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$1500 Computer Build

Hello everyone; first time poster, so please forgive me if I goof something up in creating this post.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the next two weeks.

Budget Range: $1,500-1,600, before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching HD movies, Normal internet usage.

Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time, likely late this year.


Parts to Upgrade: Everything, building from scratch.

Do you need to buy OS: Possibly, but that will be budgeted seperatly.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, PC Mall; fairly open.

Location: Memphis, TN, USA.

Parts Preferences: Intel preffered; See sample below.

Overclocking: Maybe (I would like to start without overclocking, then move on to it down the line)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (I would like to start with one card, then add another in a year or two)

Your Monitor Resolution: I am woefully under-informed in this area; I would like HD quality with the possibility of dual-monitor set-up later on.

Additional Comments: I would like to be able to play current AAA games at max specs, and have good quality over the next few years. My most immediate goal is Ultra settings for the soon-to-be-released WoW expansion (WoD), but I also want to be able to play things like Arkham City, Assassin's Creed, etc. in high settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am currently using a 5-year old Dell that is under-speced even for WoW.

By following a few guides, I came up with the following list of parts:

Motherboard:

Asus Z87 PRO LGA 1150
$200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131979

Processor:

Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K
$340

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116901

Heat Sink:

Enermax ETS-T40-TB Air Cooler
$35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214023


Memory:

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233365


Graphics:

EVGA 02G-P4-2761-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
$250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130935

System Drive:

Samsung 840 Pro MZ-7PD128PW 2.5" 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s (SSD)
$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1J211H7297

Storage Drive:

Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM
$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Optical:

Pioneer BDR-208DBK: 15x BD-R, 16x DVD±R
$76


Case:

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
$110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020

(I have also seen a CM II at a local store for $99 that looks like it would be a good match, but having never seen a physical Define R4, it is hard to compare)

Fans:

Apevia 140 mm, Rosewill 120 mm ($7 each)
$14


Power:

Seasonic M12II SS-850AM: 850 W Semi-Modular, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS Bronze
$135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108


Total Cost:
~$1510

Ideally, a year or two down the line, I would like to add a second graphics card for increased performance, and possibly another 16GB of RAM.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Blaring Errors on my part? I would greatly appreciate any help this forum could offer!
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  1. No need to buy i7 and 16GB memory, look for this build with i5, 8GB, and GTX-780

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($178.80 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.98 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.74 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1467.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 08:20 EDT-0400)
  2. I see a few things to cringe about with that system. The 4770K and the 760. Ouch. You can do way better for $1500.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.26 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1433.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 08:20 EDT-0400)

    -A 4670k is all you will ever need for gaming, unless you use 3D rendering stuff you won't need hyperthreading.
    -Great air cooler, or you could go for the NZXT Kraken X60 watercooler for better tamps, and a higher OC
    -GTX 780 because it will kill anything you throw at it
    -16gb of 1866mhz, CL9 RAM
    -850watt PSU for the future OC and SLI
  3. Best answer
    i7 = gaming + video editing
    i5 = gaming only

    16gb ram is useless in gaming

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.81 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($122.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.50 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1420.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 08:31 EDT-0400)

    Single Gpu gaming over multi-gpu anyday. A solid psu with a whopping 10 year warranty.
    Might as well spend more and get a GTX 780ti.
  4. Awesome responses all around; thanks everyone!
  5. MatrimSock said:
    Awesome responses all around; thanks everyone!


    You're welcome :)
  6. Jacob McIntosh said:
    I see a few things to cringe about with that system. The 4770K and the 760. Ouch. You can do way better for $1500.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.26 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT H440 (Red/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1433.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 08:20 EDT-0400)

    -A 4670k is all you will ever need for gaming, unless you use 3D rendering stuff you won't need hyperthreading.
    -Great air cooler, or you could go for the NZXT Kraken X60 watercooler for better tamps, and a higher OC
    -GTX 780 because it will kill anything you throw at it
    -16gb of 1866mhz, CL9 RAM
    -850watt PSU for the future OC and SLI


    Jason:

    I'm really liking your suggested build, but I have a few questions:

    1. Will I really not get any added benefit from an i7? I realize it isn't the norm for right now, but what about a few years down the line?

    2. From what I'm seeing, the case you recommend is out of stock/pre-order only. Do you know of something comparable?

    3. Does this build require anything to be overclocked out of the box, or will it run well while I still get air flow / additional cooling figured out?

    Thanks for the assistance thus far; it is very much appreciated.
  7. MatrimSock said:

    Jason:

    I'm really liking your suggested build, but I have a few questions:

    1. Will I really not get any added benefit from an i7? I realize it isn't the norm for right now, but what about a few years down the line?

    2. From what I'm seeing, the case you recommend is out of stock/pre-order only. Do you know of something comparable?

    3. Does this build require anything to be overclocked out of the box, or will it run well while I still get air flow / additional cooling figured out?

    Thanks for the assistance thus far; it is very much appreciated.


    -The socket will allow for future upgrades, and by the looks of it, we will have to wait another 5-10 years for games to support hyper threading. For a strictly gaming rig, I would get the 4670K on almost any budget. I would even recommend SLI before the 4770k. Not that it's a bad CPU, it is a great chip, but for gaming the 4670k is much better in price/performance.

    -I can't really recommend any cases to you, because a case is more of a personal thing, but today's standards are windowed cases, with tool-less drive bays, and lots of fan mounts, and under $125.

    -The Hyper 212 EVO will allow you to OC to a certain point, nothing too crazy. It also depends on the quality of the chip you get. If you get a really chip, you will get better performance and a better OC. I've seen a 4.5Ghz OC with the cooler, but remember that the higher you OC, you are greatly reducing the life span of your hardware. As for OCing anything out of the box, you don't need to do it. Once you are comfortable, then try to OC. and be careful. You don't even have to OC at all, ever. However, if you are spending extra $$ on a "k" version of a cpu, I would recommend that you OC. Maybe 3.8 or 4.0 for your daily usage.
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