the need / want to get a gaming computer going, And I have a very very tight budget.

I have this pcpartpicker link.

Ok, so I don't have any RAM or Storage, that's because i'm savaging from my current computer which is completely garbage.

So, my dad doesn't believe me that I can't really shorten the price of the build up anymore than I have. So, I had an idea to post my build here, and ask you guys what you think about the build.

I did want to get the 780 ti.. But, the 780 kicks almost every game in the rear at 1920x1080 so, maybe i'll upgrade to a 780 ti in future, which, that's what I also took into consideration as well, that's why I got the Asus Hero, so, I can do SLI if I want to.

I have two monitors that are totally not meant for gaming, their native resolution is 1366x768, and that'll explain why I have the two Asus Monitors on the list.

So. If anyone has an idea to shorten the build budget at all, that'd be great. As of right now, I don't really think I can shorten it anymore than I have.
I have the total at $1800.08.


Alright guys, I have taken some your guys' suggestions into consideration and this is the updated parts list. <-- click

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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 12:58:29 AM

to easy mate, ok here goes
-Unless you plan on overclocking you don't really need the K version of the CPU the 4670 would be fine
-You will need more than 550W to safely run a 780 really, 600 is the min on the nvidia site
-You really don't need a h100i or watercooling at all for that matter, I have a 4670K clocked to 5.0Ghz and it runs at an easy 50 degrees with my Noctua Nh-D14 which is the best cooler ever....although a little ugly/bulky
-You really don't need the 650D, its main feature is its hot-swap bay which I sincerely doubt you will be using, I would recommend the NZXT 410 which is a cheap good looking mid tower case with heaps of features(fan controller etc.) In addition you won't need any extra fans as the 410 comes with plenty
-Honestly why the insane motherboard you don't need it at all, I use a ASROCK Extreme 4 which is cheaper and performs fine, I can reccomend it but and mobo in the $125-$150 range would be more than enough for you

I don't really have enough time on my hands to add it up for you but I would say that is at least a few 100 cheaper
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February 26, 2014 1:16:05 AM

1800$ is by no means a tight budget build! Can you please list your requirement on what kind of build are you looking for? For e.g. are you looking for a build that plays BF4 (currently the most demanding and resource hungry game in market) on Ultra settings on a 1080x1920 resolution?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 1:21:12 AM

Or you could choose this build...

Saves you 300 dollars, gives you full HD two monitors.... you can safely scrap one if you want....

And lets you play at high settings for everything.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/BAssim/saved/3SPd
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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 2:00:25 AM

Here is something for your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Microcenter)
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 ($82.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($111.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($149.41 @ Amazon)
Total: $1729.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 05:00 EST-0500)
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February 26, 2014 8:12:52 AM

tshrjain said:
1800$ is by no means a tight budget build! Can you please list your requirement on what kind of build are you looking for? For e.g. are you looking for a build that plays BF4 (currently the most demanding and resource hungry game in market) on Ultra settings on a 1080x1920 resolution?


Right, I want a system that I don't have to upgrade after 2 months of use. So, that's why I kind of went with all of these picks. Also, the water cooling and the i5 4670k is so I can overclock.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 12:46:55 PM

closed loop water cooling is both louder and less cost efficient than a high end air cooling system, I was not aware you wanted to overclock so the K version will be good for you.
Anyway your updated build looks really nice, if you have spare money in might be a good idea to get a slightly better quality GPU
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